Multiplatform pay-TV vendor Vubiquity acquires digital distributor Juice Worldwide

In a move that significantly enhances its over-the-top video distribution capabilities, pay-TV multi-platform services vendor Vubiquity has purchased Juice Worldwide for an undisclosed sum.

Toronto-based Juice Worldwide provides video encoding and other video supply-chain services, working with platforms including Netflix, Hulu, Apple/iTunes and Google Play. The company's 50 employees, including its CEO, Andrew Buck, will stay on board as a distinct operating unit of Vubiquity.

Privately held Vubiquity, which operates out of offices in Los Angeles and London and employs around 600 workers, said the enhancements in its streaming distribution prowess via the acquisition will give it the ability to license and deliver content through every media vertical, including cable, satellite, telco, wireless and OTT.

"Leveraging Juice's leading OTT and digital suite of services and its established presence in key international territories creates terrific value for our network of hundreds of content and service providers, said Darcy Antonellis, CEO of Vubiquity. 

The company has been active on the deal front since former Warner Bros. CTO Antonellis took over in December 2013. Last year, for example, it purchased U.K.-based VOD distribution company FilmFlex Movies. That helped it craft a more recent deal with Turner Networks to handle all of the U.S. cable conglomerate's VOD services. 

Also in 2014, Vubiquity forged a content-as-a-service agreement, combining its AnyVU cloud service with Akamai's Intelligent platform to create a licensed content library along with cloud-based content workflows, storage and delivery. 

For more:
- read this Ubiquity press release
- read this Variety story

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