Media Beach website to challenge news agency model

Australia’s Seven West Media, in conjunction with US developer VideoShip Enterprises, has launched Media Beach, an online portal designed to challenge the traditional news agency model of Reuters, AFP and the like, as well as encourage the wider disemination of news content from the Asia Pacific to the rest of the world.

7 March 2014 -- Sydney, Australia

Media Beach users will have access to graphical weather content from MetraWeather. This will include dynamic, ready-to-play weather flights and news clips, specific to the user’s location from expert meteorologists and technologists. Other content partners are expected to be announced in the future.

Announced by Seven West Media’s GM of News and Public Affairs, David Porter, at this week’s Asia Pacific Broadcasting Union symposium in Kuala Lumpur, Media Beach will allow:

  • Broadcasters and freelancers to upload video and other content to make it available for sale via auction, etc., across different territories;
  • Customers to purchase that content via credit card or PayPal;
  • Broadcast organisations to use the platform as an “internal” contribution network. Users can manage a private network of logins around a cloud storage solution, for easy upload and download from members and non-members alike;
  • Automatic transcoding of incoming files ready for HD/SDI playout as needed;
  • The management of user generated content from non-professional sources; and
  • Near-live upload of content from phones and tablets via an app for Android and iOS.

Seven West Media’s partner in the venture, VideoShip, was established in 2004 by veterans of the data broadcast and cable industries. The company builds enterprise video workflow and distribution systems and has offices in Ottawa and Dublin, as well as a Network Operations Center situated in Atlanta.



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