FX Networks beats TelstraClear to TVNZ deal

FX Networks will also supply back-up for the wide area network

FX Networks has won Television New Zealand’s internet services business, displacing incumbent TelstraClear.

TVNZ had “eight or nine responses” when it went to tender in May, says Garry Nicholls, general manager of support services.

“FX Networks’ solution topped our internet scorecard, and we believe this will provide the best possible outcome to deliver innovative content to New Zealanders.” FX Networks will also supply back-up for the wide area network, providing “jumbo size” IP packets for high-speed synchronisation of digital video between newsroom services in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch,” says Jamie Baddely, FX general manager of internet services.

Currently, TVNZ uses Akamai to speed content delivery. Nicholls says its hoped the FX Networks deal will allow TVNZ to use an alternative content delivery network, delivering volumes of data much more cheaply.

“It won’t make a lot of difference to our reporters, though the capacity will increase,” he says.

“The difference is in the way FX delivers content.”

Baddely says FX will provide a private service between news rooms, IP-enabling the service.

“It’s not as big a deal as the Government Shared Network, but it’s comparable,” he says. FX Networks won a deal to deliver the backbone of the Government Shared Network in 2006.

FX Networks is also inviting other internet service providers to peer with them to enable fast delivery of TVNZ content to their customers.

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