In collaboration with Olympic Broadcasting Services (OBS), Alibaba’s cloud solutions are supporting service delivery for Rights-Holding Broadcasters (RHBs) at the on-going Tokyo Olympics. Leveraging Alibaba technologies, Content+ [OBS’ content delivery platform] is now fully migrated to the cloud for delivering short-form content, content asset management and content production. At Tokyo 2020, up to 9,000 short-form content clips will be produced by the OBS crew to help enhance RHB coverage.
A total of 17 RHB organisations and four news agencies have subscribed to the full service of receiving those clips through a user-friendly web-based interface. The thousands of clips can be accessible by the RHBs’ digital and social media teams from any location in the world to supplement their own Olympic coverage.
Through Content+, RHBs will be able to access all Olympic content produced by the OBS, including live content as it is being produced. To-date, 31 RHB organisations have signed up for this full service to be able to easily browse through the low-resolution files in near real-time, and retrieve any content in any of their global facilities. The access to live coverage allows RHBs to mark part of the live content and download it for their own post-production needs, almost simultaneously when the games are still happening.
Used as part of a post-production workflow, OBS will use the Content+ platform for remote editing and standards conversion. In addition, two RHBs will receive live distribution of Ultra High Definition (UHD), High Dynamic Range (HDR) and Internet Protocol Video and audio package, allowing them to deliver 4K content to their viewers.