Storage management systems developer Front Porch Digital has acquired SAMMA Systems which specialises in the preservation of tape-to-digital files.

Chief executive Mike Knaisch said: “We can now offer broadcasters a new system capable of accessing all that stored content and of making it available in a cost-effective way”.

There are more than six billion video cassettes worldwide but around 5% of their content is lost to deterioration annually, while the expense of digitising has proved prohibitive.