Beyond International Relies On Aspera High-Speed Transfer To Power Global Production Workflows


Aspera transfers full-resolution content between production teams enabling global workflows for highly rated shows

Last Updated: June 18, 2013 5:48 pm GMT
(Singapore, BroadcastAsia 2013--June 18, 2013) Booth #5G2-05 — Aspera, Inc., creators of next-generation software technologies that move the world’s large data at maximum speed, today announced that Beyond International, a leading global production company with over 3900 hours of global television to its credit, has expanded its deployment of Aspera’s high-speed fasp™ technology for production of hit shows such as "MythBusters", "Selling Houses", "Deadly Women", "Behind Mansion Walls" and "Toy Box."

Beyond has a number of experienced program makers who create and produce programs across a number of genres, with a focus on factual entertainment, family and documentary programs and series broadcast on Discovery Channel, National Geographic, Seven, Nine, ABC, SBS and Lifestyle Channels.

Production of these highly rated shows depends on a complex global workflow, with teams collaborating and sharing content quickly to meet tight production deadlines. For example, MythBusters is shot in San Francisco, edited in Australia, with the executive producer in the United Kingdom.

Beyond were originally moving files internationally using FTP, and experienced the usual challenges with latency, dropouts and slow speeds. After a careful evaluation of available alternatives, Beyond selected and deployed Aspera Connect Server to move full resolution video between on-site locations, the creative post-production team, and the show producers.

“The predictability of Aspera transfer performance and the added efficiencies in our workflows has allowed us to focus on the creative aspect of our business, without worrying about moving content from where it is created to where it is needed,” said Billy Cobbe, IT manager, Beyond International.

“We don’t just like Aspera, we love it!” said Dan Tapster, executive producer, MythBusters.

“Creating high-quality programming requires the ability to share and exchange content within teams regardless of where they are located, across continents and around the world,” said Michelle Munson, CEO and president of Aspera. “By leveraging Aspera’s high-speed transfer software, Beyond can let the business needs drive the selection of location and production rather then having it determined by the infrastructure.”

About Beyond
Since its establishment in 1984 the company has produced over 5000 hours of television programs for broadcast internationally including MythBusters, Beyond Tomorrow, Hot Property, Lab Rats, Behind Mansion Walls, Selling Houses Australia and Toy Box.

The international distribution division markets an extensive program catalogue sourced from third-party producers and internal production. This business is headquartered in Dublin, with sales offices in London and Sydney.

The Home Entertainment division, established in 2005, focuses on digital and DVD distribution and is the second largest independent distributor of audiovisual home entertainment product in Australia and New Zealand.

Established in 2012, BeyondD the digital marketing division, consists of Digital Marketing Services, Digital Media Sales, and Digital Assets including websites, marketing databases and bespoke technology.

About Aspera
Aspera is the creator of next-generation transport technologies that move the world’s data at maximum speed regardless of file size, transfer distance and network conditions. Based on its patented fasp™ protocol, Aspera software fully utilizes existing infrastructure to deliver the fastest, most predictable file-transfer experience. Aspera’s core technology delivers unrivaled control over bandwidth utilization, complete security and uncompromising reliability. More than 2000 organizations across a variety of industries on six continents rely on Aspera software for the business-critical transport of their digital assets.

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