The launch of the UEFA Video Service (UVS), has given Internet users in 96 countries access to live online matches from UEFA competitions. UVS has been developed by UEFA to enable its broadcast partners to extend their rights and provide live match coverage on the Internet.
Over 20 broadcasters around the world are using UVS to make every UEFA Champions League match from the 2006/07 season and every UEFA Cup match from the quarter-final stage in April 2007 available live on the Internet. As a result, more than 125 matches will be offered in over 100 countries
As well as the live coverage, UVS also provides a comprehensive archive of over 5,000 videos and 1,000 matches from UEFA competitions dating back over ten years. The archive features a search function that allows users to find videos by season, club and player.
Fans can access live coverage by visiting uefa.com at http://video.uefa.com/. Based on their geographic location, users will be served with the live matches available in their territory.
UEFA Media Technologies CEO, Alexandre Fourtoy, said: “The UEFA Video Service provides our broadcasting partners on an equal basis with a high quality and secure platform that can be tailor-made for individual needs and local markets. Its successful development and implementation demonstrates UEFA’s commitment to maintaining its position at the forefront of advances in the digital media sector.”
The live match coverage is produced in conjunction with each broadcaster using UVS. The UVS can either encode the broadcaster’s own live satellite feed, via its infrastructure located in London and Turin, or distribute the multilateral feed with English commentary. The feed is then delivered to a custom web interface developed for each broadcaster.
The UEFA Video Service has been developed and delivered in collaboration with UEFA’s technology partners: NTT Verio, DeltaTre and Entriq.