Elemental Technologies, delatre Team Up for 2011 Rugby World Cup

To deliver expanded coverage of this year’s Rugby World Cup, sports media provider deltatre is using solutions developed by Elemental Technologies, a provider of video processing solutions that enable multi-screen content delivery.

The deployment for the Rugby World Cup, which customizes video for IP-connected devices, builds upon Elemental’s momentum in the European multi-screen video market. The 2011 Rugby World Cup began on Sept. 9 and will be played through Oct. 23 in New Zealand.

deltatre is using Elemental Server to provide near real-time turnaround of match highlights for the official event website and mobile applications. In exhaustive analysis, deltatre found Elemental Server to be the best solution to meet its requirements. Adaptive bit rate game clips are delivered via the Akamai HD Network to deltatre’s innovative DIVA video player using Microsoft Smooth Streaming for Silverlight.

“Speed, ease-of-use and high quality support are the distinguishing qualities that motivated us to use Elemental,” said Chris Catling, head of operations at deltatre media. “Due to the complexity of the solution we are delivering at the Rugby World Cup, Elemental have been an excellent choice. They have seamlessly integrated into the workflow between our editing operations and publishing via the deltatre CMS. In total, 22 outputs are delivered to different locations feeding seven different platforms. The pure speed at which we can do the encoding is faster than real-time. This enables us to provide a superior service to our client as well as a top- quality experience for viewers.”

Akamai, deltatre, and Elemental are working closely to help customers bring their video content to market faster. In the complex world of online video, customers benefit from ecosystem partners providing a single, end-to-end solution that meets their delivery, security and end-user experience needs. Elemental has integrated with the Akamai HD Network, which has served as the global platform for some of the leading live sporting events to date, providing high-quality viewing experiences across a myriad of connected and mobile devices.

“We are honored to partner with deltatre as it looks to deliver superior quality entertainment to rugby fans globally across PCs, tablets, and mobile devices,” said Sam Blackman, CEO and chairman of Elemental Technologies. “Elemental stands ready to support its efforts as they move to additional multi-screen video delivery applications that continue to extend the deltatre brand and reach.”

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