Taking a two-team approach to growth
When Belgian OTT service provider, Freecaster, were looking to add more capability to their live and VOD workflows to meet the growing needs of broadcaster RTBF and their high-profile fashion clients, Garland was there to help.
The old adage may be that “two heads are better than one,” but at Garland we believe that “two teams of streaming experts are better than one.” That’s certainly the case with our recent partnership with live streaming specialist, Freecaster (winner of the 2004 Apple Design Award for Best QuickTime Content for Entertainment).
Freecaster – based in Belgium, with an office in Paris – provide live-stream encoding, VOD and HD video production for a range of high-end brand clients, including Louis Vuitton, Hermes and TAG Heuer, and for global giants, such as Disney and Google. So, it was no surprise when they won a major contract from Belgium’s French-language broadcaster, Radio Télévision Belge de la Communauté Française (RTBF).
RTBF was eager to bring full coverage of Euro 2016 to all its French-speaking football fans across southern Belgium. Whether viewers were watching on their televisions or over the Internet on their computer screens or mobile devices via the company’s new Auvio platform, RTBF wanted to broadcast this major sporting event broadcast in high quality and without compromise.
“We started by providing RTBF with streaming for broadcasting the Euro matches,” explains Raymond Dulieu, CEO of Freecaster. “But since the start of August, all of RTBF’s productions have been passing through our servers. We’ve been providing 100 per cent of the video and audio streaming for their web and mobile services.”
The Freecaster team was looking to upgrade their end-to-end video workflows, and needed a solution that would ensure quality, reliability and flexibility both now and for expansion in the future. Garland was able to supply Freecaster with the video technology they needed to ensure they met RTBF’s high standards.
“We provided Freecaster with technology that reliably delivers on the key needs of this new client, as well as prepares them for growth,” says Lorna Garrett, Commercial Director of Garland. “We supplied them with six Media Excel HERO DS9 transcoders in a 1+1 redundant architecture and one HERO Management server across their two data centres in Belgium and France.”
Freecaster will continue to see huge growth in demand for their services as they produce VOD and live streams throughout Europe, as well as in China, the US and Brazil for existing clients, and aim to bring on new global clients to add to their already impressive list.
“They’re already talking to us about 4K UHD services,” states Lorna. “We’re excited at what the future will bring as we continue to work together as strategic partners.”