Evoca Expands OTA Sports Services In Denver, Colorado Springs Markets
Over-the-air (OTA) delivered live subscription video on demand (SVOD) service Evoca recently expanded its sports and live channel content offerings to residents of Denver, Colorado Springs, Co., “and across the Front Range.”
The service said it is now offering Altitude Sports and 60 other popular TV channels to viewers in the those markets.
Evoca is a premium alternative live subscription TV service delivered direct to homes on encrypted OTA ATSC 3.0 NextGen TV stations in select markets. The service first launched in 2020 in the Boise, Idaho marketplace. It has since expanded to additional markets in Idaho, Colorado and Arizona.
The service is capable of delivering content in 4K UHD resolution and said it was the first OTA distributor to deliver 4K broadcast content. It said it plans to offer 4K content in markets as it becomes available.
In Denver, the service charges $25 per month for its new services plus a set-top receiver, which costs $5 per month to rent or $250 to buy, with no contract and a guaranteed price for two years. In Denver, the service will present local sports telecasts of the Nuggets, Avalanche, Rapids and Mammonth games as well as Colorado State University and University of Denver games. When the season starts, Colorado fans will also have access to baseball games, Evoca said.
Beginning in February, Evoca subscribers in Denver and Colorado Springs will also have access to Evoca Replay, which is a new feature providing viewers with access to full recordings of games they may have missed from the previous three days.
Unlike virtual multichannel video programming distributors (MVPDs) like Sling TV and YouTube TV that also offer Internet-delivered live streaming channel packages, Evoca has fewer bandwidth limitations from Internet traffic and pipeline bandwidth, although the OTA signals are limited to some degree by the available bandwidth of each station allocation.
“Evoca represents a brave new model for local sports on TV,” said Todd Achilles, president and CEO of Evoca. “Traditional TV is dying under the weight of excessive fees and massive bundles, but with our model, Evoca provides local sports, along with favorite local, lifestyle and entertainment programming, at an affordable price with no additional hidden fees.”
Evoca offers a set-top box its calls “The Scout” to receive its services. In August, the company announced it soon will also be offering a CommScope-built set-top solution powered by Android TV with integrated dual multimode ATSC 3.0 and ATSC 1.0 tuners.
CommScope’s VIP7802-ATSC, called “The Pilot” by Evoca, will access Evoca broadcast network services as well as OTT services and other OTA stations available in the market to give viewers access to aggregated content.
Evoca will be offering the Pilot to new subscribers on Evoca’s converged broadcast-broadband platform. The device will tune broadcast TV services while seamlessly connecting to the internet to also access OTT streaming services and on-demand content.
Evoca said it plans to make its set-top solutions available to other broadcasters going forward.
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By Greg Tarr
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