A Finland-based software company that specializes in developing mobile apps for TV content has been acquired by a Paris-based firm focused on “the protection and enhancement of content services.”
The deal sees Viaccess-Orca, a subsidiary of European wireless and wired internet provider giant Orange, take ownership of BigHill, finalizing an accord first announced in December 2016.
Adding a mobile TV app solution to its product and solutions portfolio allows Viaccess-Orca to offer content providers an end-to-end solution across all devices, the company asserts.
“This acquisition reinforces our mobile-centric solutions portfolio, allowing content service providers to deliver the best possible video experience on all screens, speed up time to market for new offerings, increase operational readiness, and manage the user experience with consistency across all devices,” said Viaccess-Orca CEO Paul Molinier.
BigHill’s team has more than 20 years of international experience in the areas of mobile software and devices. BigHill since 2009 has provided mobile TV applications Orange on iOS and Android devices.
“Mobile video usage is growing quickly, and content service providers that wish to maintain a competitive edge must provide their customers with best-in-class applications for viewing movies, sports, and TV shows on connected devices,” said BigHill CEO Kari Karkkainen. “By joining forces with Viaccess-Orca, we are excited to take mobile TV apps to the next level of innovation.”
Viaccess-Orca works with service providers in the cable, DTT, satellite, IPTV, and OTT industries.