Posted on September 8, 2016 by staff

Bristol video specialist Vidcheck in US takeover


American company Telestream has snapped up Bristol-based video software firm Vidcheck.

Vidcheck, founded in 2009, is a quality control specialist which checks and corrects digital video and audio in the broadcasting industry.

Its flagship Vidchecker software is used by ITV, the BBC, CBS and many broadcasters around the world.

Telestream is a provider of digital media tools and workflow solutions.

“Vidcheck’s team and product portfolio line up very well with our area of expertise,” said Dan Castles, CEO of Telestream.

“It is not just some great technology and products that we are acquiring but also a gifted, talented and passionate team that will reinforce our resources here at Telestream.

“We look forward to leveraging our combined know-how to offer our worldwide customer base an even more complete and exciting product portfolio.”

Telestream’s Vantage media processing platform has maintained rapid worldwide sales growth for the last six years, while Vidcheck has also enjoyed significant commercial success, particularly in Europe.

Thomas Dove, CEO of Vidcheck, said: “Telestream is a great home for Vidcheck, technically, commercially and culturally.

“The companies have complementary technologies which will feed into both product ranges, the most obvious being the perfect fit of Vidchecker auto QC with Vantage.

“With Telestream’s sales and support reach, Vidchecker will naturally be available to a much wider set of customers, particularly in North America.

“Being part of Telestream provides a great launch pad for the next phase of growth for Vidcheck.”

David Hornsby, head of content technology at ITV, added: “Vidchecker is a trusted tool that we at ITV use to ensure that the content we create, and receive is of the highest image quality and meets all the required format specifications for our online platform partners and linear broadcast.

“With the ever increasing number of formats and standards, we look forward to seeing continued improvements now that Vidcheck has been acquired by Telestream, whose Vantage platform is at the heart of ITV’s content delivery platform.”

Bristol-based parental controls start-up Screen Time Labs recently posted a record £1 million turnover within just two years.