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Aspera, Inc.: Afrostream Boosts Video on Demand Service With High-Speed Transfers From Aspera on IBM Cloud

Niche Video Streaming Service Featuring African and African-American Content Selects Aspera's High-speed File Transfer Technology to Speed Content Delivery to IBM CloudARMONK, N.Y., Dec. 15, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- IBM (NYSE:IBM) today announced
that Afrostream, provider of a niche video streaming service featuring
African and African-American content, has deployed solutions from Aspera, an
IBM company to speed content delivery to its cloud-based Video on Demand
(VOD) platform. The solution unlocks the benefits of the IBM Cloud,
streamlining Afrostream's data-intensive workflow beginning with media
uploads from studios and content providers through final distribution of
African movies and TV shows for streaming by fans across the world.

With offices in the US and France, Afrostream hosts an extensive content
library that is currently available to millions of fans in France, Belgium,
Switzerland and the Sub-Saharan regions of Senegal and Ivory Coast;
additionally, the company has secured rights for many other African countries
to bolster its growth in the African VOD space.

To gather quality entertainment for its customer base, Afrostream signed
content deals with major studios and independent American, African and
British distributors, which submit terabytes of digital content via Aspera to
the company's data center every day.

The French startup was able to take advantage of the IBM Global Entrepreneur
Program to launch their business on IBM Cloud. The IBM Global Program helps
startups and entrepreneurs harness the power of IBM Cloud, as well as deeply
connect and embed them into IBM's vast global network of enterprise clients,
consultants, Innovation Centers and more to rapidly build innovations, scale
quickly and accelerate growth.

By implementing Aspera On Demand, Afrostream has increased the volume of
aggregated content to 1,000 hours per month. Once content lands on
Afrostream's storage on the SoftLayer infrastructure from IBM, files undergo
processing, quality verification and transcoding into different formats for
multiple devices before they're finalized for streaming. The Aspera solution
has reduced content turnaround times from three days to less than 12 hours,
so the latest TV shows and movies are made available more quickly and
reliably on Afrostream's platform for streaming from fans' preferred devices.

While Afrostream's main office is located in California, the company's
technical team is in Nantes, France and the company's SoftLayer storage
server is housed in San Jose, California, and content providers and viewers
are globally dispersed. By leveraging high-performance transfers that
maintain speed regardless of transfer distance, file size or network
conditions, Afrostream effectively solves what could otherwise be an
insurmountable logistical challenge.

"Using Aspera as the preferred means to ingest high-resolution content has
significantly accelerated our internal workflow, enabling us to provide
content to viewers faster than ever before and to further expand and drive
growth in this niche market," said Ludovic Bostral, co-founder and CTO at

"For Afrostream and other Video on Demand providers, cloud platforms such as
IBM Cloud become attainable and compelling resources for highly scalable,
cost-effective media processing workflows and storage once you remove the
challenge of getting very large volumes of data onto the platform. Aspera's
Direct-to-Cloud transport technology provides a robust and secure solution to
move datasets directly to, from and across any cloud environment, making it
the ideal transfer solution for cloud-based digital workflows," said Bruce
Brewer, EMEA sales director at Aspera.

About Aspera
Aspera, an IBM company, is the creator of next-generation transport
technologies that move the world's data at maximum speed regardless of file
size, transfer distance and network conditions. Part of IBM Cloud, Aspera
software is powered by the Emmy®award-winning FASP®protocol to deliver the
fastest, most predictable file-transfer, share and sync experience across
on-premises, cloud, and hybrid infrastructure. Aspera's core technology
delivers unprecedented control over bandwidth, complete security and
uncompromising reliability. Organizations across a variety of industries on
six continents rely on Aspera software for the business-critical transport of
their digital assets. Please visit and follow us on
Twitter @asperasoft for more information.

Media Contacts:
Red Lorry Yellow Lorry - Aspera's PR agency
EMEA: Louise Wells +44 (0)20 7403 8878
Americas/Asia: Kim Willsher +1 310 569 2603


This announcement is distributed by NASDAQ OMX Corporate Solutions on behalf of NASDAQ OMX Corporate Solutions clients.
The issuer of this announcement warrants that they are solely responsible for the content, accuracy and originality of the information contained therein.
Source: Aspera, Inc. via Globenewswire


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