Synacor adds mobile TV expertise with Teknision acquisition
Michelle Clancy | 11-11-2013
TV everywhere specialist Synacor has acquired Android development platform company Teknision, a move that expands Synacor's presence in mobile and provides a platform for developing custom Android launchers and intelligent home screens for mobile and consumer electronics companies.
Synacor can also offer device manufacturers a customizable platform as a service (PaaS) that facilitates personalised and curated online experiences for end users.
"Consumers soon will need one-stop access to all media – a home screen," said Ron Frankel, Synacor CEO. "To that end, we are advancing the presence of our cable, satellite, wireless carrier and consumer electronics customers on a wide range of devices, and all providing their consumers a single point of access. With Teknision's platform, Synacor is able to build upon our HTML5 expertise and pursue the exploding mobile device market opportunity."
Customers for Teknision's white-label home screens, launchers and custom apps are global; most recently, Turkey's largest wireless carrier (with more than 35 million consumers) created a customised home screen, lock screen, launcher and a variety of default apps including e-mail and camera for its flagship smartphone.
"I believe Android will become the platform of choice for many CE manufacturers on devices relevant to MVPDs, including smartphones, tablets and televisions," said Frankel. "By creating cutting-edge experiences for connected screens – from today's tablet to tomorrow's Android TV – Teknision's development platform is important to Synacor's strategy. This acquisition strengthens our ability to guide consumers to their media automatically, on their devices of choice."