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Zenterio acquires AdscribeJanuary 03, 2017TV operating system provider Zenterio has acquired the remaining 75% of the advertising technology company Adscribe.Subscribers Only
Accedo merges with DigiflareDecember 14, 2016Multiscreen video app providers Accedo and Digiflare, based in Stockholm and Toronto respectively, will merge to create an app specialist with an enhanced position in the video experience market.Subscribers Only
Ericsson taps into Android TV with Google partnershipSeptember 19, 2016Ericsson is collaborating with Google to extend the scale of its MediaFirst TV platform. MediaFirst will be integrated into Google’s Android TV ecosystem, and as such, will allow operators to launch Android-TV-based services with ease.Subscribers Only
Kaltura partners with Microsoft Azure to strengthen its cloud-based OTT solutionSeptember 05, 2016Media and OTT solutions-provider Kaltura has partnered with Microsoft Azure. Kaltura’s OTT TV solution will be integrated with Microsoft Azure’s cloud infrastructure to provide OTT services to customers worldwide.Subscribers Only
Neulion acquires Saffron DigitalJune 20, 2016OTT solutions provider NeuLion is set to acquire Saffron Digital. While the value of the transaction is not known, it is clear that the deal will allow the two technology-and-services companies to fill gaps in their respective solution portfolios.Subscribers Only
AT&T and Quickplay - as much about OTT as it is about hedging, diversification, and tech captureMay 25, 2016AT&T is set to acquire OTT solutions and managed-media- services provider Quickplay Media. Although the terms of the deal are unknown, the sale almost certainly surpasses USD 100m in value; private equity group Madison Dearborn Partners purchased a majority stake in Quickplay in Q3 2012 for roughly USD 100m.Subscribers Only
Rovi acquires TiVoMay 04, 2016The heavens have aligned for two of the media-and-entertainment industry’s technology giants. Analytics, program guide and IP-licensing kingpin Rovi will acquire OTT software, UI pioneer and DVR progenitor TiVo. Valued at roughly USD 1.1 billion, the deal remains subject to closing conditions, is expected to conclude by the end of the third quarter, 2016, and will usher in the disappearance of the Rovi brand entirely.Subscribers Only
IBM acquires ClearleapDecember 16, 2015IBM has agreed to acquire Clearleap, a US based company who provides over-the-top (OTT) video solutions to the media sector. Clearleap’s OTT stack and SaaS solutions will be integrated into the IBM Cloud platform, and collectively, the combined portfolio will be positioned to help media companies reduce the complexity and expense of delivering digital content. Financial terms of the deal have not been disclosed.Subscribers Only
Can V-Nova squeeze HEVC out of the compression market?April 22, 2015UK-based video encoding start-up V-Nova has unveiled a proprietary compression algorithm called Perseus, which it claims uses a set of technologies that are completely new to the industry, and is a competitor to industry standard MPEG’s next-generation codec HEVC. While little has been disclosed about the technical inner workings and processes behind its compression V-Nova claims that Perseus is more efficient and scales better than HEVC.Subscribers Only
Imagine Communications acquires RGB NetworksFebruary 09, 2015Imagine Communications has continued its expansion into the video infrastructure market with the acquisition of RGB Networks. For Imagine, RGB brings with it a strong, North American cable customer base—most importantly, Comcast-- and a product roadmap that includes software-based transcoding and packaging servers, as well as ad insertion servers.Subscribers Only
Kaltura acquires TvinciMay 09, 2014Online video platform provider Kaltura has acquired Tvinci, a global provider of content management and personalization for OTT video service providers. Tvinci’s customer base spans the Latin America, EMEA and Asia Pacific regions with major customers like Eutelsat, Mediacorp, Liberty Global, Solar Entertainment and Yes; while Kaltura has also an established global customer portfolio which includes HBO, ABC, Warner Brothers, Paramount, DirecTV and Turner.
Netflix goes Ultra High DefinitionApril 09, 2014Netflix has started streaming content in Ultra HD (UHD), branded as Ultra HD 4K. UHD is approximately 4 times the resolution of Full HD. Netflix is streaming UHD content as its highest bandwidth profile at 15.6 Mbps, referenced on Netflix’s in-app player as 2160 HD. UHD streaming has currently only been rolled out for House of Cards season two. The video stream is compressed using next generation h.265/HEVC, therefore requiring both an HEVC decoder, as well as an updated version of Netflix’s client player. Netflix UHD clients are already embedded on UHD TVs offered by LG, Samsung, Sony and Vizio.
Harris Broadcast splits into Imagine Communications and GatesAirMarch 20, 2014Professional broadcast equipment provider Harris Broadcast will divide into two brand new corporate entities, Imagine Communications and GatesAir. Imagine Communications will provide solutions for delivering and monetizing multiscreen content while GatesAir will focus on TV and radio over-the-air market.
TiVo to acquire DigitalsmithsMarch 03, 2014Set-top box (STB) and middleware vendor TiVo is to acquire Digitalsmiths, a search and recommendation engine company for $135m in cash, in a transaction expected to be completed during Q1 of 2015. The acquisition is likely to serve several strategic purposes for TiVo...
IBM set to acquire AsperaJanuary 02, 2014IBM, the US based multinational technology corporation, has agreed to purchase file transfer software firm Aspera for an undisclosed fee. Aspera's software provides accelerated transfer speed for almost any file size, regardless the distance or network conditions, and has more than 18,000 active software licenses and over 2,000 customers worldwide. IBM offers several relevant services and products at the moment that vary within its Managed File Transfer suite.Subscribers Only
Verizon acquires EdgeCastDecember 13, 2013Verizon Digital Media Services (VDMS), the managed service arm of US Telco Verizon, has acquired content delivery network (CDN) provider EdgeCast for $350 million. EdgeCast provides accelerated content...
Intel acquires Omek InteractiveJuly 29, 2013Intel recently announced it would acquire gesture control software developer Omek Interactive. Omek's Beckon and Grasp middleware works in conjunction with standard as well as depth sensing cameras to enable...Subscribers Only
Ericsson to acquire Red Bee MediaJuly 01, 2013Swedish technology provider Ericsson intends to strengthen its market position in the media managed services by acquiring Red Bee Media, one of the leading media broadcast services in the UK. The acquisition,...
ViXS Demonstrates First HEVC TranscoderFebruary 14, 2013ViXS has demonstrated a new 6-transcode multimedia home gateway system-on-chip (SoC) that supports both decode and encode for HEVC. While ViXS has 6-transcode semiconductors already in-market, the HEVC...
Netflix now serving majority of international video traffic through Open Connect CDNJanuary 11, 2013Online video service provider Netflix now claims to be delivering the majority of its international video traffic via its proprietary CDN 'Open Connect'. Simultaneously, the company announced that it is now...