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Ziln partners with Web Drive on new Internet TV content distribution network

Posted on 23-Nov-2010 14:21 | Filed under: News

Ziln, a New Zealand-based Internet TV service is relaunching the Ziln site on Web Drive's new video content distribution network (CDN) offering very fast Ziln video streaming up to HD on a range of connected devices.

�This is a very significant move for Ziln because Web Drive's CDN will take Ziln to the next level of on-line VOD TV delivery and solidly postions our platform to take advantage of the iminent UFB roll out, project Ziln internationally and bring the cost of channel ownership and hi speed HD video streaming delivery way down to well within the ballpark of the new emerging breed of microbroadcasters.� says Paul Brennan GM of Ziln Ltd.

Web Drive�s core business is hosting web content, providing hosting for tens of thousands of New Zealand websites.

�In conjunction with the new partnership with Ziln, Web Drive are announcing their Content Distribution Network or CDN which will mean very fast streaming of Ziln�s video content for users in New Zealand and all around the world. Web Drive is looking forward to helping Ziln grow their audience along with expanding video hosting capabilities and traffic to the thousands of sites we host.� says Neil Webster of Web Drive.

Ziln's new content management system has been designed and built by Eugene Eastlake of Auckland based Method Studios.

�Moving away from the traditional Flash streaming model the new video platform accommodates on-demand video for desktop, mobile and web enabled televisions, allowing us to stream on devices such as the iPhone and iPad,� says Eugene Eastlake, Creative Director of Auckland based digital studio, Method Studios, the design and development team behind Ziln�s new content management system.

�We�ve developed a channel management system that is powerful yet intuitive and simple to use, developing our own pre/post roll and in-video ad serving network. The system is completely modular, allowing us to add functionality and services to the Ziln platform without huge infrastructure changes.�

Ziln has also changed elements of its offering, deciding to focus on VOD delivery of Kiwi content in preference to streaming live international TV feeds which have been deactivated for at least the short term.

�After being on-line for over a year it's clear to us that viewers are most interested in Kiwi VOD content so we have re emphasised that in our attitude and branding and you'll see that in some of the new channels rolling out such as the Tempo Dance and Wild Wellington channels and soon the first 'suburban channel' actually show casing a specific suberb.� Brennan says.

�We've also just launched the Ziln HD Lab channel to showcase our HD streaming capability, all video on that channel is 720p and viewers can upload their HD videos to the channel... HD means lounge room and that's exciting.

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