Livestream may have been stepping out of its comfort zone with the introduction of hardware tailored for prosumers. That being said, the company's still working hard on expanding its bread and butter: video streaming -- and what better way to do so than by being available on Roku, a streaming platform that's thriving in more ways than one. Today, the Livestream channel will be making its debut on the tiny player, giving viewers access to a vast amount of internet-based programming. Of course, this includes live (and archived) sporting events, concerts, red carpets and broadcasts from more than 60 local US news stations. "For us, connected TVs was the next piece of the puzzle," Livestream CEO Max Haot told us, adding that coming to the Roku is only the start of what he believes "will be many future developments on bringing Livestream to living rooms worldwide."
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Livestream Debuts on Roku Streaming Platform
With new Livestream channel, millions of Roku users can watch more than 75,000 live events a month
New York, NY – September 4, 2013 - Livestream, today announced its launch on the Roku® streaming platform, enabling millions of viewers to access free live sports, news, web chats, red carpets, concerts and more directly on their televisions. Additionally, existing Livestream customers can now watch their favorite events on the big screen in HD with thepurchase of a Roku streaming device for as little as $49.99.
Event producers can now broadcast their events to millions of Roku viewers by streaming with Livestream's hardware, free software ormobile app, without any further integration or app development.
Features of the Livestream channel on Roku include:
● Discover live and upcoming content from over 60 U.S. local news stations, the New York Times, Facebook, HBO, Associated Press, SpaceX, Warner Bros. Records, Marvel Comics, and watch annual events including Grammy and Oscar Red Carpets, Times Square Ball Drop, New York Fashion Week, TEDx talks, the Sundance Film Festival and the Clinton Global Initiative
● Watch live and archived HD video with adaptive bitrate to ensure the highest quality video streaming
● Search for and discover events from your favorite teams, artists, schools, businesses, red carpets, concerts, celebrities and more
"Roku was our first choice to bring Livestream from the second screen to the big screen," said Max Haot, Co-founder and CEO, Livestream. "Their affordable and innovative streaming devices enable us to broaden our reach to millions of Roku users, getting us closer to our goal to democratize live video."
In the past quarter, Livestream has more than doubled its audience on its award-winning platform and has recently emerged as the largest live video platform by unique visitors in the US according to Compete.com. Visitwww.livestream.com for more information on how to broadcast live events to the Livestream channel on Roku from a computer, mobile device or Livestream broadcasting products.
Livestream's mission is to connect people and live events. Livestream offers event owners a complete set of hardware and software tools to share their events with a growing community online. More than 30 million viewers each month watch thousands of live events from customers including The New York Times, Facebook, ESPN, SpaceX and Warner Bros. Records. Founded in 2007, Livestream is headquartered in New York with offices in Los Angeles, Ukraine and India.www.livestream.com.