NPO expands streaming operations for Summer Olympics

Nederlandse Publieke Omroep (NPO) – the Netherlands public broadcasting system – has increased its streaming operations with the purchase of 10 dual-channel Digital Rapids encoding systems.
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Nederlandse Publieke Omroep (NPO) – the Netherlands public broadcasting system – has expanded its streaming operations with the purchase of 10 dual-channel Digital Rapids encoding systems. The new encoders complement NPO's existing deployment of Digital Rapids solutions, and have been added in support of streaming projects including this year's European football championships, Tour de France cycling and NPO broadcaster Nederlandse Omroep Stichting's (NOS) online and mobile coverage of the 2012 London Olympic Games. The Digital Rapids systems are in constant, full-time operation at NPO, encoding live source video feeds of the three Dutch public broadcasting channels as well as dedicated event and theme channels. The encoders' flexible format support is a key benefit for NPO as they migrate from traditional streaming protocols to HTTP-based adaptive streaming while bringing their content to devices from desktop computers to tablets and mobile phones. "The reliability and resilience of Digital Rapids' encoders allow us to run our operations 24/7 without interruptions, while their quality, deep configurability and format flexibility are also significant advantages," said Jeroen Mol, manager at NPO ICT 3, NPO's internal service provider organisation for networking, internet hosting, application support and streaming services. "Digital Rapids is the only supplier who met our requirements, and their solutions are also very cost-efficient. We have relied on Digital Rapids solutions as our encoding platform for many major, high-profile events, and look forward to continuing to do so in the future." "We're thrilled that NPO is expanding their use of our encoding systems, and that they will again be using them to power NOS' online coverage of the London Olympic Games and other premium sporting events," said Clive Vickery, managing director, EMEA and Asia at Digital Rapids. "Our solutions continue to deliver the outstanding quality and reliability that media organisations require to bring superior multi-platform experiences to their audiences, with the flexibility that enables our customers to adapt to the evolving technical and business requirements of the multi-screen media landscape." www.digitalrapids.com


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