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YouTube channel Real Stories converts into global VoD service

YouTube channel Real Stories has launched a new international video-on-demand service, containing over 300 factual titles.

London's Simplestream was chosen to build the service on behalf of Little Dot Studios, a BAFTA and Emmy award-winning content producer and broadcaster.

Real Stories has grown to include over 300 high quality licensed and original documentary titles – from true crime and human-interest stories through to hard-hitting current affairs – with over one million subscribers and 700,000 views per day. More recently, the channel has extended across Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

The new service will be subscription video on demand (SVoD) in all markets except the UK where it will be funded by advertising (AVoD). It will feature a mix of licensed content and original documentaries.

Andy Taylor, Co-Founder and CEO of Little Dot Studios said:
“It’s been fascinating to see how quickly the dynamics of video consumption have evolved in the two years since Real Stories was born – and there is such exciting opportunity to continue building the brand beyond our YouTube roots. Simplestream delivered a flexible, high quality, powerful platform for us with the opportunity to experiment with different commercial models – and further expand our features, content offering and audience reach.”

Developed with Simplestream’s VOD-in-a-Box platform, the Real Stories multi-platform service has launched on iOS mobile and tablet, Android mobile and tablet, and desktop worldwide. 

The service is due to be available on Roku, Amazon Fire and Apple TV later this year.

Dan Finch, Chief Commercial Officer of Simplestream commented:
“Little Dot’s hope from the beginning has been to extend this channel into an engaging, content-rich service that enables its viewers around the world to access their favourite programmes – and that’s exactly what they now have. We’re incredibly proud to have designed, built and delivered this multiplatform service for Real Stories – and look forward to continue working together in the coming months on other Little Dot brands across the globe.”

  • Access the Real Stories VoD portal here.