NeuLion Expands Digital Distribution in Europe6 Sep, 2016 By: Erik Gruenwedel
The market of third-party digital content distributors, including Vubiquity, Zoo Digital, NeuLion and BAM Tech, continues to grow.
NeuLion Sept. 6 announced plans to up digital distribution in Europe, including the English Football League beginning in 2017. Plainview, N.Y.-based NeuLion last year acquired London-based Saffron Digital to establish a European foothold.
The NeuLion digital platform is currently used by Sky Sports, Eleven Sports Networks, NBA, UFC, Euroleague, French supermarket chain Carrefour, and Tribeca, among others, to distribute live and on-demand digital video across all formats, including 4K.
NeuLion’s consumer electronics licensing business enables clients Sony, LG, Samsung and others to stream video across their consumer devices. The company next year will stream, merchandise and facilitate backend payment services for all of the EFL’s 72 club teams.
“In NeuLion we have [a] digital company with whom we can form a productive partnership to drive additional value for our clubs and produce a series of digital products we can all be proud of,” EFL CEO Shaun Harvey said in a statement.
Separately, Los Angeles-based Zoo Digital announced media partnerships with companies operating in the Middle East, India and Pakistan.
Under the deal, Hi Media Pros in Cairo and Dubai, Q-LAB in India, and ePlanet in Pakistan, will utilize Zoo’s cloud-based technology to distribute copy-protected local content as well as Hollywood movies.
“These three partnerships represent a huge opportunity for global TV and movie content owners to access under-served markets in the Middle East, India and Pakistan. Likewise, we’re enabling the best local content in those territories to reach new audiences,” said Gordon Doran, president of Zoo Digital.
Los Angeles-based Vubiquity in August inked a multiyear wholesale content distribution deal with Sky, the British-based satellite TV operator owned by 21st Century Fox.