NeuLion Builds Another Great Sports Experience on Apple TV
NeuLion powering more sports apps on Apple TV than any other provider
PLAINVIEW, N.Y.(27 Jan 2015)
NeuLion, Inc. (TSX: NLN), the leading enabler and provider of live and on-demand content to Internet-connected devices, today announced an expanded partnership with the Tennis Channel to create and deliver a new Apple TV experience. Tennis Channel joins the ranks of other major sports leagues on Apple TV, including the NHL, NBA, MLS and UFC, in giving viewers live streaming designed and delivered by NeuLion.
As the latest addition, the Tennis Channel Everywhere experience on Apple TV gives viewers the ability to access both the 24/7 linear broadcast channel as well as the digital subscription service, Tennis Channel Plus with additional live court streaming not available on the linear channel. Tennis Channel Plus, powered by NeuLion, gives viewers access to more than 450 other live matches from more than 40 tournaments worldwide, including the Australian Open and French Open, across PCs, smartphones, tablets and now Apple TV.
Connected devices are playing an increasingly important role in longer fan engagement and live sports viewing as seen across NeuLion’s many sports customers. In fact, many sports networks powered by NeuLion are reporting significant percentages of their live game viewing traffic is now through connected devices like Apple TV, Roku and game consoles. Many factors have led to this trend including high quality video delivery, seamless integration between devices and multiple interactive features within the NeuLion sports experiences. NeuLion delivers higher bit rates on connected devices topping out at 6 mbps and 60 frames per second on devices like Xbox One. Additionally by using one profile and single sign-on, viewers are able to sign up online and carry those entitlements and purchases across to their other connected devices. These factors are helping to drive adoption of connected devices for high quality live sports viewing.
"Launching on Apple TV is an important milestone for us," said Adam Ware, Tennis Channel's SVP and Head of Digital. "NeuLion has given us the ability to take our content to multiple screen devices and now we have given our dedicated fan base a big screen experience with the most tennis coverage on TV, all in one place for the ultimate fan experience."
“Connected devices are becoming more and more valuable as a means of reaching sports fans,” said Chris Wagner, EVP of NeuLion. “Having access to live sports on the big screen and seamlessly being able to watch across multiple devices is a viewer must today. NeuLion has enabled this viewer experience for more sports leagues, teams and networks than any other provider.”
NeuLion, Inc. (TSX: NLN) offers the true end-to-end solution for delivering live and on-demand content to Internet-enabled devices. NeuLion enables content owners and distributors, cable operators and telecommunications companies to capitalize on the massive consumer demand for viewing video content on PCs, smartphones, iPads and other similar devices. NeuLion’s customers include major entertainment, sports, global content and news companies. NeuLion is based in Plainview, NY. For more information about NeuLion, visit www.neulion.com.