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Cinedigm Inks Deal With Verizon Digital Media Services

12 Apr, 2017 By: Erik Gruenwedel

Cinedigm has been busy. The Los Angeles-based home entertainment distributor April 12 announced a deal with Verizon Digital Media Services to power the streaming and syndication of linear content for its portfolio of over-the-top video services.

The deal encompasses Dove Now, Cinedigm’s programmed linear channel available to Dove Channel subscribers. Since launch, Dove Now has become the Dove Channel’s most-viewed selection. Cinedigm will utilize the Verizon’s Uplynk Video Streaming service to ingest, encode, package and deliver video to audiences across devices.

“Next-generation linear platforms such as Sling TV, DirecTV Now and YouTube TV are expected to replace up to 20% of existing cable and satellite subscriber homes within the next three years,” Erick Opeka, EVP of digital networks for Cinedigm, said in a statement. “Verizon’s proven track record with leading broadcasters will enable us to achieve the quality and reliability needed as we expand into this exciting new market.”

Cinedigm April 10 inked a deal with Limelight Networks to use the latter’s content delivery network (CDN) to prepare, store and deliver movies and TV shows to its current and future subscribers of its over-the-top (OTT) video networks.

CDNs such as Akamai, Level 3, Limelight and Netflix’s Open Connect act as virtual traffic switches using a system of servers to help direct Internet content across networks into consumer homes.

Cinedigm believes Limelight’s CDNs will improve the video quality of its OTT services, optimize user engagement across devices, and significantly reduce delivery costs.

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