NeuLion Announces Acquisition of Saffron Digital, a Leading Provider of Next-Generation Entertainment Digital OTT Services
The Transaction Creates Online Video Powerhouse Perfectly Positioned to Take Full Advantage of Accelerating Adoption of Live and On-Demand Streaming
PLAINVIEW, NY--June 6, 2016 - NeuLion, Inc. (TSX: NLN), a leading technology product and service provider specializing in the broadcasting, distribution and monetization of live and on-demand digital video content to Internet-enabled devices, today announced that it had acquired Saffron Digital Limited, a privately held company headquartered in London, England, in an all-cash asset transaction. Saffron Digital helps its customers build multi-platform digital video services for entertainment delivered over-the-top to internet connected devices.
Saffron Digital has been working with Hollywood studios and other entertainment content owners for the last ten years, gaining extensive industry expertise and experience in developing and delivering high profile, global premium OTT VOD digital services. The Saffron Digital platform supports advanced implementations of subscription video on demand, electronic sell through and advertising supported video on demand. Each of these business models are major requirements for owners and rights holders of entertainment content interested in rolling out new OTT digital services.
“Saffron Digital has a blue-chip customer base that includes Carrefour, BT, Deutsche Telecom, ITV, Tribeca Shortlist, Vidity and others,” said Jason Keane, CEO for Saffron Digital. “We are excited to join NeuLion. As part of NeuLion, we can now offer our customers a compelling OTT platform for all premium digital content with support for all types of business models.”
This extensive industry knowledge of best-in-class digital entertainment services, offered in combination with the NeuLion’s market leading experience in delivering live TV channels and live sports, offers owners and rights holders of sports, entertainment, movies and TV channels, a market leading platform, all from one company.
The combined synergies of both companies can transform OTT challenges faced by owners and rights holders of live and on demand content and turn them into solutions by:
- Reducing project complexities for all content rights holders of existing and new OTT services by decreasing the number of vendors involved in their projects
- Significantly decreasing time to market for new OTT and TVE services in comparison to other technology options
- Supporting all video formats, in up to 4K Ultra HD, for the delivery of premium entertainment services
- Offering complete streaming and download merchandizing support for all business models – SVOD, transactional, electronic sell through, and advertising; all protected with a multiple DRM implementation
- Providing market-leading pricing and promotion tools in order to maximize user conversion and revenue; user management services; full service reporting and analytics, and financial reconciliation of digital sales
- Enhancing the viewer experience with seamless delivery of live and on demand content to any device with personalized apps for viewers
- Enabling superior customer and operations support, end to end, coupled with real time OTT Dashboard to monitor, by device, viewer activations and engagement
“The OTT video market is accelerating rapidly in the U.S., Europe and other parts of the world, and represents a large and growing addressable market for the combined company,” said Roy Reichbach, President and Chief Executive Officer for NeuLion. “The integrated company can offer owners and rights holders of sports and entertainment a complete end to end solution for both live and on demand content that is a clear market leader.”
NeuLion, Inc. (TSX: NLN) offers solutions that power the highest quality digital experiences for live and on-demand content up to 4K on any device. Through its end-to-end technology platform, NeuLion enables digital content management, distribution and monetization for content owners worldwide including the NFL, NBA, World Surf League, Univision Deportes, Euroleague Basketball and others. NeuLion also operates a robust consumer electronics licensing business that has enabled over 1 billion devices worldwide with secure, high-quality video streaming, and delivers a DivX consumer software offering that has been downloaded over 1 billion times. NeuLion’s customers include major sports, entertainment and global content companies as well as major consumer electronics manufacturers and software companies. NeuLion is headquartered in Plainview, NY. For more information about NeuLion, visit www.NeuLion.com.
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