Encompass to provide CloudVOD to Scripps Networks International

Wednesday, July 19th, 2017
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Encompass to provide CloudVOD processing services for Scripps Networks International

LONDON and Atlanta — Encompass Digital Media, a global technology services company delivering end-to-end video playout and distribution solutions to broadcast and digital media companies, today announced that Scripps Networks International has selected Encompass CloudVOD, a cloud-based video-on-demand service, as its exclusive solution for delivering VOD content to the EMEA region. CloudVOD is powered by Microsoft Azure and uses powerful automation and orchestration engines to manage Scripps’ VOD workflow including the delivery of assets to the largest VOD platform footprint in EMEA.

“With the high demand for Scripps Networks’ content across the EMEA region, we needed to partner with a company that had a large global platform footprint, could on-board and scale swiftly and provide the level of automation and custom workflows to support our rapidly growing VOD distribution requirements,” says Mark Hale, EVP Global Operations & Chief Technology Officer for Scripps Networks Interactive.

“We are thrilled that Scripps entrusts us with their valuable content and to fulfill their VOD processing and delivery needs,” states Marc Bruce, Encompass’ SVP Commerical, EMEA. “We understand the complexities of the diverse VOD ecosystem and can leverage our scale and expertise to create and securely distribute Scripps’ assets to digital platforms.”

Encompass’ CloudVOD solution integrates a number of Azure PaaS and IaaS services. PaaS services such as Azure SQL Database, Azure App Service, premium transcoder and file shares support content transformation, data and metadata persistence, content ingestion and archive, client-facing applications and shared working storge. Azure IaaS services such as Azure Blob storage, virtual machines, file shares and virtual network/network security groups host both Windows and Linux OS, provide shared working storage and ensure secure connectivity and separation of client instances.

“Encompass benefits from the broad portfolio of services and global scale of Microsoft Azure,” said Nagu Rangan, Senior Product Marketing Manager, Microsoft Azure, Microsoft Corp. “Powered by Azure and with the distribution expertise of Encompass, Scripps’ content can be delivered reliably and efficiently worldwide.”

Encompass’ global connectivity, innovative technologies, scalable infrastructure and strategic partnerships create a single, synchronized content delivery solution. With its full suite of digital products, including an extensive bouquet of file-based services (VOD, live-to-VOD, content aggregation), the company enables a complete OTT end-user experience.

Scripps Networks Interactive distributes four lifestyle channel brands across the UK and EMEA regions on both DTT and pay-TV. Collectively, Food Network, HGTV, Travel Channel and Fine Living are broadcast in 23 languages via 10 unique channel feeds in nearly 120 countries and territories across the region.