IMG Partners With Arqiva In Live Playout Deal


SIN / GBR: Arqiva, an international satellite and media services provider, has announced a long-term deal with global leader in sports, events, media and fashion, IMG, to deliver two live sports playout channels in Singapore.

The deal - which will see both playout channels go live on 30 April - will also see Arqiva provide IMG with additional occasional use (OU) support for global sporting events throughout 2018, including the A-League Football and National Rugby League (NRL) in Australia, and the US Major Soccer League (MLS).

Building on an existing 10-year relationship with IMG - established through its delivery of UK Premier League coverage to the Asia region - Arqiva aims to aid IMG's ambitious growth goals, with scope to support future rights deals with additional playout and OU capabilities over the course of the contract.

Arqiva will deploy an integrated solution, combining live sports presentation and remote editing functionality. Playout will be managed remotely from Arqiva's state-of-the-art Chalfont Grove site in the UK and provide access to systems via HTML5 web interfaces to IMG's Singapore-based production team.

Key technical functionalities of the system include:

  • Ingest of live and file-based material, and simultaneous creation of proxy media during ingest;
  • Remote browsing of all content held within Arqiva's Chalfont-based systems;
  • Open-file working to allow editing to commence within a few seconds of recording;
  • Segmentation and edit tools to allow removal of ad breaks, profanity, etc;
  • Rapid turnaround integration with dynamic updates and automation system;
  • Occasional use satellite capacity for live events coverage.

Chris Guinness, Senior Vice President of Media at IMG, said: "Having worked with Arqiva for a decade, we have seen first-hand its expertise delivering content across borders to our audiences in Singapore. We are confident that Arqiva's strong and reliable track record, and its understanding of and support for our business growth goals in Asia, will form the foundation for a successful partnership delivering longer-term playout and OU capacity within this key market."

Chris Walder, Senior Vice President, Asia Pacific at Arqiva, said: "We are delighted to be extending our relationship with IMG and working with its team even more closely than before. With seven members of IMG staff now situated in our offices in Singapore, they join a host of Asian media giants - including 11 Sports, Discovery and Asian Tour Media - in our ranks.
"By facilitating day-to-day access to both the Arqiva support team and its broadcasting peers, we hope to foster a collaborative environment in which IMG can thrive and work with us to make this venture a success."

Alex Pannell, Managing Director of Satellite & Media at Arqiva, added: "At Arqiva we pride ourselves on delivering both commercial and channel flexibility to all of our customers. It is for this reason that tier one global broadcasters and content owners, such as IMG, are leveraging our media hub to deliver services to their audiences around the world.
"The Asian market - in particular Singapore - is an increasingly important region for both IMG and Arqiva. We look forward to developing our relationship with IMG."

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