Online sports video service to offer full range of high quality sports,
SPORTELASIA 2008, Shanghai, PRC. March 3rd, 2008 - ESPN STAR Sports, Asia’s leading sports broadcaster, and Entriq, Inc., the leading provider of digital media control and monetisation solutions across broadband, today announced their collaboration in launching a broadband video service dedicated to offering both live and on-demand sports programming.
Available at www.espnstar.com, ESPN STAR Sports’ broadband video service was most recently used to offer cricket fans across the world live coverage of the International Cricket Council (ICC) Under 19 Cricket World Cup, at US$5.99 per match or US$29.99 for a subscription to the entire tournament. This broadband video service was also successfully used to deliver the recent 20/20 Cricket World Cup and the Australia vs India Test Series.
Powered by Entriq’s MediaSphere solution, ESPN STAR Sports will be able to securely manage, deliver and monetise its valuable sports programming across broadband networks on a local, regional and global scale.
Entriq’s managed digital media control and monetisation solution was extremely quick for ESPN STAR Sports to set up, and is flexible enough to incorporate new events and channels under ESPN STAR Sports’ local control. In addition, the scalability of Entriq’s solution provides sports broadcasters with the peace of mind that their services will remain robust and reliable during live events, even when network traffic demands reach their peak.
“We have made a good start with the recent ICC cricket tournaments, but it’s just the beginning of our video across broadband offering,” explained Jason O’Sullivan, Vice President of Digital Media at ESPN STAR Sports. “In spring this year, we will be rolling out more live and on-demand programming that will maximize the rights of the sports events we have acquired as well as enhancing our in-house programming.
“ESPN STAR Sports is committed to serving sports fans by creating and distributing the best sports programming through innovative new media platforms, and this initiative will help further make ESPN and STAR Sports a core part of his or her daily life.”
Heading up the Entriq team working with ESPN STAR Sports is Martyn Reeves, Director for Asia Pacific. Commenting on the collaboration, Martyn said, “Working with the leading sports broadcaster in the Asia Pacific region is a real pleasure. Not only do they have a great line up of programming to offer, they have a real desire to provide the best experience to fans on whatever platform the content is distributed.
“ESPN STAR Sports was confident to work in partnership with us because of Entriq’s pedigree of working directly or indirectly with 10 of the world’s top 15 sporting leagues, federations and sporting events, and with over 40 broadcasters worldwide. The combination of our technology and experience offered them the solution they required.”
ESPN STAR Sports’ dynamic new user interface delivers high-quality video of all events, with expansive controls (including live-event pause and rewind), and easy navigation between, simultaneous live sporting events. Other features include:
• Pay-per-view, subscription and advertising/sponsorship business models in different geographies
• Geo-targeting of events
• Multiple currency support
• Syndicated players for insertion in partner websites
• Flash-based video player and navigation
• High bit-rate video
• Full screen video option
• Built-in search, share and alert facilities
• Customer support via chat and email during live events
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For more information and to access the site, visit www.espnstar.com
Media contact details:
Vanessa Vigar, Director of Marketing
ESPN STAR Sports
Paras Sharma (ESPN STAR Sports)
DID: +65 6216 6031
About ESPN STAR Sports
ESPN STAR Sports is a 50:50 joint venture between two of the world’s leading cable and satellite broadcasters. As Asia's definitive and complete sports broadcaster and content provider, ESPN STAR Sports combines the strengths and resources of its ultimate parent companies – Walt Disney (ESPN, Inc.) and News Corporation Limited (STAR) – to deliver a diverse array of international and regional sports to viewers via its encrypted pay and free-to-air services.
ESPN STAR Sports showcases an unparalleled variety of premier live sports from around the globe 24 hours a day to a cumulative reach of more than 310 million viewers in Asia. ESPN STAR Sports has 17 networks covering 24 countries, each localised to deliver differentiated world-class premier sports programming to Asian viewers. This includes ESPN Asia, ESPN China, ESPN Hong Kong, ESPN India, ESPN Malaysia, ESPN Philippines, ESPN Singapore, ESPN Taiwan, MBC-ESPN (Korea), STAR Sports Asia, STAR Sports Hong Kong, STAR Sports India, STAR Sports Malaysia, STAR Sports Singapore, STAR Sports Southeast Asia, STAR Sports Taiwan, and STAR Cricket.
On the ground, the ESPN STAR Sports Event Management Group manages and promotes premier sporting events around Asia. ESPN STAR Sports aims to reach consumers at any time, any place and through all new media platforms, both internet and mobile. The multi-lingual, online platforms, espnstar.com, espnstar.com.cn and espnstar.com.tw and footballcrazy.tv interact with millions of users providing them with in-depth sports news, results and competitions. Developed for the sports fan that is constantly on the move, mobileESPN and STAR Sports Mobile delivers differentiated mobile content targeted at its various audiences. mobileESPN enables the serious sports fan to follow their favourite sports more closely than ever before with a combination of specially produced video news clips, in-depth news coverage and analysis. STAR Sports Mobile aims to provide interactive and entertaining opportunities to engage with sports, delivering exclusive video excerpts from leading football clubs Arsenal and Liverpool as well as highlights from STAR Sports original programmes covering opinions, instructional tips and the latest online game reviews.
Entriq powers new media business models by providing patented solutions for protecting, selling and delivering content over broadband PC, mobile and TV worldwide. Entriq enables content and service providers to manage, protect and monetize the media assets they wish to distribute, track and/or sell online, via Internet TV, PC, or mobile phone. Entriq’s current clients include some of the world’s largest media companies and sporting bodies, including UEFA, Infront Sports & Media, NASN, RTL, MTV Networks, World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), Viacom, Foxtel (Australia), Channel 4 (U.K.), and BT Media and Broadcast. Entriq is headquartered in Carlsbad, Calif., and has offices in New York and Los Angeles as well as in the U.K., France, the Netherlands, Germany, Singapore, China and Australia. Entriq is a division of MIH Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of Naspers.
For more information, visit www.entriq.com or contact:
Tel: 0203 239 9722
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