Arris buys SeaWell Networks, will integrate adaptive bit rate technology

Arris has acquired Mississauga, Ontario-based SeaWell Networks for an undisclosed sum in a move that the company expects will smooth its path to developing products in the emerging IP video delivery space.

SeaWell's adaptive bit rate (ABR) streaming technologies will be integrated into Arris' network and cloud business, enhancing a portfolio of products that Arris acquired when it purchased Motorola Mobility's Home division from Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) last year. SeaWell's ABR is expected to enhance IP video and enable new levels of interactivity and personalization while streamlining video distribution across multiple devices, the company said.

The acquisition is, in short, a move in the direction of more effectively delivering IP video as the cable industry marches in that direction, especially in the TV Everywhere space of delivering video to multiple connected devices within the residence.

"Combining our solutions, technologies and road maps promises to accelerate the delivery of the personalized TV and advertising solutions that service providers need and their consumers crave," Arris Chairman-CEO Bob Stanzione said in a press release. "This acquisition further positions Arris to transform IP video delivery … from content creation to consumption."

Being acquired by Arris "will create new opportunities for our employees, customers and the industry," SeaWell Networks Founder-CEO Brian Collie said in the press release. "This combination will provide the next-gen TV solutions our customers need to more quickly and cost-effectively transition to IP and multiscreen video."

For more:
- see this press release

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