Every evening, millions of people sit on their couch looking for entertainment. Switching on a device is easy, but what really happens behind the scenes? How is your favorite content prepared so you can see it through your chosen streaming apps, TV channels or websites?

The challenge that media companies face today is huge, as millions of consumers call for on-demand content, served quickly and without interruption. Therefore, flexibility, elasticity, and agility provided by AWS technical solutions is key to their success.

In this blog post, we will show how MEDIAPRO has built its infrastructure around AWS technology. This has enabled them to become one of the largest media service providers in the world.

About MEDIAPRO and OVERON

MEDIAPRO is a leading independent production group in the European audiovisual sector, offering content integration, production, and audiovisual distribution. It has 58 offices distributed across 36 countries on four continents. MEDIAPRO provides the creative and technical solutions necessary to design, produce, and distribute any audiovisual project.

OVERON is the technical division within MEDIAPRO that focuses on providing cloud-first services and solutions for any need related to audiovisual creation and distribution.

Business Challenges

The key challenges that any Media and Entertainment global project must address are:

  • Audience and fan engagement: Audience and fans are becoming increasingly difficult to attract and keep engaged. Companies must delight them with new initiatives and content, in addition to keeping up with their pace of consumption.
  • Broadcast operations: Media is a heavy operations business, which can make it difficult to be profitable. The solutions have to be straightforward and flexible in order to capture all the benefits of the cloud.
  • Data and AI: Any project must be fully under data control, in order to make better business decisions. By using data to improve and iterate, you can manage costs, while boosting audience share.

Media content architecture

For the creation, contribution and distribution of their content, OVERON decided to develop a full stack service on AWS. They are global, but also deliver locally. The benefits include:

  • Content ingestion: Ingest the video content into a highly reliable and resilient platform.
  • Cloud playout system: Process that content and transform it into the appropriate format so that it can be served through different platforms.
  • Multi-language content distribution: Distribute that content while generating multilingual subtitles in an automated and transparent way.

Content ingestion

Giving their customers the ability to upload their content in a simple but efficient manner was key for OVERON. The process had to be completely transparent, so OVERON allows its customers to upload their content in exactly the same manner as they were doing before.

Figure 1. Content ingestion

Figure 1. Content ingestion

Cloud playout system

OVERON creates dynamic channels by assembling the playlist from the media content library and inserting live transmission into their customer channels. OVERON receives playlists from their customers with the broadcasting data, including attributes such as air date, time, and order of different TV programs. OVERON’s smart rendering orchestrator executes the process in the most cost-effective way with nearly continuous rendering, storing, and requesting. Once all the rendering jobs are finished, OVERON generates a TV channel that will be distributed to customers or end users anywhere in the world. The service provides:

  • Full redundancy, failover capability, and scalability
  • Disaster recovery (DR)
  • Cloud rendering to reach maximum broadcast standards
  • Any kind of graphics requirement
  • Workflow customization
  • Format agnostic source files and scheduling
  • A flexible and complete asset management system internally developed and powered by OVERON Proteus Orchestrator
Figure 2. Cloud playout system

Figure 2. Cloud playout system

Multi-language content distribution

The last step in this process is the distribution of the generated content. For live content, this step is the stream that a camera generates from any global location (like a stadium). We will explain how OVERON does this and how they attach subtitles to the distributed content automatically.

Once OVERON receives the content, two different processes are triggered. A transcription process identifies the audio, detects the language, and extracts the text. Then, the subtitles can be converted to any other language desired.

After all these steps are finished the content is then assembled and published for distribution.

Figure 3. Multi-language content distribution

Figure 3. Multi-language content distribution

AWS services used for OVERON audiovisual services

OVERON’s added value is architecting, implementing, and operating an efficient audiovisual service that includes a broad scope of AWS services such as:

Conclusion

OVERON and MEDIAPRO are now prepared to deliver:

  1. Better audience and fan engagement with faster time to market: Provisioning time per channel reduced from 1 month to 2 hours, while increasing the revenue streams and building strong customer engagement.
  2. More flexible broadcasting operations: Elimination of expensive investment in hardware (CAPEX) while managing a much more efficient and predictable environment (OPEX). Pay-as-you-go model and process optimization have allowed us to achieve 1000x real-time renderization, an amazing value compared to hardware costs for an on-premises scenario.
  3. An efficient environment fully controlled by data: All resources are monitored for nearly continuous improvement in business processes. Currently we operate with up to -35% compute cost reduction and -40% storage cost reduction per channel (estimated in a 3-year scenario).

In this post, we demonstrated how MEDIAPRO Group and OVERON are building on top of the AWS platform, enabling them to build complex and professional broadcasting media services. This simplifies the provisioning of different components in the media supply chain process, without a commitment to long term license fees, service contracts or specialized hardware.