Simplestream brings best of UK TV to British Forces

Simplestream, specialists in live and on-demand OTT services, has been chosen by Forces Network to build a cross-platform, multi-channel TV Everywhere player for its BFBS TV and Radio services, broadcasting exclusively to Her Majesty’s Armed Forces and their families posted around the world.

This new extensive service, branded the BFBS TV Player, provides 24/7 live streaming access to free-to-air and premium channels, catch-up and hosted Video on Demand. It is available on Responsive Web, Android mobile and tablet, iOS mobile and tablet.

“It has always been critically important for the welfare of those serving overseas and their families to stay in touch with life back home – and our unique role is making sure they have seamless, legal and highly secure access to the very best of UK TV,” said Quentin Howard, Director of Commercial Strategy & Technology. “Our aim was to build an engaging service that extends our content to multi-platform so it can be consumed flexibly – anytime, anywhere and on a wide range of devices – and that’s exactly what the new BFBS TV Player does. Our unique challenges, including content security, 24 time zones and complex Rights were matched by Simplestream’s expertise and track record in streaming and their knowledge of UK broadcasters. The team delivered just what we wanted in a short timescale, and we’re already excited by the next phase of our OTT and streaming services for military families away from home.”

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