SVT Play

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SVT Play is the brand used for the video on demand service offered by Sveriges Television, more specifically to the streaming services offered on the SVT website, svt.se, and its counterpart for mobile phones.

SVT claims that the service offer more than 2,000 hours of television. Most programmes produced for or by SVT are published on SVT Play after they have been broadcast and are then available for 30 days. In the summer of 2008, the German series KDD became the first foreign acquisition available on SVT Play.[1] The streams are available in Windows Media and RealVideo. Since 2007, SVT Play have also started using Flash Video for shorter clips. In September 2007, SVT launched a trial to provide streamed content in standard television resolution using Move Media Player.

SVT have also launched "channels" dedicated at different audiences under the "Play" name. The first such channel was Play Bolibompa which launched in late 2007. It was followed by the news service Play Rapport which launched in May 2008. During the 2008 Olympics, SVT made all Olympic broadcasts available on the web in three Play channels, on simulcasting with SVT1, one simulcasting with SVT24 and a special web channel called Peking+.[2]

On September 22, 2008, SVT launched a service called "Play Prima" which provides drama series from SVT in high resolution (with bitrate of up to 2,4 Megabits per second).[3] Since June 2010 SVT Play uses streaming with adaptive bitrate (between 320 and 2400 kilobits per second) and "Play Prima" was discontinued.[4]

The brand was introduced in December 2006, when the existing web television service got a new name.[5] In September 2007, SVT launched their own channel on YouTube.[6] From late 2007 until end of 2008 SVT Play was also available as a channel on Joost.[7] In August 2008, SVT Play became available on an IPTV platform for the first time, as the service launched on Telia Digital-tv with newscasts and Olympic broadcasts available.[8] In early 2009, SVT relaunched the SVT Play web application. A beta version of the new web player was launched on January 20, 2009.[9][10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Se utländska serier i SVT Play, June 12, 2008
  2. ^ TT (August 4, 2008). "Röster i natten - i 700 timmar". 
  3. ^ "SVT lanserar ny kanal på nätet". SVT. September 22, 2008. 
  4. ^ "SVT Play får bättre kvalitet". Prylportalen. June 21, 2010. 
  5. ^ SVT Play - Sveriges största tv-tjänst på nätet, December 14, 2006
  6. ^ SVT skapar egen kanal på YouTube, September 17, 2007
  7. ^ "Joost avvecklas". SVT. December 23, 2008. 
  8. ^ "Telia’s TV customers can sleep soundly during Beijing Olympics" (Press release). TeliaSonera. August 5, 2008. Retrieved 2008-08-06. 
  9. ^ "SVT nylanserar SVT Play". Dagens Media. January 20, 2009. 
  10. ^ "SVT ökar satsningen på webb-tv". Resumé. January 20, 2009. 

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