Hockey is the number one sport for Canadians country wide. This is a country where 25% of Canadians surveyed say that they consider Sidney Crosby to be the greatest athlete of the 21st century*. The Canadian Hockey League (CHL) is the world’s largest development hockey league.
Founded in 1975 as the Canadian Major Junior Hockey League, it is composed of its three member leagues, the Western Hockey League, Ontario Hockey League, and Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. For the 2021–22 season, its three leagues and 60 teams represent nine Canadian provinces (52 teams) as well as four American states (8 teams).
CHL TV is a subscription services that provides fans both live and on-demand Hockey games through the CHL, OHL, WHL and QMJHL. This gives the hockey community the ability to watch the action of the next Sidney Crosby as the Canadian Hockey League is the world’s largest development hockey league.
Edgio provided an integrated streaming solution with the ability to streamline on prem hardware workflows at disparate venues into a full cloud-based solution. This enabled CHL to unify master control across all locations for live & vod workflows without giving up any control.
Our flexible and extensible platform enabled CHL to focus on their differentiators without having to build and maintain a streaming technology stack all while eliminating the financial barriers associated with managing multiple vendors and their own infrastructure.
“Hockey is the most-watched sport in Canada and therefore a seamless, high-quality viewing experience is critically important to us. With Edgio, we were able to move from an on-prem solution to a fully cloud-based solution without losing any control. ”
John McCauley, VP Marketing & Media, CHL
Edgio provides CHL with:
A single, integrated platform for encoding, storage and delivery
A fully cloud-based to solution to orchestrate content workflows from disparate locations
A certified partner to help deliver world class OTT applications
Flexibility to scale operations and infrastructure
Sports, Media & Entertainment
Moved to fully cloud-based solution
Higher quality video
Reduced ingest failures
Easily spin up resources to support live event production
CHL has fully integrated Uplynk into their workflows and applications. This allows them to efficiently ingest and deliver video while centralizing their operations and supporting emerging innovations such as SRT, Live DVR and monetization strategies.
With the support of Edgio’s expert services team, the CHL is able to spin up on-demand resources to help with live event production to scale their teams when they need it most.
With the ability to experiment with platform features, such as spinning up managed encoding infrastructure, the CHL was able to find the right solution for them. This includes the ability to reduce ingest failures within their workflow by taking advantage of Uplynk’s broadcast grade production tools and workflows.
Edgio enabled CHL to:
Scale operations and infrastructure as needed without having to build out their own resources.
Build a fully redundant live workflow in the cloud
Syndicate content to optimize their monetization strategy
Deliver a world class user experience to its viewers