TVPlayer Plus will launch this month from TVPlayer, an OTT live streaming provider for broadcast TV channels. At the core of the live-streaming and catch-up-TV service is Media Excel’s HERO platform provided by Garland.
The new TVPlayer Plus is designed to provide a low-cost, enhanced viewing experience to subscribers. It will offer viewers an additional 25 channels (offering over 80 in total) from broadcasters including UKTV, Discovery Networks, A+E Networks UK, Turner Broadcasting, National Geographic Channel Europe, and Sony Pictures Television Networks.
“TVPlayer has seen significant success to date, with over half a million people now watching TV over-the-top each week on our service,” said Adam Smith, founder and CEO of TVPlayer. “Similar to what Netflix has done for movies and Spotify for music, TVPlayer Plus aims to offer a simplified viewing experience of traditional and premium television content —one that works with the devices people already have.”
TVPlayer selected the HERO encoding platform from Media Excel to power its TVPlayer and TVPlayer Plus service. The HERO DS9 is a 1RU, eight x HD-SDI channel, adaptive bitrate, multi-format encoder.
“Its proven reliability, channel density, on-board DRM, and archiving capabilities have made it the perfect solution,” explained Lorna Garrett, director of Garland.
TVPlayer is available on iOS, Android, Amazon Fire TV, Mac and PC. Viewers of the new TVPlayer Plus service will also be able to watch their new channel lineup on some smart TVs, the Amazon Fire TV Stick and others.