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Sky TV

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Asia Pacific | New Zealand | Sport | Digital infrastructure

Sky TV powers a seamless viewing experience for New Zealand’s sporting patriots

With 860,000 subscribers and 2016’s largest sporting event looming, Sky TV needed to be able to test their streaming service without disrupting it.

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As an official broadcaster of the Rio Olympic Games, it was vital that Sky TVs streaming services would work seamlessly

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In the run-up to the Games, Sky TV came to us to test their online viewing platform to ensure that they were ready

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Sky TV leveraged our scalable and flexible Infrastructure-as-a-Service platform to automate testing and accommodate adjustments without disrupting service

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With 2016’s largest sporting event looming, Sky TV needed to ensure its streaming services were up to the task; and this required access to scalable resources for the testing process

The way people watch sports has changed. No longer do fans just watch the action on their TV, but now, more than ever, they watch over streaming services. These services are viewed on a multitude of devices including smartphones, tablets, PCs and even smart TVs. 

With New Zealand sending its strongest ever team to Rio in 2016, interest was at an all-time high. As the official broadcaster of the games, it was essential for the organisation to ensure that it was able to deliver content across its streaming platforms with no interruptions. 

With more than 860,000 subscribers, Sky TV needed to be able to test its streaming service without any disruption to existing subscribers.

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With only a small window each day to test its streaming application in the run up to 2016’s biggest event, Sky TV turned to us to ensure that its streaming services were ready.

In order to minimise the potential for subscriber issues during 2016’s sporting highlight, Sky TV turned to us to assist them in testing their online viewing platform. The broadcaster had to test the online platform with up to 100,000 live connections over short periods of time.

We were intimately involved with the Sky team in creating a hybrid IT environment and delivered an architecture that allowed them to boost out to the cloud when capacity became an issue.

In the run-up to the games, Sky TV had a very small window in which they could test the streaming services. Testing ran in the early morning, and only for five minutes at a time over an eight week period.

The design of the architecture and the rigorous testing that they were able to do ensured that there were no issues when demand ramped up in August.

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With a big event on the horizon, Sky TV found the solution to its testing constraints in the flexible and scalable offering of our Infrastructure-as-a-Service. This allowed them to go into their busiest time with complete confidence.

To test their online services prior to 2016’s biggest sports event, Sky TV needed a platform more scalable than their internal systems could offer.

By leveraging our Infrastructure-as-a-Service platform, as well as our extensive cloud API library, it was possible to automate the testing phase of the project. The platform was also flexible enough to allow for specific adjustments that Sky needed in order to accommodate the way they were using the platform.

A key differentiator was our ability to understand Sky’s needs, as we have worked with the broadcaster for more than ten years, and this allowed us to deliver a service that aligned with their precise requirements.

For Sky TV, the model provided them with complete control of our service, and allowed them to manage and control the tight testing program remotely.

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