French content protection specialist Viaccess has announced plans to merge with Israeli-headquartered middleware provider Orca Interactive, regrouping under the brand name of Viaccess-Orca.
The newly-combined company will offer a range of solutions, products and services, including TV Everywhere, HbbTV solutions, Conditional Access and DRM systems, content delivery and content discovery platforms, as well as companion screen applications.
France Telecom subsidiary Viaccess acquired Orca Interactive back in 2008, and together the two companies have landed some significant contracts, not least of which is the deal with France Telecom announced last March which involves migrating its entire Orange TV customer base of 5.1mn subscribers to a unified platform from Viaccess and Orca (more details here).
Viaccess-Orca’s CEO Francois Moreau de Saint Martin commented: “Viaccess-Orca is building upon its longstanding relationships and trust with content service providers to help them manage content on any type of network through go-to-market solutions that enable quick deployment. This approach encompasses an ultimate unified user experience and content discovery, advanced flexible rights management and business models, plus protection against piracy.”
Viaccess-Orca will be headquartered in Paris and retain a local presence in Israel, the US, Brazil, Hong Kong and India.
IP&TV News spoke to Noureddine Hamdane, EVP Strategy & Communication at Viaccess, during the recent IP&TV World Forum event in London about the evolving content security challenges presented by the move to multi-screen, multi-network delivery of premium content – more details here.