UKTV Extends Ericsson Contract In New Multi-Year Deal

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UKTV (ALT)UKTV is sticking with Ericsson. The commercial broadcaster is extending their contract with the company in a new multi-year deal, encompassing playout, video-on-demand and access services, TVWise has learned.

With the contract extension, Ericsson will continue to provide playout services for UKTV’s portfolio of ten channels; handle media management services for UKTV’s on-demand service UKTV Play; delivery of UKTV VOD content to other TV platforms and VOD aggregation services such as Sky, Virgin Media, BT and TalkTalk; and provide subtitling and audio description services.

Additionally, Ericsson will migrate UKTV’s VOD preparation services to Ericsson’s end-to-end Package and Deliver managed service. Said service utilizes cloud-based tools to deliver resilient, secure and flexible non-linear contribution, archiving and media processing. These services can deliver unparalleled scalability, flexibility and elasticity to broadcasters, TV platforms and content owners, while minimizing the upfront costs often associated with traditional on-premise hardware infrastructure.

“We are delighted to be continuing our long-standing relationship with Ericsson and look forward to working closely with them as we develop new services to harness opportunities offered through IP and cloud-based service provision”, said Sinead Greenaway, UKTV’s Director of Technology & Operations. “The imminent migration to Package and Deliver VOD services is testament to our successful partnership with Ericsson and our shared commitment to innovation.”

“We are proud that UKTV has chosen to continue working with Ericsson on these critical broadcast services. This is an important contract for Ericsson and underlines our ability to provide world-class broadcast and media services, as well as the quality and expertise of our talented team”, added Thorsten Sauer, Ericsson’s Head of Broadcast and Media Services. “We look forward to strengthening our relationship further and helping UKTV to provide their audiences with the very best TV experience anytime, anywhere for years to come.”