Merrick Kingston

Merrick Kingston

Mr. Merrick Kingston is an associate director at IHS Markit, and engages in a broad spectrum of digital media and video technology research.

Focusing on subjects ranging from backend network infrastructure to frontend digital video software, Merrick’s expertise spans IP video distribution, digital media business models, audience measurement and analytics, and the complex technology value-chain that stretches from the video backend to the end-user device.

As part of IHS Markit’s consulting business, Merrick has undertaken a wide complement of work with companies from across the value chain; his experience spans product and market-entry strategy, due diligence, competitive review and landscaping, customer profiling, and the assessment of anti-competitive practice.

Merrick holds a Bachelor of Arts (BA) from Middlebury College, a Master of Science (MSc) from the London School of Economics, and speaks fluent Danish, French and Italian.


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CommScope to Acquire Arris for $7.4B, Creating Cable Industry Heavyweight Poised for the Future

US telecommunications equipment maker CommScope will acquire Arris, in a $7.4B deal valued at $5.69 billion, with the difference comprised of CommScope’s assumption of Arris’s debt. As part of the deal, the Carlyle Group will make a $1M equity investment in CommScope for an approximate 16% stake in the new company. CommScope’s CEO Eddie Edwards has claimed the two companies’ product lines are complementary, and that the combined company will “enable end-to-end wired and wireless communications infrastructure solutions that neither company could otherwise achieve on its own.” The deal is expected to close in the first half of 2019.

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IBC 2018 recap: an industry undergoing restructuring and partial upheaval

2018 is likely to be remembered as the year of private equity. The video industry’s capital structure has changed dramatically, and with it, the composition of the competitive vendor landscape.

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Another Day, Another Divestment: Nokia Offloads Video Assets

Nokia has sold the brunt its digital video business – comprising the firm’s CDN, Cloud DVR, and experience personalization solutions – to Canadian private equity firm Volaris Group. Volaris is likely to reconstitute the video assets under the Velocix brand. Nokia, for its part, will retain its system integration business, but will continue to market and sell Velocix’s solutions – becoming, in effect, a Velocix channel partner. The value of the transaction is not known.

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