Octoshape raises sails on streaming for Volvo Ocean Race
Michelle Clancy
Streaming video specialist Octoshape has been selected as the exclusive provider of live video streaming services for the Volvo Ocean Race, one of offshore sailing's top professional events.

As an official supplier of the Volvo Ocean Race, Octoshape will employ its suite of multiscreen broadband stream acceleration and multicast technologies for both contribution and distribution of live coverage, straight from the racing yachts. Live broadband video for each leg of the competition will be delivered to both hospitality suites in the ports of call, as well as to fans globally.

"The last Volvo Ocean Race competition included more than 8,969 broadcasts and was followed by more than 1.5 billion viewers," said Knut Frostad, CEO of Volvo Ocean Race. "With that kind of growing popularity, it's important that we can scale to meet our fans' viewing and streaming demands. Octoshape has met our rigorous demands for high quality multiscreen viewing, with global reach, to a very large audience. These are all critical factors to connecting with our fans and growing the sport on a global level."

For the 2014-2015 event, the race will start on 4 October from Alicante, Spain, and travel through South Africa, UAE, China, New Zealand, Brazil, USA, Portugal, France and The Netherlands before finishing on 27 June 2015 in Gothenburg, Sweden.