Ascot Elite Entertainment launches ‘ascot now’, a new VOD service in Switzerland with OKAST

Paris, France/ Zurich, Suisse (6 juillet 2022) – The fast-growing white label video streaming platform solution, OKAST, has been chosen by Ascot Elite for the launch of ascot now, an innovative VOD platform in Switzerland.

Under the brand “ascot now – finest cinema selection”, the largest Swiss film distributor, Ascot Elite Entertainment, is launching its own TVoD platform – i.e. an online platform through which films can be rented for a certain period of time.

AscotNow starts on July 6th, 2022 with a carefully selected program with initially around 180 films from its extensive library. Sorted by genres such as action & adventure, drama, thriller, comedy, kids & family, romance, and documentaries.

For many years, the program of Ascot Elite Entertainment has stood for quality and a great commitment to Swiss film. This is summarised in the sections “Award-winning films” and “Swiss films”. In addition, free bonus material will be available in the “Close-up” section; from interviews and “Q&As” with the filmmakers, to “Making Of’s” or “Behind the Scenes”, to “exclusive reports” on current film shoots.

Elite has chosen OKAST to provide this platform’s technical platform, including the scalable streaming architecture, design & user experience, content and rights management, and TV & mobile applications.

Oliver Schnider, CEO of d’Ascot Elite Home Entertainment AG:

I am very pleased to be able to move closer to consumers with ascot now and to present our high-quality catalog as well as the latest new releases. In addition, we can also draw attention to current cinema releases and thus cultivate and strengthen our community.

Cédric Monnier, CEO of OKAST: 

We are very honored by Ascot Elite’s trust in OKAST to execute their OTT strategy. Ascot Elite is a major player in Switzerland and we’re happy to help them in their commitment to Swiss films. This new platform is another important milestone in the international growth of our company in Europe. 

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About Ascot Elite Entertainment

Ascot Elite Entertainment (founded in 1928) is a fully integrated, independent distribution, marketing, license trading, and production company and also owns and successfully exploits a large license portfolio for German-speaking Europe.

The distribution arm of Ascot Elite Entertainment, Elite Film AG, has been the Swiss market leader among independent distributors for many years. Elite Film AG’s slate includes Oscar-winning films such as THE FATHER, GREEN BOOK, LA LA LAND, THE HATEFUL EIGHT, ROOM, DALLAS BUYERS CLUB as well as other successful films such as WRATH OF MAN, PLATZSPITZBABY, LION, THE IMITATION GAME, BAD MOMS and the complete JOHN WICK SAGA.

About M.E.I Group (OKAST)

Founded in 2013 by industry veterans (formerly Canal +, France Télévision, NewsCorp, Ubisoft, Irdeto, Viaccess), M.E.I. Group builds the cloud-based solution OKAST for key industry players (TV channel, producer, web pure player).

A turnkey solution, allows to easily deploy streaming and live audio/video platforms, FAST channels, and monetize libraries. It provides everything from the streaming architecture, platform, and design to TV and mobile applications, as well as the complete management of payment systems, advertisement and management software including content management, user CRM, and analysis.

OKAST publishes, through its clients, more than 350 platforms worldwide. Among its clients are the SECOM group, Qwest TV, MCS Extremes, MCS Basket, Kinostar, Au Nom De la Allindi, Idance Music, MAIF, Accenture, D-Edge, KFTV, Yema, Secrets d’histoire, etc

The company was incubated at TF1 and Audiens, is accelerated with EuraTechnologies   and already counts among its clients American, European, and Chinese major media, corporate companies, agencies, brands, and producers of TV, web, cinema, and advertising content

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