As we reported a year ago, Australian subscription and streaming TV service Fetch partnered with global cloud-based TV app store Metrological and this would mean a greater variety of apps on Fetch in the future as developers wouldn’t have to create a native app just for Fetch set top boxes.
Metrological offers a global cloud-based Application Platform that allows Fetch TV to quickly
and seamlessly integrate apps into the Fetch service. Metrological has partnered with
leading global companies including Comcast, Sky, Liberty Global, Vodafone, and others.
Fetch TV has secured rights for Australia and New Zealand.
The Metrological Application Platform will complement Fetch TV’s native app
integration capabilities, and allow Fetch to service the long tail of quality content available via worldwide streaming content apps.
Now Fetch subscribers will have access to a first wave of apps available in
Metrological’s App Library, including Acorn TV, iwonder, Vevo, Vimeo, Kidoodle, The
Weather Network, and a rebuilt hayu app. Additional premium, niche, and localised apps will be added in the coming months.
Acorn TV is a competitor to Britbox offering mysteries and comedy such as Ms Fisher’s Modern Murder Mysteries, Agatha Christie’s Poirot and Marple.
iwonder is a documentary and current affairs streaming service, curating over 1,000 of the best feature film documentaries and factual content all on one platform.
Vevo is the world’s leading music video network run by Universal and Sony, with videos also licenced from Warner Bros. Vevo offers music fans across the world a vast array of official premium music videos.
hayu is the first and only all-reality subscription video-on-demand service of its kind
Shows and episodes are downloadable to watch-on-the-go, including Keeping Up With the
Kardashians and its spin-offs. The majority of US shows debut on the service the same day as their US launch.
Fetch native app integrations to date include Netflix, Stan, Amazon Prime Video,
Paramount Plus, Britbox, Optus Sport, YouTube, YouTube Kids, and the 6 Free-to-Air BVOD
Apps – 7Plus, 9Now, 10Play, ABC iView, ABC Kids, and SBS on Demand. Fetch also offers
over 50 live pay TV channels eg: BBC World News, as well as a TV and Movie store with about 10,000 titles.
Scott Lorson, CEO of Fetch TV, said
“The launch of the Metrological Application Platform will open up a new world of content to Fetch subscribers and provide an easy way to access the things they love to watch, all in one place. This latest innovation is another demonstration of the commitment Fetch has to providing a world class aggregation platform, offering value not previously seen in the Australian market.”
Content providers can leverage the open Lightning Software Development Kit (SDK) for
quick app development, with a single app build facilitating distribution to a global footprint of operators who work with Metrological. Carrier billing functionality is available in selected apps, enabling users to sign up and pay via their Fetch account.