EBS Provides BBC Worldwide Non-Linear EPG Data Services for VOD and DTO

PAWA EBS, has announced that BBC Worldwide has expanded its contract with EBS to include non-linear Electronic Program Guide (EPG) data services.

BBC Worldwide has installed EBS’ multi-platform, multi-territory Pawa EPG software system, which provides a solution to the data workflow issue that many broadcasters and content owners face when sending data to VOD and Download-to-Own (DTO) platforms, such as iTunes, Netflix, Google Play and Amazon Instant Video. BBC Worldwide operators will use the Pawa system to automatically generate templates for non-linear distribution.

With the advent of catch-up, VOD and DTO, broadcasters are required to distribute programme information that is no longer necessarily tied to the date and time of broadcast. They need to be confident that they’re able to fully control the EPG data workflow, using a reliable system that can drive both linear and non-linear data via a single database. It’s important for example that the VOD and linear synopses are identical to avoid confusion for the viewer.

EBS’ Pawa software acts as a single, central repository. BBC Worldwide is able to achieve this whilst managing its data internally, providing a fully tailored workflow for non-linear services. Due to the accessibility of data via a browser, the system can easily be rolled out across many users and areas of the organisation, which also allows Pawa to be used as an internal database for programme information.

Pawa allows BBC Worldwide to import listings from a variety of formats, storing them in one central location, where its operators can edit, enhance and manage data before distributing to the platform where listings are required.Operators can be confident that information is correct by running validation reports prior to sending files to VOD/DTO platforms. These reports highlight required information that is missing, or data that is present but not suitable, such as synopsis too long. Once the data is prepared, Pawa then generates the correct files for each platform, with many VOD and DTO platforms using different templates.

Keith Bedford, EBS Managing Director says, “We are delighted to announce that BBC Worldwide is using Pawa to deliver data to VOD and DTO platforms. This is a very challenging issue for broadcasters who want to have control of the EPG data supplied to multiple platforms and also want to be able to provide that data from a single database. Pawa gives back that control providing a highly efficient and reliable service.”

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