Zixi, the industry leader for enabling dependable, live broadcast-quality video over any IP, and award-winning architect of the Software-Defined Video Platform (SDVP), today announced that HockeyTech, a leader in providing hockey streaming services, information and analytics, has expanded their usage of the SDVP for live, high-quality contribution from venues into to the cloud for reliable delivery to the HockeyTV streaming platform.
HockeyTech is leveraging the Zixi Software-Defined Video Platform to expand broadcast-quality IP Contribution across geographies. HockeyTech is a worldwide leader in hockey related technologies. Partnering with leagues and venues globally, HockeyTech live streams thousands of games annually on HockeyTV and offers over 130,000 games to watch on-demand. HockeyTech also enables leagues with live scoring and statistics technology, which integrates with video streams and other digital services, such as websites and mobile apps. (1)
Fans can access live and on-demand streaming of elite hockey broadcasts through HockeyTV, the world’s largest channel for elite hockey streams. Streaming from nearly 1000 rinks across the United States and Canada alone, HockeyTV is partnered with over 75 prominent leagues to stream tens of thousands of games per year and offers over 130,000 games to watch on-demand. This allows HockeyTech to aggregate hundreds of thousands of live streams and analytics content while providing the highest level of live and on-demand video content to their viewers.
Due to the massive geographical hurdles of reaching such a wide audience, HT needed a way to access its diverse fanbase and delivery high quality, low-latency content to areas where typically streaming was unfeasible or IP connections or broadband was shoddy. The solution to this issue was to assist its operational teams dealing with constant signal and latency challenges, lower operating costs and employee burden, and increase efficiency by more than 10fold. In addition, user experience would increase exponentially with the enhanced service.
HockeyTech chose the SDVP to rapidly implement a turnkey solution for high-quality contribution, broadcast-quality delivery over any IP network with the award-winning Zixi protocol, resilient congestion and network-aware software that adjusts to varying network conditions and dynamic Forward Error Correction techniques for error-free video transport over IP with 99.999% uptime at minimal latency. Not only this, but Zixi provides HT the highest in AES security so HT can be sure their clients and technicians are secure. It provides best-in-class security with DTLS and AES encryption, allows for protected multicast transport, bandwidth efficiency and enables encoder backpressure.
The transition to Zixi was not only seamless but also provided immediate cost savings, allowing HockeyTech to leverage IP networks for reliable, low latency streaming of high-value content from a variety of venue locations securely into the cloud. With Zixi’s “first-mile” ingest, HockeyTech can consistently deliver broadcast-quality content without signal degradation from any venue with a solution that lessens the burden on operations by ensuring reliable performance, ease of management and an improved customer experience.
HockeyTech is the worldwide leader in providing hockey-related technologies, analytics, and information services. HockeyTech was founded in 2012 by Stu Siegel, a technology entrepreneur, and former Florida Panthers (NHL) Managing Partner/CEO. HockeyTech has made six company acquisitions to date, integrating, and developing one-of-a-kind hockey-focused tools. HockeyTech’s brands have been Digitally Powering Hockey since 1998.