February 15, 2022 – ISSY-LES-MOULINEAUX, FRANCE – BRAINE L’ALLEUD, BELGIUM
Alpha Networks, a leading provider in software solutions for the video distribution market, and Cognacq-Jay Image, a leading service provider in the media industry for playout, head-end, and digital platforms, announce today that beIN MEDIA GROUP (“beIN”) has extended the contract for development, maintenance and support of its Over-the-Top (OTT) platform for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), adding two extra years to the already long-term partnership.
The extension will mark a transition from a hybrid B2C/B2B to a B2B only approach for the global sports and entertainment giant, beIN MEDIA GROUP.
Thanks to a complete solution, Alpha Networks’ Tucano APIs are connected to a large number of front-end providers and payment gateways, allowing beIN’s OTT platform, beIN Connect, to now address several operators and satellite operators in the MENA region.
Speaking on this extension, Faisal Al Raisi, Manager of Digital Projects at beIN MEDIA GROUP MENA, said:
“We are delighted to continue our long-standing collaboration with Cognacq-Jay Image and Alpha Networks which was established seven years ago. We trust their technological expertise and value the quality of service they offer, especially during major events. This extension of our successful partnership allows our OTT platform, beIN Connect, to continue delivering our expanded digital content, including the latest and exclusive sports and entertainment programming to our subscribers across the region“.
Faisal Al Raisi, Manager of Digital Projects at beIN MEDIA GROUP MENA
Alpha Networks is an established company specializing in innovative solutions for media companies and operators worldwide. Through its comprehensive modular software Tucano, which allows out-of-the-box integration with video infrastructure and metadata providers, the company enables swift integration with any legacy system.
“At Alpha Networks, we are extremely grateful for the trust beIN MEDIA GROUP has in our work and commitment. We are also very proud to see that our primary product, Tucano modular software, successfully supports one of the best solutions for sports distributions worldwide, counting millions of application downloads”.
Guillaume Devezeaux, CEO at Alpha Networks
As global system integrator for beIN, Cognacq-Jay Image provides the entire platform including Alpha Networks’ technologies as well also head-end services, streams security and 24/7 operations services.
“At Cognacq-Jay Image, we are proud to provide beIN MEDIA GROUP with a platform which reflects our know-how and capability to deliver complex projects. We also maintained a high level of QoS and our capability to manage such a service with our partners over the years was the key to success. We are deeply grateful for the trust beIN MEDIA GROUP has placed in us“.
Philippe Bonpunt, General Manager at Cognacq-Jay Image
A COMPLETE OTT PLATFORM FOR LIVE AND VOD CONTENT
With more than 15 different sports, various movies, general entertainment, and kids’ channels, beIN caters to a wide variety of public interests.
beIN Connect OTT platform counts more than 30 HD channels, including Live and Catch-up content for both sports and movies. Subscribers can access Live premium and exclusive content, including the best of football tournaments such as UEFA Champions League, EPL, Ligue 1, la Liga, AFCON 2021 and FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™. The platform is available via web and Android/iOS applications.
ABOUT COGNACQ-JAY IMAGE
Cognacq-Jay Image has been providing services in the audiovisual field since 1996. Its services have since constantly evolved to cover today the entire technical field of media processing and their exposure.
Whether through the transfer and processing of files, playout services, the management of digital platforms or customer technical assistance, Cognacq-Jay Image has been the technical partner of reference for the deployment of audiovisual services for more than 25 years.
ABOUT ALPHA NETWORKS
For over 10 years, Alpha Networks provides innovative software solutions to answer the ever-growing demands of the video distribution market. Alpha Networks’ product portfolio includes Tucano, the modular video software and the ready-to-launch cloud video platform Bee.
TV operators and media companies can complete their solutions with Gecko, the white-label framework UX. With more than 30 clients in Europe and Latin America, Alpha Networks prides itself on empowering innovation, accelerating the projects go-to-market and enhancing the next generation TV-entertainment business. The company is internationally recognized by customers all over the world, such as Orange, Altice, Econet Group, TeleCentro, Bouygues Telecom, Canal+, NOS, TF1 and many others.
ABOUT beIN MEDIA GROUP
beIN MEDIA GROUP is a leading independent global media group and one of the foremost sports & entertainment networks in the world. The group distributes and produces an unrivalled array of entertainment, live sport and major international events across 5 continents, 43 countries and in 9 different languages spanning Europe, North America, Asia, Australasia and the Middle East & North Africa (MENA).
beIN MEDIA GROUP’s flagship sports network, beIN SPORTS, holds the single largest portfolio of sports rights of any global broadcaster; and through its iconic MIRAMAX film studio, beIN holds an extensive library of Hollywood blockbusters while having a growing presence in series and movies production and distribution, as well as in the digital space. beIN MEDIA GROUP acquired Digiturk, the leading pay-tv operator in Turkey, in August 2016; and now has over 55 million subscribers worldwide.