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NBC Sports Group’s Playmaker Media has turned to Turner subsidiary iStreamPlanet to create a long-term partnership to deliver over-the-top (OTT) live streaming and video-on-demand (VOD) solutions.

istream 11 Jan 2017The target customers for the partners will be major sports leagues, professional team franchises, emerging leagues, regional and national sports broadcasting networks, the Olympics organisation and other premium rights holders of live-event content.

Playmaker Media and iStreamPlanet boast decades of live streaming experience and industry expertise between them, having worked together to deliver events such as the Olympics and Super Bowl. The two worked to stream the 2016 Rio Olympics, where over 19 days more than 100 million unique users consumed 3.5 billion minutes of video, including a record 2.7 billion live minutes, more than all previous Olympics combined.

In 2016 NBC Sports Digital celebrated its best year ever, delivering 6.4 billion minutes of consumption for a record 15,000 hours of streaming coverage of more than 10,000 events. Separately, Playmaker streams the NFL, NHL, NASCAR, Premier League, and Triple Crown, among others, while iStreamPlanet streams NBA League Pass, ELEAGUE, and the upcoming NCAA March Madness 2017 tournament and 2017 PGA Championship.

“We have a long history of working with iStreamPlanet and have collaborated with them to successfully stream some of the biggest events in sports, including multiple Olympics and Super Bowls, to massive audiences,” explained NBC Sports Group Digital CTO Eric Black. “This is a natural fit as the assets of each company complement the other, providing the most robust offering for customers. We look forward to better serving the growing marketplace through this partnership.”

“This deal delivers on a shared core value – that end users should be delighted, and premium sports content should be complemented with compelling, innovative viewing experiences,” added iSteamPlanet founder and CEO Mio Babic. “We are just beginning to scratch the surface on the types of innovative solutions we can provide to our customers, and we will continue to expand the amazing work we are doing across the sports industry.”
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