BBC Selects Bitmovin Encoder to Convert Live to Catch-up Content

The BBC has chosen Bitmovin as encoder partner for preparing live shows for catch up and VoD delivery to satellite provider set top boxes.

The choice was made to ensure the content is available at optimal quality as soon as possible after broadcast, according to Stefan Lederer, CEO at Bitmovin.

“Every asset the BBC produces needs to be delivered at the best possible quality, including for catch-up and new release VOD services,” said Lederer. Time is also of the essence because many online viewers now regard the catch-up BBC Player portal as a surrogate for the linear channels.

The package is also being used both in ultra-high definition (UHD) and high dynamic range (HDR) trials for shows such as Dynasties, which was already available at high quality via the iPlayer on smart TVs as well as cable provider set-top boxes. Now this will be extended to satellite services.

The Bitmovin encoder uses proven massively parallel processing to speed up preparation of content for non-live viewing, combined with machine learning in a bid to extract extra efficiencies on top of established CAE (Content Addressable Encoding) techniques. The company claims this combination enables content to be made available in the required format as shortly as possible after the live broadcast, or after an episodic TV series release from post production. It can then be delivered to consumers over a public cloud-based platform.

Based in Austria and founded in 2013, Bitmovin also provides an HTML5 video player platform and an analytics tool to monitor service performance. Other customers include Malaysian SVoD service iflix and on the broadcasting front Germany’s RTL. 

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