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Zixi showcases global leading IP broadcast solutions at IBC2019

Zixi, an industry leader for enabling dependable, live broadcast-quality video over IP, recently announced that at IBC2019 the company will be featuring extensive existing and new functionalities from the cutting edge ZEN Master stream orchestration and management system and core Zixi Platform.

At IBC2019, Zixi will be exhibiting capabilities such as:

  • Enhanced ZEN Master integration with AWS, GCP and Azure – Users can connect, monitor and manage Zixi Broadcasters on their AWS, Google Cloud and Azure instances within ZEN Master, providing streamlined operations
  • Universal origination live transcoding in 4k – From a single mezzanine source, Zixi transcodes live 4k video to adaptive bitrates and codecs and then packages them into Zixi or other industry standard formats, such as MPEG DASH, HLS, and RTMP for delivery to CDNs, digital MVPDs, IRDs, social media and more – all managed through Zixi’s ZEN Master
  • Extended content and business analytics – Zixi offers robust network, transport, content quality, and business impact analytics with alerts so any issues are immediately identified and located for rapid root cause analysis and resolution
  • Machine learning predictive analytics – Zixi employs machine learning to estimate encoded video quality (ePSNR) without analysing the source video, providing predictive alerts protecting the quality of experience
  • Sequenced hitless failover over hybrid IP networks – The Zixi Platform applies a multiple alignment algorithm that works much like DNA sequence alignment, in order to reconstruct the original sequence of IP packets that best recreates the original stream fragments from a blend of internet, fibre, satellite, cellular, or any other IP connections for 99.999%+ reliability
  • Bonded hitless failover over hybrid IP networks – Zixi’s unique and dynamic network bonding capability can blend internet, fibre, satellite, cellular, or any other IP connections to form a virtual bonded network that is optimized for low-latency and 99.999% broadcast-quality reliability and intelligently manages fluctuating bandwidth, packet loss and latency differences of individual connections in real-time to choose the optimal path over IP
  • Highly customizable reporting – ZEN Master offers customisable granular reporting, including usage reports, status summaries, and up-time and outage reporting, providing both customers and partners the key data necessary to optimize their operations
  • Rich automation and scheduling capabilities – Organize and schedule repetitive tasks to optimize content publishing and broadcaster operations for increased operational scale, improve staff efficiencies, and optimize spend on cloud resources
  • Visualisation such as diagraming, mapping and grids – ZEN Master’s sophisticated and customizable UI allows users to view channels, grid-based object and resource monitoring, etc.  globally and at scale
  • Zixi RIST Protocol support – Zixi supports the RIST TR-06-1 and proposed TR-06-2 standards with a robust implementation that takes advantage of our long experience and proven protocol stack

“Zixi continues to experience phenomenal customer adoption and growth worldwide,” said Gordon Brooks, Executive Chairman and CEO, Zixi. “We look forward to meeting with our existing and new customers and partners at IBC to demonstrate the new features and capabilities we have developed for them and find out what other challenges and opportunities they have as the market continues to evolve.”

Zixi delivering broadcast video for the WTA Thoreau Open

Zixi, an industry leader for enabling dependable, live broadcast-quality video over all IP networks, has announced that it would be providing the delivery for the inaugural WTA Thoreau Open to the Tennis Channel – 16 and 17 August. A USTA Pro Circuit Event on the WTA and ITF calendars, the international event is being run in conjunction with the Thoreau Club and the Tim Mayotte Tennis Academy with top ranked players entered in preparation for the US Open.

Zixi’s cloud-based and on-premise software platform enables global media organisations to deliver and manage live, broadcast-quality HD and UHD video over IP. Because of its flexibility, reliability, and security, Zixi is trusted to stream some of the biggest live sporting events around the world, including the Super Bowl, the Olympics and World Cup soccer. With multi-cloud integration, robust content analytics, and low latency delivery of under 500 miliseconds, Zixi is the choice for video delivery over IP. Advanced features such as hitless failover and network bonding leverage multiple network connections and diverse network paths to form a virtual bonded network with higher bandwidth potential and redundancy that’s optimised for speed and consistency, giving broadcasters the confidence they need to transmit live video economically over IP vs satellite or cable.

“Zixi has long been trusted by the world’s most important programming and sporting events to deliver reliable, broadcast quality video,” said John Wastcoat, SVP Alliances and Marketing, Zixi. “We are very proud to have this additional opportunity to provide our expertise to the tennis community.”

On Friday, 16 August, the first singles semifinal will be broadcast live on the Tennis Channel at 3:30 PM EST with the second semifinal to follow not before 5pm EST on Tennis Channel Plus. On Saturday, 17 August, the doubles final will lead off at 12:30 PM EST on Tennis Channel Plus with the singles final to follow at 4 PM on Tennis Channel. Former world #7, co-founder of the Tim Mayotte Tennis Academy and tournament co-director Tim Mayotte will provide colour commentary for the broadcast.

Zixi announces partnership with Gigcasters for Hydra Live

Zixi, an industry leader for enabling dependable, live broadcast-quality video over IP, announced that Gigcasters, a prominent digital technology company that facilitates the digital distribution and monetization of content, has integrated Zixi in to the Hydra Live Encoder and Decoder to enable live video delivery over unmanaged IP networks at bitrates lower than standard fiber transport. Gigcasters has also added support for Zixi ZEN Master for the simple configuration, orchestration and monitoring of the devices and appliances that are part of the Zixi Enabled Network. With ZEN Master, media organisations can extend their reach, increase production speed and dramatically reduce operational costs.

Gigcaster Hydra Live is a turn-key live video acquisition and contribution platform that provides the features, resiliency, and quality that professional broadcasters demand in streams at up to 4K resolution. Designed to capture, encode, and deliver live video content in real time, the powerful software encoder and decoder cores allow for new features with easy updates. The Zixi integration provides content-aware and network adaptive forward error correction, time-controlled error recovery and on-the-go bitrate adaptation for a best-in-class quality of service.

“Zixi is the recognised market leader with well over 500 customers deployed in over 100 countries,” said Casey Charvet, CEO Gigcasters. “With their experience, innovation, quality and security, this integration gives our customers the ability to provide broadcast quality video and reliability, even when other options like satellite are off the table. This is of huge importance in the disrupted media landscape.”

“The software defined core of Hydra Live is much more forgiving and flexible than many hardware-based offerings,” said John Wastcoat, SVP Alliances and Marketing Zixi. “This makes it ideal for interoperable transport with other Zixi Enabled Network software-based offerings giving our mutual customers the upmost flexibility in expanding their workflows. We are very excited to add Gigcasters to the ecosystem”

The Zixi integrated Hydra Live platform will be demonstrated in the Zixi Partner Village at IBC in Amsterdam, 13-17 September.

GINX Esports TV adopts Zixi Platform for its global live Esports coverage

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Zixi, an industry leader for enabling dependable, live broadcast-quality video over unmanaged and managed IP has announced that GINX Esports TV, a leading international Esports channel, has adopted the Zixi Platform for dependable, secure broadcast-quality delivery over IP for its global live Esports coverage.

GINX Esports TV is the leading international Esports TV channel, offering linear channels to the UK, France, South Africa, USA, Canada and several international cable operators. Content is produced and recorded in GINX Esports TV’s studios in central London and distributed throughout the world in more than 10-languages. Already available in over 55-million homes across the globe, GINX Esports TV’s reach is steadily increasing every month.

Sebastian Gomez, head of Technical Operations, GINX Esports TV, said, “As a linear channel, distribution is a key ingredient. Without getting to the head ends of pay TV platforms our business model wouldn’t work. Our distribution used to be managed externally and done via satellite, but moving to Zixi has allowed us to have a very cost effective distribution system that can be managed in-house – it has given us independence and control of all our feeds.”

Gomez cites security, reliability, cost and ease of use as the main requirements when the broadcaster was looking for a satellite  alternative distribution solution. “Zixi met all these requirements,” he said. “It was also quick and easy to get started. After very little training, the platform becomes very self-explanatory.”

GINX Esports TV’s linear channels all have a dedicated personalised feed, plus there are two international feeds – one based in European time and one set to the Asia Pacific region. These playout facilities are set in two geographically diverse sites, and are linked via Zixi.

“Our uptime increased since we started using Zixi. If we have maintenance issues on one of our playouts, coverage is unaffected because all our distribution end points get the streams from both locations simultaneously,” Gomez stated. “The platform also gives us information on what’s wrong, which helps with troubleshooting.”

The Zixi platform has also improved channel distribution in other ways for GINX Esports TV. “Setting a distribution now only takes 5-10 minutes if all the conditions are good. If the customer is in a rush, we can set the Zixi receiver remotely, so it gives us a lot of flexibility that we did not have when using a satellite platform. It is also very secure as all the links we use are point to point,” Gomez said. “Overall we are extremely satisfied with the performance of Zixi.”

“Esports is growing at an unprecedented rate, and the audiences are very demanding in terms of the viewing experience, so a poor quality feed is not an option,” said Michael Poppler, director of International Sales, Zixi. “With the Zixi Platform, GINX Esports TV can rely on secure, broadcast quality delivery of its content around the world, 24/7.”

Zixi appoints industry veteran to lead accelerated growth

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Zixi, an industry leader for enabling dependable, live broadcast-quality video over IP, has has appointed Eunice Park as vice president Global Sales. Prior to Zixi, Park led strategic broadcast and media distribution partnerships at Akamai creating relationships with world class media & entertainment and telco clients such as Hearst communications, DSS (Disney), ATT,  Fox, Warner Media, Turner, HBO, NBC, T-Mobile, Verizon and MLB Advanced Media. At Zixi she is responsible for managing Zixi’s global team of sales, pre-sales, and channel sales professionals who support some of the largest global Media & Entertainment brands in Broadcast, Video Distribution OTT, e-Sports, Publishing, High Tech, and Social Networking.

“2018 was a year where we saw orders more than double, as well as a dramatic increase in the size and complexity of deals,” said Gordon Brooks, executive chairman, Zixi. “Eunice has a wealth of experience creating mutually beneficial strategic agreements with client partners and MVPDs emerging to diverse platforms that will serve the customers and Zixi well as we continue accelerate growth across the world in 2019 forward.”

“Zixi’s institutional expertise developed over the last ten years has the company uniquely positioned to address the market which is at an inflection point adopting video over IP,” said Park. “I am very excited to have the opportunity to work legacy brands, as well as new entrants to the market who can capitalise on the flexibility of the Internet as well as it’s compelling economics.”

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