Originally featured on BroadcastEngineering.com
Asia’s World Sport Group streams sports with Digital Rapids
World Sport Group, a sports marketing, event management and media company based in Singapore, has selected Digital Rapids encoding and management systems to stream more than 600 days of sports events and more than 1000 hours of live sports programming annually across more than 30 countries.
World Sport Group holds the digital rights for the continent's leading club and national team football competitions and sought a robust streaming solution that could be easily managed to handle its high volume of live events. Working with partner sport and entertainment specialist Perform Group and reseller Mediamatic Systems, World Sport Group selected Digital Rapids’ StreamZ encoding systems and the Digital Rapids Broadcast Manager multiencoder management software for streaming operations.
Eight StreamZ systems encode source satellite feeds into Web-viewable output formats, which are streamed live to Akamai’s content delivery network for live distribution to viewers. At the same time, highlight clips of these matches are produced in World Sport Group’s post-production facility, with StreamZ automatically transcoding the finished clips to Web formats and delivering them via FTP. Digital Rapids’ Broadcast Manager provides centralized management and control of the StreamZ systems.
Digital Rapids’ StreamZ encoding systems combine powerful hardware for video and audio capture and preprocessing with the intuitive and robust Stream software, delivering reliable, high-quality, multiformat media encoding and streaming for professional applications such as high-end Internet TV and IPTV. The Digital Rapids Broadcast Manager software provides enterprise-class management, control, monitoring and fault tolerance for multiple live streaming encoders, with features including scheduling, automated failover and alert notifications.