Viaccess, Orca Interactive merge management to create … Viaccess-Orca

In a move designed to bring tighten its structure and product offerings, French content specialist Viaccess and Israeli middleware provider Orca Interactive--already tied through their lineage with France Télécom (NYSE: FTE)--are merging their management structures. 

The new entity will be cleverly known as Viaccess-Orca and headquartered in Paris.

The management combination will allow the two companies to help a roiling pay-TV market deal with OTT video, multiscreen options and a new wealth of content via "future proof solutions (that) help pay-TV operators leverage their brand's unique knowledge of subscribers, quality of content and delivery, and strong relationships with content owners into crucial assets to succeed in the TV Everywhere world," the newly combined management structures said.

Viaccess-Orca has a head start in the market. France Télécom said in March that it would migrate its Orange IPTV base of 5.1 million subscribers to the Viaccess and Orca platforms.

Beyond that, Viaccess-Orca wants to "take IPTV into the next generation," a company news release said.

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

For more:
 - see the release

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