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Balaji Telefilms Selects Xstream and Diagnal to Power its Global OTT Entertainment service, ALT Balaji, on multiple devices

Press Release   •  Feb 29, 2016 10:12 GMT

Mumbai, India, Hong Kong and Copenhagen, Denmark – February 29th, 2016 — Balaji Telefilms, India’s largest TV and film production studio today announced its partnership with Xstream, a leading provider of OTT solutions, and Diagnal, Asia’s regional OTT specialists, for powering its upcoming OTT entertainment service, ALT Balaji. Xstream’s cloud-based video management system, Xstream MediaMaker™, will fuel ALT Balaji’s multiscreen solution ALT Balaji and Diagnal will be responsible for front-end design, development, big data solution and systems integration.

Announced in 2015, ALT Balaji is a part of the Balaji Group’s strategic intent to extend its creative expertise to the digital domain by developing on-demand, original and exclusive content for digital audiences globally. Through this platform, they will help cater to the changing entertainment consumption habits of today’s audiences.

“ALT Balaji wants its audience to enjoy compelling stories and does not want technology to be a stumbling block in their experience. We believe that technology is an enabler and if it's invisible to the consumer then we have done a great job,” said Sunil Nair, Chief Operating Officer, ALT Digital Media Entertainment Ltd. “Xstream gives us world class solutions that are flexible allowing us to offer seamless smooth user experience in video playback. Their experience combined with the depth of knowledge of the Diagnal team has helped us very quickly build a fabulous platform.”

“Diagnal’s proven market expertise and product delivery capabilities combined with Xstream’s flexible and scalable platform, their impressive track record of managing high-end, customized Internet video services, proven technology and the twos ability to act as a solution partner, truly sets them apart from others and made them a natural partner and first choice for us. With Diagnal and Xstream we’ve gained partners who truly understand the complicated OTT ecosystem and we have built a future-proof solution. This enables us to continue to build a platform for our next generation OTT service on multiple devices that we can grow and develop with as we move forward in a speedily evolving market.” adds Ashish Bhansali, Head of Product, ALT Digital Media Entertainment Ltd.Launching this summer, ALT Balaji will utilize Xstream MediaMaker™ and Diagnal’s robust technology services to offer the audience in India and abroad an enjoyable experience across various devices.

Xstream MediaMaker™ is designed to enable operators, broadcasters and content owners to seamlessly create, manage, deliver and monetize future- proof Internet TV solutions across regions and countries with multiple languages & currency on multiple devices- all with an easy and transparent workflow management- simplifying the complexity in Internet TV and allowing their customers to focus on their core business, not the complexity in OTT.

“As the pioneering studio in India, Balaji continues to propel the entertainment industry forward with innovation and quality content.” said Simon Hoegsbro, CEO at Xstream. “We look forward to support their passion for creating quality content with our flexible, proven and scalable cloud- based OTT platform for delivery of multiscreen video solutions and other innovative and personalized services for engaging and delighting subscribers. ALT Balaji is a great example of a true innovator in Direct-to-consumer OTT services and we are delighted to be working together.”

“We’re incredibly proud of what the partnership between ALT Balaji, Xstream and Diagnal has achieved in a short period of time – a world class OTT product that is suited to the content needs of the Indian market and is also a pleasure to use” said Reuben Verghese, CEO at Diagnal

The ALT Balaji solution by Xstream is fully cloud- based, using Amazon Web Services. Using AWS, Xstream is able to deliver unparalleled performance and durability to ensure a quality delivery to ALT Balaji subscribers. With EC2 Xstream have access to a perfect solution to operate API's and customer facing services. S3 is used for robust storage of content and assets, which is then served using Cloudfront. Lastly RDS and Redshift are used databases for metadata and statistics. Xstream is proud to be an Amazon Web Services Advanced Technology Partner.

Solution highlights

  • ALT Balaji is an exclusive OTT service provided by Balaji Telefilms, powered by Xstream MediaMaker™, using AWS to deliver unparalleled performance and durability
  • A subscription based Video-on-Demand service with Original and exclusive content being the primary differentiator
  • Launching in Q2 2016. Will be available across connected devices.
  • Targeting young, connected and new age audiences.

Meet Xstream at NAB
Xstream will be exhibiting at NAB and welcomes visitors to drop by their booth #SU9107CM and get a demo of the video management system, Xstream MediaMaker™, the engine behind services like ALT Balaji.

About Xstream A/S
Xstream has been a pioneer in OTT and TV Everywhere since 1999. Drawing on our extensive experience, we work with world-leading Telcos, cable operators, broadcasters and media companies. Believing that every company is unique and should be treated so, we deliver simpler, smarter solutions characterized by superior flexibility, usability and cost-efficiency.

We offer Xstream MediaMaker™, the industry's most comprehensive and scalable end-to-end online video management solution, and a suite of outstanding individual services, including: Apps for Connected devices, Ingest, DRM, Transcoding and Agile Consultants. The modular architecture of Xstream MediaMaker™ enables highly flexible and customized solutions that meet the demands of the worlds’ most superior and extensive TV Everywhere and OTT video deployments.

Xstream is trusted as the preferred solution partner for companies like Telenor, Canal Digital, Altibox, Discovery, Spark New Zealand/ Lightbox, Fuhu/ nabi tablets and many more. 

Visit Xstream at www.xstream.net for more information

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