eStream Connect Press Release

PLANET ESTREAM MAKES OVER A MILLION TV AND RADIO PROGRAMMES AVAILABLE TO EDUCATION PROVIDERS

Media management and distribution platform Planet eStream has worked with the BBC to give hundreds of schools, colleges and universities in the UK access to the BBC’s vast digital media archive.

The agreement will enable Planet eStream customers to access over one million BBC TV programmes, films and documentaries - including the new, fully digitised BBC Shakespeare Archive Resource - via Planet eStream’s new Connect service, which launches early next year.

In addition to the BBC content, the new Planet eStream Connect service will open up a world of content sharing opportunities for education providers. As well as sharing their Freeview TV and radio content, customers will have the option to share user-generated content with other members of the Planet eStream community, providing a comprehensive content pool. Connect users will also be able to make requests for subject-specific media to the community via an innovative ‘Connect Beacon Communication Tool’.

Planet DV managing director Wendy Robinson says the new service will create a valuable resource pool comprising content from Planet eStream’s user base of over 1600 schools, colleges and universities in the UK.

"We are continually looking for ways to enhance the Planet eStream platform and add value for our customers and we’re absolutely thrilled to announce these exciting new developments," she says.

"The BBC digital archive comprises over a million programmes dating back to 2007, and is being backfilled to 1989. The corporation has also recently digitised its Shakespeare collection to mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death next April. A collection of the Shakespeare TV and radio programmes broadcast before 1989 are available to education providers free of charge via a dedicated BBC branded website, but the BBC has also made the digitised archive - both pre and post 1989 - available to our Planet eStream Connect service, which will create a fantastic workflow for our customers.

"Being able to make this unique content available to Planet eStream customers is a wonderful opportunity for us. The sophisticated tools available within Planet eStream will enable users to add chapters within the content to create short clips and make specific playlists comprising both BBC content and their existing content that they can then embed into their VLEs and other digital learning platforms.

"It will help schools, colleges and universities add extra dimensions to blended learning, as well as supporting the flipped classroom approach that many of them are embracing. We can’t wait to start rolling it out."

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For more information about this story, please contact Karen Tinkler or Hannah Trinder at The Partners Group on 01904 610077 or email karen/hannah@partners-group.co.uk

Note to editors

Planet eStream is an innovative, browser-based media content management and delivery system. It enables organisations to create, brand, theme and manage their own secure ‘YouTube’ style media archive, and distribute and share that content on demand, via virtual learning environments (VLEs), websites, PCs, mobile devices and digital signage displays. The system also offers live video streaming, lecture capture, lesson observation, IPTV and a fully featured digital signage interface.

Planet eStream Connect is a new service that will launch in Q1 2016 to add content sharing, collaboration and access to the BBC Digital Archive and the BBC Shakespeare Archive for Planet eStream users.