Fast Channels

Accessible, affordable, automated


Free ad-supported television (FAST) channels are the solution of choice for content distributors that are looking to increase their direct-to-consumer reach and boost engagement.

Simplestream’s VOD2Live allows you to achieve this, and much more.

Repurpose your existing VOD assets, create ‘live’ channels with optional server-side ad-insertion, deliver a seamless playback experience: here is your new avenue for monetisation, driving greater audience engagement with higher live viewing figures.

Key features

Quickly and cost-effectively repurpose your existing VOD assets to create ‘live’ channels

Ingest content via: S3/FTP, MRSS/RSS, direct upload

Leverage remote locations for content, stored externally

Insert ad markers (cue points)

Seamlessly create linear electronic programming guides (EPG)

Server Side Ad Insertion (SSAI): ad server agnostic: Pre- and Mid-roll supported, VAST or VMAP tag


Think of our VOD2Live-powered channel as a proper broadcast channel: loop for up to 24 hours, or schedule your content daily.


Create thematic, genre, or series-based channels by using automated rules.

slate insertion

Normalise your automated content, with the option of slate insertion during ad breaks or scheduling gaps.

A simplified workflow

fast channels

Create new monetisation opportunities from existing content, drive greater audience engagement with higher live viewing figures


Schedule thematic genre- or series-based VOD2Live channels, complete with ad-slots and slates. Help your audience fight decision fatigue.


Personalise pre-rolls and mid-rolls, delivered via Server Side Ad Insertion (SSAI). Serve unique ads to each users, without limitations.


Your VOD, slates and ads, normalised at every stage, from ingestion to ad-insertion.


Stream channels with our out-of-the-box CDN. Present a channel in your Simplestream app, across multiple devices, with Live and EPG views.


Further enlarge your channel footprint on every screen. Simplestream's Media Flow supports more than 20 syndication connectors out-of-the-box, via MRSS, JSON, and XML.

Your success is at the core of what we do

Learn from our clients’ stories

How Simplestream supported the launch of TN Marketing’s Craftsy OTT services to mobile and tablet devices with an OVP-agnostic, out-of-the-box solution.

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Learn how Simplestream helped GB News to design and launch a range of brand-new OTT services as part of a complex and challenging project.

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Learn how Simplestream helped Walter Presents to distribute its content in the United States via Comcast, through a strong syndication set up.

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Don’t take our word for it. Hear from our customers

We are delighted to be collaborating with Simplestream to develop the next stage of our full digital-lifecycle distribution platform. In doing so, we continue to build out a platform that increases engagement, providing best-in-class access to the widest range of premium theatre production.

Stuart Barr

General Manager

Digital Theatre

Simplestream launched the POP Player across a number of different platforms quickly and smoothly. Narrative Entertainment have continued to have a strong relationship in order to deliver a number of exciting and innovative feature developments.

Chloe Barnard

Head of Digital


Simplestream have enabled us to provide a custom live and on demand solution for our audience overseas with over 40 channels. Our particular requirements are niche and Simplestream have supported the development of our product roadmap with enthusiasm and professionalism.

Jenny​ Andrews

Head of Product

bfbs TV

It was critical for Channel 4 to be able to offer our live streams to OTT viewers in an accessible environment. Simplestream’s platform was easy to integrate with our services, it satisfied our requirement of flexibility to work with third parties and high levels of stability throughout the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.

Channel 4

Channel 4

We undertook a rigorous procurement process which validated the technical robustness and flexibility of the Simplestream solution. A very pleasant additional benefit was the ‘can-do’ and positive attitude displayed unfailingly by the Simplestream teams towards what was certainly not the least challenging set of tasks.

Marc Schipper

Chief Operating Officer

GB News