Google Buys Video Software Firm Anvato To Bring Media Firms to Its Cloud

Tech giant Google made a bid to expand its cloud services offerings to big media companies yesterday with the announcement that it has acquired Anvato. The company provides a software platform that automates the encoding, editing, publishing, and distribution of video content across multiple platforms.

The Mountain View, Calif. startup has already won over some major media companies on its own, including NBC Universal, Fox Sports, and Univision. Anvato will now become part of the Google Cloud Platform, a group that provides services such as compute, storage and databases, networking, and big data capabilities to enterprises through the cloud. Google said Anvato?EU?s Media Content Platform will complement its efforts to enable scalable media processing and workflows in the cloud.

Transforming Video Distribution

?EU?The cloud is transforming the way video content is created and distributed to an array of connected devices, as well as the way users engage with this content,?EU? Belwadi Srikanth, senior product manager for Google Cloud Platform wrote in a blog post announcing the acquisition. ?EU?And in recent years, the adoption of over-the-top (OTT) technologies has emerged as a critical platform for delivering rich audio, video and other media via the Internet.?EU?

With OTT adoption rapidly accelerating, Srikanth said the acquisition will help Google with its plans to focus on delivering video infrastucture solutions via the cloud to businesses in the media and entertainment industries. That includes helping to manage their infrastructures more efficiently, provision servers and networks at rapid scale, and remove unnecessary overhead.

Anvato said that it is the only video platform that guarantees video playback and monetization from signal to screen. Unlike other solutions that rely on hardware components, Anvato?EU?s platform is strictly a software solution, allowing it to run on off-the-shelf hardware and making it easier to update and more modular to deploy.

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