Arqiva acquires Capablue

Editor | 07-02-2014

Continuing its recent spate of strategic investments, and strengthening its growing IP and connected TV capabilities, UK communications infrastructure and media services company Arqiva has acquired Capablue.

For the last three years or so, Capablue has been one of the UK’s leading firms in the connected TV market and has branched out into delivering multiscreen, video-on-demand (VOD) and content solutions to operators, broadcasters and brands. It will now join Arqiva’s Digital Platforms division, helping to position the purchasers to offer services across multiple channels, platforms and technologies. Capablue’s assets will see use enabling further development of existing services including Connect TV, which enhances the Freeview proposition with free-to-air and premium IP channels and VOD services.

“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,” said Charles Constable, managing director for Digital Platforms at Arqiva, explaining the rationale for the deal. “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.”

Added Capablue CEO Tom Cape: “[Our] 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 VOD.”