Cloud-based technology company Amagi has announced that A+E Networks UK has transitioned playout and service delivery for its entire portfolio of 30 channels in Europe to Amagi’s cloud platform running on Amazon Web Services (AWS).


Amagi: Moves its playout to the cloud with Amagi and Amazon Web Services

All 30 channels across EMEA will now be delivered and managed by Amagi. The channels consist of 23 from A+E Networks UK, based in London, and seven from A+E Networks Italia in Rome. A+E Networks UK, a joint venture between Hearst and Sky, is a media network reaching 58 million homes across 100 countries.

For A+E Networks UK, Amagi deployed CLOUDPORT, its cloud platform built on AWS cloud infrastructure to support end-to-end broadcast workflows and managed playout services. Initially set up as a business continuity playout option, the operation was transitioned to be the primary facility in a matter of weeks.

The service is equipped with SLA-driven 24x7 monitoring using advanced technology tools, and L1, L2 and L3 support personnel. Amagi has extensive network operations centre capabilities with a full stack of home-grown monitoring technology that allows for effective end-to-end monitoring and management of the entire broadcast infrastructure.

Matt Westrup, vice president of technology and operations at A+E Networks EMEA, commented: “This partnership is an important milestone in our goal to create an effective, scalable and future-facing operation in the cloud that is well-positioned in our supply chain. It allows us greater flexibility to manage our evolving EMEA portfolio. With the level of visibility, agility and control that the cloud offers, we can now manage our broadcast operations in EMEA remotely, and this has been a huge advantage for us especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Baskar Subramanian, CEO of Amagi, said: “A+E Networks UK has been at the forefront of delivering exciting and original programming to viewers across EMEA. Our partnership with a renowned brand such as A+E Networks UK is yet another testament to the broadcast-grade reliability and operational maturity that Amagi’s cloud managed services on AWS is delivering on a global scale. We are excited to bring the unparalleled advantages of cloud technologies to A+E Networks UK, enabling them to innovate and distribute their unique content to viewers in Europe.”

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