February 2012 
unas media productions Powers Multi-Screen Australian Open Coverage with Digital Rapids Encoders

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The Challenge: High-quality, on-location encoding of Grand Slam international tennis event for multi-screen viewing

The Solution: Digital Rapids encoding systems

The Benefits: "We have been impressed by Digital Rapids' robust, reliable and high-quality live streaming capabilities." 


Austria-based unas media productions (www.unas.tv), the video production company within the sportsman media holding group (www.thesportsmanholding.com), offers personalised media solutions for customers in mobile, Internet and broadcasting industries. unas media productions used an array of Digital Rapids' multi-format encoding solutions to produce high-quality live streams of the 2012 Australian Open tennis tournament for the official Australian Open streaming website, mobile devices and online betting providers.

unas media productions deployed a customised flight case incorporating five dual-channel, high-definition Digital Rapids encoders on-location in Melbourne, Australia. The encoders provided live streams from all seven courts as the world's top tennis players competed in the first Grand Slam tennis tournament of 2012, January 16th to 29th. The live streams were available on the Internet via 'Australian Open TV' and on Apple® iOS devices such as the iPhone®, allowing the live action to be enjoyed by tennis fans around the world.

"Ever since discovering Digital Rapids solutions, we have been impressed by their robust, reliable and high-quality live streaming capabilities," said David Schartner, Director of Television & Production at unas media productions. "The systems' ability to run the many profiles per input channel that we needed for simultaneous Web and Apple iOS streaming, all without straining CPU usage, was a key factor in choosing them for this project. And as we also use Digital Rapids solutions at our headquarters, we were well aware of the quality they could provide, and confident they would perform well on-site."

unas media productions offers a mixture of top-of-the-range newsroom facilities, production software and hardware, downlink facilities and years of experience in video production, ensuring its clients the highest quality and the most creative solutions to any challenges. For the Australian Open, unas media productions worked closely with its sister company, Munich-based sports rights and marketing agency sportsman media group, who have purchased the event's live streaming rights from Tennis Australia for two years. The sportsman media group has been providing online betting partners with live streams from world-renowned sporting events for more than six years and their portfolio currently consists of more than 25,000 live events per year.