has acquired Inuk Networks
. Inuk has developed a next generation television platform, which builds on the traditional television experience, but opens new opportunities for monetizing customers with targeted advertising, converged applications and a unique PC/Mac multi-room solution. Through the acquisition of Inuk, Move Networks is accelerating the realization of TV everywhere by enabling television experiences on PCs and broadband enabled devices.
Today, Move Networks enables leading broadcasters including ABC, FOX, The CW, ESPN360, ProSieben, and Televisa to deliver live and on-demand high-quality video to PCs and other web-enabled devices with a fast start, high-fidelity images, and no buffering--giving viewers the highest-quality viewing experience on the Web.
Inuk's wholesale IPTV platform can be white-labeled by any service provider or retail brand aspiring to deliver a TV service to its customers and the "igloo" virtual Set-Top Box application provides a multi-room solution for PCs and Macs.
By adding Inuk's IPTV platform and virtual Set-Top Box solution for PCs and Macs to its video publishing system and adaptive streaming technologies, Move Networks is able to deliver service providers, broadcasters and consumers a true TV experience over the open Internet and closed networks, using a mix of both multicast and rate adaptive video delivery. This HD and SD video processing platform will be the most complete IPTV solution combining high-fidelity viewing, functionality, and enhanced features. Broadcasters and operators will be able to offer viewers an Internet television experience with high-definition video and no buffering or skipping, in a TV-like interface with features you would expect on a digital TV service such as immediate channel change, Electronic Program Guide (EPG), on-screen overlays, reminders, PVR and access to a VOD menu.
Inuk also provides IPTV services through its branded platform Freewire to the on-campus, halls of residence market at universities in the United Kingdom, Ireland and Canada. Move Networks is committed to developing and growing the Freewire platform, which launches in the USA and Nordic region later in 2009.