Arqiva has acquired multiplatform specialists Capablue.

Arqiva said the deal would strengthen its growing investment in IP and connected TV capabilities.

Capablue will now join Arqiva’s Digital Platforms division.

The companies have already worked together on the development of pay capabilities for the Arqiva Connect TV platform, which provides Freeview proposition with free-to-air and premium IP channels and video-on-demand services.

Managing director for Digital Platforms at Arqiva Charles Constable (pictured) said: “With the rapid expansion of high-speed broadband connections and the growth in ownership of internet-enabled televisions and other devices, Arqiva needed to broaden its offering.

“We have had a strong relationship with Capablue for many years making them the logical choice to expand our capabilities, accelerate our growth and extend our customer proposition in this exciting new area.”

Capablue chief executive Tom Cape added: “Capablue’s strategy has evolved over the years, moving from being a front-end application specialist to providing fully managed, end-to-end solutions for internet connected televisions.

“Working as part of Arqiva enables us to evolve even further and become leaders in multiscreen distribution and video-on-demand.”