Ultimate Pool Group launches OTT service

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Ultimate Pool Group, the organiser of Professional English Eightball Pool events featuring the world’s top players, has launched a video streaming platform.

The service streams live 8-Ball pool tournaments and gives access to an archive of previously broadcast and streamed events. The platform offers free and paid videos for login users. Paid content is available by buying a ticket to a single event or the whole season pass. Tournaments are held once a month and last 3 days.

“As the Ultimate Pool Group, we decided to create an online space where the Professional English Eightball Pool community can keep abreast of this sport,” said Mark Quirk, Chairman at Ultimate Pool Group. “Thanks to the OTT platform we can reach 8-Ball Pool fans worldwide. Ultimate Pool Group platform not only gives access to Professional English Eightball Pool live tournaments but also live scores and latest results, draws, rankings, and stats from all Ultimate Pool events, player profiles, and the latest announcements and press releases from the Ultimate Pool circuit.”

Ultimate Pool Group’s streaming platform is based on a solution provided by Insys Video Technologies. The company delivered a toolkit ready to create an OTT platform, including a live and VoD module, frontend and backend applications, payments integration. The entire solution is based on the AWS cloud, which makes it fully flexible and scalable. An important feature is geoblocking, which allows watching some of the live streams only in the territory of Great Britain which was a hard requirement due to the content rights.

“Secure video streaming platforms, allowing content sharing and monetisation, are now becoming increasingly popular. This is a great way to grow your audience and give access to video content to users from anywhere in the world at any time,” says Krzysztof Bartkowski, CEO at Insys Video Technologies. “The solution we propose allows the customer to easily manage his video library and leverage complex technology behind that, like DRM, adaptive bitrate encoding, or worldwide CDN through the use of our toolkit.”


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