Case Studies

Signiant Media Exchange Faciliates Fast, Secure Transfer of Video Assets for Japan’s Mainichi Broadcasting System

Mainichi Broadcasting System (MBS) was established in 1951 as one of the first commercial radio broadcasters in Japan and began television broadcasting in 1959. MBS TV covers 22 million viewers in the Kansai region, including Osaka and Kobe, the major commercial cities in Kansai, as well as Kyoto and Nara, Japan’s ancient capitals. IMAGICA DIGIX focuses on providing sophisticated CGI systems to organizations and companies specializing in broadcasting, production, post-production, animation, game production, and government, education, and manufacturing video applications. It assists in creating high-quality digital imaging through using some of the world’s most state-of-the-art CGI technologies.

In observance of MBS’s 60th anniversary, “Around the World in 60 Days” plotted the adventures of Japanese journalist Nishi Yasushi as he traveled to multiple destinations on each continent and sampled the food and local culture along the way. Every day, the engineering team used the So-Air service to file video reports from each location over public Internet connections, with Signiant MX providing an easy-to-use, Web browser-based interface for the transfer. Ranging from 200 MB to 500 MB, the video clips were rough-edited in the field and then transferred to the main MBS studio in Osaka for final editing and broadcast.

Challenge:

  • Filming from multiple, remote locations
  • Reporting from areas with poor internet connectivity
  • Transfer 200 MB and larger to MBS studio in Osaka Japan
  • Need fast and reliable services

Solution:

  • Signiant teams up with Japan’s Mainichi Broadcasting System (MBS) and IMAGICA DIGIX to supply its Media Exchange file movement solution.

Results:

  • IP-based Signiant Acceleration Protocol maximized network efficiency
  • Reliable and secure means for users to exchange content
  • Files are received up to 2 times faster than TCP with 95% efficiency
  • Through Signiant’s software, IMAGICA DIGIX was able to acquire content from 21 countries for the popular “Around the world in 60 Days” program

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