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Encompass Sets New Bar – Cloud-First Media Services – A+E Networks

Encompass Digital Media, a global managed service provider for television networks, broadcasters, sports leagues and OTT platforms, will launch A+E Networks entirely on Altitude Media Cloud, Encompass’ scalable and flexible processing platform built for broadcast and designed to support the most demanding media applications. Altitude offers AEN industry-defining SLAs and complete resiliency across multiple geographical cloud regions for its primary North American networks, including playout of 23 feeds, disaster recovery and archive storage.

“We are excited to be advancing AEN’s North American networks to the next-generation of cloud-first origination services, and with our long-standing relationship, Encompass is the best partner to help future-proof our growth,” states Don Jarvis, SVP, Global Broadcast Operations and Engineering, AEN. “Moving our services to Altitude provides the agility we need along with the broadcast reliability our audience demands, and it integrates seamlessly with our cloud supply chain.”

Altitude Media Cloud is designed around broadcast media protocols, performance, service levels and commercial models. Twenty-three AEN feeds are deployed across diverse geographic regions, supporting both pre-recorded and live events with built-in disaster recovery. Not only does Altitude solve the issue of running critical broadcast applications on virtualised infrastructure, but also provides exclusive and direct access to Encompass’ global satellite and video fibre footprint.

“We are honoured AEN is entrusting Encompass to evolve them into a cloud-first media environment for its primary networks, including managing over 40,000 hours of content and the seamless delivery to millions of viewers across the US,” remarks Bill Tillson, CEO of Encompass. “Our goal is to help AEN avoid the turbulence of a cloud transition with next-generation technology while leveraging Encompass’ extensive broadcast knowledge.”

Altitude Media Cloud offers AEN a large-scale content storage system, providing long-term archive in addition to higher performance, shorter term working storage. With content stored securely across multiple Altitude regions, it is both local to AEN and protected from disaster. This architecture offers high-performance access to the entire content library from any Encompass facility, maximising AEN’s opportunity to utilise the intellectual property while minimising the costs associated with acquiring, creating, storing, manipulating, repurposing and delivering these assets.

Altitude Media Cloud’s key features include:

  • Broadcast-grade SLAs.
  • Native support for media protocols and standards.
  • Access to Encompass’ international satellite, fibre and IP network.
  • Globally diverse availability zones.
  • Highly durable media storage.
  • On-demand or commitment-based pricing.

“Altitude Media Cloud provides an innovative platform where playout applications are agnostic of compute and storage which avoids specific hardware based or fixed operating environments that inhibit changes,” explains Scott Brown, CTO at Encompass. “With this enhanced service offering, our customers gain a new level of flexibility with increased resiliency that also allows for more rapid go-to market timelines.”


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