It turned out that Flex was the specific product Statement were looking for. Walton explains “Since it has the option of mirroring fiber, it proved a great alternative and also much less expensive than an actual fiber installation. It’s also got a better usage model, enabling us to watch in offices and on phones, and laptops, just by sending a link”.
Walton made the decision to add the tool as a key workflow component. ClearView Flex ticked all the boxes he explains. “We were looking for four things: connectivity, security, streamlined access, and cost-efficiency. ClearView Flex gave us all those things.” With regard to connectivity, ClearView Flex enabled Walton and his team to connect with a client at a moment’s notice to look at a specific cut. Security was especially important, and Sohonet has long-standing relationships with studios and networks to develop matching security protocols.
“This was a big plus for us. IT and security people at the studios were completely aware of Sohonet, and reviewing ClearView Flex from the earliest stages,” says Walton, who notes that this fact helped streamline the process of getting client approval.