Navy charity and media organisation, the British Forces Broadcasting Service (BFBS) has chosen BT to future-proof supply of its content material for UK armed forces serving abroad and at sea.
BFBS supplies serving personnel and their households abroad with a wide range of tv and radio providers by way of satellite tv for pc, together with a bespoke mixture of present British TV, public service broadcasting and entry to premium sports activities, collection, and flicks.
From April, this content material – which is curated at BFBS’s headquarters within the UK – can be encoded and multiplexed by BT’s Media and Broadcast unit, utilizing its new virtualised platform hosted at BT Tower.
BFBS will be part of BT’s clever broadcast platform, Vena, for content material contribution and distribution. BT can even present uplink providers from its earth station in Herefordshire to a few of the satellites utilized by BFBS to achieve its world viewers.
Ben Chapman, CEO of BFBS, stated: “Shifting to BT’s Vena community and virtualised platform provides us the agility to flex and alter to the evolving wants of our armed forces abroad. It additionally ensures a safe, strong, and future-proof methodology of delivering our media content material.
“BFBS is already a trusted and dependable supply of media for the army, and this partnership with BT strengthens the expertise behind the distribution of our TV, radio, and knowledge providers. That is very important, as our channels enhance wellbeing and morale for these deployed worldwide, not solely in well-connected areas, however in distant and austere places too.”
BFBS joins a rising variety of broadcasters on the Vena platform that may course of and simplify content material manufacturing and distribution. The settlement additionally consists of the supply of digital coding and multiplexing, primarily combining a number of content material streams into one earlier than distribution to armed forces personnel watching in a number of places throughout the globe. All this can be underneath one umbrella service with full end-to-end, round the clock monitoring supplied from its Worldwide Media Centre at BT Tower.
Faisal Mahomed, Director of BT Media and Broadcast & UK Portfolio Companies stated: “We’re excited to assist BFBS with this transition to cloud-based broadcasting. It’s an organisation with a objective that sits on the coronary heart of BT’s ambitions to attach for good, and we are going to assist them carry content material day by day to armed forces personnel and their households all over the world – together with these typically serving in tough or excessive places.
“Our Vena platform was constructed to supply broadcasters the resilience and suppleness to serve audiences wherever they’re, and it is a nice instance of its potential for the business.
“BT has an extended historical past of supporting the armed forces and this new partnership with BFBS is constructing on that heritage and utilizing the ability of expertise to future-proof providers for an organisation that entertains, informs, connects and champions the UK’s armed forces each domestically and throughout the globe.”