BBC signs Siemens for digital content delivery

The BBC has signed an IT deal worth an estimated £80.2 million with Siemens IT Solutions and Services (SIS) to design and support a system to deliver digital audio and video content.

The BBC has signed an IT deal worth an estimated £80.2 million with Siemens IT Solutions and Services (SIS) to design and support a system to deliver digital audio and video content.

The broadcaster's digital media initiative will create a single database for digital content accessed through different hardware, including PCs, freeview boxes and mobile phones and handheld devices. Siemens will manage an archive of BBC content and create the system to send data to different devices.

The value of the deal is undisclosed but analyst Ovum expects it to be worth somewhere in the region of €100m (£80.2m).

"As broadcasters and TV stations prepare for the digitalisation of their content there will be more contracts of this kind," said Ovum analyst Cornelia Wels-Maug.

SIS already has a long-standing working relationship with the BBC which was established when SIS, then still SBS, took over 1,400 BBC staff as well as the operation of the BBC's infrastructure in a large outsourcing deal back in 2004.




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