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Fox Sports 1 Selects Aframe to Get Breaking Sports News and Insider Content to Air
|By Business Wire
|March 17, 2014 07:00 AM EDT
announced the success of its cloud video production and asset management
platform at the FOX Sports 1 broadcast channel. FOX Sports 1’s
Assignment Desk relies on Aframe technology for automated ingest and
delivery of content from its global network partners and freelance
sports journalists, called “stringers” for news media submission
Launched in the fall of 2013, FOX
Sports 1 features a variety of sports including: NFL programming,
college basketball, college football, NASCAR, soccer, UFC and starting
in 2014, Major League Baseball. FOX Sports 1 leverages Aframe’s ability
to accept secure footage of various sporting personalities and events,
from a wide range of professional equipment from around the world, and
then to convert this content into the DVCPRO format for editing or
playout to air. Aframe also creates a traditional H.264 proxy for their
review and approval process which provides a more efficient contribution
file delivery model.
The Aframe-backed workflow won a 2014
Visionary End User award for FOX Networks Group at the Storage
Visions conference in January.
“Aframe’s private cloud solution provides an easy mechanism for making
content easily accessible for people who need it immediately, in a
self-service model,” said Wendy Allen, vice president of media
engineering at FOX Sports. “It’s a new paradigm shift that will save FOX
time and money.”
In addition, FOX Sports 1 has used Aframe’s secure private cloud video
production platform to:
- Save bandwidth on proxy transcoding - because Aframe transcodes
FOX Sports 1’s original content to the h.264 proxy at the time of
ingest, instead of requiring Fox download all footage prior to
- Lessen on premise transcoding software reliance - by using
Aframe to handle the heavy lifting of transcode work, since Aframe can
accept a wide range of professional video formats.
- Maximize storage utilization - since FOX Sports 1 doesn’t need
to download all footage that is sent in by stringers, it requires less
onsite storage capacity, mitigating capital costs.
”Broadcast workflows today still contain steps where manual
intervention, such as transcoding, is essential - and in competitive TV
formats like sport, that simply can’t exist any longer,” said David
Peto, CEO of Aframe. “We’re honored to be recognized by FOX Sports 1 for
the innovative way Aframe saves time and money in getting content from
around the world and on air in dramatically improved efficiency,” he
Aframe is a cloud
video production system with capabilities in collaboration, review
and approval, archive and tagging. Already many thousands of video
professionals around the world rely on Aframe to organize and streamline
video production or as an adjunct to existing media asset management
(MAM) solutions. Aframe users upload their raw video footage from
wherever they are in the world onto Aframe’s cloud, securely store it
there, and share it with anyone, anywhere as they collaborate on TV,
film, corporate video or advertising spots. The timecode-specific
metadata that Aframe users generate can be transferred directly from the
cloud into any of the top 3 NLE platforms. Once there, the metadata
relinks with the original media – retaining all user changes
automatically. If desired Aframe can provide logging
services that makes video discoverable and expedite finding the
Aframe also can serve as a cloud-based MAM architecture to centralize a
library of production and broadcast-ready video assets and supporting
documentation. For more information visit www.aframe.com.
About FOX Sports 1
FOX Sports 1 is a new national 24-hour multi-sport channel that boasts
nearly 5,000 hours of live event, news and original programming
annually. The channel has seven pillar sports: college basketball and
football, MLB (in 2014), NASCAR, NFL (ancillary programs), soccer and
UFC. College football is highlighted by regular season coverage of Big
12, Pac-12 and Conference USA games, while the college basketball
spotlight shines on the Big East, Big 12, Pac-12 and Conference USA and
the Big East men’s basketball tournament. Starting in 2014, select MLB
League Championship Series and Division Series games as well as regular
season games are coming to the channel. FOX Sports 1 also carries select
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events beginning in 2015; NASCAR Camping World
Truck Series races; the NASCAR Sprint AllStar Race; and all Speed weeks
coverage, including Daytona 500 Qualifying, Sprint Unlimited at Daytona,
(2014, 2017-22) the Budweiser Duel, and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and
NCWTS Practice and Qualifying sessions. Additionally, FOX Sports 1
carries NASCAR RACEDAY, NASCAR VICTORY LANE and RACE HUB shows. The
channel also carries the world’s most prolific club soccer competitions,
like UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League and CONCACAF Champions
League, along with the world’s oldest soccer competition, the FA Cup;
plus CONCACAF Gold Cup; CONCACAF Qualifiers, EURO 2016 Qualifiers; 2018
FIFA World Cup Qualifiers; FIFA Women’s World Cup in 2015 and 2019; FIFA
Men’s World Cup in 2018 and 2022. In addition to Saturday pay-per-view
preliminary cards, Wednesday nights are home to the UFC with UFC
TONIGHT, live events and THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER. In Feb. 2014, FOX Sports
1 premieres FOX SPORTS 1 JOCKEY CLUB CHAMPIONS SERIES, a newly created
package of nationally televised races featuring the leading horses in
the country. FOX SPORTS LIVE is FOX Sports 1’s flagship 24/7 news,
opinion and highlights program, providing around the clock coverage
through regularly scheduled programs, hourly updates and an information
rich ticker. Original programs include:
FOX FOOTBALL DAILY, CROWD GOES WILD, a new live sports entertainment
talk show hosted by Regis Philbin; and the groundbreaking BEING:
documentary franchise. FOX Sports GO, a groundbreaking authenticated
mobile sports experience for iPhone, iPad, Android devices and the web,
serves as the channel’s digital extension. The app offers more than
1,100 live games and events from cross FOX Sports, FOX Sports 1 and FOX
Sports’ 22 regional sports networks, as well as scores, highlights,
news, stats and analysis. For more information visit www.FOXSports.com/FOXSports1.
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