Partnership to Expand LiveOne’s Reach of 100M+ by 47M to Additional Connected TVs in North America via LG’s webOS and Vizio’s SmartCast
LOS ANGELES, CA - (NewMediaWire) - May 15, 2023 - LiveOne (Nasdaq: LVO), an award-winning, creator-first, music, entertainment and technology platform, announced today an exclusive content distribution deal with OTT Studio, a leading streaming technology platform and CTV app publisher. LiveOne will be OTT Studio’s exclusive music streaming provider, delivering LiveOne’s 600 expertly curated radio stations via OTT’s new Music Plus application. The deal will expand the distribution of LiveOne’s premium audio and entertainment content to an additional 47 million CTVs in North America via LG’s webOS and Vizio’s SmartCast platforms.
Patrick Markel, LiveOne’s Senior Director of Business Development and Strategic Partnerships, said, “We’re excited to execute this multi-year agreement with OTT Studio to make LiveOne even more accessible to music lovers by leaning into OTT Studio’s unique ability to reach millions of customers on the most popular streaming TV devices.”
James Patrick, OTT Studio Co-founder, commented, ”The CTV ecosystem is ripe with opportunities for innovative audio-first destinations offered to consumers at no cost. Our advanced CTV technology and audience growth engine combined with LiveOne’s world-class offering will allow us to bring users an unparalleled free live streaming and on-demand music experience on devices that are often the best speaker system in the house.”
The Music Plus app is slated to launch in Q3 2023 on Roku and FireTV, and on LG's webOS, Vizio's SmartCast and other platforms later in the year.
About LiveOne, Inc.
Headquartered in Los Angeles, California, LiveOne, Inc. (NASDAQ: LVO) (the "Company") is an award-winning, creator-first, music, entertainment and technology platform focused on delivering premium experiences and content worldwide through memberships and live and virtual events. The Company's wholly-owned subsidiaries include Slacker Radio, a membership music streaming service, and PodcastOne, which generates more than 2.3 billion downloads per year, 350+ hours distributed weekly, and 14M+ monthly unique listeners. Nearly all new Tesla EVs sold in the U.S. come with a paid membership to LiveOne’s Slacker Radio (that now includes PodcastOne) which is paid by Tesla. As of April 11, 2023, the Company has accrued a paid and free ad-supported membership base of approximately 2.9 million*. The Company was awarded Best Live Moment by Digiday for its “Social Gloves” PPV Event, and has been a finalist for 8 more awards, including Best Live Event, Best Virtual Event, Best Overall Social Media Excellence, and Best Original Programming from Cynopsis and Digiday. As of February 9, 2023, the Company has streamed over 2,900 artists, has a library of 30 million songs, 600 curated radio stations, over 300 podcasts/vodcasts, hundreds of pay-per-views, personalized merchandise, released music-related NFTs, and created a valuable connection between fans, brands, and bands. The Company's other wholly-owned subsidiaries include PPVOne, Gramophone Media, Palm Beach Records, Custom Personalization Solutions, and LiveXLive, and the Company’s other majority-owned subsidiaries are Drumify and Splitmind. LiveOne is available on iOS, Android, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire, and through OTT, STIRR, and XUMO. For more information, visit liveone.com and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, YouTube and Twitter at @liveone.
About OTT Studio
Based in Venice California, OTT Studio is a leading streaming technology platform and CTV app publisher. Its renowned portfolio of streaming brands, including Free Movies Plus and Christmas Plus, positions them among the largest independent ad-supported streaming services in the United States. Serving millions of monthly users across their apps and FAST Channels, OTT Studio is committed to developing innovative viewing experiences and cutting-edge advertising technologies designed to maximize watch times and increase advertising opportunities and revenue.
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