Beyond Breaking News

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Agence France-Presse (AFP)

Written on 10 Sep 2018


Beyond Breaking News

Together with MX1, Agence France-Presse are delivering live content everywhere via MX1 360, MX1's unified media platform.

Industry
News Agency

Location
Global

With breaking news comes the urgency of getting live content as quickly as possible to an audience of billions. Editors need to access video content as it happens so they can deliver the crucial news sequence to their audience – anywhere in the world, and on any device. They need a flexible and reliable multi-feed solution that allows them to plan and work with their editorial selections in real time.

Agence France-Presse (AFP) is a leading global news agency. Founded in 1835, AFP now provides content to thousands of news outlets worldwide, delivering breaking news to TV channels, digital publications and production companies. Its new AFPTV Live platform was designed to make its content discoverable, be easy to use, and enable live IP delivery to better serve its clients.

The telecommunications landscape is changing as the focus shifts from voice services to data-driven revenues. With so much of the data flowing through mobile providers’ networks carrying video, these companies are looking for ways to further monetise their data by providing video services.

With over 16 million subscribers, Cell C is one of South Africa’s leading mobile operators. The company focuses on providing their customers with new solutions that are different from anything the market had seen before. With this strategy, they were the first to offer subscriber-centric solutions for Facebook and Whatsapp, and were eager to develop an on-demand entertainment solution – black. Black goes beyond typical video-on-demand packages to combine live and linear TV, movies, sports, betting, gaming, and more – in a wide variety of content packages that can be purchased via a pre-paid air-time account.

Vubiquity is a leading global content provider that aggregates and distributes content from nearly 650 creators to more than 1,000 video distributors and 109 million households around the world. Cell C chose to partner with Vubiquity because of its relationships with premium content providers, global reach, and partnership with SES that enables the delivery of content on any platform or device.

Vubiquity supplies the content, while SES takes care of the delivery – with the technical capabilities to get the content from anywhere in the world to Johannesburg, and to seamlessly deliver the content to consumers on multiple devices.

Our partnership has enabled us to offer Cell C a one-price solution that includes licensing the content from a wide variety of sources, as well as a full suite of video services that ensures the content can be delivered wherever it’s needed and on any device. With a solution up and running in three months, Cell C can now cast its sights on expanding its market north of the South African border to offer black to consumers in other African countries.

“We were looking for a partner that shared our vision of evolving, disrupting and innovating the market,” says Surie Ramasary, Chief Executive at black. “They needed to enable the delivery of linear channels and live TV across multiple devices. The partner Vubiquity brought to deliver the complete solution was SES, and our experience with them has been absolutely exemplary.”

With breaking news comes the urgency of getting live content as quickly as possible to an audience of billions. Editors need to access video content as it happens so they can deliver the crucial news sequence to their audience – anywhere in the world, and on any device. They need a flexible and reliable multi-feed solution that allows them to plan and work with their editorial selections in real time.

Agence France-Presse (AFP) is a leading global news agency. Founded in 1835, AFP now provides content to thousands of news outlets worldwide, delivering breaking news to TV channels, digital publications and production companies. Its new AFPTV Live platform was designed to make its content discoverable, be easy to use, and enable live IP delivery to better serve its clients.

Working together, SES and AFP designed the AFPTV Live platform based on SES 360 – a unified media platform that enables news editors to aggregate, prepare, manage, playout and distribute content anywhere from a single user interface. SES 360 is unique in the marketplace, helping news agencies and their media customers to seamlessly bridge from traditional broadcasting to the new media world, including online video. The solution combines robust on-site infrastructure and technical facilities with the most advanced cloud-based platform, providing the most effective way for clients to manage, enhance and deliver their content.

The partnership between AFP and our service company SES enables AFP to connect its systems via an API that was co-developed with SES. The platform enables AFP to reach many more customers than it could previously, and it now has hundreds of customers viewing live video feeds on AFPTV Live each day. Those customers can easily send selected content to their own news studio via IP delivery.

“There’s no point having great content if we can’t deliver it to our clients efficiently and reliably every day,” says Phil Chetwynd, Global Editor-in-Chief of AFP. “We are now able to fulfil two major client needs: they have all the information they need about our live coverage in real time, and they can send the content to their newsrooms via IP delivery – enabled by this solution.”


Written on 10 Sep 2018

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