Amazon Web Services and Discovery have extended their strategic relationship to support Discovery’s ongoing transformation in the cloud. As Discovery’s preferred cloud provider, AWS powers the vast majority of the company’s infrastructure needs to deliver its discovery+ on-demand streaming video service, its digital services, and more than 450 linear TV channels (traditional scheduled programming) to viewers around the world. With AWS, Discovery also provides greater personalization of discovery+, helping viewers easily find content that appeals to their interests.
Discovery uses the breadth and depth of AWS services to provide discovery+ viewers with enhanced, reliable viewing experiences that are personalized to their tastes and consumption habits. For instance, Discovery is the largest media and entertainment user of Amazon Personalize, AWS’s machine learning service that allows developers to create real-time, personalized user experiences faster and at scale. Discovery relies on Amazon Personalize to offer recommendations for curated content that matches viewer’s specific interests, customizing the browsing experience. Discovery also uses Amazon Transcribe (AWS’s service for automatically converting speech to text) across its linear broadcast channels and streaming services to accurately generate closed captions to ensure content is inclusive and accessible to hearing-impaired viewers, and Amazon Rekognition (AWS’s service for automated image and video analysis) to extract and tag video content with metadata to provide viewers with a searchable video library and more personalized recommendations.
“AWS provides the unparalleled portfolio of services, global infrastructure, and proven performance we need to reliably deliver our premium content at scale to Discovery viewers all over the world,” says Avi Saxena, Chief Technology Officer, Direct-to-Consumer at Discovery. “Running on AWS, we have the agility and elasticity we need to deliver quality viewing experiences for peak events like the Olympics, as well as scalable machine learning capabilities to deliver meaningful personalization to viewers so they can get the most value out of their subscriptions.”
Discovery’s portfolio of iconic television channels, including Animal Planet, Food Network, HGTV, OWN, TLC, and Travel Channel, feature content that inspires, informs, and entertains audiences around the world. Discovery leverages numerous AWS Media & Entertainment Services to deliver more than 8,000 hours of original live and on demand programming each year. AWS Elemental MediaConnect, AWS Elemental MediaLive, and AWS Elemental MediaPackage manage Discovery’s video transport, preparation, processing, and delivery behind-the-scenes, helping ensure an exceptional audience experience regardless of viewing device type or connectivity.
In the summer of 2021, as the Home of the Olympics in Europe, Discovery elastically scaled its use of AWS Media Services to transmit 1.3 billion minutes of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 content across its range of digital platforms, including discovery+ and Eurosport subscription services, successfully delivering sports action in 19 languages across 50 markets in Europe. Discovery used Amazon SageMaker (AWS’s machine learning service that helps developers and data scientists build, train, and deploy machine learning models quickly in the cloud and at the edge) to develop and train machine learning models that automate the process of language monitoring. These machine learning models can identify the program in live broadcast video feeds and verify that content gets delivered in the right local language for each television market.
Building immersive fan experiences with Discovery Sports Events
As well as being Discovery’s preferred cloud provider, AWS is also the Official Cloud, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, and Deep Learning Provider of Discovery Sports Events. As part of this strategic relationship, the two companies are building an immersive fan-engagement experience for the new Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) Track Champions League to introduce track cycling to new audiences and expand the sport’s global fan base. Discovery Sports Events and AWS will serve live data, analysis, and stats such as bike speed, race position, pedal cadence (i.e., revolutions per minute), and more to fans in the velodrome (where races take place) through live television and streaming, and in a new UCI Track Champions League app. The app will allow for fan communities to grow around the championship, while helping newcomers to the sport better understand the action on the track. Discovery Sports Events will use Amazon Kinesis (AWS’s service for easily collecting, processing, and analyzing video and data streams in real time) to ingest and process live, streaming data from sensors on the track, bikes, and riders, and will apply AWS analytics and machine learning capabilities to serve up stats such as rider power output in watts, time keeping, racer biometrics (e.g., heart rate and calories burned), and more to bring fans closer to the action. Finally, Discovery Sports Events will use AWS Media Services to provide the stats to fans through the app and broadcast in a simple and compelling format.
“Discovery is home to some of the world’s most iconic media brands, and AWS makes it easier than ever for its viewers to access, identify, and engage with the content they love,” SAYS Kathrin Renz, Vice President of Business Development and Industries at Amazon Web Services. “As Discovery brings its deep and growing library of content to audiences around the world, they can count on AWS to elastically scale without ever sacrificing the reliability or high quality that its customers expect.”