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FOX SPORTS Australia Selects IBM Aspera for Seamless Delivery of Sports Content

Tuesday, Sep 06, 2016

ARMONK, N.Y., Sept. 6, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced that FOX SPORTS Australia Pty Limited, the country's leading producer of sports television coverage, has selected high-speed file transfer solutions from IBM Aspera to streamline and accelerate the content sharing capabilities of global providers.

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FOX SPORTS broadcasts more than 13,000 hours of live sports programming every year across the network's seven channels, in addition to quality programming it sources from outlets all over the world. As the company expanded and more providers were added to the mix, the process of program sourcing grew increasingly convoluted and time consuming.

To simplify and accelerate the process, FOX SPORTS turned to IBM's Aspera Shares and Aspera Point-to-Point software.  With Point to Point, providers initiate and manage secure high-speed transfers.  Once the transfer is completed, administrators at FOX are immediately notified that the content is ready. The files are then passed through a series of steps including transcoding and QC checks via Telestream Vantage. Once editing and processing is completed, the finished content is uploaded to Aspera Shares for distribution where it can be browsed and downloaded at high-speed by users with appropriate access rights.

"The Aspera implementation immediately improved the way we receive and process content," said Judd Walliker, Broadcast Services Manager at FOX Sports Australia. "We're able to receive programs faster than ever before and no longer have to search for physical content. The Aspera solution is trusted and widely deployed in the media industry, so we could leverage digital transfer with multiple partners."

"FOX SPORTS needed to implement a customizable ingest platform with multiple applications to assist and service third party content providers that need to push assets to them in a predictable, reliable and secure manner. The Aspera solution meets their present need with the added benefit of simplifying and speeding up the whole process and providing expansion for the future," said John Wastcoat, Vice President, Business Development at Aspera.

Aspera is demonstrating its entire portfolio of high-speed transfer products for data delivery, sharing and exchange at IBC2016 from September 9-13 in Amsterdam, Hall 7, Stand G20.

About FOX SPORTS Australia

FOX SPORTS Australia Pty Limited (FOX SPORTS) is Australia's leading producer of sports television coverage and is home to Australia's favourite subscription television sports channels as well as Australia's number one general sports website. FOX SPORTS is owned by News Corp Australia and is located in a brand-new, purpose-built broadcast facility in Artarmon on Sydney's North Shore, with operations nationwide in Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide and Brisbane. FOX SPORTS compiles and produces the FOX SPORTS 1, FOX SPORTS 2, FOX SPORTS 3, FOX SPORTS 4, FOX SPORTS 5, FOX FOOTY and FOX SPORTS News subscription television channels, available via the Foxtel subscription television platform.

About Aspera

Aspera, an IBM company, is the creator of next-generation transport technologies that move the world's data at maximum speed regardless of file size, transfer distance and network conditions. For more information about IBM Aspera visit http://www.asperasoft.com and follow us on Twitter @asperasoft.

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IBM Media Relations

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Louise Wells

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aspera@rlyl.com

Kim Willsher

Red Lorry Yellow Lorry

(+1) 310 569 2603

aspera@rlyl.com

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