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Forces Network taps Simplestream for new TV player

Services Sound & Vision Corporation’s Forces Network, which provides radio and TV services for the UK armed forces, has tapped technology outfit Simplestream to build a multiscreen TV player for its BFBS TV and radio services.

The BFBS TV Player will provide live streaming access to free-to-air and premium channels on the web and on iOS and Android devices.

The player will be built on Simplestream’s Cloud TV white-label platform. Functionality includes support for unlimited live channels, automated catch-up with backwards scrolling EPG and comprehensive user and entitlement management.

“It has always been critically important for the welfare of those serving overseas and their families to stay in touch with life back home – and our unique role is making sure they have seamless, legal and highly secure access to the very best of UK TV,” said Quentin Howard, director of commercial strategy and technology, SSVC.

“Our aim was to build an engaging service that extends our content to multi-platform so it can be consumed flexibly – anytime, anywhere and on a wide range of devices – and that’s exactly what the new BFBS TV Player does. Our unique challenges, including content security, 24 time zones and complex Rights were matched by Simplestream’s expertise and track record in streaming and their knowledge of UK broadcasters. The team delivered just what we wanted in a short timescale, and we’re already excited by the next phase of our OTT and streaming services for military families away from home.”