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.

Digital Media World | Film Festival Picks a Winner with Media Shuttle

“For previous festivals, we relied on free file sharing sites for digital film submissions. With finished file sizes exceeding 2Gb, filmmakers often experienced long upload times – up to three hours – and if transfers were interrupted for any reason, time was lost and they had to start all over again,” said Festival President Kevin Burton. “With 60 days to make their films, every minute counts.” In addition to submission of lower resolution judging versions of entries, Media Shuttle will be used to submit the final ProRes digital film versions for screening, instead of relying on couriers or in-person deliveries.

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M&E Journal | Sharing High-Value Content in the Cloud: The Tale of Three Stakeholders

In this game-changing era of multi-platform content delivery, media and entertainment professionals need convenient ways to exchange digital assets with people inside and outside of their organizations. In this article, we’ll describe a new breed of cloud systems that offer all of the ease, convenience and flexibility of the most popular file-sharing services, with the enterprise-level security and administration required to protect and manage high-value digital assets.

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New Digital Technology to Resell Signiant File Transfer Solutions in Greater China

Based in Hong Kong with offices throughout China, NDT offers a range of professional products and services for broadcast, digital media, wireless network and satellite communications. With a versatile engineering team, the company is highly specialized in HDTV, 3D, IPTV, and the Next-Generation Networks. Some of their customers include CCTV, China Telecom, China Unicom and many of the region’s top broadcasters.

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Tech Spotlight with Steve Gibson

This month’s Tech Spotlight shines on Steve Gibson, our new Asia-Pacific technical director. You could say that Steve ‘grew up’ at Signiant, having first joined the company as an engineering student. As a member of our Ottawa-based dev team for more than five years, Steve has been at the forefront of many of the company’s technical innovations, including our new Media Shuttle desktop file transfer solution. We recently sat down with Steve to get a perspective on his big move to Singapore, and his new role working with customers and partners in Asia.

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TVBEurope | Aiming to Get Assets to Air

Delegates at this year’s IT Broadcast Workflow conference heard one vendor’s name above all others. Virtually every file-based architecture, it seemed, relied on bringing content from producers into the broadcaster’s infrastructure using UDP acceleration products from Signiant. Over little more than a decade this company has come from nothing to lead a new technology sector.

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Sohonet to Integrate Signiant Media Shuttle™ into New Sohonet Hub Customer Portal and File Exchange Solution

Sohonet Hub enables Sohonet’s customers to network with each other more effectively and take full advantage of their membership in the world’s largest private media and entertainment network, whose members include the biggest names in TV, film and advertising. The addition of Sohonet FileRunner, the media transfer capability based on Signiant Media Shuttle, represents the next phase of development for the Sohonet Hub, which will also include a portal to Sohonet’s storage and render offerings, graphs and metrics on bandwidth usage and performance and access to Sohonet’s 24/7 support ticketing system.

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Australian Telecom Company AAPT Selects Signiant for New End-to-End Media Connect Service

The community media network – AAPT Media Connect – uses a hosted Signiant service, allowing private and public content exchange or a combination of both. The network will provide flexible models to the market, applicable to all levels and sizes of the media community, with low barriers to entry.

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Signiant’s Media Shuttle Reaches Soho

Thankfully the rain didn’t prevent friends from Deluxe, Sony, Loft London, Boxer and many others from coming along to hear Gavin Tweedie give an overview of Media Shuttle with a live demo of how to create a branded file sharing portal in a matter of minutes.

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Signiant Introduces Media Shuttle™ at the 2012 NAB Show; Industry’s First Secure, Subscription-Based Enterprise File Sharing Solution

Unlike services that store content in the public cloud, Signiant Media Shuttle provides an easy-to-use interface in the cloud but maintains content within the secure control of the enterprise network. Equally powerful in large enterprise deployments and small work groups, Media Shuttle can be configured within minutes by media professionals. Simple tools allow work group leaders to brand their own file-sharing site with custom graphics and logos, configure notifications and language settings, and invite users to become instantly productive.

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Signiant Adds Media Industry Veterans to Senior Management Team

Accomplished media technology executives join management team to lead strategic development and marketing initiatives, further positioning innovative software firm for worldwide growth and product line expansion.

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Australia’s Seven Network Installs Signiant for Secure, High-Speed Transfer of Digital Content with Affiliates and U.S. Distributors

“Signiant has enabled us to increase the volume of data being transferred, while significantly decreasing the amount of work involved in handling and processing digital material. Our upfront investment in the Signiant has been well worth the savings in labor and distribution costs.”

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Signiant Expands Media Exchange for Digital Content Sharing Between Media and Entertainment Organizations of All Sizes

“With the new direct-to-the-desktop delivery, we are able to automate the receipt of content updates arriving from multiple content partners, all in one application. This is combined with the reliable, fast and secure delivery we have come to count on as a Signiant user.”

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