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euro news_news 14/08/2015 09:23 Page 2 Amino to acquire Entone In a further consolidation of the in-home device sector, Amino Technologies, the UK-based provider of digital entertainment solutions for IPTV, Internet TV and in-home multimedia distribution, is to acquire US broadcast hybrid TV and connected home “We anticipate a solutions provider Entone for $73 million (€67.2m). number of synergies Donald McGarva, chief executive of Amino, said the between the two acquisition had the potential to transform its business companies.” and broaden its capabilities and market reach globally across IPTV, hybrid broadcast and a range of connected home solutions. “It also aligns closely with our recent acquisition of cloud-TV platform provider Booxmedia, in enabling us to meet the evolving needs of customers across a range of markets as they transition to cloud-based IP-driven multiscreen entertainment delivery. We anticipate a number of synergies between the two companies and expect the proposed acquisition to be earnings enhancing in the first full year of combined operations,” he added. Steve McKay, chief executive of Entone, said that bringing together Amino and Entone would create a significant new presence in the pay-TV market with solutions and skillsets that are highly complementary. “We share a very similar vision as to how our industry is changing and the kinds of solutions that are required to address both existing and new customers.” Ooyala acquires Nativ In a move that expands its technology stack into video production, pre-production and broadcast planning for hybrid OTT and on-air video services, video, analytics and advertising technology provider Ooyala, an independent subsidiary of Australia’s Telstra telecoms, has acquired London-based Nativ, a provider of cloudbased media logistics and workflow software and services. Nativ’s modular suite of media production, postproduction, delivery and syndication workflow software, called MioEverywhere, redefines end-to-end media management for today’s datadriven, multiscreen world. It removes the cost and complexity of creating, managing and delivering content in the cloud. Nativ is Ooyala’s second acquisition within the last nine months, following its purchase of ad tech provider Videoplaza in October 2014. It is the next step in Ooyala’s multi-phase strategy to deliver the most comprehensive, data-driven personalised TV and video 8 EUROMEDIA platform that will power the next generation of television. According to Ooyala, the acquisition comes at a pivotal time for the industry, as the traditional systems for managing media workflow for on-air content delivery are undergoing major transformation, in the same way that media delivery and monetisation solutions are transforming into more open, modular, cloud-based systems. Ooyala plans to operate Nativ as a stand-alone new line of business under the Ooyala brand. Over time it will integrate Nativ’s technologies with its core video publishing, analytics and monetisation platform. Jay Fulcher, president and chief executive officer for Ooyala, says the new TV marketplace can’t be serviced by legacy broadcast business systems. “New data-driven technologies and services will transform the way broadcasters, media companies and brands operate in the era of multiscreen consumption. A transformation of this scale represents massive opportunity for the innovators that can drive new, future-proofed standards. Nativ’s Mio platform puts Ooyala even further at the forefront of providing a true end-to-end platform that can serve all video business needs end to end, from production through to monetisation.” Tele Columbus acquires PrimaCom for €711m Tele Columbus Group, the third largest German cable network operator, is to acquire PrimaCom Holding GmbH, the fourth largest German cable network operator, for €711m cash. The combination of two of the leading German operators will result in a strong number three player in the German cable market bringing together 2.8m homes connected and two wellestablished Housing Association customer portfolios on one platform. With the acquisition of PrimaCom, Tele Columbus says it is successfully driving the consolidation of the German cable market and underlining its leading role in this process. The combination of the two biggest German mediumsized providers is pushing competition in the Internet and Telephony and Premium TV sector. The new combined company offers attractive growth potential and enables the company to realise scale efficiencies across the combined customer and network base. The combination of both companies allows the acceleration in the development and technological innovation of new and existing products in the interest of our partners and customers. Ronny Verhelst, CEO of Tele Columbus, described the deal as “a transformational transaction” for Tele Columbus, strengthening its position as the number three player in the German cable market. “Strategically and economically, this is a highly logical combination with significant network overlap between the two businesses and complimentary Housing Association customer bases. PrimaCom has shown impressive financial and operational performance over recent years and we look forward to further successes going forward,” he stated.