Sky Sports takes Champions League to Twitter
October 22, 2013
Grabyo, the real-time TV clip-sharing platform, is helping Sky Sports to promote its coverage of the UEFA Champions League by sharing clips of live games – as well as other clips from Sky Sports News – to social and digital channels.
The clips will be promoted by NOW TV, Sky’s OTT service, who will be using Grabyo Studio combined with Twitter’s Promoted Tweets to share real-time video from Sky Sports. This is aimed at increasing awareness and engagement of live Champions League coverage on Sky Sports and NOW TV.
NOW TV will be using Grabyo Studio to drive engagement and TV tune-in by instantly amplifying clips from Sky Sports live UEFA Champions League coverage. This will include in-game clips, the best goals, build-up and post-match interviews which will be shared in real-time and promoted to football fans that have joined the conversation on Twitter.
The decision by Sky Sports, and NOW TV, to partner with Grabyo follows a successful trial using the Grabyo platform on Transfer Deadline Day in September. This pilot generated over 570,000 clip views within twelve hours and saw over 6,000 clips being re-shared across social networks with a total reach of over 7 million users
Gidon Katz, Director of NOW TV comments: “We know that lots of people want access to great Sky Sports content but would rather dip in and out rather than having a full subscription. Sharing UEFA Champions League clips in real-time on social platforms helps us to highlight the benefits of instant, pay-as-you-go access to Sky Sports via NOW TV.”
Dave Gibbs, Director of Sky Sports Digital Media, adds: “Grabyo Studio brings simplicity and speed to clip-sharing, making sure that we are first and own the social conversation around TV highlights as well as maximising the impact and reach of the promo clips we share.”
“It’s great to be working with the most innovative pay-TV broadcaster in the UK and Ireland as well as showcasing the Grabyo Studio capability for such a high profile format in the UK,” comments Grabyo founder Will Neale. “This is an exciting time for broadcasting and we’re delighted to be right at the epicentre of industry innovation. We’re confident that by focusing on building an end-to-end service focused on speed and simplicity, Grabyo will become the platform of choice for TV clip-sharing.”
The project will commence on Sky Sports’ live coverage of the UEFA Champions League on October 22nd. Sky will also be using Grabyo Studio to instantly share ad-supported clips of Sky Sports News.