Accelerating BBC’s Digital Content

FileCatalyst and Quicklink partner in video distribution solutions

Profile

The BBC, the world's leading public service broadcaster, makes its mission to enrich people's lives with programs that inform, educate and entertain. From television and radio to breaking news, this broadcasting giant constantly delivers world-class content around the globe.

Challenges

In 2012, BBC broadcasted its Planet Earth Spring program, a critically acclaimed series following the lives of some of the world's most magnificent creatures. Covering five locations throughout the world, from Kenya to California USA, the project required transferring large amounts of video footage from many geographically dispersed areas for post-production and editing.

Solution

The BBC, a customer of FileCatalyst integration partner Quicklink since 2003, routinely used Quicklink’s outstanding Store and Forward solutions for its file based reporting. To help achieve huge amounts of data transfer from edited video files, the series implemented the Store and Forward LNG solution integrated with FileCatalyst accelerated and managed file transfer software.

Store and Forward is a method implemented by Quicklink by which a video file is digitized into a computer and stored on the hard disk. The large video file is then compressed using Quicklink’s extremely high quality compression to make it smaller and quicker to transmit. After the file is encoded, even slow or unstable networks can be used to transmit broadcast quality files. The file may be transmitted either to a user’s own Quicklink Playout server or to Quicklink’s News Warehouse Cloud for further distribution.

Results

The solution enabled the BBC team to film, edit and transfer the video content at blazing speeds from all around the world and distribute to 140 countries worldwide. Furthermore, the deployed solution of the Store and Forward LNG software, with FileCatalyst as its file acceleration engine, enabled enhanced transfers for the BBC via UDP transfer, parallel FTP and HTTP. It was then possible to move large format video files at maximum line speed while providing security, reliability and automation. With these additional enhanced methods from QuickLink and FileCatalyst, BBC was able to achieve speeds hundreds of times faster than traditional methods, ensuring the delivery of large high quality files from anywhere in the world.