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Alibaba Cloud brings VoD service to Europe

AI-powered metadata enrichment allows intelligent video-editing with enhanced security feature

The cloud computing arm of Alibaba Group, Alibaba Cloud, has announced that its ApsaraVideo for VoD service will be available to European customers for the first time.

Announced recently at IBC2018, the platform availability builds on the commitment of the company to cater for rapidly increasing local customer demand.

ApsaraVideo for VoD is a streaming platform to support on-demand content, based on Alibaba Cloud’s hosting and delivery networks and large-scale distributed real-time transcoding technology.

The platform offers a web-based management console, APIs, and software development kits, so users can manage their own on-demand video end-to-end or integrate with their own apps and services. The AI-powered metadata enrichment allows users to ingest and process their content to review, understand what they have, and edit both content and metadata with an option to enable the fingerprint security feature for copyright protection, all without the need for a physical edit suite.

“Extending our ApsaraVideo for VoD service to the European market is an important milestone for Alibaba Cloud as we deliver on our strategy to be an enabler for media innovations, helping broadcasters and media enterprises do business anywhere they are,” said Yeming Wang, general manager of Alibaba Cloud EMEA. “Our market leading end-to-end VoD platform will provide our customers in Europe with even more advanced solutions, helping to improve audience engagement and improve business operation efficiency.”

From October onwards, European customers will be able to access AsparaVideo for VoD through Alibaba Cloud’s European-based availability zones.