Endeavor Streaming is providing the backend for RugbyPass TV, a free-to-air, global streaming service.
The OTT platform is from World Rugby, the governing body of Rugby Union, ahead of next month’s Rugby World Cup in France.
It is being hosted on Endeavor Streaming’s Vesper platform, a complete end-to-end streaming solution that enables clubs and rightsholders to deliver direct-to-consumer streaming experiences for their fans.
The service will be available for fans to watch online via a dedicated OTT website rugbypass.tv, iOS and Android mobile apps, and via Smart TV devices including Apple TV and Android TV.
Live coverage will kick off with the Rugby World Cup 2023 on Friday 8th September. RugbyPass TV will stream World Cup matches to fans in all global territories where broadcast deals are not in place. The platform will also stream all fixtures from World Rugby’s upcoming tournaments, including the men’s and women’s Rugby World Cups, WXV and the HSBC SVNS series.
Additionally, it will host more than 1,000 hours of archive content from historic matches alongside exclusive behind-the-scenes footage, documentary and feature content produced by World Rugby Studios.
Pete Bellamy, chief commercial officer at Endeavor Streaming said, “With the Rugby World Cup just around the corner, global interest in Rugby Union has never been higher. We’re proud to partner with World Rugby at this pinnacle moment in its calendar to help the sport expand its international reach, connect and grow its worldwide fanbase and help to deliver brand new content formats in a highly personalised manner.”