Founded in 2000, iStreamPlanet has been on the forefront of the digital media industry, developing new technology to help customers and partners unlock the potential in online broadcast. iStreamPlanet owns a long list of digital media innovations, and has a proven track record of breakthrough online video experiences including:
2003 – First to deliver a live, pay-per-view online broadcast with Windows Media DRM
2005 – First to provide a live, pay-per-view keynote from a convention center
2008 – First to provide a live, multi camera video experience
2008 – First to stream a live event in Microsoft Silverlight
2009 – First to stream a live event in 720p HD IIS Smooth Streaming
2009 – First to stream a live event to the iPhone
2009 – First implementation of PlayReady DRM
2010 – First broadcast in live, stereoscopic 3D in browser event
2010 – First to encode and manage a live 1080p HD event
2010 – First to deliver OTT 60 hertz content
2010 Vancouver Olympics – A Record Breaking Year
iStreamPlanet broke new ground in 2010 when they were chosen by NBC as the managed broadcast provider for the Vancouver Olympics. iStreamPlanet was brought on board to solve for never before encountered complexities centered on managing the live video workflow for 28 concurrent HD video feeds covering more than 300 events. By the end of the event, iStreamPlanet acquired, managed and delivered nearly 5000 hours of high definition Olympic coverage for NBC and CTV (Canada TV), to 24 million unique visitors.
2011 – First live streaming of Super Bowl XLV
2011 Series A Secured – Intel Capital Leads Series A Funding
Following the successful collaboration on the Vancouver Olympics, Intel (NASAQ: INTL) reinforced their commitment to high quality, high performance video, leading iStreamPlanet’s Series A funding In May of 2011.
“iStreamPlanet is well-positioned to revolutionize live broadcast video on the internet by driving exceptional viewer experiences and client aware media platforms along the entire compute continuum – from servers to PC, SmartTV, tablet and smartphone clients.” Lisa Lambert, Vice President, Intel Capital
2012 – Turner Broadcasting and Interxion Holding Join in Series A Funding
In 2012, Turner Broadcasting joined the round as well as Interxion Holding (NYSE: INXN).
“iStreamPlanet is leading the way in live video workflow solutions so that networks such as ours can capitalize on the programming investments we have made. We are pleased to continue our partnership with them in order to deliver the highest quality experience to our viewers.” Brooks Tobey, SVP Platforms and Systems for TBS, Inc.
iStreamPlanet and Interxion collaborated to build out iStreamPlanet’s European Broadcast Operations Center inside Interxion’s London Data Center media hub, enabling content owners and distributors to securely digitize, publish and monetize their media assets. The partnership with Interxion provides iStreamPlanet access to their 28 data centers in 11 countries, offering an efficient way to deliver content throughout Europe and back to the United States.
2012 – The London Olympics
For the third time iStreamPlanet powers the online video experience for Olympics broadcasters. Partnering with Haivision the two companies provide the “Go-Live Package,” a turnkey solution that enables broadcasters like RTE in Ireland to provide a high quality Olympics viewing experience to their audiences tuning in on connected devices.
2013 – Juniper Networks Joins Series A Investors
The Junos Innovation Fund is a venture capital fund, launched in 2010 and backed solely by Juniper Networks, that invests in leading early-stage and growth-stage technology companies that expand and enhance the Junos ecosystem. Juniper Networks and iStreamPlanet have worked closely in the past to deliver complex, live video workflows for major live events, including the 2012 London Olympics.
2013 – QuestMark Joins Investors Closing Series A Funding
In August 2013, iStreamPlanet secured $8 million in new financing led by QuestMark Partners, a leading expansion-stage venture firm, targeting highly differentiated, category creating companies. iStreamPlanet the funding helps to accelerate the launch of Aventus, and to further propel development and deployment of the next versions of Aventus as driven by customer and partner feedback and requirements.
2013 – Aventus Launches
iStreamPlanet launches Aventus, simplifying the live video workflow enabling content owners, aggregators and distributors to launch live online channels to multiple devices more quickly. Aventus is the result of over a decade of live video streaming experience, harnessing iStreamPlanet’s unique broadcast operations and software engineering strengths.
2014 – Sochi Olympics
2014 marks the fourth time iStreamPlanet has live streamed the Olympics. iStreamPlanet, working alongside Microsoft and Adobe, delivers the first cloud-based live streaming of NBC’s coverage of the 2014 Winter Games from Sochi, Russia to connected viewers. For the first time NBC provides every phase of every Olympic event to a large footprint of devices on the iOS, Android and Windows platforms.
Over 2.1 million authenticated TVE viewers tune in to a single event, setting a new record for NBC. Over 9.1 million viewers access the live streams over the eighteen days of the Olympics.
2015 – Turner Broadcasting System, Inc Acquires Majority Stake in iStreamPlanet
Turner Broadcasting System announced they are acquiring a majority stake in iStreamPlanet. Turner has been an iStreamPlanet investor, customer and partner for years. We’re very excited about this next chapter in our growing relationship and what it means for our customers.
2016 – New Office in Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood
The iStreamPlanet engineering center moves to an expanded office space in Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood from Redmond.
2017 – NCAA March Madness Live
iStreamPlanet streamed NCAA March Madness Live 2017 through collaboration with CBS Sports and Turner Sports. The event set a record of for 98 million live video streams during the tournament, up +33% from 2016. The National Championship game garnered 4.4 million live video streams, an all-time record for the title game.