Sky Italia

Sky Italia optimizes its broadcast supply chain

Game-changing IT infrastructure achieves new efficiencies and dynamic workflow improvements

 

Recognized as Italy’s most popular pay-TV company, Sky Italia delivers an exceptionally vast and diverse array of programming to its 4.7 million subscribers, including exclusive soccer coverage, multiple sports, cinema and entertainment channels. With about 250 post-production partners providing short-form media content (advertising and promotions), it became necessary for Sky Italia to look into an upgraded broadcast network infrastructure that would effectively cope with the increasing demands of the contribution process and streamline broadcast operations.

“Our primary objective with this new implementation is to shorten lead times on material procurement,” explained Martin Brannigan, head of broadcast operations at Sky Italia. “We are looking to achieve maximum velocity to on-air playout with high-performance media ingest, delivery and distribution workflows.”

Aspera software was selected as the core technology solution of choice following a thorough evaluation, which involved performing large-scale transfers with major content partners at global distances. They deployed an Aspera Connect Server in the Milan facility’s DMZ that acts as the central ingest server, where all content is uploaded from trusted partners outside the Sky Italia network. Using the Aspera Point-to-Point software, the incoming media can then be automatically delivered to the broadcast network where on-air playout capabilities reside. With another instance of the Aspera Point-to-Point software deployed in the Rome facility, the system simultaneously provides a high-performance disaster/recovery architecture between the two sites, capable of moving up to 2 terabytes of data each day. With the Aspera Console installed within Sky Italia’s IT network in Milan, operators have the ability to manage, control and monitor all transfer activity, bandwidth utilization and server configurations.

“This new infrastructure is game-changing for us. The efficiencies, compressed lead times and cost savings are the key reasons behind the deployment of Aspera software,” said Martin Brannigan, Head of Broadcast Operations. “Not only does Aspera software offer excellent ease-of-use for our operators, its transport technology stands out as the emerging standard with a majority of our media partners.”

 

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“This new infrastructure is game-changing for us. The efficiencies, compressed lead times and cost savings are the key reasons behind the deployment of Aspera software.” Martin Brannigan, Head of Broadcast Operations