Arqiva broadens DTT capability with Connect TV buy out

Editor | 05-09-2012

In a bid to develop a range of connected TV services to complement its DTT networks, communications infrastructure and media services company Arqiva has acquired online TV service provider Connected TV.

Coming just as Freesat made a similar move to bolsters its satellite based TV services in the UK, Arqiva’s new acquisition aims to enable broadcasters and content owners to use the internet to provide their new channels and services to the fast growing connected Digital Terrestrial market. It says that existing Freeview broadcasters can enhance their services through the addition of complementary services and content accessed via the red button, a unique or a shared channel number. As well as offering more free content, the Connect TV platform will also allow viewers to access subscription services or purchase goods.

Commented Charles Constable, Managing Director of Digital Platforms at Arqiva: “The acquisition of Connect TV will enable us to provide viewers with a greater choice on a much wider scale. We recognise the best in British entrepreneurial technology and look forward to working with the passionate team from Connect TV to cement the position of DTT as the primary delivery channel in the UK.”

Added Jonathan Marshall, CTO of Connect TV: “Arqiva’s acquisition of Connect TV makes this a very exciting time both for us and for the future of broadcasting technology in the UK. The acquisition offers viewers an exciting new TV viewing platform with fantastic opportunities to create greater functionality and routes to access content. Arqiva’s profile and expertise will not only speed up the platform’s development, but help to provide Arqiva’s existing customers with complementary, value added services.”