Globo.com provides digital platforms and services for Brazil’s Grupo Globo, connecting online audiences to a vast portfolio of content and services including Globo TV’s broadcast networks, film studio Globo Filmes and over-the-top television service Globo Play. As part of its mission, Globo.com provides video-on-demand (VOD) services for programs produced by more than 100 TV affiliates across the country. Recently, Globo made the strategic business decision to develop a subscription-based 4K VOD service and turned to Elemental, its long-time source for video processing solutions, to power the deployment.
Prior to developing the 4K service, Globo.com conducted extensive market research, including monitoring the types of viewing devices connected to its video services. It identified a significant number of devices in use, particularly smart televisions, capable of displaying 4K video, while underscoring consumers’ expectations for enhanced picture quality from 4K services.
Informed by its findings, Globo.com built the plan to develop and launch its 4K VOD service. Transcoding speed and video quality were among its top requirements. Speed is critical to Globo.com not only in terms of fast time-to-market for its new service, but in its ability to quickly process great volumes of content as it continuously builds a library of 4K streaming video from its vast number of sources. At such a high resolution, superior video quality is clearly of fundamental importance to the viewing experience of its audiences across Brazil.
According to Igor Macaubas, product manager, online video platform of Globo.com, “The system integration advantages of choosing Elemental were very important in launching our new service quickly, but our main concern was that we achieve the exceptional image quality our viewers expect from 4K video while getting our content to market as quickly as possible. Elemental once again proved it could deliver. We’ve trusted Elemental for many years and its ability to stay ahead of the consumer technology curve while maintaining interoperability and ease of deployment continues to impress.”
Software-defined video solutions from Elemental are uniquely well-equipped to meet Globo.com’s stringent requirements to implement the 4K HEVC codec in multiple bitrates. HEVC is powerful, delivering highly efficient video compression that makes online delivery of 4K content practical. HEVC is also computationally intensive, requiring the development of complex algorithms to achieve its superior compression ratios. Elemental’s HEVC solutions allow advanced video encoding to be implemented in dedicated appliances, virtualized in a data center or hosted in the cloud, whether supporting real-time streaming or batch-processed encoding.
The Globo.com 4K VOD service is slated to go live in February 2017, and will offer a rich library of 4K content.
Hotstar, one of India’s largest premium streaming platforms, has seen more than 175 million downloads since its founding in January 2015. Hotstar offers more than 25,000 hours of sports, episodic television and cinematic content programming in eight languages. Hotstar was named Apple TV’s App of the Year 2016 for India.
“The Indian consumer today is at the front of mobile video. No consumer in any other part of the world has access to better options than the Indian consumer,” said Ajit Mohan, CEO of Hotstar. “Now we are setting our sights on shaping the connected TV experience in India.”
Among Hotstar’s broad range of video programming is premium content, including the world’s biggest sports event in 2016, IPL cricket, and English Premier League football. The popular online video platform also features premier entertainment content, such as Game of Thrones and The Sopranos. In January 2017, Hotstar signed a multi-year subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) deal with Disney India, allowing the company to extend its Hotstar Premium offering to include exclusive content from Disney, Marvel, ABC and more.
“India is the only country in the world where a streaming platform like Hotstar exists, and where the best TV shows from around the world, movie premieres and live sports are available on a single platform,” said Mohan.
To deliver this video content for its OTT service, Hotstar relies on Elemental Live to ensure a premium viewing experience on both mobile networks and WiFi internet connections for its rapidly growing subscriber base.
Users of India’s largest streaming platform have more to look forward to as Hotstar innovates on its award-winning app with new features and more original content in the near future.
Diversity is good for business.
Research data, such as those from McKinsey, Morgan Stanley and IBM, have established that diversity and inclusion have a direct positive correlation to the bottom line. A more diverse and inclusive workforce is also a powerful competitive advantage. It means bigger and better talent pools and a richer marketplace of ideas which, in turn, foster more competitive companies and a stronger industry as a whole.
Seems pretty straightforward.
Yet progress is sluggish toward more diverse and inclusive workplace cultures within the media and entertainment and technology industries.
- 13% of film and TV directors in the U.S. today represent minority and ethnic groups
- Just over 28% of all speaking characters are from minority and ethnic groups
- African American and Hispanic workers together make up just 15.4% of the high-tech workforce, compared to 28.2% of the workforce in all private industries
- Only 35.7% of high tech workers are women
Understandably, systemic change like this takes time. While it’s heartening to see many companies across the media and entertainment and technology sectors initiating and progressing D&I programs, it’s time for us all to shift into higher gear.
A great way to take meaningful action and galvanize change is to support the 4K 4Charity Fun Run at the 2017 NAB Show. I am excited to share with you that, starting with the 2017 NAB Show, all 4K 4Charity Fun Run Series proceeds will go to organizations focused on diversity and inclusion!
Now a tradition at the NAB Show and IBC, the run was founded three years ago to provide a healthy, fun way to give back amidst the busy trade show environment. To date, these events raised more than $400,000 (USD) in gross proceeds for worthy charities.
At the 2017 NAB Show, generous donations from sponsors and individual registrants will benefit Mercy Corps, which works with the most vulnerable women and adolescents in crises, providing safe places, education opportunities, job skills training and community engagement projects to help them build a strong tomorrow. 4K 4Charity proceeds will also be shared with Women Who Code, which is dedicated to inspiring women to pursue and excel in technology careers and to help them become leaders and role models in the tech industry.
Remember: the 4K 4Charity Fun Run stands apart from similar events in that 100% of individual registrant donations are forwarded to the designated beneficiaries.
Together, we can accelerate efforts across the media and entertainment and technology industries to foster truly inclusive cultures built on representation, engagement and equal opportunity. I urge you to take action today by signing up for the 4K 4Charity Fun Run at the 2017 NAB Show. Think about accelerating the pace of support by encouraging your co-workers and colleagues to do the same through a fun corporate team or challenge. Maybe even check in with your company’s community investment, D&I and/or foundation to see about a sponsorship and corporate match gifts – and then get in touch with Kate Incerto, 4K 4Charity Fun Run manager.
Whatever your course of action, please give increased diversity and inclusion a run at the 2017 NAB Show!