GL Web Television picks ZiXi to distribute content worldwide

Over-the-top video provider ZiXi's Video Transport Platform has been tabbed by GL Web Television to deliver more than 400 channels of high-quality, live and on demand TV programming over the public Internet OTT content to more than 500,000 subscribers worldwide.

The platform delivers content to a number of mobile devices, including Apple's (Nasdaq: AAPL) iPad, Android devices, and Amazon's (Nasdaq: AMZN) Kindle Fire, without the use of expensive content delivery networks (CDNs).

"Prior to ZiXi, we were using an analog-to-digital solution, which caused immense image quality degradation," said Arash Bafekr, Gold Line's VP of operations. "ZiXi pushes through higher bit rates so we can deliver broadcast quality video over the Internet at a fraction of the cost. Without ZiXi, we would not have been able to even launch this service because the cost would have been prohibitive to reach such a huge audience that is growing daily."

GL offers customers access to thousands of international TV and radio channels through their computers, tablets, television sets and mobile devices. It's available for free via ZiXi over the Internet through a consumer's home computer, mobile device or as a subscription package with Gold Line's GL Box enabled with ZiXi through a home TV.

Scripps Networks Interactive selected ZiXi in November to monitor its international channels, which broadcast across Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and Africa.

For GL, ZiXi's Video Transport Platform aggregates live video streams from the Middle East and Africa and delivers them via the Internet to GL's headquarters in Toronto. The live streams are then transcoded to multiple bitrates for adaptive streaming and served via a cluster of ZiXi-enabled content servers direct to users' display devices. The video is then streamed to hundreds of thousands of PC, TV and mobile viewers around the world over the Internet, without the need for CDN edge servers to cache content.

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