Beamr Announces the Acquisition of Vanguard Video and a $15M Investment Round

Mar 30, 2016

Beamr, a provider of media optimization solutions, announced that it is acquiring Vanguard Video, a leading provider of HEVC and H.264 codec technologies, and raising a $15M funding round led by Disruptive Growth, with the participation of Marker and Innovation Endeavors. According to the company, the transaction positions Beamr as a global leader in H.264 and HEVC video encoding and optimization solutions, with over 80 employees and offices in Palo Alto, Tel Aviv and St. Petersburg, Russia.  

Following the acquisition, Beamr will offer a full array of media compression and optimization solutions to its customers. By integrating Beamr's unique video optimization technology into Vanguard Video's advanced encoder solutions, Beamr will achieve unprecedented levels of video quality at extremely low bit rates, allowing OTTs, Cable, Satellite, Telcos, and mobile operators to deliver an exceptional viewing experience over congested networks.  

Solutions that can maximize video quality per encoded bit rate are critical competitive features for content distributors who value visual quality while being sensitive to bandwidth availability on the network. For OTTs, the solution will enable users to stay below newly-imposed ISP data caps, while still enjoying full HD content on a variety of connected devices. Beamr offers high-performance media optimization solutions for Private, Public, and Hybrid Clouds that are scalable and fully virtualized, supporting the emerging Network Function Virtualization (NFV) architecture. Vanguard Video's encoders are available on both x86 and ARM HW platforms, and support the most popular operating systems including Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, Android, and iOS.