MultiChoice using Elemental Technologies video processing for live and VOD content online

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    MultiChoice, the African Pay TV operator, is using Elemental Technologies for live streaming and VOD delivery of its DStv online service, which makes sports and entertainment content available on smartphones and tablets to more than 10 million subscribers in Sub-Saharan Africa. Elemental Technologies is also providing technology to support the MultiChoice DStv Box Office and MultiChoice DStv Catch-up services, enabling subscribers to watch the latest movies, sports and television shows up to seven days after they air.

    “Our biggest challenges with this expansion were managing scalability and our ability to react to market conditions as we launched new services,” says Jean-Pierre Rossouw, Head of Department, Video On Demand Operations for MultiChoice. “With Elemental, we were able to adapt to a rapidly increasing volume of content and growing subscriber base while meeting customer expectations around the clock.”

    Elemental Live video encoding/transcoding systems ingest, process and deliver DStv Online content in multiple bitrates to an Akamai CDN for live streaming to mobile devices and the web. In the MultiChoice VOD workflow, Elemental Server file-based video processing systems transcode content for output to GB Lab’s Space storage system. Elemental Conductor software acts as the management platform. 

    Additionally, Elemental software is integrated with the Clearleap multiscreen platform for creation of automated MultiChoice Sport clips and with Irdeto for digital rights management (DRM). For its forthcoming SVOD service, MultiChoice will employ the Elemental Delta video delivery platform to ingest tens of thousands of assets. These will be fed to a CDN for OTT delivery to subscribers.

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