Sky selects DataMiner to manage its playout

12 September 2017



Izegem, Belgium, September 2017 – Skyline Communications, global leader in end-to-end multi-vendor network management, orchestration and OSS software solutions for the broadcast, satellite, cable, IPTV and mobile industry, is proud to announce that Sky, Europe’s leading entertainment company, is in the process of deploying Skyline’s award-winning DataMiner solution for the operational end-to-end service management in its playout departments in the UK.



Thomas Gunkel, Market Director Broadcast at Skyline Communications, said, “We have delivered a solution for Sky to monitor their channels and resources in a more efficient and future-proof way, with the goal of integrating and automating complex technical workflows and background checks in the playout chain in a single management platform. All playout devices will be directly monitored and fully controlled through such a consolidated management system, end to end across any vendor and technology boundaries.”



Steven Soenens, VP Product Marketing at Skyline Communications, added, “The market-leading DataMiner platform provides end-to-end visibility and control over the ever more complex area of playout. Our built-in penalty box feature significantly reduces the time to fix issues, even before problems are visible on air.”



Michael Montgomery, Head of Playout at Sky, commented, “DataMiner is aware of the operational positions in use at any given time, meaning all operators have to do is log in with their credentials and DataMiner knows the desk where the operator is automatically configuring not only the DataMiner user interface itself, but also the necessary equipment used for playout of each separate service. Thanks to the user-friendly interface, our playout controllers are able to ensure service quality and quickly resolve problems to maximize our customer’s enjoyment of Sky’s channels and content.”



Delivering a fully redundant system with no single point of failure, DataMiner makes sure that operators have guaranteed access to the tools they need at the right time and at the right place. DataMiner customers can choose and deploy any technology from any vendor, today and in the future, as the system is guaranteed to interface with any type of product regardless of protocol or supplier, including both hardware and software products, and including both on-premises and off-premises products.



About Skyline Communications

Skyline Communications is the global leading supplier of end-to-end multi-vendor network management and OSS solutions for the broadcast, satellite, cable, telco and mobile industry. Our flagship DataMiner network management platform, which received various prestigious awards, enables end-to-end integration of the most complex technical ecosystems and has been deployed by leading operators around the world.



About sky

Sky is Europe’s leading entertainment company, serving 22.5 million customers across five countries – the UK, Ireland, Germany, Austria and Italy. The company has annual revenues of £12.9 billion and is Europe’s leading investor in television content with annual programming spend of over £6 billion.



From exclusive partnerships with HBO and Showtime, to Sky Original Productions, Sky offers the best and broadest range of content along with the best viewing experience to suit each and every customer. Whether that’s through the multi-award winning next-generation box, Sky Q, or Sky’s contract-free online streaming service, NOW TV, customers have access to the latest movies, drama, sports and kids’ entertainment wherever and whenever they like. This is all supported by Sky’s best-in-class customer service.



Sky’s success is not just based on what the company does but on how it does it. Named as one of the Top 10 Green Companies in the World by Newsweek, one of the world’s most recognized rankings of business’s environmental performance, Sky ensures its responsible business strategy is embedded right across the group.



Sky has over 31,000 employees and is listed as one of The Times Top 50 employers for women. Sky is listed on the London Stock Exchange (SKY).