Syncbak launching OTT syndication platform for broadcasters

fiercevideo | January 14, 2019

Livestreaming tech company Syncbak is launching a straight-to-over-the-top syndication marketplace, MarketSync, for television broadcasters.The MarketSync app—which is designed to help broadcasters syndicate, deliver and monetize original content will be part of Syncbak’s existing SBTV platform. The marketplace will allow SBTV uses to license content to fill out their OTT channel programming lineups.SBTV lets local stations build live and on-demand OTT channels in both in their local markets and anywhere else in the U.S. where they have content distribution rights. Channels include news, weather, sports and local live events and original programming from SBTV’s content marketplace.

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Verimatrix, | July 25, 2022

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FuboTV to Launch Pick’em Games, a First-of-its-Kind Gaming Experience Integrating Live TV Streaming and Fubo Sportsbook

FuboTV Inc | June 20, 2022

FuboTV Inc. (NYSE: FUBO) will unveil pick’em games this weekend - becoming the first company to launch the popular free-to-play sports contests directly integrated into the live TV streaming experienceIn another first, pick’em players in select markets will have seamless access to Fubo Sportsbook by scanning a QR code to place real-money wagers aligned with their picks. This marks the latest incorporation of FuboTV and its owned-and-operated real-money wagering platform. Pick’em players will be able to predict the outcome of select live sporting events directly from FuboTV’s live TV streaming platform’s home screen. Fubo will make pick’ems available prior to the start of select live sporting events each Sunday. Players can test their skills through a variety of contests, including Perfect Pick’ems, to earn points and compete against their friends and the FuboTV community for the chance to work their way up leaderboards. 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Wurl | June 13, 2022

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