By Kristina Houck
From how-to videos, to feature-length documentaries, fans of extreme sports can soon have unlimited access to action sports and outdoor entertainment at the push of a button. Vaporvue, a new subscription-based streaming video service, launches June 21, the first day of summer.
“We’re trying to provide the most comprehensive, diverse library of extreme sports content on the web,” said Ira Opper, a 32-year resident of Solana Beach and owner of Opper Sports Production, the local company behind the new online video platform. “That’s our goal.”
By working directly with filmmakers, Opper Sports Productions has compiled more than 1,000 movies, television series, documentaries, and travel and informational videos about surfing, skiing, snowboarding, climbing, paddling, motorcycle racing, mountain biking, and other fitness, outdoor and adventure-related content. Videos will be available to stream on Internet-connected devices, including smart TVs, phones, tablets, media players and computers.
“You can access our content on pretty much anything, anywhere, anytime,” said Opper, who will also have about 150 of his own titles on Vaporvue.
Located in Solana Beach, Opper Sports Productions is an Emmy Award-winning digital broadcast television production and Internet development company. Since 1982, the company has produced extreme sports videos, documentaries and television programs for national and international cable networks, including ESPN, Fox Sports and National Geographic Adventure.
In 2007, Opper Sports Productions launched the Surf Network, a collection of surf videos on demand. The company later released three additional platforms, one centered on snow, another on moto and the last on fitness.
Then Opper and co-founder Dustin Hood decided to create a comprehensive “Netflix for the extreme sports world.”
“We’ve been in the business forever, so we’ve seen the transition from VHS tapes to DVDs. Being involved in technology like we are, we knew it wasn’t going to last forever,” Opper said. “We’ve been able to grow downloads, rentals, streaming, and now, with Vaporvue, we have probably the most comprehensive and technically challenging website we’ve created yet.”
“I’m very proud of it,” added Hood, who developed the site. “Being able to build something that people can use on a daily basis is pretty cool. It’s not just a website; it’s a service that people can really make use out of.”
A subscription to Vaporvue costs $9.99 per month. The site goes live June 21.
For more information or to sign up for a free seven-day trial, visit www.vaporvue.com.