Australian Broadcasting Company

Powering File-Based Syndication System with High-Speed Transfers

Australian Broadcasting Corporation replaces legacy satellite system with Aspera software for content ingest and distribution.

 

Australia’s national public broadcaster, Australian Broadcasting Corporation provides television, radio, online, and mobile services throughout the country.

ABC has deployed Aspera technology as the foundation for their File Based Syndication system, automating workflow and high-speed content distribution to satellite offices throughout Australia from a distribution point in Sydney. Using Aspera’s comprehensive API’s, ABC was able to create an interactive dashboard to centrally manage and monitor the entire system. The complete solution streamlined workflows, while providing greater visibility into the syndication system at reduced costs.

Prior to implementing this system, content for syndication was distributed via satellite. The legacy system was replaced using technology provided by Aspera, making it possible for ABC to expeditiously deliver high quality content to multiple locations from a single point. The implementation includes a combination of the Aspera Enterprise Server, Aspera Point-to-Point, and the Aspera Software Developer Kit. From Sydney headquarters, the Aspera Enterprise Server allows an unlimited number of simultaneous transfers with no restriction to file size, and automatically pushes assets to the Point-to-Point desktop transfer clients deployed in Hobart, Darwin, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne and Canberra for rebroadcast.

The Aspera API's were instrumental in creating the system, allowing centralized remote server management through the use of a rich and interactive user interface with reporting, job control, queue management, and monitoring. Using the Aspera Web Service API's, the ABC built a platform to allow automated content syndication with ingestion from its Grass Valley video servers and distribution to the remote play out centers as well as the ability to handle urgent job requests, which allows priority jobs to rise to the top of the queue. This included options to programmatically define bandwidth constraints "on-the-fly" to facilitate fine-grained control of the delivery priorities and bandwidth resources used.

“Using Aspera's API's, the ABC was able to create a very interactive and rich user interface to monitor and control syndication workflow”, said Tony Silva, head of IT at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. “In addition to the SDK, the very reliable high-speed transfer software has allowed us to achieve our vision.”

 

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“Using Aspera's API's, the ABC was able to create a very interactive and rich user interface to monitor and control syndication workflow. In addition to the SDK, the very reliable high-speed transfer software has allowed us to achieve our vision.”Tony Silva, head of IT