Broadcasting Center Europe Acquires Freecaster

BCE has announced its acquisition of Freecaster, an online video service provider specialised in production and streaming of high-quality content. The takeover aims to expand BCE’s portfolio with live and on-demand streaming services, as well as enhancing its production capabilities.

With this acquisition, the company strengthens its production capabilities and expands its reach into the realm of live and on-demand content streaming. 

Frédéric Lemaire, Chief Executive Officer of BCE, says: “At BCE we have already developed advanced online video solutions for the market. These will be complemented by the know-how and recent developments of our newly acquired company, which allow us to strengthen our offers and accelerate the development of our non-linear portfolio. Since May 2018, we have successfully collaborated in live-streaming of events such as The Spot (the international sport innovations event) and the Montreux Volley Masters. I am looking forward to taking our collaboration to the next level and offering even more targeted and high-tech solutions to our clients.”

The acquired company's services span across the entire video value chain, from production to world-wide streaming via a proprietary online video platform. Since its foundation in 2004, Freecaster has developed as a specialist in online video services for both live and on-demand high-quality content serving customers such as TV and radio broadcasters, brands, event organisers and sport and cultural events. 

Among the company's customers are the Belgian Public Broadcaster RTBF as well fashion houses (LVMH group and others), music festivals (Tomorrowland), international institutions (European Commission, Bundesrat - the German Federal Council) and sports championships (FIM Motocross World Championship - MXGP).

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