Following a tender, the European Central Bank has selected BCE’s video streaming service to handle the webcasting of live and on-demand monetary policy decisions press conferences.
The European Central Bank (ECB) has selected Broadcasting Center Europe (BCE) to ensure the live streaming of the Governing Council press conferences and other event webcasts.
The European Central Bank is the bank of 19 European Union countries which have adopted the Euro. BCE was selected for its advanced webcasting platform which allows for content reception, transcoding, packaging and worldwide distribution.
With its advanced IP-based infrastructure, BCE can transcode the live content and repackage the streams to ensure the worldwide stream distribution.
“For this project, BCE will rely on three pillars, its teleport, allowing content reception from anywhere in the world, its 1,000 square meters datacenter with IP connectivity and transcoding platforms and its CDN with a worldwide connectivity,” BCE Products & Services Development Director Baptiste Fosséprez said. “The software technology layer will be a mix between BCE’s existing streaming solutions and Freecaster advanced solutions,” he added.
Freecaster’s live streaming expertise grants access to new solutions such as an advanced video player. The system will integrate a video teaser with a countdown before broadcasting and allow for multilingual selection during the live stream.
The videos will be distributed as live stream and as Video on Demand (VoD) on the ECB website as well as on social networks including Periscope, Twitter and YouTube.
“Acquiring Freecaster was part of the BCE strategy to develop its Total Video offer. The ECB project reflects perfectly the new dual expertise of BCE (linear and non-linear), with the combination of live broadcast and a VoD portal,” BCE CEO Frederic Lemaire added.