FIVB and IMG partnership takes volleyball Over-The-Top with new subscription service
The 2018 FIVB Volleyball Nations League begins on Tuesday, May 15
Lausanne, Switzerland, May 14, 2018 - The FIVB will partner with IMG to launch Volleyball TV, the first over-the-top (OTT) digital streaming platform in volleyball history. Volleyball TV will offer fans both live action and unmissable highlights from all of the sport’s major events starting with the Volleyball Nations League, which begins on May 15.
IMG has been an integral part of the Volleyball Nations League, the revolutionary new competition that is set to change the way sport engages with its fans. The Volleyball Nations League will be the first event that the FIVB has taken control of its own content production, ensuring a consistently world class output for fans across the globe.
Volleyball TV will be available as a Pay Per View (PPV) service in selected markets for both the Volleyball Nations League and the FIVB Men’s and Women’s World Championships in September.
Speaking about the launch of Volleyball TV, FIVB President Dr Ary S Graça F⁰ said: “Volleyball continues to lead the way in fan entertainment, and our new OTT platform will offer unrivalled access to every single minute of the Volleyball Nations League. This is an incredibly exciting time for the sport, on and off the court, and we are delighted to be working with IMG on this project.”
Available on desktop, mobile and iOS and Android apps, Volleyball TV will show live action from all 260 men’s and women’s matches of the VNL, as well as 10-minute highlights from every game. Coverage details of the 197 matches of the men’s and women’s World Championships will be announced in due course.
The channel will also feature FIVB archive content, and future plans include adding other FIVB competitions, national leagues and other major volleyball tournaments from around the world.
Ioris Francini, co-President of WME and IMG, said: “This is a very exciting new venture for IMG and the FIVB and it will play a pivotal role in the continued growth and popularity of volleyball around the world.
“There is a tremendous buzz around the Volleyball Nations League and the channel will ensure that fans of the sport in future will have access to the live action wherever they are in the world. Going forward, we want to create a service that delivers a year-round digital experience featuring coverage of all major tournaments and leagues as well as news and feature content. In time, we will introduce a range of packages so subscribers can choose what best suits them.”
The Volleyball Nations League begins on 15 May, and concludes with the Women’s Finals in Nanjing, China, from June 27 June – July 1, and the Men’s Finals from July 4 – 8 in Lille, France.
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