DIRECTV Latin America

High-speed file transfers reduce need for tapes

DirectTV Latin America deploys Aspera software to streamline post-production and distribution of HD content

 

DIRECTV Latin America(DTVLA) is the leading satellite television provider in Latin America and the Caribbean, producing and broadcasting content for more than 9 million customers across Latin America and the Caribbean. DTVLA has selected Aspera to streamline editing, post-production and distribution of content, spanning six broadcast facilities on two continents. Since installing Aspera’s technology, efficiency and productivity has increased five-fold, and the broadcaster has reduced HD tape usage by 35-40 percent.

Before using Aspera, the post-production and distribution process involved receiving, editing, dubbing and shipping physical tapes—a resource- and time-intensive process. Furthermore, as HD content became the new standard in broadcast, the cost of tape skyrocketed. DTVLA needed to move to a file-based workflow to create a faster, more efficient and cheaper collaboration and post-production process. In turn, they also needed to work with a technology provider that would enable them to make that transition.

To shift to this file-based workflow, DTVLA selected Aspera’s patented fasp technology because of its security and reliability, and because it proved best-suited to manage the often 65-85 gigabyte files that needed to be shared. Content providers from across the globe can easily upload content to DTVLA’s Aspera servers at maximum speed. From there, the video editor at DTVLA’s central facility in El Segundo, Calif., can download the files directly into the Final Cut program to edit and finalize for distribution and promo-production. The editor then simply sends the file up to the Aspera server, allowing each production center to download the file and push the content onto their playout servers. The need for dubs is entirely eliminated—every facility can get the same file via Aspera’s servers.

“Aspera’s technology has been instrumental in helping us achieve our goal of moving to a file-based workflow,” said Robbie Mitriani, senior manager of on-air operations at DIRECTV Latin America. “Since using Aspera, efficiency and productivity has easily increased five-fold by freeing up my staff’s time. We trust Aspera as a secure, reliable and irreplaceable tool in our collaboration infrastructure.”

 

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“Since using Aspera, efficiency and productivity has easily increased five-fold by freeing up my staff’s time. We trust Aspera as a secure, reliable and irreplaceable tool in our collaboration infrastructure.”Robbie Mitriani, Senior Manager of On-air Operations