Verizon To Help Tennis Channel Stream More Than 2,000 Matches This Year
Verizon Digital Media Services, part of Oath, has been selected by Tennis Channel to power the channel app’s video delivery. The Tennis Channel app offers live tennis matches and tennis-related VOD content to fans globally. Verizon Digital Media Services’ end-to-end platform, which includes the all-new Live Event Operations managed service, will help ensure that Tennis Channel app users have high-quality video content access, most recently the BNP Paribas Open from Indian Wells, CA.
“As we grow Tennis Channel’s app, Verizon Digital Media Services lets us deliver the exceptional streaming experiences our users have come to expect,” says Adam Ware, senior vice president, head of digital and business development, Tennis Channel. “They’ve been flexible enough to integrate with our existing systems, with a 24-hour support team and Live Event Operations managed service that have helped us scale significantly.”
Verizon Digital Media Services helps power the app’s delivery of more than 700 live tennis matches from around the world and more than 1,500 VOD assets throughout the year, including the French Open in May. The Tennis Channel is the primary rights holder for the event and will now have a stream for every court – 16 simultaneous live streams in total – a first for 2018.
The Verizon Digital Media Services platform features award-winning services that ensure broadcasters and rights holders can quickly, cost-effectively and securely stream content to connected devices through a single trusted partner. The all-new Live Event Operations managed service encompasses pre-event preparations and day-of-show operations that are handled by an experienced team of live event leads who act as an extension of Tennis Channel’s operations and engineering team. This option relieves broadcasters and rights holders of dealing with the hassle and complexities of directly managing live-event OTT streaming and helps expand operations requirements to cover more events.
Additionally, Verizon Digital Media Services’ Uplynk Video Streaming service integrates with Tennis Channel’s proprietary in-house scheduling and content management system, Storyline, enabling game highlights to be published as VOD assets.
“Tennis Channel is the only 24-hour multimedia destination dedicated to the professional sport and lifestyle of tennis,” says Chris Carey, chief revenue officer, Verizon Digital Media Services. “Our experience and capabilities in managing and delivering a high-quality, TV-like experience for OTT sporting events is unparalleled, and we’re thrilled for the opportunity to power Tennis Channel.”