Claim your OTT space: let’s meet at Sportel America!

Sports and pay-per-view is a match made in a cord-cutting heaven. According to former News Corp boss and Chernin Group CEO, Peter Chernin “there is more money to be made by distributing sports events online than through traditional broadcast deals“. 

How to seize this low hanging fruit? Meet us at SPORTEL America convention, 17-19 March 2015 to find out more about the easiest way of harnessing the potential of your online audiences.

Following up on our successful pitch during the Sportel Monaco last year and the recent opening of our US office, we’re coming to the Sportel America for the first time. We want to share with you OTT success stories of our biggest clients: among them many sport organizations such as: FIFA, Sportsmax, ONE FC, WFTDA, British Basketball League and SpeedSport TV.

Together with our long-time partner Brightcove, the pioneering force in the world of online video, we’ll get your hands on the most innovative cloud-based solutions for delivering and monetizing premium video experiences for both live, and on-demand videos.

Wondering how to combine high-quality streaming video with sophisticated monetization options and still maintain a winning user experience? Brightcove and Cleeng have heard this question and have teamed up at Sportel America to provide some answers to:

  • Selling Pay-Per-View Live games, On-Demand replays or subscription-based Season Passes;
  • Delivering fast pre-booking, 1-click purchase and a seamless viewing experiences across any device;
  • Setting up a Netflix-like subscription channel to get the most out of your digital assets;
  • Protecting your broadcasts from online piracy threats, using the revolutionary Cleeng Tattoo watermarking technology;
  • Expansion beyond US to new territories with 150 payment methods;
  • & more!

 

Schedule a demo now!

Smartly scale your online video business models

online video business models

As a sports, entertainment or religious broadcaster, you’ve been using the power of video – both live and on-demand – to catch up with the consuming behavior of your audiences. Riding on the wave of the cord cutting craze, and on the boom of Netflix-like video subscription channels, you’ve been trying hard to outsmart your competition by tuning millennials into your offers. But there’s one question that you still don’t have a good answer for: How can I scale my video business to grow faster?

The answer is pretty easy: become more flexible by combining the different online video business models available (pay-per-view, rental, bundle and subscription) to adapt better to your customers’ needs. To help our amazing clients (British Basketball League, Fifa, or Nordic Business Forum) who were asking the same question, we’ve just launched a straightforward solution – an option for associating offers to nurture faster growth. What’s more, you don’t need to be a tech geek to use this, since we’ve secured an easy and friendly user experience to the process.

With a simple click, the new functionality allows you to associate your video on-demand with live streaming and membership to help you make the most out of your videos. All of this is found on one platform, to help keep you focused and effective while scaling up your ecommerce business.

Let me give you three real-life examples for applying our new video association feature:

1. Set up an event replay as one or multiple videos: Your live pay-per-view conference or sports game that you created with us has just ended, but you still want to keep your audience tuned in to it for a while. You can achieve this by using Video on-demand recordings from the conference or game.

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U.S. payments now optimized thanks to Cleeng LLC

A few months ago we announced the opening of our US – New York office. Today, great news for our publishers selling in the U.S.: all transactions are now processed through our newly established U.S. payment gateway.

Among many amazing pay-per-view events we’ve been powering in the past few months, many big-scale shows were created with U.S. audience in mind. Thus, it was crucial for us to make sure those event organizers can transact and be paid out directly through a bank operating in the States.

Processing payment in the U.S. brings multiple benefits to our partners and clients:

  • Faster approval of credit card transactions,
  • Lower credit card refusal rate, and thus higher conversion rate at first credit card entry attempt,
  • Lower refunds and chargeback,
  • No further risk of fees charged by specific local / regional U.S. banks.

This will bring higher satisfaction from the buyers, and even better conversion rates for our U.S. based publishers. We’re looking forward to create closer relationships with our U.S. clients, and further support their growth into the OTT space.

 

A scalable platform for PPV events. How we do it.

Scaling for PPV events. How we do it.

Throughout the years of my career I learned that scalability of a web platform is not something that you can simply buy. Or install. Or upgrade towards. And within the last 4 years that we support live events, I begun to understand it is actually an art to do this at real scale. Scalability is something that if you want to master, you need to practice for years.

Unfortunately, our industry had to learn the complexity of ‘scalability’ the hard way. Take for example this or this organisation. I can proudly say, that Cleeng is an exception. We’ve mastered the art of proper growth! Scalability is our ever evolving “key feature”, continuously nurtured by the best people in our organisation.

What’s the main problem other companies seem to overlook? They don’t know what their (next) bottleneck is. And yet all they need to do is to notice (and imitate) a real user’s behaviour. Simple, right? Monitoring the real traffic patterns and analysing those help to understand what is causing troubles.

However from experience we know such iterations are difficult and take time. I see more and more web agencies, that get involved into pay-per-view, but lack the crucial insight into hard data. This results in a wonky DIY setup…and to obvious PPV disasters. 

Based on our experience in  PPV events and having a pretty busy API (on an average day the API is hit about 10 million times), we ‘luckily’ deal with enough data and events each week to scale our platform the right way, free from mistakes.

Our journey on scalability

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Vimeo+Cleeng – more benefits than from Vimeo On-Demand

As video on-demand inevitably continues to replace DVD’s, many video creators – filmmakers, fitness specialists and stage entertainers – among countless others – look for a convenient solution to start their ecommerce journey. Without question, Vimeo On-Demand can offer them an excellent entry solution.

As their business grows, video professionals continue to look for solutions that can accelerate their success, by offering more flexibility, global reach and specialization. This blogpost aims to provide an up-close presentation, first of the benefits offered by Vimeo On-Demand and then how those benefits compare with those of Cleeng Play.

Vimeo On-Demand debuted almost two years ago as an open self-distribution service available to Vimeo PRO members. The idea behind it was simple – allow Vimeo users to sell their videos online. It was really exciting to see that the  monetization trend we initiated for vimeo videos two years before Vimeo on-demand launched was picking up steam. In the spirit of healthy competition, we’ve been tirelessly innovating our video on-demand solution, and our efforts were finally rewarded with the crowning launch of a new Cleeng Play in December of last year

Now we’d like to present our in-depth and side-by-side comparison of the benefits offered by Vimeo+Cleeng Play versus Vimeo on-demand. First and foremost – the transactional view of both services:

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Introducing 7 new currencies to support your global expansion

Online international payment gateway

 

Ability to define your pricing in more local currencies is essential to your business development: according to Kris Green, the Chief Strategy Officer of Borderfree, U.S. retailers are seeing 20-30% of their website traffic coming from non-U.S. IP addresses.

We recently added more currencies to our platform to benefit our clients in two ways:

  1. If you are in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Denmark, or Norway, you can now sell more efficiently on your domestic market, with rounded pricing and transactions happening in CAD, AUD, NZD, ZAR, DKK, XOF, and NOK respectively.
  2. If – for example – you are based in the US and you’re selling worldwide, your customers (in more countries) can buy your videos in their local currency. This increases conversion rates and reduces refunds.

Although global expansion presents obvious gains, it also brings many challenges, and often ecommerce platform don’t truly deliver a localized experience. This is especially true for online payments. Your customers expect (and appreciate) the comfort of a simplified checkout process, that allows them to purchase in their own currency – currency their prefer and trust the most.

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