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Fiba upgrades OTT platform with Courtside 1891 launch


FIBA has announced the new ‘Courtside 1891‘ subscription streaming service as the sport’s global governing body strives to boost its digital offering. The LiveBasketball.tv platform is being phased out in favour of FIBA’s new service, which will be available on Apple and Android smartphones in time to stream live games from all four regional FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 qualifiers.

The Courtside 1891 OTT platform, which will be a subscription service, will offer a deluge of basketball content. This content will include live scores from the world’s premier basketball competitions. In addition, we will witness aggregated highlights and news from around the world.

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Furthermore, an annual Courtside 1891 pass costs €32.99 (US$37) and includes a variety of event passes; additionally, it costs €7.99 (US$9) during the World Cup qualifiers in February. With this update, fans will be able to create their own profiles and personalise their experience, with the platform providing customised information based on their preferences.

FIBA has clearly been active, as they also struck a multi-year partnership with Twitch in February 2021. As a result of this agreement, Amazon’s streaming platform will screen 600 hours of live action per year. This announcement coincided with FIBA’s selection of Swiss watchmaker Maurice Lacroix as the official timekeeper for the 33 World Tour. The corporation will sponsor all 13 FIBA 33 World Tour events in 2022, finishing with the Abu Dhabi finale.