SES to Deliver Premium Broadcast-Grade Cloud Service for Media Delivery on Microsoft Azure

SES to Demonstrate New Media Delivery Service on Microsoft Azure at IBC2019 in Amsterdam

SES announced today it is developing a broadcast-grade managed cloud service offering on Microsoft Azure as a result of an expanded collaboration with Microsoft. Benefitting from Azure’s extensive cloud and AI capabilities, and its own expertise in providing managed services for leading broadcasters and media companies worldwide, SES is transforming media service delivery via the cloud.

This service will provide end-to-end, service-level agreement (SLA)-based media delivery services on Azure, giving broadcasters and media companies the flexibility and scalability that are essential in today’s rapidly changing media environment. Bringing the most relevant content to the cloud and providing innovative services covering the entire video value chain — ingest, playout, and delivery — will enable media companies to scale and address the consumer’s growing demand for a premium viewing experience on every screen.

SES leads the industry with its worldwide reach of over 355 million TV households (or 1 billion people) and distributes over 8,200 channels via satellite. With SES’s recent unification of its wholly owned video services subsidiary, MX1, with its SES Video business unit, SES now manages over 525 channels and delivers more than 8,400 hours of online video streaming, including over 620 hours of premium sports and live events, per day. Going to market with a unified solution for video infrastructure and services means that SES will accelerate the rollout of hybrid linear and nonlinear content delivery services and solutions with unprecedented global reach.

At IBC2019, SES will demonstrate two initial use cases for its new service with Azure. Visitors to the SES stand (1.B51) will be able to witness firsthand:

• Fully managed playout services on Azure, including master playout and localised playout including ad detection and replacement
• The advantages of efficient, high-quality multichannel live IP encoding managed 24/7 by SES on Azure

“Our collaboration with Microsoft Azure will enable us to take our portfolio of media services and distribution solutions to the next level,” said Ferdinand Kayser, CEO of SES Video. “Our cloud-enabled media service will be unique to the industry and will offer scalability and flexibility, along with increased broadcast quality of service, thanks to the latest AI and machine learning capabilities.”

Tad Brockway, corporate vice president, Azure Storage, Media, & Edge, Microsoft Corp., said, “Broadcasters and media companies need solutions to deliver high-quality video services globally with maximum flexibility, scalability, and reliability. We look forward to working with SES to deliver these new solutions on Azure.”

SES also announced today an expanded relationship with Microsoft that enables connectivity between SES’s multi-orbit satellite systems and Azure ExpressRoute. This initiative builds on the companies’ broader strategic collaboration and their shared common vision to reach everyone with intelligent cloud, media and network solutions.

The SES stand at IBC2019 is located at Stand 1.B51. More details of SES presence at the event is available here.

SES Redefines Live Events with Synchronised Satellite and OTT

New solution helps broadcasters and content rights owners address screen vs screen latency, a critical issue for live streaming over IP delivery

SES’s latest solution, which will be showcased at IBC2019 in Amsterdam, synchronises over-the-top (OTT) and satellite broadcasts by delivering IP signals to OTT platforms as fast as satellite to create enhanced live viewing experiences, SES announced today. The new solution, named Satellite and OTT in Sync, gives broadcasters the power to deliver a more consistent experience to viewers watching any screen, or even multiple screens, by eliminating the delay between their TV broadcast and OTT services.

Even a few seconds of delay between different screens can spoil the live event experience, and this has been a challenge to eliminate. SES’s unique solution achieves that synchronisation, giving broadcasters confidence that their viewers will be able to enjoy unforgettable moments.

SES’s Satellite and OTT in sync solution takes the source signal on its way to the satellite and distributes it via IP in tandem with satellite. By applying low-latency encoding and tuning to the IP stream at the source, the solution can deliver the content to OTT platforms in sync with the satellite signal. The technique shaves off the seconds of delay between a traditional television broadcast and other low-latency OTT solutions or regular OTT broadcasts.

“Today’s broadcasters are looking to protect and grow their business by delivering the best experience possible during live events, particularly for premium sports. When a fan is watching an important match on an OTT platform and they hear the crowd at the bar down the street cheering before they even see the goal, the disappointment is palpable,” said Ferdinand Kayser, CEO of SES Video. “Being a hybrid video distributor, SES can process video at the source for both satellite and OTT distribution, helping broadcasters deliver a unique, consistent, and satisfying end-user experience.”

SES leads the industry with its worldwide reach of over 355 million TV households (or 1 billion people) and distributes over 8,200 channels via satellite. SES’s recent unification of its wholly-owned video services subsidiary, MX1, with its SES Video business unit, means SES now manages over 525 channels and delivers more than 8,400 hours of online video streaming, including over 620 hours of premium sports and live events per day. Going to market with a unified solution for video infrastructure and services means that SES will accelerate the rollout of hybrid linear and non-linear content delivery services and solutions with unprecedented global reach.

For more information about the product:
1. Check out the live demo at IBC2019, please visit SES at stand 1.B51.
2. Sign up for SES Tech Talk on Friday 13 September 16:45-17:30 CEST time to hear directly from our subject expert how Satellite and OTT in Sync is enabling low-latency OTT streaming with SES satellite broadcast on https://r1.surveysandforms.com/2f2nma50-4d41px02.

Sky Deutschland and MX1 Expand Collaboration

MX1, an SES subsidiary and global solutions provider of media services, announced today that Sky Deutschland has agreed to a new service agreement extension with the company, which will see the German broadcaster’s customers receive perfect audio and video signals under any conditions. In particular, the scope of MX1’s contingency service will be expanded to include Sky Deutschland’s over-the-top (OTT) signals as well as its main broadcasts.

The MX1 Broadcast Centre will simultaneously receive all essential data and video transmission material from Sky Deutschland’s main channels. In the unlikely event that a natural or other catastrophe impacts Sky Deutschland’s media centre, its broadcast or OTT signal will be rapidly restored via MX1’s Broadcasting Centre in Unterföhring, Germany. The agreement includes content management, playout, and uplink services for the main signal, as well as encoding and distribution for OTT delivery.

“Big players such as Sky need a reliable partner that can assure service continuity in case an unforeseen external catastrophe impacts their own infrastructure,” said Christoph Mühleib, managing director, Astra Deutschland, responsible for marketing and sales of Astra and MX1 in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. “I’m proud to say that in such an event MX1 can guarantee to jump in and take over all contracted services on the same day.”

Discovery Deutschland Adds HGTV to Channel Lineup, Extends Partnership With MX1 for Media Services and ASTRA Satellite Capacity

MX1, a global solutions provider of media services and a wholly-owned subsidiary of SES, announced today that Discovery Deutschland, a TV and digital media broadcast station based in Munich, Germany, will use MX1’s managed media and distribution services to deliver an eighth German channel, HOME & GARDEN TV (HGTV), which will be available to viewers from 6 June 2019.

Discovery Deutschland has been relying on MX1 services and capacity on SES’s ASTRA satellites for seven of its German TV channels. For this eighth and brand-new channel, MX1 is delivering fully managed playout, including advanced graphics, uplink, and distribution services. The free-to-air SD channel is distributed via SES’s ASTRA 1KR satellite at the prime orbital position of 19.2 degrees East, which reaches over 118 million homes across Europe.

“MX1 is a valued supplier, and the contracting services and ASTRA satellite capacity for the eighth channel underlines the success of our work together on the seven channels MX1 already manages,” said Alberto Horta, deputy general manager of Discovery Deutschland. “Advertisers have complex demands and expect a seamless integration into our broadcast, with which MX1 provides us. MX1’s broad range of media services delivers world-class reliability and exceptional quality, which is essential for maintaining high standards and satisfying our advertising partners.”

MX1 and Minerva Networks Power Next-Generation OTT TV Services

Seamless Integration of MX1’s OTT Services and Minerva Networks’ Online Video Platform Delivers Next-Generation OTT TV Services

MX1, a global solution provider of media services, announced today a partnership with Minerva Networks, a leading online video platform (OVP) provider, to offer turnkey, subscription-based and ad-funded over-the-top (OTT) video services. The integration of Minerva’s market leading platform with MX1’s proven content management services and global delivery infrastructure will enable media companies, broadcasters, mobile service providers, ISPs, and pay TV operators worldwide to launch robust, flexible, and scalable OTT video services quickly and cost effectively. The companies will demonstrate their joint solution at the 2019 NAB Show, April 8-11, in Las Vegas at the SES Booth SU1410.

“In partnership with MX1, we are redefining the way large-scale OTT video services can be efficiently created, launched, and operated,” said Mauro Bonomi, CEO of Minerva Networks. “The combination of our management platform with MX1’s proven media processing services and delivery infrastructure provides a comprehensive solution for the delivery of engaging entertainment experiences on a variety of connected devices.”

Minerva’s OVP supports a broad set of video services including live TV, video-on-demand, personal video recording, catch-up TV, pause of live TV, and restart TV. Minerva’s platform also provides a rich set of analytics data that enable operators to optimize their video services in order to increase user engagement and retention. MX1 will manage all aspects of the OTT content workflow and service delivery, including operations and 24/7 monitoring.

“Consumers are looking for compelling services that allow them to enjoy a variety of live, time-shifted, and on-demand video content anywhere and on any screen. In partnership with Minerva, we have assembled a best-of-breed turnkey solution for operators to quickly and cost-effectively deploy next-generation multiscreen services,” said Daniel Kiessling, senior product manager at MX1. “Our global OTT TV Cloud Service will enable broadcasters, media companies, and operators worldwide to better monetize their content.”

MX1 and Nowtilus Team Up to Empower Personalized and Ad-Funded TV

Seamless Integration Between MX1’s OTT Content Distribution and Online Video Platform with Nowtilus’ Server-Side Ad Insertion Technology Will Personalize the OTT TV Experience

MX1, a global solution provider of media services, announced today a partnership with Nowtilus, a leading provider of ad delivery for targeted dynamic in-stream ad insertion. By working together, the companies are combining Nowtilus’ innovative server-side ad insertion (SSAI) solution with MX1’s global media services for broadcasters, TV networks, and OTT service providers. This will create an end-to-end solution bringing personalized TV and targeted advertising services to the big screens and mobile devices in broadcast-grade quality. The targeted and dynamic ad insertion solution will enable service providers to increase ad revenues with their live TV and VOD content. The companies will demonstrate the solution at the 2019 NAB Show, April 8-11, in Las Vegas at the SES Booth SU1410.

“By partnering with MX1 we are transforming the way that broadcasters and video streaming platforms deliver personalised video and advertising, making this process infinitely more efficient and creating additional value for their content,” said Patrick Knippel, managing director at Nowtilus. “The combination of our cloud-native, server-side ad insertion technology and MX1’s proven services for content aggregation, management, playout, online video, and distribution provides a complete solution for a personalised TV with up to 4K clarity.”

Nowtilus’ SSAI solution manages the ad insertion process dynamically, allowing a bufferless transition between the video content and ad in a streaming environment. With MX1’s expertise in managing all aspects of 4K and OTT workflows, including monitoring and providing 24/7 support, TV channels can easily deliver personalised broadcast television experiences across all devices.

“The television experience is becoming more personal, and this partnership with Nowtilus sets a new standard for efficient delivery of targeted ads and content,” said Daniel Kiessling, senior product manager at MX1. “By integrating our world-class media services with Nowtilus’ SSAI solution, we’re ushering in a new video streaming experience that enables service providers to achieve a higher return on ad revenues.”

MX1 Teams Up With IMS Productions to Distribute NTT IndyCar Series Broadcasts

MX1, a global solution provider of media services, and IMS Productions, a leader in media production and technology, announced today a partnership to provide distribution services for the NTT IndyCar Series, the premier level of open-wheel racing in North America. Over the next three INDYCAR seasons, IMS Productions will be responsible for transmitting all NTT IndyCar Series races to international rights holders in more than 80 countries around the globe, and MX1 will provide both operational support and distribution services.

“We are excited for the opportunity to work with IMS Productions and distribute content for INDYCAR, the world’s fastest and most diverse racing series,” said Susanna Mandell Montello, Vice President of Global Sports at MX1. “MX1’s satellite distribution business is used by many big-name broadcasters in the sports environment and has gained a stellar reputation for reliability and worldwide coverage.”

IMS Productions will provide technical and engineering expertise and facilities for the creation of INDYCAR content and utilize its C- and Ku-band uplinks for the first mile of distribution, at which point, MX1 will seamlessly receive the feed and distribute it to the world.

IMS Productions is a long-established leader in broadcasting sporting events such as the NTT IndyCar Series and Professional Bull Riders (PBR). By providing media professionals with state-of-the-art broadcast-quality cameras and other cost-effective equipment, IMS Productions brings efficiency and cost savings to sports production.

MX1 is a leading media services provider with a global network that covers downlink/uplink and turnaround services from over 150 satellite platforms. With media centers located on three continents, MX1 will enable INDYCAR to access and distribute its content to even the most remote areas of the world.

“At IMS Productions, we pride ourselves on providing customers with a complete production solution, including mobile units, content services, and transmission services,” said Kevin Sublette, President at IMS Productions. “By collaborating with MX1, an expert in delivering flexible services that cut through transmission complexities, we can help INDYCAR distribute its racing content with the ultimate reliability and global reach that is imperative for live sports.”

Discovery Deutschland Continues to Rely on MX1 for Managed Playout Services and More

MX1, a global solution provider of media services, announced today that Discovery Deutschland, a TV and digital media broadcast station based in Munich, Germany, has extended its partnership with MX1 for fully managed playout and content management services.

Under the terms of the contract extension, MX1 will continue to fully manage playout and media asset management tasks for Discovery Deutschland’s SD and HD channels. The channels include TLC, DMAX, Animal Planet, Discovery Channel, and Shop 300 in Germany, as well as DMAX Austria in SD. Additionally, since Jan. 1, 2019, a new channel, TLC Austria, is now distributed over SES’s ASTRA 1N satellite at its prime orbital location of 19.2° East, reaching over 118 million TV homes across Europe.

Discovery Deutschland is using MX1 360, a unified media platform, to manage and deliver all linear and nonlinear content. Once the ready-to-air programme files are delivered by Discovery, MX1 360 brings together the full range of media services, enabling the broadcaster to manage and deliver their content from a single interface to any broadcast, platform.

“Our playout operations are very complex, especially with regards to demanding graphics and commercial requests,” said Alberto Horta, deputy general manager, GSA, of Discovery Deutschland. “With MX1, we have a reliable partner that offers the quality and service level we need to ensure smooth playout operations and content management for all of our channels, including the all-new TLC Austria channel in Austria.”

“We are pleased to have gained the trust and continued business of Discovery Deutschland,” said Christoph Mühleib, managing director, Astra Deutschland, responsible for marketing and sales of Astra and MX1 in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. “By choosing us as its service partner for seven channels and trusting us to deliver the new TLC Austria channel via Astra satellite in Austria, Discovery Deutschland provides further validation to the exceptional reach, playout, and content management services we provide.”

MX1 Joins DPP and Will Bring Media Expertise to Technology Leaders’ Briefing 2018

MX1, a global solution provider of media services, announced today that it has joined the Digital Production Partnership (DPP) business change network and will participate in the DPP Technology Leaders’ Briefing 2018, taking place Nov. 6 in London. Through its attendance, MX1 will add its unique insights to an event that seeks to provide a diverse and influential range of broadcasters, content owners, and service providers with the most technologically and commercially relevant snapshot of where the industry is heading in the coming months.

“The DPP Technology Leaders’ Briefing is a great opportunity for us to engage with media influencers to learn about new market developments and technology trends,” said Erich Glaeser, chief commercial officer at MX1. “Innovation is at the heart of our business, and being part of the DPP community will help us stay ahead of the changes in technology and viewing habits in the media landscape. We look forward to connecting with other industry experts to find new ways to streamline operations and maintain our competitive edge.”

MX1 will provide attendees with demonstrations of its managed media services in the DPP Club Lounge area at the Technology Leaders’ Briefing. MX1’s managed media services are used by leading media companies around the world and support all aspects of video operations, enabling media companies to focus on what they do best: creating the most amazing content. From content aggregation to preparation, packaging, management, and delivery, MX1’s media services ensure the highest quality for live and VOD content on every screen and can be customized to fit the needs of any media company.

As a member of the DPP, MX1 now has a unique opportunity to influence industry specifications and shape major industry change. As media companies adopt the DPP-developed Interoperable Master Format (IMF) as their new master delivery format, MX1 will be able to utilize DPP’s Test Lab & Compliance programmes to run technology proofs of concept with customers.

Moreover, being a DPP member will enable MX1 to continue its legacy of complying with the highest content-security standards in the industry. MX1 currently holds pretheatrical security approval from three major Hollywood studios. The DPP’s Committed to Security Programme and the Committed to Security mark perfectly align with MX1’s commitment to achieving security best practices.

MX1 at IBC2018

Media companies today need to work faster, reduce operational costs, and offer more advanced features than the competition. Providing the ultimate viewer experience is the ultimate goal in the media environment, and that means having both live and VOD content available on every screen.

At IBC2018, MX1 will demonstrate new capabilities and workflow enhancements of its MX1 360 platform. MX1 360 is the company’s unified media platform for managing and delivering linear and nonlinear content to any broadcast, VOD, or OTT platform. This powerful, next-generation platform enables broadcasters and service providers to offer a full range of end-to-end services, as well as successfully aggregate, manage, and deliver linear and nonlinear content. With MX1 360, one platform does it all, delivering a one-stop-shop for broadcasters to handle all their content requirements — from preparing, packaging, managing, and validating high-quality content to reliable playout and optimal delivery for multiscreen viewing. The new additions to MX1 360 that will be on display at IBC2018, enable media companies to do even more, helping them manage the increasing complexity of workflows and further monetise their content.

NEW to the MX1 360 Media Platform — AI Capabilities and Occasional Use Booking Interface:

AI Technology Boosts Access to Descriptive Metadata

MX1 360 is now integrated with AWS Rekognition, Amazon Web Service’s market-leading artificial intelligence (AI) engine. Using AI technology, the MX1 360 platform can scan video content during ingest (or at a later stage) and automatically generate searchable, descriptive metadata. Faces, objects, and on-screen text can be quickly located using this cutting-edge AI analysis technology. A speech-to-text engine — coming soon — will enable media companies to automatically transcribe every spoken word within media assets.

Easy-to-Use Booking Interface for Occasional Use Customers

At IBC2018, MX1 will unveil a new booking interface for MX1 360 that is perfect for occasional-use customers that want to distribute live content via MX1’s hybrid satellite, fibre, and IP networks. Through this interface, broadcasters have full visibility into their submitted booking requests and can explore additional monetisation opportunities through post-event access to a content archive, ancillary files, clipping interface, and all required metadata.

Executive Presentations at IBC2018

MX1 will participate in the SES Tech Talks at IBC2018, delivering crucial insights in three areas that are essential to the ongoing success of broadcasters and operators in the current turbulent market. The presentations include:

Cloud Playout as a service — a flexible, yet reliable approach to managed channel origination,” presented by Steffen Herrmann, senior product manager at MX1, on Friday, Sept. 14 from 11:00 to 11:45 a.m. This session will cover cloud playout and its maturation over the last few years into a serious alternative to traditional channel origination setups. Herrmann will discuss why cloud playout is well-suited for dedicated broadcast use cases and illustrate how MX1’s cloud playout combines the flexibility and agility of cloud computing with the company’s unmatched reliability, security, and service level.

Harnessing Unified Media Workflows with MX1 360, presented by Ariel Nishri, vice president of product development at MX1, on Friday, Sept. 14 from 2:00 to 2:45 p.m. This seminar will highlight the converged linear and nonlinear workflow efficiencies that can be gained throughout an organisation by using a single centralised platform and best-of-breed tools for ingest, transcoding, asset management, and more.

Managing Content Online, presented by Moshe Bellaiche, online video product manager at MX1, on Monday, Sept. 17 from 2:00 to 2:45 p.m. The market for online video platforms is growing rapidly. This seminar will illustrate the business advantages that can be achieved by using a managed integrated online video platform service, referencing case studies to highlight specific benefits.

For more information about the full programme of SES Tech Talks and to register visit: https://www.ses.com/event/ibc-2018.