Caton Technology, a provider of next-generation IP network transport solutions, has been contracted to provide circuits to carry Major League Baseball (MLB) games from the group’s broadcast centre in New York to three broadcasters in Taiwan.
The delivery circuits use the CatonNet Video Platform (CVP), the turnkey door-to-door transport built on widely available IP transmission.
After successfully providing CPV carriage of National Basketball Association (NBA) and Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) in the 2022 season for Eleven Sports Taiwan, the Cable TV, IPTV and over-the-top (OTT) content provider, now part of DAZN, Caton was awarded with a five-year contract renewal for Eleven Sports Taiwan’s coverage of NPB.
During the ongoing 2023 season, MLB Eleven Sports Taiwan has been joined by traditional broadcaster Chinese Television System (CTS) and streaming service ELTA, who also own rights in Taiwan.
Global distribution of video services like high-quality, time-constrained sports coverage has traditionally been very expensive and complicated to implement. CVP provides critical quality delivery over a mix of the open internet and Caton’s own infrastructure, allowing it to guarantee performance from door-to-door, eliminating the often costly links from points-of-presence to broadcasters.
Eric Teng, Managing Director of Eleven Sports Taiwan, said, “We now have a lot of experience with CVP, and we know it to be very stable, very low latency, and very clean. It gives us few problems, and the team from Caton is very responsive when we need support.”
Paul Weiser, Vice-President of Worldwide Sales & Marketing at Caton Technology, added, “Premium sport is just the sort of high value content we designed CVP around. Everything has to be right – low latency, no glitches, perfect synchronisation – or sports fans will notice.
“We are really proud to be entrusted with MLB for audiences in Taiwan.”