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21 September 2015

Lebara Play™ wins “Best TV everywhere/multi-screen video” CSI Award at IBC 2015

London (UK), 21 September 2015 – Lebara Play™ has won in the “Best TV everywhere/multi-screen video” category with its OTT TV solution, at this year’s CSI Awards at the International Broadcasting Convention in Amsterdam.  Lebara®, the universal brand for the world’s migrant community, launched its entertainment service, Lebara Play, in June 2015.  The platform is based on the OTT TV solution of SPB TV AG, a leading global provider of end-to-end OTT TV, IPTV and mobile TV solutions.  The awards, organised by CSI magazine, reward technical and product marketing excellence in the cable, satellite, terrestrial broadcasting, mobile and IPTV sectors.

Lebara Play combines the best live TV entertainment with 100% legal, free and premium video on demand (VoD) content, including transactional VoD and the option to ‘rent’ a movie.  The multi-ethnic entertainment service offers access throughout Europe to more than 150 top-rated television channels and over 3,000 popular movie titles for streaming on mobile, computer and tablet.  The option to watch via set-top box on a TV set is also available in the UK, Germany, Netherlands, France and Canada.

Aditya Thakur, CEO of Lebara Play, said “It’s a great honour to win this award with our platform partners, SPB TV, and I’d like to credit their development team for supporting Lebara Play’s rapid rollout.  This is a great boost at such an early stage in our development and we’re working closely with SPB TV to add lots of exciting features to the service in the next few months.”

Kirill Filippov, CEO of SPB TV AG, added “We are proud to be a partner of Lebara and contribute to its ambition to be the brand of choice for one billion people by 2020. Lebara Play’s platform is an innovative technology solution that serves multi-lingual migrant audiences from around the world and brings the ‘local TV’ away from home to watch across multiple devices – from a mobile to a big screen, and when suits best. We look forward to working with Lebara to develop the service further.”

The CSI Awards, now in their 13th year, were held during IBC – Europe’s most important exhibition for the broadcast community – in Amsterdam on 11 September.  The awards are judged by an independent panel of experts comprising senior industry analysts, consultants and representatives from leading network operators.