SES Platform Services Speeds VOD and OTT Up File Transfers With Aspera

SES Platform Services, a German broadcast services company, has selected high speed file transfer software from Aspera to meet the increasing demand for fast and reliable playout services to broadcast networks and to speed the delivery of content to VOD and OTT providers worldwide.

To meet the steady growth in demand for OTT and VOD, SES Platform Services needed a solution that would speed content ingest and reduce delivery times to VOD platforms worldwide. With Aspera’s software,  the company has now reduced the time spent sending and receiving files by streamlining their end-to-end workflow with high-speed FASP transfers that distribute content from the point of ingest to the distribution of finalized video files to VOD platforms.

“We are very satisfied with the Aspera solution,” said Sandra Buerger, senior manager, content management engineering at SES Platform Services. “Our customers simply upload content via fast, secure Aspera transfers to our facility. It also gives us a single entry point for files entering our facility, making it easier to implement security measures for incoming deliveries,”

Using Aspera, she said SES is able to receive several hundred files, amounting to 3 terabytes of data, each day from their customers. Additionally, Aspera completes approximately 100 outgoing file transfers to VOD platforms in the U.S., Germany and around the world.

Aspera software accelerates the sending of media files using a dedicated on-site Aspera Client or the free downloadable Connect web browser plug-in. Once customers’ video files are ingested into the media asset management (MAM) system, SES provides a variety of services including archiving, file processing, transcoding with metadata, and other content preparations before playout or video and metadata delivery. Customers also have access to the digital archive, where they can use the MAM functionality to browse content, edit metadata and perform frame-accurate editing.

Further extending their Aspera transfer capabilities, SES is currently implementing Aspera Orchestrator to complement their existing in-house workflow engine with automated file delivery into SES’ facilities. Aspera Orchestrator will enable precise automated control over all internal and external file transfer workflows via a single, easy-to-use web design interface and run time execution engine.

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