Accenture Acquires IPTV Assets from Nokia Siemens Networks
NEW YORK — Accenture has acquired
the software and skills of Nokia Siemens Networks Internet Protocol television
business. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
The newly-acquired IPTV assets will be integrated with the Accenture Video
Solution – a software product and a suite of services that enables companies to
launch new over-the-top TV and services while reducing the initial costs of IT
and infrastructure set-up. The platform will “provide end users with a dynamic
and interactive video experience with virtually any video content, in any
format, across every network, on any device – from smart phones and tablets to
personal computers and television sets,” Accenture said.
Additionally, the enhanced broadband video service “will give end users the
ability to control their viewing experience, such as accessing content through
a tablet, pausing whatever they may be watching and continuing to view that
content at a later time – at home on a TV, a laptop computer, smart phone, or
tablet,” the company said.
The Accenture Video Solution, which has been deployed to several large video
providers, delivers platform for accessing linear video content through the
broadcast network, as well as non-linear services, such as catch-up TV and
video-on-demand through a broadband network. These services can be delivered to
virtually any IP-enabled device: Connected TVs, set-top boxes, gaming consoles
tablets, PCs and mobile phones.
In a statement announcing the acquisition, Marco Vernocchi, managing director
of Accenture’s Media and Entertainment group, said, “Consumers
want to control the content they view, but they also want to manage where and
when they view that content,” said Vernocchi. “They also want to be able to
choose the device on which the content is delivered. Consumers also want the
flexibility to watch a video while posting comments on social media sites or
chatting with their friends about the content they are viewing. Access to
content in a personalized way is here to stay, and we can expect to see even
more features that allow users to make viewing a personal, mobile, dynamic