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A+E Networks UK taps Amagi, AWS to migrate playout to the cloud

A+E Networks UK has turned to broadcast and streaming technology provider Amagi to migrate playout and service delivery for its entire bouquet of 30 channels in Europe to Amagi’s cloud platform running on Amazon Web Services (AWS).

The channels consist of 23 from A+E Networks UK, based in London and seven from A+E Networks Italia based in Rome.

The complete bouquet of A+E Networks UK 30 channels across EMEA will now be delivered and managed by Amagi.

Amagi deployed Cloudport, its cloud platform built on AWS cloud infrastructure to support broadcast workflows and managed playout services.

Amagi said that the operation, which was initially set up as a business continuity playout option, was transitioned to be the primary facility in a matter of weeks. Over 50,000 hours of content was ingested on to the cloud, and playout and delivery of 30 channels were managed over IP, satellite and fibre infrastructure.

“This partnership is an important milestone in our goal to create an effective, scalable and future-facing operations in the cloud that is well positioned in our supply chain. It allows us greater flexibility to manage our evolving EMEA portfolio. With the level of visibility, agility and control that the cloud offers, we can now manage our broadcast operations in EMEA remotely and this has been a huge advantage for us especially during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Matt Westrup, VP of technology and operations, A+E Networks EMEA.

“A+E Networks UK has been at the forefront of delivering exciting and original programming to viewers across EMEA. Our partnership with a renowned brand such as A+E Networks UK is yet another testament to the broadcast-grade reliability and operational maturity that Amagi’s cloud managed services on AWS is delivering on a global scale. We are excited to bring the unparalleled advantages of cloud technologies to A+E Networks UK, enabling them to innovate and distribute their unique content to viewers in Europe”, said Baskar Subramanian, CEO, Amagi.

“A+E Networks UK continues to demonstrate its vision and leadership among broadcasters. Its 30 channels include some of the most watched content throughout Europe. By transitioning its primary broadcast workflow to Amagi’s cloud playout solution, A+E Networks has once again shown that AWS provides the resilience, scale, and flexibility needed for professional broadcast production and delivery,” said Mike Callahan, head of media solutions marketing, Amazon Web Services.