DMC expands A+E Networks portfolio with launch of BLAZE™ Italy on fully virtualised playout platform

Amsterdam, The Netherlands – 16 May 2017 – DMC, the European media gateway, today announced that it has added BLAZE™ to its portfolio of A+E Networks Italy® channels. The high definition (HD) factual entertainment channel is powered by DMC’s fully virtualised playout platform, which enables broadcasters and content providers to shrink time to market, reduce hardware requirements and maintain full control over their content.


Launched exclusively with Sky in Italy on channel number 119, BLAZE™ broadcasts factual entertainment content produced by A+E Networks in HD quality, ranging from reality shows through to docu-series. To ensure a successful launch and ongoing broadcast, DMC is providing a wide range of media management, playout and distribution services, including subtitling in English and Italian, advanced dynamic graphics capabilities, Dolby Audio and simulcast distribution on DMC European fully managed fibre network. DMC also provides on-demand media to Sky in Italy through its self-service media portal. BLAZE™ is the third channels that A+E Networks ® has successfully launched with DMC in Italy.


“Having worked alongside DMC to launch our Crime+Investigation and HISTORY Italy channels, we have established a deep understanding and trusted relationship, founded on professionalism, care and quality of service,” says Sherin Salvetti, General Manager of A+E Networks Italy. “DMC’s new fully virtualised platform has allowed us to increase our presence in the region, enabling us to deliver a wider range of dynamic, compelling, higher quality content to specific audiences.”


BLAZE™ is one of the world’s first channels to be launched on DMC’s new virtualised playout platform. The channel is distributed using DMC’s fully managed European fibre network, which provides highly effective redundancy and disaster recovery management.


Raymond Lamphen, General Manager and Vice President at DMC, said: “The addition of BLAZE™ Italy to our portfolio further extends our long-standing collaboration with A+E Networks, and shows how DMC is the passport to Europe for leading content owners and media companies. The launch showcases the innovation of our fully virtualised approach to media management, playout and distribution, and demonstrates our ability to improve speed to market and deliver scale, control and cost-efficiencies for customers like A+E Networks.”

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