France Telecom’s Viaccess Makes IPTV Move, Buys Orca

France Telecom subsidiary Viaccess has agreed to buy IPTV company Orca Interactive Ltd. for $21.4 million. Our take: This is France Telecom’s play to fend off rival Free.fr, which is going gangbusters over in France. There’s a lot of consolidation in the IPTV middleware market; everyone’s competing with Microsoft, the big kahuna in this space. For more, check out Om’s interview with Free.fr’s “broadband maverick,” Xavier Niel.

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