Channel 4

Speeding on demand workflows with Aspera's cloud-ready file transfer solution

Channel 4 selects Aspera On Demand for its popular 4oD service


Channel 4 is a publicly owned and commercially funded television broadcaster in the UK. In addition to the main Channel 4 service, the company’s portfolio includes E4, More4, Film4 and 4Music, as well as an ever-growing range of online activities such as, Channel 4’s bespoke video-on-demand service, 4oD, and standalone digital projects. 

Faced with hundreds of hours of proprietary and third-party content in various formats that needed to be delivered to different platforms each week, Channel 4 was hindered by the bottlenecks and reliability issues it encountered during the transfer process. 

After reviewing their options, Channel 4 selected Aspera On Demand, which enables high-speed transfer of large data files and volumes directly to cloud object storage. The positive feedback they received about Aspera from their service partners – as well as their own past experience with Aspera technology – reinforced the company’s decision to implement Aspera On Demand. 

Channel 4 was able to quickly and easily integrate Aspera On Demand into its existing IT infrastructure that interfaces with several third-party workflows. 

With Aspera On Demand, the broadcaster now benefits from a powerful, easy-to-manage solution that significantly reduces transfer times while maintaining high-level security and reliability. Video content is transferred efficiently and securely from Channel 4’s playout provider in West London to its cloud object storage in Dublin, Ireland. 

Using Aspera, Channel 4 now delivers approximately 7 terabytes of video per month to 14 platforms. 


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