Press - 2015

23 / June / 2015

SPB TV welcomes new OTT TV service launch for migrant community from Lebara

London, UK, June 23, 2015 - SPB TV AG, a leading global provider of end-to-end OTT TV, IPTV and mobile TV solutions, welcomes the launch of Lebara Play(tm), a new entertainment service for migrants, announced by Lebara(r), the universal brand for the world's migrant community.

Lebara Play is based on SPB TV's turnkey OTT TV solution, which was customised to Lebara's technical and business requirements. Lebara Play provides users with an opportunity to watch TV and video content on all devices: smartphone, tablet, computer, or via your television set using a set-top box. The service allows users to watch content as it is broadcast, with access to video on demand (3,000 movies and 150 channels in 13 languages, where all content is 100% legal, and is in HD and SD quality).

The main target audiences are migrant communities, as the service provides content from their home countries. During the launch phase, Tamil, Turkish, West African English and West African French content is available for customers in the UK, Germany, the Netherlands and France, though it is accessible online and via mobile app globally. As the project rolls out, more languages and regions will be included.

"We used innovative advanced technology solutions for Lebara Play", said Kirill Filippov, CEO of SPB TV. "With time-shifting and place-shifting, users can catch up with a show or a movie later or watch it from the start. They can start watching a movie on a smartphone and continue on a TV screen, and watch a TV show as it is simultaneously broadcast," he highlighted.

"Our media platform provides an incredibly fast launch, transcoding and streaming anywhere in the world", said SPB TV's Co-Founder Sebastian-Justus Schmidt. "SPB TV is proud to be a partner of Lebara and contribute to its vision to be the brand of choice for one billion people by 2020".

"SPB TV understand our aims for Lebara Play and have been excellent partners leading up to launch. We're looking forward to continuing our collaboration and adding new features and functionality to deliver an even better customer experience, as we expand the service and release more content," added Mr Yoganathan Ratheesan, Chairman & CEO of Lebara Group.

About SPB TV

SPB TV is a leading global provider of end-to-end OTT TV, IPTV and mobile TV solutions. SPB TV solutions provide stable video delivery and playback across any network, award-winning intuitive UIs for TVs, computers, tablets and mobiles, effective monetisation tools and engaging interactivity features. SPB TV solutions are integrated by large network operators and media companies, like Amedia, MTS, Tele2, StarHub, Beeline, and recognised through many prestigious awards, including CSI Awards, TV Technology Europe STAR Awards, Mobile Entertainment Awards, Google Developer Challenge and others. Over 40 million people worldwide watch OTT TV through SPB TV services. SPB TV AG is headquartered in Switzerland, with R&D headquarters in Russia and affiliates in Asia and South America.

About Lebara

Lebara, the universal brand for the world's migrant community, helps people unite across borders, generations and cultures. Founded in 2001, the Lebara Group has built a trusted and established telecoms business with operations in eight countries.  Offering inclusive and accessible products and services that make migrants' lives easier - from communications, to entertainment and financial services - is the guiding principle behind Lebara's continued expansion. Lebara has been recognised for its innovation and business successes, as well as its diverse workforce and best-in-class customer service, with numerous industry awards.  The charitable arm, Lebara Foundation, funds housing and schooling projects for displaced children in disadvantaged areas of the world. Lebara is a privately held company. Visit to learn more.