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DAZN and Vodafone partner for German market, Grass Valley welcomes new tech alliance members, and more…

Today's news round up features DAZN and Vodafone teaming up in Germany, Grass Valley welcoming a dozen more members to its tech alliance, Quantum updating its platforms, and Marquis doing likewise with its PostFlux platform

DAZN and Vodafone team up for sports offering in Germany

DAZN has today announced that it has partnered with telecoms giant Vodafone to offer sports content in the German market.

Customers will now get full access to DAZN via the app and receive two complimentary linear HD channels as part of the enhanced package (€9.99 per month for a one-year contract). The two HD channels, DAZN1 and DAZN2, will each show approximately 16 hours of the best sports content every day and include the UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League and Bundesliga.

“DAZN’s philosophy is to make premium sport more accessible and affordable for all fans,” said Ben King, chief subscription officer, DAZN Group. “This consumer-centric partnership with Vodafone now brings DAZN to more than five million German households, regardless of whether they can access the app on their set-top box and lets them pay for all their entertainment on a single bill. It is a great example of how entertainment services and operators can collaborate together to deliver more intuitive and satisfying viewing experiences for all sport fans.”

Rolf Wierig, global head of entertainment at Vodafone Group, added: “This extends our existing partnership with DAZN and perfectly demonstrates Vodafone’s positioning as a leading video content aggregation platform, delivering a superior experience across high-quality TV and flexible on-demand video streaming, with best-in-class service provider cooperation. We extend a very warm welcome to all the fantastic new high definition channels DAZN will bring to our GigaTV premium sports line-up in Germany.”

Grass Valley Technology Alliance reaches 21 members

Grass Valley has welcomed 12 new members to its Grass Valley Technology Alliance (GVTA), the company has announced, taking its total membership to 21. The certification programme provides benefits to customers, including “improved purchasing confidence” as well as access to a wide range of systems and solutions that are interoperable with Grass Valley platforms and workflow components.

“The Grass Valley Technology Alliance has grown exponentially since its inception 18 months ago. It now includes 21 diverse companies that brings together a range of expertise, passion and experience to help our customers as they strive to meet consumer demand for captivating content on any screen,” said Tim Shoulders, CEO and president of Grass Valley. “Grass Valley has always taken a customer first approach, and thanks to the strong relationships we have built in the industry through programs like the GVTA, we can continue to support our customers as they innovate and entertain.”

Active enhancements from Quantum 

Quantum has announced a couple of bits of news in the last day or so. First is that has upgraded its ActiveScale platform with features including data security, increased capacity efficiency and performance. The company said it had also added a more compact, entry level configuration to its portfolio. 

“With data quickly becoming the most valuable asset for many enterprises and critical for business survival, object storage is emerging as the preferred archive format to handle massive unstructured data growth,” said Eric Burgener, Research Vice President, Infrastructure Systems, Platforms and Technologies Group, IDC. “Enterprises seeking to monetise their growing data stores will clearly benefit from the efficient, highly available, secure and scalable unstructured storage platforms vendors like Quantum are bringing to the market.”

In other news, the company has announced the the latest version of its parallel file system, StorNext 7, introducing the new File System Pools feature to “automate data placement on NVMe and HDD storage for high-throughput, low-latency workloads”.

Marquis Broadcast updates Postflux to include After Effects workflow

Marquis Broadcast has updated its PostFlux platform that enables facilities using both Adobe Premiere Pro and After Effects to share projects and media in extended and remote workflows.

Marquis Broadcast’s Managing Director, Paul Glasgow, explains, “Postflux simplifies and transforms the reliability of extended Adobe Premiere Pro project-based workflows so we’re pleased to be able to add After Effects support. Missing media can be a nightmare for companies, so Postflux not only checks for this but also ensures project integrity from the point of origination through to archiving, helping transform production efficiency.”