ProSiebenSat.1 Digital and LINE Corporation launch mobile live streaming app in Germany
- LINE LIVE app available throughout Germany as of now
- New mobile live entertainment format based on user-generated content
- Launch campaign with around 70 YouTube influencers
Munich/Tokyo, September 4, 2017. ProSiebenSat.1 Digital and LINE Corporation, the leading mobile platform based in Tokyo, are cooperating to launch LINE LIVE, a new mobile live streaming platform in Germany. The new user-generated content app LINE LIVE caters to the trend among the young target group aged 17+ of sharing their lives with the world in live streams and being rewarded for this with “gift items” such as unicorns or hearts. Launched on December 10, 2015 in Japan, LINE LIVE managed to surpass 350 million aggregate views in just its first six months. The service is especially popular among the young audience, and continues to grow at an aggressive pace, with over 24 million monthly active users in Japan.
The platform is financed based on the fact that gift items are given to the content creator using “coins.” The global technology specialist LINE Corporation is the market leader in Asia with its LINE messenger service and more than 200 million monthly active users. The company’s mobile applications are available in 230 countries/regions and 19 languages. Plans to expand the LINE LIVE cooperation to European level are currently being developed.
Christian Dankl, Chairman of Management Board of ProSiebenSat.1 Digital: “The new LINE LIVE platform is our response to the global live streaming trend. In Asia, LINE LIVE is already recording enormous growth in user numbers, engagement and monetization. We are building on this success and bringing it to Germany to begin with, because we believe in the market for user-generated live streaming and its wide reach among the young target group. The LINE Corporation’s experience and technology are key criteria for the success of the platform and we are interested in a long-term cooperation.”
Eunjung Lee, Senior Vice President of Business Development at LINE Plus Corporation: “We are excited about working together with ProSiebenSat.1, one of Europe’s most successful independent media companies. We believe this partnership will help us connect with new users in Europe and hope it can be a meaningful beginning of our longterm commitment to growing in the region.”
Awareness driving influencer campaign for the launch
For the launch, the two companies started a wide reaching influencer campaign. Within the ProSiebenSat.1 Group, support will be provided by Studio71 and Starwatch Entertainment. Around 70 YouTube, Studio71 and Starwatch influencer talents, including Lisa and Lena, who have one of the fastest-growing fan bases on the internet, are calling on viewers to get in contact with them via LINE LIVE. The twin sisters already started with a trip to Asia, where they reported on LINE LIVE in real time from Tokyo and Seoul. The trip was for a good cause, too. All of the gifts sent to Lisa and Lena by fans during the trip, such as hearts and unicorns, have been donated to a children’s daycare center in Romania.
The app is available free of charge in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store: https://app.adjust.com/q686eh.
About ProSiebenSat.1 Digital
ProSiebenSat.1 Digital bundles the online and video business as well as the strategic divisions with a close connection to the core TV business, such as mobile, social TV and HbbTV. Its portfolio includes the TV station websites, such as ProSieben.de, SAT1.de, kabeleins.de and sixx.de, and the TV apps of all seven stations.
About LINE Corporation
Based in Japan, LINE Corporation (NYSE:LN/TSE:3938) is dedicated to the mission of “Closing the Distance,” bringing together people, information, and services. The LINE messaging app was launched in June 2011 and has since grown into a diversified global platform, operating a range of services and contents.
Studio71 is ProSiebenSat.1 Media SE’s multi-channel network with globally around seven billion video views a month. Studio71’s headquarters are in Berlin and Los Angeles, with additional locations in New York, London, Vienna, Toronto, San Francisco and Chicago. Studio71 is the leading multi-channel network in the German-speaking region, pooling the station group’s web-only content and distributing it via digital platforms. SevenOne Media, Germany’s leading video marketer, is responsible for ad marketing.
About Starwatch Entertainment
Starwatch Entertainment GmbH bundles the areas of music, live entertainment, events, ticketing, and personality management within the ProSiebenSat.1 Group. In addition to its own music label, Starwatch Entertainment operates extensive marketing and cooperation models for the music and live entertainment industries. The company also provides opportunities for brand partnerships in connection with artists and events. The TV and online reach enjoyed by the family of stations and the company’s expertise are important factors in making artists and projects known to a wide audience. Starwatch Entertainment also runs its own ticketing platform TICKETHALL.de. In 2014, the central personality management area of the ProSiebenSat.1 Group was linked with the company in the form of SAM – Starwatch Artist Management.