Virtual Connect

Delivering broadcast quality linear and live content into, through and out of the cloud.

Virtual Connect has been designed to help broadcasters and rights holders leverage the kind of scalability, agility and cost savings only available in the cloud.

Virtual Connect has been designed to help broadcasters and rights holders leverage the kind of scalability, agility and cost savings only available in the cloud.

Virtual Connect offers content owners, broadcasters and sports rights holders’ cloud-based broadcast quality media contribution and distribution integrated with established services (POPs, Teleports).

Virtual Connect provides a secure and resilient gateway into, and out of Amazon Web Services (AWS) for full-time channels and live events. Furthermore, it offers a rapid and flexible transition from established solutions to cloud services. 

Utilising AWS Elemental MediaConnect, it leverages AWS’s vast network. Virtual Connect is a 24/7 fully managed service ensuring availability, redundancy and quality.

Key Benefits

  • Easy and rapid transition from established solutions to cloud services
  • Low cost alternative to satellite and fibre distribution
  • Highly scalable
  • Flexible commercial models
  • 24/7 Arqiva fully managed service
  • End-to-end monitoring options

Example use cases of Virtual Connect

Enabling cloud playout

If you are a broadcaster looking to migrate playout to the cloud Virtual Connect enables you to easily connect to already established distribution systems, e.g. DTH, DTT as well new ones.

Delivering content to cloud native OTT platforms

OTT aggregators who want to onboard more and more channels and live events as part of their content offering. Virtual Connect is ideally suited to delivering content onto these rapidly growing OTT platforms.

Supporting new content sources

Virtual Connect is ideally suited for rights holders and content creators who are experimenting with new live sources (e.g. eSports, mobile journalism) and are looking to avoid the cost and complexity of traditional outside broadcasts, SNG trucks and satellite capacity. Virtual Connect enables broadcasters and content aggregators to onboard these new sources and make them available on both conventional and OTT platforms.

Driving fast start services

In a rapidly changing industry, start-ups are emerging whilst existing media companies are innovating. Virtual Connect enables fast start services that reach diverse geographies and new audiences without the need to commit to fixed infrastructure.

Extending Arqiva’s Arqnet footprint

Arqnet, Arqiva’s fibre network, carries thousands of TV, radio channels and live events, linking broadcasters and rights holders with hundreds of affiliates, takers and headends. Virtual Connect seamlessly moves them to the cloud for rapid and cost-effective distribution to new audiences around the world through AWS’s global footprint. It also delivers channels and events from the cloud to be fed into Arqnet for distribution.

With the addition of Virtual Connect to the Arqiva portfolio, it reinforces our capability to acquire live content from anywhere – receiving the feeds via satellite, our global fibre network, the cloud or via the open internet. And we can distribute the live stream wherever it needs to go – to traditional TV platforms, to direct-to-consumer services, to social media sites like Twitch and YouTube and to OTT platforms like Amazon Prime.

Arqiva Virtual Connect summary (PDF)

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