New Providence – Aug 11, 2023. Kiswe, the interactive video company, today announced a partnership with The Rugby Network for Kiswe Studio to produce, power and distribute English language alternative broadcast streams of the USA Eagles’ Summer Series tour in Europe.
Rugby fans can now watch the last two games of the series in Georgia, taking place on August 19 at 11am ET and Portugal, taking place August 12 at 4pm ET. The games will be produced using Kiswe’s cloud based production solution and will have English-language remote commentary from Kit McConnico, veteran MLR play-by-play broadcaster and Mike Petri, former USA Rugby Eagle and 2023 US Rugby Hall of Fame Inductee.
“We’re committed to partnering with innovative technology to give access to world-wide rugby fans and grow our league,” said Nic Benson, CEO of Major League Rugby, who owns The Rugby Network. “By leveraging Kiswe’s technology, we have the ability to utilize a remote broadcast with alternative language commentators, allowing us to bring overseas games to the U.S., and MLR to an international audience, providing a new level of engagement for fans.”
Kiswe’s cloud-based live production platform is well-established in the industry and powers live alternative sports broadcasts such as the NBA’s HooperVision, NBA Strategy Stream, NBA BetCast, the LA Clippers’ ClipperVision, Detroit Lions’ new alternative pre-season broadcast and 2023 CrossFit Games as well as local language versions of NBA games for NBA League Pass distributed globally and ESPN Deportes and ESPN International.
“Kiswe is helping redefine the sports industry viewing experience to engage fans in new ways that appeal to their interests and viewing preferences,” said Glenn Booth, CEO of Kiswe. “We are excited to partner with The Rugby Network to bring these European games to U.S. fans.”
Kiswe is the interactive video company that transforms live streamed events into immersive and socially connected experiences, reliably, at scale. With its award-winning cloud video technology, Kiswe has delivered the world’s largest digital pay-per-view events and serves the top sports, media, and entertainment companies with its production, content distribution, fan engagement, and audience data solutions. Kiswe is headquartered in New Jersey, USA and has offices in New York, Korea, and Belgium. Learn more at http://www.kiswe.com.
About The Rugby Network
The Rugby Network is the exclusive streaming partner of Major League Rugby. Launched in 2021, TRN has been established as the home of Rugby in America. TRN provides Rugby fans with a single destination to stream MLR matches, international matches, match highlights, and other exclusive content. www.TheRugbyNetwork.com
About Major League Rugby
Major League Rugby is a professional sports league headed into its seventh season that represents the highest level of rugby competition in North America. Matches are televised on Fox Sports, among other national and local market platforms. Select matches are available to stream live in North America on The Rugby Network, and all matches are available on The Rugby Network for international fans. MLR prides itself in fostering intense and high-stakes competition, while bringing together a passionate community built on the values of Respect, Inclusivity, and Tradition. For more information about MLR, visit www.MajorLeague.Rugby.
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