Arqiva buys Capablue

February 6, 2014 11.24 Europe/London By Chris Dziadul

Arqiva dishArqiva has acquired the multiplatform specialist Capablue for an undisclosed fee.

The two companies already have a well-established relationship, having partnered on solutions including the development of pay capabilities for the Arqiva Connect TV platform.

Now, by joining Arqiva’s Digital Platforms division, Capablue will strengthen Arqiva’s growing investment in IP and connected TV capabilities.

Arqiva’s heritage in terrestrial and satellite television distribution, together with the expertise and experience of Capablue in internet-enabled TV solutions and VOD, will position Arqiva uniquely to offer services across multiple channels, platforms and technologies.

Commenting on the acquisition, Charles Constable, MD for Digital Platforms at Arqiva said, “With the rapid expansion of high-speed broadband connections and the growth in ownership of internet-enabled televisions and other devices, Arqiva needed to broaden its offering. We have had a strong relationship with Capablue for many years making them the logical choice to expand our capabilities, accelerate our growth and extend our customer proposition in this exciting new area.”

Tom Cape, CEO of Capablue, said “Capablue’s strategy has evolved over the years, moving from being a front-end application specialist to providing fully managed, end-to-end solutions for internet connected televisions. Working as part of Arqiva enables us to evolve even further and become leaders in multiscreen distribution and video-on-demand.”

Together, Arqiva and Capablue will have a broad portfolio of products servicing a variety of broadcast and on-demand content delivery platforms.

Capablue will enable further development of existing services including Connect TV, which enhances the Freeview proposition with FTA and premium IP channels and VOD services.

Arqiva acquired Connect TV, an OTT provider using internet connected Freeview devices to reach a wider audience, in September 2012.