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FFW Wins ZDF Contract With Axinom as a Partner

● Digital agency FFW prevails in a Europe-wide tender
● Further development and operation of 3sat, tivi, and ZDFmediathek as well as ZDFheute

Fürth, 20.04.2022. Axinom, a solutions provider for modern video streaming backends, to work with FFW, the agency for digital platforms, for the largest European broadcaster ZDF. The Europe-wide tender was granted to FFW and will be concluded as a framework agreement for a maximum of five years with ZDF. The order includes the further development and operation of the 3sat, ZDFtivi, and ZDFmediathek, as well as ZDFheute.

"Our extensive experience in developing large-scale, performance-driven streaming backends fits perfectly with the ambitions of ZDF," says Stefanie Schuster, CCO, Axinom. "We are proud of the trust they’ve placed in us, and I look forward to a collaboration that will bring ZDFmediathek to an exemplary level in the digital media and streaming industry."

Backend Built on Modern Technology

"A crucial consideration for the tender was the technical capabilities of the involved participants. Axinom’s expertise in service-oriented streaming architecture was influential for the successful bid," says Ralph Wagner, CEO, Axinom. "The collaboration also leverages Axinom’s specialization in enabling seamless API orchestration, highest scalability, and performance, as well as integrated development. With a proven track record and the deep know-how of backend development, Axinom will play a vital role as a partner for ZDF’s large-scale OTT platforms."

The plan to expand the ZDF and ARD media libraries into a streaming network and a large content cosmos also plays a further important role. "We’re really looking forward to this challenge," stressed both Antonijevic and Meyer from FFW.

FFW will also be supported by other specialists who will cover part of the range of services: Condat, a specialist for the CMS Sophora and Java-based service architectures, as well as the Java and Google Cloud specialists by HBT.

About ZDF

ZDF (Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen) is Germany’s prominent national public television broadcaster and the largest European TV broadcaster. ZDF also runs various highly successful video-streaming platforms. ZDFmediathek is one of the leading German video portals and a pioneer in this field. The platform offers live, linear, and catch-up, as well as on-demand content with a reach of over 66 million viewers per month. Today, ZDFmediathek is the digital reference of Germany’s most successful TV station, accessible on all relevant playout channels.

About Axinom

Axinom provides software solutions and expertise for content-first platforms. Media, broadcast, and telecommunications organizations worldwide partner with Axinom to solve the complex challenges of preparation, management, protection, and provisioning of premium content.

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