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Unifying ingest in the cloud

Visitors to the IBC Content Everywhere zone this week will be able to sample the new cloud-based Unified Ingest Service from thePlatform that is designed to simplify pay-TV operators’ multiscreen video offerings by centrally managing how video and its associated metadata is ingested and managed on set-top boxes and other devices.

While video file ingest provides greater simplicity for dealing with content providers and the versatility to shift more towards IP-delivery in the future, metadata ingest centralises and normalises metadata from multiple sources.

thePlatform’s Unified Ingest Service provides pay-TV providers with a foundation to leverage their existing infrastructure investments while migrating towards an all IP-based architecture. It is currently used to support more than 20 million pay-TV subscribers, and is available as a standalone service or as part of a broader suite of video publishing services powered by thePlatform’s mpx system.

Companies that rely on thePlatform as their cloud-based, central hub for managing, monetising, and distributing shows, movies, and other videos include the majority of the top 50 most-watched cable programming networks in North America, including USA Network, History Channel, A+E, E!, Syfy, Travel Channel Media, and others

Broadcasters including CBS, FOX, NBCUniversal, CBC, Bell Media, Shaw Media; pay-TV providers including Liberty Global, Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Cablevision, Cox, Rogers, BT, Telstra and OTT subscription services such as shomi, Stan, Viaplay are also customers of thePlatform.