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France’s Molotov TV has attracted more than a million subscribers to its OTT subscription-based offering, which it launched less than a year ago, prompting it to expand its relationship with AWS Elemental.

To launch the service, the company secured agreements with all major French TV networks (pay and free TV channels) to aggregate and distribute their programming as live and video-on-demand (VOD/catch-up) content through the Molotov.tv app.

Molotov offers a navigation menu and search function, and users can watch the shows of their choice live, restart from the beginning or catch up to real time, and for programmes they’ve already started, viewers can pause and resume from wherever they left off, across any of their devices. Molotov also incorporates cloud-based DVR functionality.

To power its dynamic offering, Molotov depends on video processing from AWS Elemental. It has expanded to having multiple AWS Elemental Live encoders in operation, with AWS Elemental Conductor software managing the encoder cluster.

“To deliver the experience our customers demand, we can’t have any downtime,” said Sébastien Faure, Molotov’s head of video and deputy CTO. “At the same time, we want our technical experts focused on driving innovation, not managing infrastructure. We’ve continued to expand our AWS Elemental deployment because their technology is ‘set it and forget it’; we don’t have to fuss with our encoders to keep generating well-formatted, high-quality streams for every viewer we serve.”

The Molotov.tv app is available for computers, smartphones, tablets and connected TVs running iOS, Android, Windows, macOS, and Linux as well Apple TV, Android TV, LG and Samsung Smart TV services. A free version offers 35 channels, while paid subscribers gain access to more than 70 channels for less than €10 per month.