South African pay-TV platform MultiChoice is to adopt Elemental technologies for its planned timeshifted SVOD service.
This new offer will support MultiChoice DStv Box Office and MultiChoice DStv Catch-up such that premium subscribers can watch the latest movies, sports and television shows up to seven days after they air. In the short term Elemental technology will be used for the live streaming and video-on-demand (VOD) delivery of its DStv online service, which makes sports and entertainment content available on smart phones and tablets to more than 10 million subscribers in Sub-Saharan Africa.
“Our biggest challenges with this expansion were managing scalability and our ability to react to market conditions as we launched new services,” said Jean-Pierre Rossouw, Head of Department, Video On Demand Operations for MultiChoice. “With Elemental, we were able to adapt to a rapidly increasing volume of content and growing subscriber base while meeting customer expectations around the clock. It gives us confidence to know that we are using reliable products that come with great support.”
Multichoice will run the Elemental Conductor software and Elemental Live systems to ingest, process and deliver DStv Online content in multiple bitrates to an Akamai CDN for live streaming to mobile devices and the web.
In the MultiChoice VOD workflow, Elemental Server systems transcode content into MP4 and Smooth Streaming formats for output to GB Lab’s Space storage system. Additionally, Elemental software is integrated with the Clearleap multiscreen platform for creation of automated MultiChoice Sport clips with output as MP4 assets and Irdeto for digital rights management (DRM).
For its forthcoming SVOD service, MultiChoice will employ the Elemental Delta video delivery platform to ingest tens of thousands of assets, which will be fed to a CDN for OTT delivery to subscribers.