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Simplestream powering Blaze "TV Everywhere" service

Simplestream, provider of video services for the media and entertainment industry has confirmed it is powering the "TV Everywhere" service from new channel Blaze.

Blaze is a free-to-air channel from A+E Networks UK that debuted in the UK and Ireland on 20 September 2016 on Freeview and Sky with programming that includes ‘American Restoration’, ‘The First 48’, ‘Mountain Men’, ‘Pawn Stars’ and ‘Unusual Suspects’. In the meantime, the channel has also launched on Freesat.

To further extend its reach and maximise consumer engagement, A+E Networks is utilising Simplestream’s Media Manager SAAS solution for the delivery of live TV, catch-up TV and VOD services to desktop, iOS, Android and Apple TV (4th Gen) users.

Heather Jones, General Manager at A+E Networks UK said:
“We’re very pleased to be working with Simplestream to ensure that Blaze provides a really compelling and easy to navigate ‘TV Everywhere’ experience that truly engages UK consumers. Their experienced team has provided us with the tools and services to seamlessly and effectively manage our multiscreen assets.”

 Dan Finch, Commercial Director at Simplestream added:
“Embracing new and innovative platforms is a significant move for the UK’s free to air TV market. We’ve achieved this for A+E Networks by providing a cost effective, premium quality live, VOD and catch-up TV experience that will help the network reach a wider audience. We look forward to helping A+E Networks roll out its channels across other OTT platforms and to make Blaze a household name in the coming months.”