Sony DADC New Media Solutions unveils cloud video service

Distribution technology provider Sony DADC New Media Solutions has launched Ven.ue Unlimited, a new managed cloud distribution service that it says will provide broadcasters, aggregators and retailers with access to over one million hours of content from hundreds of rights-holders via a centralised cloud repository.

According to Sony DADC New Media Solutions, the platform will provide access to content in any current format or configuration.

The service will provide access to content for a low monthly flat-rate fee combined with discounted DCN pricing with no bandwidth commitments. Video assets are provided along with artwork, text and metadata to enable their exploitation.

Ven.ue Unlimited is built on the Amazon Web Services Cloud following a partnership between the pair announced by Sony DADC New Media Solutions in April.

Under that agreement, Amazon Web Services agreed to provide the infrastructure for the Ven.ue suite’s offerings, including supply chain distribution, broadcast playout, and white-label OTT offerings

Ven.ue clients include Lionsgate, BBC Worldwide, Sony Pictures, Funimation Entertainment, and Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

“Access to our premium content in its highest quality as fast as possible is a key commitment to our customers. Ven.ue Unlimited provides the affordability, flexibility and security that makes that commitment a reality. We expect that this method of distribution will provide significant benefits to our customers, allowing them to expand their consumer offerings,” said Man Jit Singh, President of Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

“Ven.ue Unlimited is customisable so it can meet any specification required.  While industry standards are constantly being adopted and abandoned, we don’t force any of our customers to adhere to any, so they don’t need to make costly changes to their existing workflows,” said Scott Hamilton, President of Sony DADC New Media Solutions.

“We designed Ven.ue Unlimited to reduce total cost of ownership and time to market as well as enable our customers to rapidly expand their content catalog.  A good supply chain is critical, but it should not be a barrier that prevents you from acting quickly and aggressively growing your brands with consumers.”