PAOK FC, the largest football club in Greece, has worked with Insys Video Technologies to launch a new version of its OTT streaming service, PAOK TV. Built using InsysSport, PAOK TV is fully cloud-based, running on Amazon Web Services (AWS).
The OTT platform is a subscription and pay-per-view video service where fans can view home games played during the Super League Greece and gain access to exclusive VoD content and special TV shows.
The new version of PAOK TV is integrated with a number of AWS Media Services, a family of managed cloud services that make it easy to produce, process, and deliver broadcast and OTT video. These include AWS Elemental MediaConnect, a transport service for live video, AWS Elemental MediaLive, a broadcast-grade live video encoding processing service, AWS Elemental MediaConvert, a file-based video transcoding service with broadcast-grade features, and AWS Elemental MediaPackage, which prepares and protects video for delivery over the Internet.
PAOK TV securely delivers video using Amazon CloudFront – a content delivery network service that securely delivers data, videos, applications, and APIs to customers globally with low latency, high transfer speeds, all within a developer-friendly environment. The cloud environment also enables auto-scaling to cover traffic spikes during football matches. Advanced watermarking technology deployed by Insys prevents illegal streaming matches, which can be easily identified and blocked.
Panagiotis Aroniadis, PAOK TV Project Manager and PAOK FC New Media Director, FC PAOK, said: “Last season PAOK TV disrupted football TV Rights in Greece, showing a new way to broadcast the matches and use new technologies, focusing on the future of television. Now with Insys Video Technologies and AWS on board, we decided to create a new OTT platform from the beginning so that we could become better, faster, and safer while offering a better user experience for our subscribers. #DareToDream is more than a motto for us”.
Jarosław Narojczyk, CBO, Insys Video Technologies, commented: “Following the initial popularity of PAOK TV, the football club was keen to launch a new version of its platform. FC PAOK wanted to place a strong emphasis on improving the user experience for its fans, as well as delivering it to a wider range of platforms.”
Available in three languages – Greek, Russian, and English – the new PAOK TV service can be viewed via web browsers, mobile devices, Android TV, LG webOS, and Samsung Smart TV Tizen. In the 2019-20 season, PAOK TV delivered 5,000 hours of content to more than 200,000 subscribers.