Simplestream, a specialist in live and on-demand OTT services, has been chosen by Little Dot Studios, a BAFTA and Emmy award-winning content producer and broadcaster, to build a global VoD service for its Real Stories channel.
Launched originally as a YouTube channel, Real Stories has grown to include over 300 high quality licensed and original documentary titles – from true crime and human-interest stories through to hard-hitting current affairs – with over one million subscribers and 700,000 views per day. More recently, the channel has extended across Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. The new service will be SVoD in all markets except the UK where it will be funded by advertising. It will feature a mix of licensed content and original documentaries.
“It’s been fascinating to see how quickly the dynamics of video consumption have evolved in the two years since Real Stories was born – and there is such exciting opportunity to continue building the brand beyond our YouTube roots,” said Andy Taylor, Co-Founder and CEO of Little Dot Studios. “Simplestream delivered a flexible, high quality, powerful platform for us with the opportunity to experiment with different commercial models – and further expand our features, content offering and audience reach.”