Corporation works with Bitmovin to make live and UHD content rapidly available on catch up and VOD services


The BBC is working with online video technology firm Bitmovin to help it speed up the delivery of live and UHD content on catch up and video on demand services.

Bitmovin’s Encoder solution enables the broadcaster to make live shows from the BBC’s TV channels available rapidly on satellite provider set-top boxes (STBs), so  programmes can be seen soon after the time of broadcast.

The Bitmovin Encoder solution uses parallel processing for fast encoding, meaning that content can be available in the required format shortly after the live broadcast or TV series release from post production, and delivered to consumers using a public cloud-based platform.

The solution is also being used in UHD and HDR trials. This includes last November’s BBC One’s David Attenborough-narrated natural history series Dynasties, which was available on the BBC iPlayer via hundreds of Smart TVs and cable provider set-top boxes.

 “Every asset the BBC produces needs to be delivered at the best possible quality, including for catch-up and new release VoD services” said Stefan Lederer, CEO at Bitmovin.