fuboTV selects Akamai for OTT football delivery


Michelle Clancy

| 23 September 2015

US soccer coverage has been given a kick by fuboTV which has selected Akamai's media delivery solutions to support its over-the-top (OTT) streaming service.

fuboTV is using Akamai to deliver live and on-demand football content to OTT viewers worldwide, while helping reduce costs and manage regional licensing agreements. Launched in January 2015, fuboTV delivers 30- 40 live games each week, and offers hundreds of hours of video-on-demand (VOD) content to viewers across connected devices.

Since transitioning to Akamai and away from managing its own transcoding servers and numerous third-party providers, fuboTV delivered two of soccer's largest events, El Clasico and Copa America.

"With predictability in pricing being a key priority as we went global, we found Akamai to be the only real option to help us cost-effectively deliver live matches," said Sung Ho Choi, CTO, fuboTV. "I had always planned to take advantage of Akamai's services, and was pleased that it made economic sense to use them during our start-up phase. The transition went smoothly because Akamai has battle-tested its solutions and developed clear procedures for migration and going live."

fuboTV leverages Akamai's Adaptive Media Delivery, which includes token authentication that grants authorised viewers access to premium content, and content targeting for compliance with regional licensing agreements. The company also uses Akamai's NetStorage cloud-based storage platform and Media Services Live to quickly deploy and scale live OTT events at high quality.