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As part of its aim to allow broadcasters to meet increased service demands and keep up with a rapidly changing broadcast landscape, Arqiva has created a cloud-based metadata management system for Digital UK, the organisation that leads the development of the Freeview UK DTT platform.
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The original metadata management system, which Arqiva built and operated for Digital UK, has been at the heart of Freeview Play since its launch in 2015. Arqiva was chosen to support the transition to cloud because of its knowledge and understanding of the Freeview Play service and expertise in public cloud-based solutions. Arqiva has been working with Digital UK since 2019 on designing, developing and testing the new cloud-based platform, with the full migration process completed on 20 July 2020.

The cloud-orchestrated technology solution from the UK communications infrastructure and media services company is designed to support the migration of the Freeview Play service information platform to a highly scalable public cloud infrastructure. The solution aggregates, manages and delivers service and programme metadata from multiple sources for Freeview Play guides on connected TVs and set-top boxes, easing navigation between live TV and on-demand content.

The technology is also designed to enable Freeview to quickly trial, adopt and integrate new services in line with market demands. Designed to be reliable and scalable, the virtual metadata system will support Freeview Play’s growth as it becomes a leading player in connected TV offerings.

“Providing an enjoyable, flexible and intuitive viewer experience is central to what we do,” remarked Digital UK technology director James Jackson. “This metadata management system now allows Digital UK to adapt to future changes quicker and allows us to efficiently scale up as the platform grows rapidly over the coming years. Arqiva’s experience and depth of understanding of Freeview’s requirements has ensured that these systems can fully meet the expectations of viewers, broadcasters and our manufacturer partners.”

Laurie Patten, director of products and strategy at Arqiva, added: “As Freeview Play continues to grow in popularity, it’s more important than ever that Freeview has the right support in evolving its hybrid service towards a virtual environment. The new cloud-based metadata management system will mean Freeview can offer all its new and existing users a seamless viewing experience. Enhancing the viewing experience is always front of mind for our customers, and this highly-scalable and flexible system will allow them to bring new ideas to market sooner.”