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IBM and Telestream have announced Telestream Vantage powered by Aspera, combining high-speed streaming technology and a media processing platform to enable broadcast production teams to work on live video feeds from remote locations in near real time.

Capturing and producing content for live events such as sports, news, training or education programmes poses unique challenges, and timely, remote production has long been an unattainable goal. Today, media companies typically rely on satellite or fibre-based infrastructure, and incur additional costs by co-locating production teams and equipment at the event itself. Alternative IP-based solutions either offer streaming with low quality and high latency, or they are slow and cannot work with content that is still being created or captured, instead requiring completed files to be transferred over the network via hot folders. This can reduce quality and introduce unacceptable delays for time critical material.

Telestream Lightspeed Live Capture and Vantage Open Workflows allows creative teams to begin working on a live capture feed delivered from a remote location (across the country or around the world) while the event is taking place, without waiting for the entire file to be first written to disk and then transferred. Transcoding, packaging, editing and other downstream workflows can start immediately, significantly shortening the production cycle and increasing the value of the produced content. The end-point can have a range of hosting environments, including centralised on-premises, private or public cloud and the streams can be written to multiple locations concurrently to aid in redundancy and business continuity, the company said.

“This industry-leading technology integration between Telestream and Aspera enables high-speed delivery of media content over the public, unmanaged internet,” said Paul Turner, vice president of Enterprise Products at Telestream. “The solution revolutionises how media companies can approach production, capture and post-production workflows by giving them more flexibility in the location of hardware, software and personnel.”

“Demand for live content delivery is exploding, as are expectations around the quality of the viewer experience,” added Mike Flathers, CTO of IBM Aspera. “Live video production teams have long been waiting for a cost-effective solution that would finally enable timely production workflows. We are excited about the possibilities Vantage powered by Aspera is opening up for event organisers and producers and content owners to connect with worldwide audiences in new innovative and immersive ways.”