Fox Uses Aframe Technology to Speed Fox Sports 1 Workflow

BOSTON and LONDON—Aframe announced the successful implementation of their cloud-based video production and asset management platform at Fox Sports 1 operations in Boston and London. The adoption of the system speeds ingest and delivery of content arriving from freelance sports journalists and the company’s global network partners.

“Aframe’s private cloud solution provides an easy mechanism for making content easily accessible for people who need it immediately, in a self-service model,” said Wendy Allen, vice president of media engineering at Fox Sports. “It’s a new paradigm shift that will save Fox time and money.”

Fox Sports 1 is relyingn on Aframe’s ability to accept secure content from a wide range of video platforms on a worldwide basis. The system converts this content into the DVCPRO format for editing or playout to air at Fox SPorts. Aframe also provides a H.264 proxy for review and approval purposes, thus providing the operation with a more efficient contribution file delivery system.

“Broadcast workflows today still contain steps where manual intervention--such as transcoding-- is essential, and in competitive TV formats like sport, that simply can’t exist any longer,” said David Peto, CEO of Aframe. “We’re honored to be recognized by Fox Sports 1 for the innovative way Aframe saves time and money in getting content from around the world and on air in dramatically improved efficiency.”

Fox Sports was launched in the fall of 2013 and features a variety of sporting events, including NFL programming, college basketball and football, NASCAR races, soccer and the schedule will soon include Major League Baseball.

James E. O'Neal

James E. O’Neal has more than 50 years of experience in the broadcast arena, serving for nearly 37 years as a television broadcast engineer and, following his retirement from that field in 2005, moving into journalism as technology editor for TV Technology for almost the next decade. He continues to provide content for this publication, as well as sister publication Radio World, and others.  He authored the chapter on HF shortwave radio for the 11th Edition of the NAB Engineering Handbook, and serves as editor-in-chief of the IEEE’s Broadcast Technology publication, and as associate editor of the SMPTE Motion Imaging Journal. He is a SMPTE Life Fellow, and a Life Member of the IEEE and the SBE.