RGB Networks has announced the acquisition of mobile developer RipCode as the technology company looks to build its three-screen capability.
RGB says it plans to incorporate RipCode technology into its Video Multiprocessing Gateway (VMG) as part of an across the board solution to enable video service providers to deliver services to their subscribers on TVs, PCs and mobile devices.
“As video service providers consolidate their headends and build converged delivery networks, they require highly reliable IP video solutions that scale efficiently across all subscriber devices,” said Jef Graham, CEO of RGB Networks. “With the integration of RipCode’s mobile delivery technology into our modular, high-density Video Multiprocessing Gateway, RGB can offer a unified content delivery solution for TV, PCs and mobile in a scalable, carrier-class platform. We are already seeing tremendous interest in our multi-function VMG and this bold move quickly takes our capabilities to the next level, providing a unique solution that directly satisfies our customers’ requirements for three screen delivery.”
The RipCode technology is capable of converting live and on-demand video content to formats required for the mobile environment. RGB will add this to its own MPEG-2 and MPEG-4/H.264 stream processing that also includes transcoding, ad insertion, transrating and grooming.
Gerry Kaufhold, Principal Analyst with In-Stat said the acquisition showed understanding of the need to demonstrate reliable video processing solutions within a three-screen solution. “Today’s announcement demonstrates that they understand the requirements for these new solutions and that they have the necessary software and hardware components for this new generation of products.”
RipCode will continue to serve existing customers with its transcoder hardware and software products. The majority of its employees, in Austin, Texas, will be retained.