File Sharing

The need for faster file sharing is bringing new challenges for today’s media companies. In media, file sharing (distributing digital data) mostly means files for television shows, films, music, books, and games.

The most well-known file share technologies are peer to peer (P2P) networks, BitTorrent and file hosting. In peer-to-peer (P2P) networks, users search for other computers connected to the network in order to find specific content and transfer that file from the original computer to their own across the internet. This type of file sharing was popularized by companies such as Napster, which ceased operations because of legal problems over copyright infringement.

BitTorrent is a specific protocol that supports peer-to-peer file sharing and focuses on transferring large files. Instead of downloading from a single source server, BitTorrent protocol joins a collection of hosts that download and upload simultaneously. With BitTorrent, a file is divided into small pieces and then reorganized after download. Pieces can be downloaded out of order depending on what is available, which makes downloading a whole file faster and allows users to easily start and stop the download. At its peak, BitTorrent was responsible for over a third of all internet traffic.

In file hosting or cloud storage, users upload and download content that is hosted by a remote service. One-click file hosting allows a user to upload a file then gives the user a URL so that user (or whoever they give the URL to) can download the content later.

Public file sharing hurts media sales, and some experts even suggest that file-sharing has forced media owners to make content more easily available on demand through the internet. Technology has brought sweeping changes to the media and entertainment industries. Media companies need to move data faster in order to keep up with the demands of their customers and keep it secure to protect and control their content. Security and encryption for file transfer is an absolute necessity for sensitive and proprietary content.

SkyDrop is a highly secure SaaS solution from Signiant that accelerates the movement of large files and data sets into and out of cloud storage. Find out what SkyDrop can do for you. Sign up for a free trial today!

Media Shuttle is Signiant’s hybrid SaaS solution that allows media professionals to quickly transfer any size file anywhere in the world. With Media Shuttle, you can consolidate and track all your file movement while enjoying speed, security and control in one elegant, easy to use, cloud-based solution.

Media companies must remain focused on delivering content safely and on time. Read through the articles below to learn more about Signiant’s file sharing technology and how we help media enterprises share their files safely and securely.

Post Office Films finds success with large file movement software »

Post Office Films is a post-production house based in Budapest, Hungary and works with hundreds of films and production houses spanning the globe. They are accustom to the challenges of trying to transfer large media files (as much as 2 TB of video files in a single day), and often juggle three or four productions at one time. They sorely needed an FTP replacement — it was slow and cumbersome — and had resorted to shipping physical media and flying in editors.

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Signiant Strengthens Board with Two Industry Leaders »

Signiant today announced that two of the media industry’s most prominent technology executives have joined its Board of Directors. The appointments come at a time when the company’s leadership position in cloud technology and innovative next-generation offerings are driving unprecedented growth in Signiant’s business. Joining the board are Lawrence R. Kaplan and John McCoskey, each bringing unique industry experience to the Signiant Board.

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Signiant’s Cloud Solutions drive 65 percent increase in customer base in 2013, position company for future growth with 46 percent increase in worldwide employment »

Signiant today disclosed key growth metrics for 2013 and offered further insight into the Company’s recent market momentum. Executives report a 65 percent increase in customer count and a 46 percent increase in worldwide employment, attributable to rapid adoption of Signiant’s next-generation hybrid SaaS solution and clear recognition of the Company’s leadership position in bringing the benefits of cloud technology to the media industry.

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Wired Innovation Insights | File Transfer In the Cloud -- My 'Cloud Credo' »

To be a leader in the cloud arena, you need to have a clear definition of what cloud technology means to you, and your approach to cloud computing. I call this the “Cloud Credo.” Mine is built on three key points: content should be free; SaaS is here to stay; and, “design for the cloud” is worth the effort. I’ll provide details on the first two ideas here -- and stay tuned for more thoughts on design for the cloud in another post!

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MTI Film Selects Signiant Media Shuttle for Swift File Delivery of TNT Hit TV Show ‘Dallas’ and More »

MTI Film, a Hollywood-based full service post-production and film restoration facility, is using Signiant’s Media Shuttle™ to automate the daily exchange of some of TV’s most popular episodics with its global production partners.

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Signiant Further Expands Global Footprint to Support Continued Growth »

Signiant, the market leader in intelligent file movement software for the media and entertainment industry, has increased its sales and support staff to meet rapidly growing global demand for its products. The developments follow on from the recent appointment of industry leader Greg Hoskin as Managing Director with responsibility for Europe, Middle East and Africa as well as the Asia-Pacific markets.

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Cisneros Media Overcomes Regional Bandwidth Challenges with Signiant’s Media Shuttle »

Signiant, the market leader in intelligent file movement software for media and entertainment, today announced that its customer Cisneros Media, the corporate division that encompasses the Cisneros’ global media and entertainment businesses, achieved dramatic time savings and productivity improvements by implementing Media Shuttle™ as its corporate-wide file transfer solution.

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Venture 3D Used Signiant’s Media Shuttle to Meet Tight Deadlines with Ease for New “Metallica: Through the Never” 3D Movie Project »

Signiant, the market leader in intelligent file movement software for media and entertainment, today announced that Venture 3D, a stereoscopic 3D conversion production company based in Los Angeles, used Media Shuttle™ as its primary file transfer solution during production of Metallica’s latest cinematic venture, “Metallica: Through the Never” which premiered in Imax 3D on September 27, 2013 and will premier in theaters everywhere on October 4, 2013. Under tight deadlines to deliver large files – 20 GBs numerous times a day – Venture3D relied on Media Shuttle to provide this high profile client with reliable and efficient service.

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365 Days of Media Shuttle around the world with no limits »

The last year has been crazy and exciting for Signiant with the introduction of Media Shuttle. Here’s a snapshot of the highlights.

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Envy Post Production Selects Signiant Media Shuttle for Rapid Delivery of High Res Long and Short Form Programming »

Leading post production house Envy Post Production has become yet another major UK broadcast content company to adopt Media Shuttle™ hybrid SaaS file transfer solution to move large files securely among its business partners and global customer base. Responding to its client needs, Envy Post has standardized on Media Shuttle because of its ease-of-use, the ability to be seamlessly branded and because it is today’s smartest way to move and share large files.

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