By Evan DeSimone
Content delivery service provider Akamai Technologies announced today that it is adding streaming soccer provider FubuTV to its roster of OTT streaming platform clients.
Launched in January of 2015, FuboTV is a soccer-focused SVOD service catering to enthusiasts with a content bundle that includes live sports, cable networks, 24-hour club channels, international blocks, TV series and news. The company was founded last year by David Gandler, Alberto Heurihola and Sung Ho Choi, all of whom previously served as executives at Korean drama streaming platform DramaFever.
FuboTV will use Akamai’s technology to deliver TV quality broadcasts to subscribers rather than managing its own transcoding servers or juggling third-party providers to support its streaming platform. Since making the switch to Akamai, FuboTV has already broadcast two major soccer events, El Clasico and the Copa America, both without issue.
The proliferation of niche streaming services and the rising audience demand for OTT has created a substantial space in the market for technology providers such as Akamai who provide external support for streaming platforms. Streaming providers and traditional broadcasters can offload the substantial work of supporting an OTT platform onto firms like Akamai or the recently resurgent Kaltura, at considerable savings.