TVNZ Builds Wall-to-Wall Coverage in the Cloud for Commonwealth Games

TVNZ Builds Wall-to-Wall Coverage in the Cloud for Commonwealth Games

TVNZ is New Zealand’s leading free-to-air TV provider, bringing news and entertainment coverage to more than two million New Zealanders every day through TVNZ 1, TVNZ 2, TVNZ DUKE, online entertainment destination TVNZ OnDemand, and 1 NEWS NOW. Throughout April, TVNZ will bring New Zealanders official coverage of the XXI Commonwealth Games, commonly known as Gold Coast 2018, an international multi-sport event featuring world-class athletes from 70 territories and nations.

TVNZ will offer viewers unprecedented coverage and viewing choice across TV, mobile, and connected devices. TVNZ 1’s Commonwealth Games coverage gets underway at 6:00 a.m. with Breakfast each weekday and from 9:00 a.m on weekends. Coverage continues until 1:00 a.m. TVNZ DUKE will offer live and delayed coverage on air 24/7, while pop-up channel TVNZ Games Extra will show live and delayed coverage on air 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m. The TVNZ Games Online channel will stream live and delayed event sessions from 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m. daily.

TVNZ OnDemand, TVNZ’s online Commonwealth Games hub, will bring together all channels and coverage in one place, allowing viewers access to live streams and to replay key moments.

TVNZ OnDemand’s live streaming of the games will be powered by Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS) suite of AWS Media Services and Amazon Content Distribution Network services, for live event streaming to mass audiences, including:

  • AWS Elemental MediaLive – a broadcast-grade live video encoding service that is designed to generate high-quality adaptive bit rate live video streams;
  • AWS Elemental MediaPackage – an advanced live streaming origin service providing comprehensive control over live stream packaging and digital rights management that supports enhanced user experiences with features such as catch-up and start-over viewing of live events in progress;
  • Amazon CloudFront – a global content delivery network (CDN) service that securely delivers data, videos, applications, and APIs to viewers with low latency and high transfer speeds.

“The AWS team, were able to work with us to demonstrate a robust solution for delivering high quality live video streams to our audiences at scale using the AWS Elemental Media Services and the Amazon CloudFront CDN,” said Andrew Blakey, TVNZ Development Manager. 

“Using other AWS services, such as Amazon CloudWatch, will provide us with detailed monitoring, reporting, and streaming analytics throughout the duration of the Games. The AWS Elemental MediaLive video encoding service will also allow us to deliver each live streaming channel in multiple different bit rates and resolutions, to serve mobile devices, connected TV’s and even the connected shopping mall displays throughout New Zealand. This partnership is vital in helping us realise our ambition to bring New Zealanders the biggest free-to-air sporting event ever.”