HICKSVILLE, NY (November 14,2016) – Zodiac Interactive (www.zodiac.tv), an Emmy® award-winning developer of software for interactive television (iTV) and converged digital media, today announced that it has acquired Pixsan Digital Software Limited, a United Kingdom based software company specializing in developing innovative TV software products for video service providers, OEMs and TV retailers.
Pixsan has been providing software engineering services for set top boxes, integrated TVs and interactive TV for the European market since 2007. Among its products is the UTK middleware which provides modular functionality for hybrid broadcast and OTT including standards such as DVB, MHEG5 and HbbTV. Pixsan’s software is present in over 4 million devices with customers such as OEMs, service providers and retailers..
Brandon Brown, Zodiac’s CEO commented that, “Zodiac’s desire to expand its business across Europe and EMEA is accelerated by our relationship with the acquisition of Pixsan. The Pixsan products and engineering capabilities complement Zodiac’s existing PowerUp™ portfolio by adding support for the standards, technologies and local knowhow we have been seeking. Furthermore, Pixsan is well connected with a number of markets we are immediately able to access as we continue our global expansion”.
Jon Williams, Managing Director of Pixsan added, “We were so impressed with Zodiac’s product and services portfolio when we compared the fit for the two companies - The opportunities for joint growth through EMEA were clearly compelling. Pixsan’s market ambitions are now bolstered by an engineering capability pool of over 250 developers so, along with the group’s extensive software product suite, the opportunities for customers to benefit from Zodiac and Pixsan are many - We can make a significant and positive effect to digital TV in the region with the introduction of the Zodiac offerings combined with our own. Also important is Zodiac’s commitment to our plans for connected TV software for the retail space, developments around the RDK and our other existing customers and projects.”
The Pixsan team is working with current and prospective customers to identify new opportunities based on the expanded product and service capability. The marketplace has responded very enthusiastically to Zodiac and Pixsan’s solutions, particularly the offering to Operators of a single software platform providing all services across a broad range of TV receiver devices including legacy Set Top Boxes all the way back the early 2000’s, as well as the latest current generation of Set Top Boxes and connected TV’s. Zodiac’s PowerUp™ platform offers operations, product and financial executives responsible for pay-TV and free-to-air businesses compelling benefits in their choice of digital TV software such as speed to market, a powerful “Tier 1-grade” competitive roadmap together with financial savings not previously achievable.
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