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Viaccess, Orca combine under one brand

June 13, 2012

By Colin Mann

Positioning themselves better to meet technological and business challenges faced by the content consumption market, France Telecom Group companies Viaccess and Orca Interactive are to merge their management structures. This new organisation will allow customers to benefit from the strength and expertise of legacy telecommunications combined with the innovative edge of an agile technology company under a single brand – Viaccess-Orca.

The new organisation follows France Telecom-Orange’s announcement in March that it will migrate its entire Orange IPTV installed base of 5.1 million subscribers to Viaccess and Orca’s Unified Platform. The new unified brand, Viaccess-Orca, is positioned to take IPTV into the next generation.

Viaccess-Orca will provide an extensive range of benefits to content service providers and a wide portfolio of solutions, products and services. These include TV Everywhere, HbbTV solutions, Conditional Access and DRM system, content delivery and content discovery platforms, as well as companion screen applications. Viaccess-Orca suggests that its ability to offer bundled and end-to-end solutions that enable faster time to market for content service providers will give service providers a competitive advantage in being able quickly to deploy new services.

Viaccess-Orca suggests that based on the companies’ 15 years of combined experience and expertise in both IP and Broadcast domains, service providers will enjoy a unique combination that supports their goals to survive and thrive in this highly crowded market. The new operation will provide existing and new customers with a rich user experience across a multitude of screens, as well as solid security and content rights management.

Viaccess-Orca’s CEO, François Moreau de Saint Martin, said that Viaccess-Orca was building upon its long-standing 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,” he added.

“Our goal is to help our customers differentiate their offering via relevant and personal content consumption, engaging user experience and technological solutions that can easily scale up as the market evolves,” said Haggai Barel, co-founder of Orca Interactive and deputy CEO of Viaccess-Orca.

Viaccess-Orca has a local presence in Israel, USA, Brazil, Hong Kong and India, with headquarters in Paris.


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