Arqiva acquires multiplatform specialists Capablue

written by: Richard Kastelein

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capablueArqiva, the communications infrastructure and media services company, has acquired Capablue, the Connected TV, video-on-demand and content solution provider to operators, broadcasters and brands.

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 video-on-demand, positions Arqiva uniquely to offer services across multiple channels, platforms and technologies.

Arqiva and Capablue already have a well-established relationship having partnered on solutions including the development of pay capabilities for the Arqiva Connect TV platform.

Charles Constable, Managing Director 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 a fully managed, end-to-end solutions for internet connected televisions. Working as part of Arqiva’s Digital Platform division enables us to evolve even further and become leaders in multi-screen distribution and video on demand.”

Together Arqiva and Capablue will have a broad portfolio of products servicing an unmatched variety of broadcast and on-demand content delivery platforms. The skills and experience of the Capablue team will enable further development of existing services including Connect TV, which enhances the Freeview proposition with free-to-air and premium IP channels and video on demand services.

About the Author

Richard Kastelein
Founder of The Hackfest, publisher of TV App Market and global expert on Media & TV innovation, Kastelein is an award winning publisher and futurist. He has guest lectured at MIT Media Lab, University of Cologne, sat on media convergence panel at 2nd EU Digital Assembly in Brussels, and worked with broadcasters such as the BBC, NPO, RTL (DE and NL), Eurosport, NBCU, C4, ITV, Seven Network and others on media convergence strategy - Social TV, OTT, DLNA and 2nd Screen etc.

He is a Fellow of the UK Royal Society of Arts (RSA) and UK Royal Television Society (RTS) member.

Kastelein has spoken (& speaking) on the future of media & TV in Amsterdam, Belfast, Berlin, Brussels, Brighton, Copenhagen, Cannes, Cologne, Curacao, Frankfurt, Hollywood, Hilversum, Geneva, Groningen (TEDx), Kuala Lumpur, London, Las Vegas, Leipzig, Madrid, Melbourne, NYC, Rio, Sheffield, San Francisco, San Jose, Sydney, Tallinn, Vienna, Zurich...

He's been on advisory boards of TEDx Istanbul, SMWF UK, Apps World, and judged & AIB awards, Social TV Awards Hollywood, TV Connect & IPTV Awards.

A versatilist & autodidact, his leadership ability, divergent and synthetic thinking skills evolved from sailing the world 24000 miles+ offshore in his 20′s on sailboats under 12m.

He spent 10 years in the Caribbean media & boating industry as a professional sailor before returning to Europe, to Holland.

A Creative Technologist and Canadian (Dutch/Irish/English/Metis) his career began in the Canadian Native Press and is now a columnist for The Association for International Broadcasting and writes for Wired, The Guardian & Virgin. His writings have been translated into Polish, German and French. 

One of Kastelein's TV formats was optioned by Sony Pictures Television in 2012. 

Currently involved in a number of startups including publishing TV App Market online, The Hackfest and Tripsearch TV. As CSO for Worldticketshop he helped build a $100m company.

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