Asia-Pacific Broadcasting (APB) October 2016 • Volume 33, Issue 9 - Page 34

34 X-PLATFORM October 2016 Catch a flick with FLIK TV by lavesh samtani FLIK TV is the only premium Indonesian HD movie channel in the world. The channel, which was launched earlier this year, has an unmatched and vast library of Indonesian movies across various genres. All the movies in FLIK TV’s library have been remastered in high-quality HD resolution, providing round-the-clock premium content for viewers. Prior to deployment, FLIK TV considered multiple delivery mediums. While satellite is traditionally used for television distribution, we wanted to explore the economic benefits and scalability of cloud delivery. After reviewing various playout solutions available in the market today, we selected Amagi’s CloudPort channel playout platform. While there were several factors that led to our decision, one of the key reasons why we chose CloudPort is because its edge playout solution does not require large upfront capital investment, unlike traditional models. CloudPort also gives us the control to scale operations on an asneeded basis. Hosted on the Amazon AWS cloud infrastructure, CloudPort allows us to support the entire playout workflow — from content preparation to storage and archival, playlist management and scheduling, graphics insertion, playout, delivery and monitoring. Furthermore, by augmenting the CloudPort platform with its round-the-clock managed playout service, Amagi helped us go live in just a few weeks at a fraction of traditional satellite delivery costs. We have partnered with TV operator Telkom Indonesia , where the CloudPort edge server is installed. The edge server plays feature-rich graphics, audio and video based on our playlist. We can manage the entire workflow on a secure cloud network from any remote location by using a Web-based user interface. We especially like this feature as it gives us tremendous flexibility to manage our operations without having to set up a dedicated physical infrastructure. Another motivating factor for us to deploy CloudPort was the ease of integration. The platform offers seamless integration with third-party scheduling, automa- tion, and asset management systems, thus speeding up the deployment. As all of our content assets have been migrated to the cloud, we can now easily broaden our footprint into non-contiguous geographies. Additionally, over-the-top (OTT) multi-screen playout is a viable option with CloudPort, when the need arises. CloudPort has certainly simplified FLIK TV’s entire broadcast workflow so that we can concentrate on what’s most important — delivering a world-class entertain- Amagi’s CloudPort channel playout platform allows Indonesia’s FLIK TV to support the entire playout workflow — from content preparation to storage and archival, playlist management and scheduling, graphics insertion, playout, delivery and monitoring. ment experience to our subscribers. Choosing a cloud channel playout platform over satellite, we got off the ground quickly and we now have the financial freedom to launch feeds in new regions in less than four weeks. Lavesh Samtani is COO at FLIK TV. ADB enhances content accessibility The online graphyne2 Multiscreen UX offers optimised user interfaces for a range of device technologies with common business logic, connecting the user experience between mobile devices, tablets, PCs, smart TVs and set-top boxes. graphyne2, ADB’s next-generation personal TV software platform, is now enhanced with the Multiscreen UX function. The new capability is designed to help operators simplify the delivery of content, along with key service features such as search and user personalisation across multiple devices. The online graphyne2 Multiscreen UX offers optimised user interfaces for a range of device technologies with common business logic, connecting the user experience between mobile devices, tablets, PCs, smart TVs and set-top boxes (STBs) — as well as a roadmap for the TVs supporting operator apps, which can be added to the HbbTV 2.0 specification. The result for operators is reduced integration costs and less need for ongoing investment, according to ADB. The graphyne2 Multiscreen UX is also fully customisable and gives connected operators, including IPTV, two-way cable and over-the-top (OTT) providers, much more flexibility in managing the look and feel of their interface remotely through the App configurator. Wojciech Doganowski, VP product marketing, personal TV at ADB, said: “Subscribers want to enjoy content through whichever device they prefer, along with access to extended features such as search, personalisation and recommendations in a consistent platform that takes advantage of the strengths and overcomes the weaknesses of each device.” The problem for operators, he pointed out, is that, with an increasingly fragmented assortment of STBs and customer-owned-yet-service-supported devices, they need a way of reducing the cost burden while paving the way for the enablement of new revenue generating services and third-party products. “Our Multiscreen UX approach addresses both of these issues by delivering a set of unique presentation layers for each device category, along with a unified back-end that helps operators to offer consistency and reliability across the entire device estate,” Doganowski concluded.