Viki taps IBM firm Aspera for speed up video file transfer

Viki, a video streaming website, has selected Aspera, an IBM company, for supporting high-speed file transfer of video uploads from Viki’s content providers.

By speeding the movement of video, Aspera enables Viki, which has 33 million subscribers in more than 200 languages, to quickly receive, subtitle and distribute video content to its global user base.

Aspera On Demand has enabled Viki to expand its reach by receiving and distributing content through the cloud.

By enabling Viki to quickly ingest content with Aspera On Demand, international consumers can view programs and premium content.

“Time is critical for us as our enthusiastic fans are anxiously waiting on their favorite shows to arrive on our website so they can be translated and watched in their language of choice,” said Deepika Murthy, product manager, Internal Tools and Partnerships, Viki.

Viki uses the cloud-ready Aspera On Demand solution to receive video from content providers, often just before it airs, and then processes and transcodes the content in a variety of television and device formats and sizes.

Aspera enables Viki to ingest large video files – typically 40 to 50 GB per file – directly to the cloud. By reducing file upload times by as much as 50 percent, Viki is able to expedite turnaround times to deliver new content within an hour after the original network broadcast.

Aspera On Demand’s intuitive web interface and browser plug-in makes it easy for Viki’s broadcast partners to upload content with limited training and technical experience required.

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