Stretch Internet to Become America East’s New Digital Network Partner
BOSTON – The America East Conference announced today a partnership with Stretch Internet to become the conference’s new digital network platform provider starting in July. The agreement commences with the 2017-18 academic year and will run through 2020-21.
“We are excited to partner with Stretch Internet on the next iteration of our digital network, taking AmericaEast.TV to the next level,” said America East Commissioner, Amy Huchthausen. “Our member institutions produce hundreds of high-quality live events each year and Stretch’s dynamic platform will provide fans with a comprehensive viewing experience that will serve as the perfect complement to ‘The AE on ESPN3’. With Stretch’s enhancements to AmericaEast.TV, these two channels will ensure America East stays at the forefront of live video production for years to come.”
Stretch Internet will provide a first-class viewing experience to America East fans with 1080p HD streaming across all computers, phones, tables and major OTT platforms, including Roku and Apple TV. Additionally, the Stretch Internet platform will provide enhanced features such as instant highlights, live statistical integration and the ability to watch multiple America East events simultaneously. As it has always been, AmericaEast.TV will remain free to users.
“Today is a big day for Stretch Internet,” said Stretch Internet President and CEO, Ryan Ermeling. “For several years now, we’ve had our sights on the America East Conference. Their demographic, their goals and their needs are a perfect match for Stretch, and we’re excited to deliver phenomenal experiences to their schools, fans, parents, alumni and other constituents. I don’t think it’s any secret that the America East has become a technology trailblazer under Amy and her team, and we’re excited to help advance their vision."
AmericaEast.TV has been the home of over 2,500 live events produced by the conference’s member institutions and the league’s streaming partners since launching in 2013. ‘The AE on ESPN3’ launched in November as the home for America East basketball and will feature more than 3,000 games over the next decade.
About America East
Founded in 1979, the America East Conference consists of nine member institutions, sponsors championships in 17 sports and provides its member schools and their athletic programs a platform upon which student-athletes can achieve both collegiate and life success through the promotion and nurturing of athletic excellence, academic achievement and leadership, on and off the field.
About Stretch Internet
Stretch Internet, based in Gilbert, Ariz., was founded in 2003 by a former college athletics media relations professional who saw a need to provide affordable, high-quality streaming to college and university athletic departments. Stretch Internet now works with nearly 600 colleges and universities, high schools and professional sports organizations. A devotion to utilizing the best streaming technology possible and providing a first-class user experience – backed by the best customer support in the business – have helped Stretch Internet become one of the largest streaming media specialists in the sports industry.
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