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Xumo appoints Sling TV exec as head of engineering

US over-the-top video service Xumo has appointed former Sling TV executive Dan Lloyd as head of engineering.

Lloyd will lead new development and optimisation of all engineering and technology operations at Xumo.

He was previously vice-president of engineering at Sling TV, where he oversaw the creation and deployment of the company’s flagship service during his four years at the company.

“Technology is the backbone of streaming media and data-driven companies like Xumo, a leading contender that I believe is at the forefront of the industry,” said Lloyd.

“The opportunity to enhance Xumo’s infrastructure and impressive engineering capabilities is one that I look forward to spearheading so the company not only continues to provide a superior, free streaming service to millions of viewers, but will allow Xumo to seamlessly expand its reach through additional platforms and integrations in the future.”

Xumo CEO Colin Petrie-Norris said: “Bringing a senior executive of Dan’s caliber on board is critical to executing Xumo’s aggressive expansion plans.”

“The company has achieved explosive growth over the past 12 months and strengthening our technology foothold will reinforce Xumo’s leadership position in free, ad-supported OTT services as well as pave the way for exciting new opportunities.”

Last month Xumo reported a 325% rise in viewership and a 90% increase in user consumption over the past year for its streaming service and at the same time announced four new content partnerships with Eleven Sports, ATTN:, Endemol Shine Group, and Genius Brands.

Xumo offers more than 140 digital channels of free programming across 12 genres – including sports, news, live events, comedy, lifestyle, movies and kids and family entertainment.