Ginx Streams Esports Channel With Zixi

Streaming video streaming encoder developer Zixi has announced that esports producer Ginx has adopted its platform for delivery over IP for its global live coverage.

Ginx Esports TV is a leading international Esports TV channel, offering linear channels to the UK, France, South Africa, USA, Canada and several international cable operators. Content is produced and recorded in Ginx’s studios in central London and distributed in more than 10-languages. It is available in over 55-million homes.

Sebastian Gomez, Head of Technical Operations, GINX Esports TV, said, “As a linear channel, distribution is a key ingredient. Without getting to the head ends of pay TV platforms our business model wouldn’t work. Our distribution used to be managed externally and done via satellite, but moving to Zixi has allowed us to have a very cost-effective distribution system that can be managed in-house – it has given us independence and control of all our feeds.”

Gomez cites security, reliability, cost and ease of use as the main requirements when the broadcaster was looking for a satellite alternative distribution solution.

Ginx Esports TV’s linear channels all have a dedicated personalised feed, plus there are two international feeds - one based in European time and one set to the Asia Pacific region. These playout facilities are set in two geographically diverse sites, and are linked via Zixi.

“Our uptime increased since we started using Zixi. If we have maintenance issues on one of our playouts, coverage is unaffected because all our distribution end points get the streams from both locations simultaneously,” Gomez stated. “The platform also gives us information on what’s wrong, which helps with troubleshooting.

“Setting a distribution now only takes 5-10 minutes if all the conditions are good. If the customer is in a rush, we can set the Zixi receiver remotely, so it gives us a lot of flexibility that we did not have when using a satellite platform. It is also very secure as all the links we use are point to point,” Gomez said.

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