By PR Newswire Press release

Tata Communications, a leading provider of a new world of communications, and TV5MONDE, the leading global French language network, have announced that TV5MONDE has selected Tata Communications' LiveBroadcast service to distribute key events in real-time via the Internet. LiveBroadcast, a high-quality, flash-based streaming service, will provide TV5 with the necessary resources and scalability to support their quickly growing audience and support the constant and dynamic flow of content. With a reach of more than 180 million households, TV5 has extended their 10-year long relationship with Tata Communications to deliver Live Internet content as the channel increases their Web portfolio.Â

Tata Communications' CDN service delivers among the highest performance and reliability in the industry while providing immediate access to content, including High-Definition Video, without delay or jitter. With more than 300 points of presence worldwide, Tata Communications offers the first truly global CDN service on a state-of-the-art, single ASN global IP network. Through the LiveBroadcast offering, Tata Communications will provide an end-to-end solution that will replicate and distribute content, within a two- to four-second delay, using the company's extensive Tier-1 IP backbone.Â

“As one of the largest global television networks, TV5 sought out at solution that would allow them to deliver the most widespread video format on the Internet while displaying the shortest delay between signals, key benefits of Tata Communications' CDN services,” says Genius Wong, Senior Vice President, Global IP and VPN Services, Tata Communications. “Our company's extensive network backbone and innovative way of broadcasting multimedia content via the Internet, allows TV5, as well as other broadcasters and large content providers, worldwide to seamlessly relay programming at unparalleled speed and quality.”Â

Tata Communications has supplied TV5 with telecom products and services since 1999. During the recent U.S. presidential election, TV5 added LiveTV to their Internet portfolio. With less than a week to the broadcast of the first Obama vs. McCain debate, Tata Communications managed to provision the end-to-end solution and have it running flawlessly; thus, solidifying Tata Communications and TV5's collaboration through the delivery of LiveTV.Â

“Following the quick turnaround and successful deployment of services during the US presidential campaigns, Tata Communications became the obvious choice to continue to best support and deliver our content with an unmatched user experience,” said Jean Pierre Verines, CTO for TV5MONDE. “Tata Communications' broad global presence coupled with their commercial and technical flexibility best matched our vision and facilitated our move into the online distribution arena.”Â

Using a solution that relies on the same Distributed Origin technology as the one used in its CDN to deliver Flash/H264 Video On Demand services, incoming Live Streams are simultaneously replicated on every delivery node instantly by taking advantage of Tata Communications' oversized Tier-1 IP backbone. Since no proprietary live server-based solution is used, the LiveBroadcast service can scale to handle any live event without requiring additional server rollout.Â

In addition to LiveBroadcast, the Tata Communications suite of CDN services powered by BitGravity includes Tata Communications CDN, a next- generation CDN designed for a wide range of applications providing the highest performance and reliability on a global scale; and Tata Communications CDN Plus and CDN Secure, add value designed for the distribution and protection of media assets.