Ericsson will continue to provide playout services for ITV's portfolio of channels including ITV, ITV2, ITV3, ITV4, ITV HD, CITV and their associated regional variants
Contract includes playout of ITV's newest TV channels, ITV Encore and ITVBe
Ericsson has developed and integrated a new simulcast playout platform to support ITV's delivery of its channels to multiple platforms and screens
The contract, which has been extended until 2024, will see Ericsson continue to provide playout services for ITV's portfolio of channels including ITV, ITV2, ITV3, ITV4, ITV HD and CITV and their associated regional variants as well as ITV's newest TV channels, ITV Encore and ITVBe.
As part of the contract, Ericsson has designed, built and integrated a state-of-the-art scalable simulcast platform for ITV. The modular infrastructure will allow ITV the flexibility to deliver new services and launch existing services onto new platforms, easily and with a high level of resilience.
Thorsten Sauer, Head of Broadcast and Media Services at Ericsson, says: "ITV operates one of the most complex broadcast operations in the world. For many years, we have worked together successfully to deliver dynamic commercial channels, while reducing cost, complexity, risk and increasing efficiencies. We look forward to strengthening our relationship further and helping ITV to continue delivering world-class television on every platform and every screen across the UK for years to come."
Simon Pitts, Managing Director, Online, Pay, Interactive & Technology at ITV, says: "Viewers expect a brilliant TV experience whatever platform or device they use to watch our shows. We look forward to strengthening our partnership with Ericsson to support our channels and content over the years to come."
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About ITV PLC
ITV is the largest commercial television network in the UK. It is the home of popular television from the biggest entertainment events, to original drama, major sport, landmark factual series and independent news. It operates a family of channels including ITV, ITVBe, ITV2, ITV3 and ITV4 and CITV which are broadcast free-to-air, as well as the pay channel ITV Encore. ITV is also focused on delivering its programming across multiple platforms including itv.com, mobile devices, video on demand and third party platforms. ITV Studios produces and sells programmes and formats in the UK and worldwide, and comprises of ITV's UK and international production operations, international distribution, home entertainment, publishing, merchandising and licensing.
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