Digiflare, Penthera Team on Multiscreen Video App

Nov. 17, 2016
Digiflare has integrated new features into its Videa cloud-based video app publishing platform. Videa now supports Penthera's Cache&Carry ...

Digiflare has integrated new features into its Videa cloud-based video app publishing platform. Videa now supports Penthera's Cache&Carry download-to-go software, which is designed to let users watch TV and movies within video apps, without the need for an Internet connection.

"We partner with industry-leading infrastructure and software service companies, like Penthera, to support each of our customers' unique needs, always delivering an improved mobile video experience," said David George, co-CEO at Digiflare. "Because WiFi and streaming aren't always available, reliable or free, it's essential to offer mobile download solutions in this highly competitive video ecosystem."

Penthera's Fastplay feature enables mobile video app users to stream videos the instant they hit play, without the usual start-up buffering. Fastplay relies on Penthera's patented download technology to pre-position small segments of video on a user's mobile device.

Both Cache&Carry and FastPlay will be pre-integrated into Videa, and content providers can opt to add on Penthera's features as part of Digiflare's Videa license.

"Digiflare provides a premier video app experience for some of the biggest content creators and video service providers in North America," said Michael Willner, CEO of Penthera. "We are always looking for partnerships that expand and improve the end user's viewing experience: That's why this integration with Digiflare makes so much sense."

Digiflare works with video brands to deliver OTT and TV Everywhere apps. Videa plugs into existing video infrastructure to create a "plug, create and play" experience for content providers. Its dynamic user interface editor and content management system are intended to allow users to create custom, non-templated apps with rapid time to market.

Penthera holds a number of multiscreen video technology patents. The company was founded in 2012, largely by former executives from cable operator Insight Communications, including Willner. Insight was purchased by Time Warner Cable that same year.

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