Since 2012 Red Bee has been BT’s primary playout and broadcast services partner for highly reactive live content and fast turn-around events. In 2015 Red Bee helped launch Europe’s first UHDTV channel.

The Challenge

Operate within tight timescale due to start of 2013/14 Barclays Premier League football season

  • Design and build a dedicated Playout and media management service to run two premium, live sports channels
  • Manage a smooth launch and quality of service
  • Recruit and train operational staff capable of handling multiple live events
  • Operate within extremely tight, immovable timescales: nine months to launch, and four months for barker

The Solution

End-to-end managed service

  • Offer Media Management, Playout and MCR
  • Manage VOD and interactive services, employing Piero for graphics and analytics
  • Provide access services: live and pre-recorded captions (subtitles) and audio description
  • Supply rich and consistent metadata for EPG Listings
  • Create a unique and impactful brand identity for the channel

The Results

Successful launch of two new live and complex UK sports channels

  • A complex project is delivered under budget, within an exceptionally tight time-frame
  • The launch of BT Sport creates strong revenues, and causes an increase in broadband uptake
  • Tough KPI targets are reached for live events
  • The project constitutes the first major UK adoption of the DPP AS11 file delivery specification for content with a completely file-based workflow