Perform to Stream Live Sports Through Facebook

By Community | April 27, 2012

Perform is looking to revolutionise the new digital age by offering live sports matches and video on demand content via Facebook.

The sport TV specialist is to adopt Facebook’s social APIs throughout its LIVESPORT.TV platform, offering more than 50 digital sports channels on the social network.

LIVESPORT.TV channels include a range of live and VOD content from a number of sports competitions including European and South American football leagues, World Snooker, Australian Rules Football (AFL), PSA squash, Mixed Martial Arts, Handball, Darts, Hockey, Tennis, Rugby Union, Rugby League and Pool plus a number of one-off box office sporting events from sports such as boxing.

The integration will allow viewers to connect with the LIVESPORT.TV application and watch premium sports content without leaving Facebook. LIVESPORT.TV’s network of websites will also be integrated with Facebook, allowing people to log in via their Facebook account, via Facebook social plug-ins.

All video on demand content will be available for free, whilst payment for the LIVESPORT.TV subscription service will initially be managed through PayPal or via credit card, with localised pricing starting from £2.99 per month dependent on the sport. Facebook credits are expected to be introduced in the coming months.

LIVESPORT.TV says that going forward it will use Facebook’s targeted advertising to reach potential subscribers for each sport. The LIVESPORT.TV platform will also be made available for other sports content owners to distribute their live and highlights content to targeted groups of connected fans globally.

Oliver Slipper, Joint-CEO at Perform, said: “This is an exciting integration. We believe that making LIVESPORT.TV available through Facebook presents a great opportunity to build our subscriber business and increase our VOD audience. Our focus with Facebook will be to use the targeted advertising to communicate with niche fans around the world looking for special interest live sports content and use the in-built virality of the platform to target the hundreds of millions of sports fans on Facebook to share our VOD sports content and drive video views globally.”

by Ismail Uddin