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Stand-up Comedy streaming service NextUp goes live with Simplestream

Stand-up comedy service NextUp has announced it has teamed up with streaming specialist Simplestream for its new service.

The video streaming service is dedicated to British stand-up comedy, but with international ambitions.

The Subscription Video on Demand (SVOD) service brings together dozens of stand-up specials from established and up-and-coming comedians – including Ed Bryne, Richard Herring, Lou Sanders, Simon Munnery and Tony Law.  

All material can be streamed on-demand across iOS, Android and desktop. Coming soon is the ability to view offline, as well as new apps for Apple TV, Amazon Fire, Roku and Android TV.

Sarah Henley, Co-Founder of NextUp said:
“We love stand-up comedy and the amazing variety of shows on offer throughout the UK. However, we noticed that time and time again, these comedy shows would just disappear without any visual trace which was sad for both comedians whose work was being lost, and for fans who often couldn’t make it to a gig in person. NextUp is designed to be the solution, preserving shows for comics and showcasing them worldwide and building their audience, whilst allowing fans to catch-up on the shows they missed and discover new comedians. Our hope from the beginning has been to build an engaging, content-rich platform that taps into what is a huge untapped market for British and international comedy around the world. The Simplestream team have been such a pleasure to work with and have delivered the flexible, high-quality and stylish platform we were confident that they would deliver – with the opportunity to expand our features and content potential.”

The service was built on Simplestream’s award-winning VOD-in-a-Box: an end-to-end, white label service that enables the rapid launch of next-generation TV Everywhere services across multiple screens and territories. This fast to market, cross platform solution can be deployed in under six weeks and is designed to be a low maintenance, cost effective option for content owners and distributors.

NextUp was launched in 2016 by Daniel Berg, Sarah Henley and Kenny Cavey, the team behind the YouTube channel and live comedy night ComComedy, and Stuart Snaith, the former director for comedy at BBC Worldwide. Membership is £3.50 per month which allows access to over 80 shows. In addition to showcasing live comedy, NextUp also supports comedians by offering free rehearsal space and sharing revenue 50/50.