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Simplestream to support Sky Bet’s live stream trial of Football League Play-Offs

Thursday 8th May 2014 (London): Simplestream has been chosen by Sky Bet to support the streaming of all of the Sky Bet Championship, League 1 and League 2 Play-Off matches for Sky Bet customers to access as the exciting 2013/14 season draws to a close.
London(8/5/2014) -

The Football League Play-Offs kicks off today on Thursday 8th May at 7:45pm, with the first match, Brighton & Hove Albion against Derby County.  Simplestream’s low latency technology and proprietary Media Manager Events Module was selected by Sky Bet to deliver the month long trial to UK fans.  Covering all the 15 crucial matches, the action will surely get Sky Bet customers on the edge of their seats.  As always, fans will be able to watch live all the drama unfold across all matches on the Sky Sports television and digital platforms.

Sky Bet are the UK’s fastest growing online Sportsbook and Director of Products, Conor Grant commented; “We are delighted to be working with Simplestream.  They have proved to be flexible and effective at meeting our requirements in an extremely short time period. As the official sponsor of The Football League and the Play-offs, streaming all 15 games to Sky Bet customers is a really exciting initiative and we are really pleased with the Simplestream technology solution”.


Notes to Editors

About Simplestream:

Simplestream, founded in 2010, has grown to become a leading provider of multi-platform live streaming and catch-up TV services to broadcast and media companies.  Its’ Media Manager, Media Hub and Media Player technologies simplify over the top (OTT) video operations and work-flows. Offering a cost-effective SaaS pricing model, Simplestream’s services are optimised for the sports, music, news, entertainment and teleshopping sectors. Please go to www.simplestream.com for further information.

About Skybet:

Based in Leeds, Sky Betting and Gaming is one of the country’s leading online betting and gaming companies.  Sky Betting & Gaming consists of four core brands: Sky Bet, Sky Vegas, Sky Poker and Sky Bingo and one of the UK’s leading multi-sports websites, Sporting Life.  Customers can bet online or via a mobile platform. The Sky Bet, Sky Vegas & Sky Bingo apps are free to download from the App Store. Sky Betting & Gaming is a wholly owned subsidiary of BSkyB. 

Sky entertains and excites more than 10.6 million homes through the most comprehensive multichannel, multi-platform television service in the UK and Ireland.  Sky continues to break new ground with its own portfolio of channels: Sky 1 combines its commitment to UK production with the best of the US; Sky Living pushes ahead with fresh and innovative entertainment formats; Sky Atlantic is the UK home of HBO and other ground-breaking original commissions, Sky Arts is the UK's only dedicated arts channel brand; Sky Sports is still raising the bar in sports broadcasting; Sky News remains a pioneer in television news; and Sky Movies is leading the way in High Definition and on-demand.

Sky also works with dozens of other broadcasters on the satellite platform, online and on mobile. Sky is now leading the UK into the age of high definition television with Sky+ HD, has launched Europe's first 3DTV channel, Sky 3D, and is rolling out Sky Anytime+, its internet delivered video on demand service. The company has also been the UK's fastest-growing home communications provider.


Media Enquiries

Marie Ellis, Marketing Manager, Simplestream| marie.ellis@simplestreamcom

Tel:  +44 (0)20 7292 4928 /Mobile: +44 (0)7780 995080

Conor Grant, Director of Products, Sky Bet | Conor.Grant@bskyb.com

Mobile: + 44 (0) 7557 255 310

Editorial Contact:
Marie Ellis