NeuLion Digital powers SKY New Zealand FAN PASS pay-OTT sports service

The NeuLion Digital Platform has been chosen by SKY New Zealand to power its FAN PASS sports streaming service for consumers in New Zealand. The partnership allows SKY New Zealand to leverage NeuLion’s expertise in delivering high-quality sports content on digital platforms and extends the broadcaster’s reach to non-subscribers.

FAN PASS is an Over-The-Top (OTT) and TV Everywhere (TVE) service that provides on-demand, live and interactive coverage of Super Rugby, Rugby League and Formula 1 on the web and on mobile devices for consumers that don’t subscribe SKY New Zealand’s SKY SPORT TV channels.

“We’ve seen what NeuLion has done for the NBA, NFL and NHL in North America and we’re excited that New Zealand’s rugby and Formula 1 fans can now be thrilled by the live and on-demand interactive offerings of our FAN PASS service,” says Cuan Gray, FAN PASS general manager at SKY New Zealand. “We believe that the NeuLion Digital Platform and NeuLion designed apps will play an important role in ensuring the success of FAN PASS, an exciting addition to our content offering.”

This NeuLion-powered service is available in New Zealand through weekly, monthly or season tickets on a sport-by-sport basis. NeuLion technology ensures that the video experience is of high quality for all devices. FAN PASS includes live and on-demand action, with replays and highlights and also has the option for viewers joining a game after kick-off to watch live or from the beginning of the event.

“FAN PASS is a valuable addition to the broadcaster’s offering making it easy for SKY New Zealand to obtain new customers and monetise new sports rights,” said NeuLion CEO Kanaan Jemili, Ph.D. “As the global leader in taking sports and entertainment over-the-top, NeuLion is excited to power SKY New Zealand’s FAN PASS service, particularly as certain sports are so culturally relevant in New Zealand.”

FAN PASS is powered by the NeuLion Digital Platform, an end-to-end platform providing licensed components such as automation, content management, content security and monitoring tools to streamline the content delivery process. The NeuLion Digital Platform enables the secure encoding and delivery of content to any connected devices, as well as Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) used for In-Flight Entertainment. The platform facilitates the streaming and sharing of high-quality content up to 4K, including premium sports and User Generated Content (UGC).

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