Allin Interactive

High-speed distribution of HD movies to hotels with Aspera

Allin Interactive embeds Aspera fasp high-speed transport in DigiHD™ ITV for rapid and secure delivery of HD content to hospitality industry

 

Allin Interactive is a leading interactive television (ITV) systems and platform provider for the hospitality industry. Allin specializes in developing applications that deliver encrypted pay-per-view films and other in-room programs such as restaurant reservations, games, event ticketing and promotional messaging. Allin initially focused on the cruise ship industry, delivering content via physical media shipments and rapidly accruing a 90% market share. Allin expanded to include the hotel industry, delivering its in-room programs via the web to eliminate the need for complex shipping operations.

Allin was looking for a transfer solution to efficiently distribute dozens of movies to hundreds of customer sites, accommodating extremely dense traffic during peak periods at the beginning of each month when up to 30 new film titles must be shipped out to each location simultaneously.

Allin selected Aspera after reviewing several other options, finding that other solutions did not deliver the performance improvement Allin was looking for and were not cost effective because they required expensive hardware installations at each of Allin’s large number of client properties. With Aspera, Allin was able to leverage existing commodity hardware to deploy Aspera’s transfer software at their own facility as well as at clients’ properties, avoiding the need for dedicated servers at each location. Allin installed Aspera Enterprise Server software in their office and incorporated Aspera’s Embedded Client into their own application, which was installed at each property.

In addition to using Aspera to deliver content to hotels, Allin also uses Aspera to receive movies from studios. Aspera fulfilled many of Allin’s needs for pulling content from studios – high-speed transfers, 100% reliability, and bulletproof security, which was critical because in-transit encryption is a requirement in many of Allin’s contracts with the studios.

“Aspera has enabled us to license higher quality, newer content from the studios because they know and use Aspera, so they trust that our transfers are 100% secure,” said Eric Immerman, Senior Vice President of Software Development at Allin. “We are one of the first ITV companies in the United States authorized to offer first-run high-definition movies from many of the Hollywood studios. Aspera added to our credibility to make this happen.”

Aspera’s fasp transport technology fully utilizes the available bandwidth for each property, regardless of network conditions, leading Allin to garner a 30 to 35% increase in transfer speeds even on the slowest, most unreliable connections at remote locations while also remaining fair to other network traffic and not impeding guests’ internet browsing experience. “Aspera works better the worse the network line, so now we’ve got reliability at all of our properties. That’s definitely a benefit,” said Immerman. Aspera is able to run on existing hardware and eliminates the need for complex shipping operations, providing significant cost savings.

 

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“We are one of the first ITV companies in the United States authorized to offer first-run high-definition movies from many of the Hollywood studios. Aspera added to our credibility to make this happen.”Eric Immerman, Senior Vice president of Software Development