The Associated Press Announces Streamworks as Partner for AP Video Hub Live News Service
Posted: 10/2/2012  |  By: Press Release | Streamworks
LONDON – The Associated Press (AP) has announced Streamworks International, the specialist in live breaking news, as the streaming collaborator for its AP Video Hub 24/7 live news service.  

AP Video Hub is a new state-of-the-art platform providing broadcast-quality world news, entertainment, SNTV (sport) and lifestyle video news for digital publishers. The new 24/7 live news stream gives customers access to breaking news events as they happen, anywhere in the world. Customers also have the ability to book and schedule live coverage of planned news events on an ad-hoc basis.  

Streamworks have been working with AP since September 2011 delivering AP Direct  - AP’s raw, unedited news feed, via a live stream to online publishers. The new deal cements and extends the relationship to deliver this content via the AP Video Hub platform.  

Recent events available live have included the 2012 London Olympics, breaking news from the Syrian civil war and the Norway trial of Anders Breivik. AP’s live video service uses incoming material from AP’s fixed and mobile links around the world to deliver unedited breaking news video to broadcast customers via satellite, and online customers via the AP Video Hub platform.  

Ray Mia, CEO, Streamworks, said: “The way video news is curated, commercialised and consumed is changing significantly. AP has demonstrated that it is prepared to make the changes needed to meet these demands. AP Video Hub allows publishers to take content which they can build commercial sales against, and pre-scheduled political events. They can also be the first to get the widest selection of live breaking news from around the world.  

Streamworks’ system has been designed to deliver this exact requirement; it is unique and with the best content and the best delivery, is changing the way digital video news is distributed. To be the only business working with AP for all video content underscores our determination to be the leading supplier of digital video news to web-enabled devices.”  

The AP Video Hub has been linked to Streamworks proprietary software and global delivery network, from multiple ingest sites to ensure geo-redundancy, along with the ability to route signals into any OVP (open video player) or CDN (content delivery network).   Sue Brooks, AP director of video transformation, said: “Streamworks has proved to be as forward-thinking as we are, in their ambitions for the live news space. We trust them, which is no small compliment, and they deliver our content in as near real-time as possible. AP Video Hub is already proving itself as an indispensable tool for online news providers. The addition of live content will enable our customers to create even richer storytelling experiences for their customers.”  

Additional information on AP Video Hub The interface design is simple and intuitive for users, making accessing content easy. Unique functionality includes a “follow” stories feature that alerts users via Twitter as new content on a followed story arrives. Additional features include curated topic pages, quick video previews, one-click download direct to desktop and real-time search content filters. Curators select and promote breaking news content together with relevant footage from AP’s historic archive, allowing the development of richer online storytelling for customers who until now have lacked easy access to this kind of content.  

The website for AP Video Hub is at https://www.apvideohub.com.  

About The Associated Press
The Associated Press is the essential global news network, delivering fast, unbiased news from every corner of the world to all media platforms and formats. Founded in 1846, AP today is the most trusted source of independent news and information. On any given day, more than half the world's population sees news from AP. On the Net: https://www.apvideohub.com  and www.ap.org  

About Streamworks
Streamworks is a trusted specialist in delivering frontline breaking news. We capture decisive moments in video faster and more accurately than anyone else, and our clients rely on us to deliver content in as near to real-time as is possible - to any device, anywhere at anytime.   

Recent highlights from the list of news content delivered around the world by Streamworks include the capture of Ghadafi, events surrounding the Arab Spring (including the Tunisian, Egyptian, Libyan, Bahrainian and Syrian uprisings), the Japanese tsunami, the Leveson enquiry, Hurricane Irene, Whitney Houston’s funeral, the UK riots, the anniversary of 9/11, the UN General Assembly, the Queen’s Jubilee and the UK Royal Wedding.  

Our proprietary technology allows us to provide real-time video at a reduced bandwidth of up to 30%.  

Streamworks clients include AP, UN, YouTube, The Daily Mail, The Daily Telegraph, The Axel Springer Group, MSN,Ekstra Bladet, Nelonen, Dwango, WRC, LTA, MLG and The Metropolitan Police. For more information visit www.streamworksint.com.