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Comcast Technology Solutions and PLAZAMEDIA chosen to power SPORT1’s VOD and Live Video platform

LONDON/ISMANING, August 03, 2017 – Comcast Technology Solutions, a division of Comcast Cable whose portfolio of products and services includes video management, publication, distribution and monetisation, and PLAZAMEDIA, German-based content solution provider in production, will provide an end-to-end online platform for SPORT1, the leading 360° multimedia sports platform offering national and international premium live sports programming. The enhanced SPORT1 VOD services will launch in Q3 2017 with live video services following later in 2017. SPORT1 offers the free-TV channel SPORT1 in Germany and pay-TV channels SPORT1+ and SPORT1 US in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. SPORT1 delivers high-class international and national sports events including football, motorsports, tennis, icehockey, basketball, handball, volleyball, hockey, rugby, darts or US sports. SPORT1.de is one of the leading online sports platforms in Germany providing multimedia content as well as comprehensive livestream and video offers. Its sports apps are among the most popular in German-speaking countries. PLAZAMEDIA and Comcast Technology Solutions recently announced their collaboration, which combines video distribution solutions from Comcast Technology Solutions with PLAZAMEDIA’s digital media portfolio. This joint solution enabled PLAZAMEDIA to support the multiscreen supply chain and advanced workflows sought by SPORT1 as they introduced a custom designed online experience, which will ultimately offer live events through the Comcast Technology Solutions infrastructure. The commerce engine supports both TVOD and SVOD monetisation solutions, and subsequent phases of the project are planned to include additional VOD content ingested from an external clipping provider as well as the introduction of social media syndication. Viewers will be able to access content as before via the SPORT1 website, the News app designed for both iOS and Android... read more

PLAZAMEDIA and Comcast Technology Solutions seal Sales Channel Alliance for Online Video Management and Monetisation

Ismaning, March 28, 2017 – Comcast Technology Solutions, one of the leading global providers for management of video content spanning broadcast to digital distribution, and PLAZAMEDIA today announced their collaboration. The German-based content solution provider is expanding its digital media portfolio by promoting Comcast Technology Solutions’ comprehensive solution for online publishing and management of video-on-demand and live content. Focusing in the DACH region, PLAZAMEDIA will introduce a suite of services from Comcast Technology Solutions whose portfolio includes the Video Platform mpx for video management, publication, distribution and monetisation. By adding these solutions into their own highly regarded service offering, PLAZAMEDIA can support the OTT supply chain and advanced OTT workflows sought by key broadcasters and content owners in this territory. The collaboration delivers effortless management of premium video content from ingest to management through to playout and monetisation of the content. The modular solution is a highly scalable reference architecture and can therefore be individually and easily adjusted to the different needs of clients at any time. Robin Seckler, Managing Director Digital Products of PLAZAMEDIA: “For us the collaboration means an excellent expansion of our digital media portfolio. In times of increasingly IP-based productions, Comcast Technology Solutions capabilities unify the broadcast and OTT workflows. We can now offer our clients one of the most comprehensive cloud-based OTT offerings on the market. Our collaboration with Comcast Technology Solutions allows us to make the distribution strategies of our clients fit for the future with a leading state-of-the-art solution.” Neil Berry, Vice President and Managing Director International, Comcast Technology Solutions, said: “We are delighted to be reselling our market-leading technologies through German... read more

PLAZAMEDIA to expand services for customers – video and audio editing of 4K productions now possible, as well as playout via various transmission paths

Ismaning, 12 October 2015.   PLAZAMEDIA has begun operating technologically complex 4K editing suites, integrating these into its production infrastructure. Growing customer interest underscores relevance of this new production technology. PLAZAMEDIA is expanding its service portfolio to also offer customers productions in 4K with ultra-high definition images. To this end, PLAZAMEDIA has begun operating “4K suites” which, with their sophisticated editing technology, round off the company´s infrastructure for 4K productions. In a market in which, driven by telecommunications enterprises and OTT providers, 4K is gaining relevance faster than previously anticipated, PLAZAMEDIA is already in a position to realise entire 4K processes, thereby meeting the full range of relevant customer needs. With the aid of various special cameras, including drones and high-speed cams, this production technology was first used during an emotional highlight production of the UEFA Champions League final. Joachim Wildt, Chairman of the Management of PLAZAMEDIA: “4K belongs to the future. By applying this sophisticated production technology, we have already been able to gather valuable experience and are passing the know-how gained with the relevant lenses, cameras and distribution technology on to our customers. With our advanced 4K suites, we can now also offer high-end editing technology for processing 4K productions, including related post-production activities. This means that, as one of the industry´s leading enterprises, PLAZAMEDIA is already in a position to support and assist customers with all aspects of 4K. The marked increase in interest among customers justifies this strategy, which we adopted at an early stage and are still intending to systematically pursue.” As a result of integrating 4K suites into the technical infrastructure at PLAZAMEDIA´s... read more

PLAZAMEDIA takes on premium content distribution services for Sportradar to sports betting platforms

Ismaning, 7 October 2015. PLAZAMEDIA takes on content distribution and streaming services for live images of international sporting events and leagues for Sportradar. The company is responsible for distributing live content to Sportradar distribution channels as well as in parts for satellite downlinks and streaming. The live images of various sporting events distributed by Sportradar will be included on sports betting platforms as additional entertainment components complementary to the betting options available. PLAZAMEDIA distributes signals for Sportradar as HTTP live streams (HLS), ensuring that images are displayed on recipient devices across all operating systems. In order to keep time delay to a minimum when streaming, a Real Time Messaging Protocol (RTMP) is also used. This uses the internet to transfer the data from a media service to a Flash player, via a constant connection. PLAZAMEDIA therefore ensures that customers of betting platforms that are being provided with content by Sportradar are always able to track current images without a perceptible time delay in split screen also when using live betting. Comprehensive tracking analysis, optimum protection of the content signal and extended support to provide fast response times complete the services. Joachim Wildt, Chairman of the Management of PLAZAMEDIA: “As part of its media services, PLAZAMEDIA offers comprehensive content delivery solutions from a single source; solutions that satisfy even the highest requirements. We are very happy to have successfully brought Sportradar on board as a new PLAZAMEDIA customer.” Lukas Seiler, Managing Director Audiovisual Media & Content from Sportradar: “Sportradar is preferred partner of sports betting providers all over the world also especially when it comes to the delivery of their... read more

PLAZAMEDIA to produce UEFA Champions League games for ZDF for a further three years

­­­­Ismaning, 9 June 2015. First production mid-August for Bayer 04 Leverkusen´s play-off round, first leg New corporate identity underscores PLAZAMEDIA´s core technological competencies and enhanced service portfolio Following successful production of the UEFA Champions League final last Saturday in Berlin, where PLAZAMEDIA was service partner and provided the Worldfeed using more than 40 cameras on behalf of ZDF, the company now has commissioned PLAZAMEDIA to act as host broadcaster for the UEFA Champions League in Germany for another three years, up to and including the 2017/18 season, as well as supplying the production technology for unilateral ZDF productions at home and abroad. PLAZAMEDIA has previously provided technical production services for the UEFA Champions League broadcasts on ZDF during the seasons 2012/13 and 2014/15.   The agreement with ZDF includes technical production services for the play-offs, the group stage and also the knockout rounds and subsequently for the final. For that purpose, PLAZAMEDIA relies in the segment of production technology on TVN and Toppvision. Dieter Gruschwitz, Head of Sports at ZDF says: “This season, ZDF´s Champions League productions have been very successful. We are pleased that during the forthcoming rights term, ZDF will continue to be home to Europe´s premier football competition for a further three years.” Joachim Wildt, Chairman of the Board of Directors at PLAZAMEDIA confirms: “We are delighted at the trust ZDF is placing in PLAZAMEDIA by recommissioning us to produce the UEFA Champions League for several more years. In this sector, PLAZAMEDIA will once more be optimally positioned to demonstrate its core competence by offering live broadcasts from major international events with emotional pictures of the... read more

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