Paris/Edinburgh, 6 April 2021 –– VITEC, a worldwide leader in IP video streaming solutions, today announced the strategic acquisition of Exterity Limited, the award-winning, market-leading provider of integrated IPTV, digital signage and user engagement technologies. The move signals VITEC’s intention to accelerate growth and strengthen its leadership position, with natural technology and customer synergies between the two companies that will enable VITEC to extend its reach into new geographies, market verticals and partners.
“Exterity is a respected IPTV and Digital Signage leader around the globe,” said Philippe Wetzel, CEO, VITEC. “They have developed a robust IP video platform for both hardware and software that has been very successful, particularly in the Enterprise and Accommodation markets across Europe, the Middle East and Asia-Pacific.
Exterity’s engineering excellence, global geographic distribution and complementary business focus was the primary motivation for VITEC to make this acquisition. The combined entity will be the leading IPTV and Digital Signage provider for Corporate, Government, Military, Venues, Hospitality, and Broadcast customers.”
Commenting on the reasons behind the acquisition, Exterity CEO Colin Farquhar, who will remain a central part of the leadership team of the combined company, said: “In bringing together VITEC and Exterity, we will be able to offer a wider range of best-in-class products, solutions and services to our customers. VITEC’s product portfolio, market strength, and company culture are the perfect fit for this next chapter in our IPTV growth, and I have complete confidence that we will be able to grow stronger together as more and more businesses deploy IP video streaming solutions across their enterprises. Exterity has established a large and loyal customer and partner base, with a number of organisations specifying solutions for global projects. Bringing together VITEC and Exterity enables us to take advantage of our combined technologies so that our customers will have a broader choice of market-leading IP video solutions to suit their needs.”
The combined engineering teams will develop a strategy to migrate the existing IPTV and Digital Signage portfolio into a converged platform to offer a wider range of solutions to customers. VITEC will now have almost 200 engineers across their global development centres, which will immediately begin working together to leverage the software and hardware expertise of the embedded teams. VITEC is connecting with Exterity’s broad network of integrators and partners to provide more information about the combined capabilities of the companies and to ensure their continuity of business strategy and deployments. VITEC will continue to support Exterity customers without interruption.
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VITEC is a leading worldwide end-to-end video streaming solutions provider for broadcast, military and government, corporate, sports and entertainment venues. Combining broadcasting with live streaming capabilities, VITEC’s H.265 (HEVC) and H.264 offering is the most extensive in the market with encoding and decoding appliances, IPTV solutions for desktops and mobile devices, and PCI cards with SDK for integration projects. VITEC's intuitive digital video solutions can be tailored to each customer's unique market needs, delivering easy-to-use technology that ensures high-quality, low-latency HD video, capturing live and recorded events for seamless distribution in a multitude of formats anytime, anywhere, to any device.
Since 1988, VITEC has been a pioneer in the design and manufacture of hardware and software for video encoding, decoding, transcoding, recording, conversion, archiving, and streaming over IP. In keeping with the company’s tradition of innovation, VITEC is the first company to bring bandwidth efficient HEVC compression technology into the field with portable streaming appliances.
Since 2001, Exterity has been designing, developing and manufacturing technically innovative products that deliver networked video and digital signage over IP to some of the leading organisations across the globe. Exterity solutions enable the distribution of HD quality TV and video over enterprise IP networks to an unlimited number of end points, supporting large volumes of content and receiving devices without compromising system performance or availability.
Headquartered in Scotland UK, we extend our global reach through our offices in London, New York, Paris, Johannesburg, Dubai, Riyadh, Singapore and Sydney. Localised knowledge and expertise are enhanced through the Exterity StreamForce program of credible, technically innovative partners, plus an extensive network of in-country resellers and distributors. In 2020, Exterity was awarded a prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise: International Trade, for its outstanding growth in exports over the previous three years.
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