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September 05, 2012

Eurovision Implements IDC's Encrypted, File-Based Content Distribution Platform Across Europe

Eurovision, a premier distributor and producer of top-quality live sport and news – as well as entertainment, culture and music content – reportedly selected International Datacasting (News - Alert) Corporation (IDC.TO), a global landmark of digital content distribution for the world's premiere broadcasters in radio, television, data and digital cinema.

Under the agreement, Eurovision will use the IDC (News - Alert) Centient Media Aware CDN Platform to migrate its existing linear content playout system to an encrypted, file-based content distribution platform.

The contract with Eurovision, an organization operated by European Broadcasting Union (EBU), is one of the three Centient contracts announced by IDC on July 4, 2012, according to a recent statement.

Currently, broadcasters send breaking news content via satellite or fiber to the main Eurovision facility in Geneva. The investment in IDC platform is designed to better serve affiliates within its European News Exchange. This file-based Centient platform will facilitate fast, secure and reliable exchange of news content between 50 major broadcasters throughout Europe.

Each broadcast location will be equipped with IDC's SuperFlex Pro Data receivers.

The content is delivered to the Eurovision news network via linear satellite feeds, recorded manually by the receive site broadcasters. The Centient delivery system will help automate the delivery and reception process for Eurovision and its affiliates.

IDC's comprehensive Centient Media Aware (News - Alert) Content Delivery Network (CDN) Platform enables files and streams to be delivered reliably by satellite or terrestrial links to a network of remote sites. The platform's advanced application layer, Forward Error Correction (FEC), has been designed to improve the speed and reliability of content delivery.

Centient supports both a transparent Core Layer, where files and streams are treated simply as data, and an advanced Media Aware Layer which enables the platform to interpret, manage and process files and streams as media content.

“IDC is very proud to work with Eurovision. Our Centient Media Aware functionality will enhance the speed and quality of news distribution across their expanding European market,” said IDC President and CEO Frederick Godard.

In other news, Envision has deployed ATEME Kyrion CM3101 encoders and DR8400 decoders for the distribution of major sports events this summer, including the UEFA EURO 2012 championship and the London 2012 Olympic Games.

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Edited by Braden Becker

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