Blackbird Wins 18 More Stations With TownNews

Blackbird plc, the developer and seller of the cloud native video editing platform, Blackbird, says that Blackbird is being used by 18 more U.S. TV stations for digital news production following TownNews’ latest deployment. This is the fifth expansion of Blackbird by TownNews since the partnership began in 2018.

Sixty-nine U.S. TV stations now use Blackbird remotely to rapidly access, edit and publish news content to social and web platforms. When paired with TownNews’ Field59 VMS, news stories “can be delivered to viewers with unbeatable speed and control using Blackbird’s browser-based, carbon efficient cloud native video editing platform,” according to the company. U.S. TV stations using Blackbird now span 35 states.

Derek Gebler, VP of broadcast and video for TownNews, said: “Blackbird’s high-quality, frame-accurate cloud editing software gives our broadcast customers a huge competitive advantage. The growth of the Blackbird TownNews partnership over the past three years has been extremely exciting, and we look forward to continuing our mutual collaboration for a long time to come.”

Blackbird CEO, Ian McDonough, said: “Congratulations to TownNews on their new station wins. We are thrilled to expand our services with them to 69 news stations across 35 states from the two we started with back in 2018. This is an excellent example of the ‘Blackbird inside’ OEM strategy working and a superb endorsement of our technology in the fast-paced environment of news production.”

Blackbird’s customers include Tata Communications, EVS, BT, IMG, Deltatre, Sky News Arabia, A+E Networks, NHL, Eleven Sports, Riot Games, the U.S Department of State in addition to the 69 stations with TownNews.

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