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September 10, 2015

Ericsson signs with Channel 5 in push for always on TV

Company to work on the broadcaster’s portfolio of terrestrial and digital channels in the UK.

By Joao Lima

Ericsson has entered into a multi-year broadcast and media services deal with Channel 5, which includes playout, media management, metadata, business continuity and access services.

The provider of communication technology and services said it will start working with Viacom owned Channel 5 as of May 2016.

Ericsson will provide services for Channel 5’s portfolio of terrestrial and digital channels (Channel 5, 5*, Spike and 5USA), as well as for its catch up offerings, including Channel 5+1 and Channel 5+24.

The provider will also deliver media management services for the broadcaster’s Demand 5 video-on-demand platform.

Paul Dunthorne, COO at Channel 5, said: "Ericsson showed a clear understanding of our complex playout requirements, including the extra demands of live and fast-turnaround shows, such as Big Brother, which are a crucial part of our schedule."

Thorsten Sauer, head of broadcast and media services at Ericsson, said: "The industry is undergoing a huge transformation, driven by consumer demand and enabled by technology. Our aim is to help our clients stay ahead of the curve and ensure they continue to provide their audiences with the very best TV experience anytime, anywhere."

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