TDF Group

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TDF (which stands for TéléDiffusion de France officially renamed TDF in 2004) is a French company which provides radio and television transmission services, services for telecoms operators, and other multimedia services: digitization of content, encoding, storage, etc.

Its headquarters are located in Paris.

It is the dominant partner in the HDRR WiMAX consortium. It is also part of Digital Radio Mondiale.

Replaces[edit]

Replaced in 1993 to make a separated companies to launch more channels:

  1. TDF1 to TF1
  2. TDF2 to France 2
  3. TDF3 to France 3
  4. TDF4 to Canal+
  5. TDF5 to France 5
  6. TDF6 to M6

Arkena[edit]

Arkena is a European company that regroups 4 entities: Cognacq-Jay Image (France), PSN (Poland), Qbrick (Sweden) and SmartJog (France). These entities were all part of the Media Services division of the TDF Group.[1] Arkena provides full end-to-end media services such as playout services, OTT (Over-the-top content), Online video platform including stand-alone solutions for file transfer, storage and content preparation for any media. Arkena was officially launched on January 20, 2014.[1] Its headquarters are located in Paris and it operates offices in London, Los Angeles, Madrid, Warsaw, Stockholm, Copenhagen, Aarhus, Gothenburg, Helsinki, Ivry-sur-Seine, and Turku. Almost 500 people are part of the Arkena organization.[2]

History[edit]

The TDF Group created its media services division through a combination of acquisitions and organic growth. Now, TDF Media Services regroups Arkena, BeBanjo and Mediamobile.

Cognacq-Jay Image was located in Cognacq-Jay street in Paris, in the building that is considered as the cradle of French television.[3] Since 1996, the year it was created by TDF, Cognacq-Jay Image has been offering broadcasting services to major French TV channels. It also provides headend services and media preparation for Catchup TV and VOD platforms.

PSN was established in Poland by TDF in 1994, initially as a terrestrial broadcast network operator for the Polish public and commercial radio channels. It has many years of experience in rendering playout services for major TV channels as well as in managing video content for VOD platforms. PSN also offers multimedia services based on the group solutions like OVP or CDN, ensuring additional shooting and postproduction services.

Qbrick was a Stockholm-based company with offices in Denmark, Norway, Finland and Spain, created in 1999. It developed its own OVP platform, a SaaS solution for managing and delivering video content with advanced features such as analytics, monetization and transcoding. Along with its CDN services, Qbrick is the Nordics leader, serving more than 700 media, telecom and corporate customers. It also offers OTT solutions to content owners such as HBO Nordics, enabling them to directly address their audience on every platform (PC, Mac, Connected TV, iPhone, iPad, Xbox…). It was acquired by TDF in October 2011.[4] SmartJog has been offering global exchange and cloud storage services for digital media assets since 2002. Initially dedicated to the movie industry (studios, post-production houses, right-holders, TV channels and cinemas…), SmartJog extended its activity with a powerful CDN dedicated to audiovisual media. Today, its Cloud4Media SaaS solution can deliver any content of any size, anywhere in the world through SmartJog’s secure network. It is part of the TDF group since November 2006.[5]

In January 2014, the 4 companies dropped their name and merged their organisation, products and services. From this date, they all operate under the brand name Arkena.

Organisation[edit]

Management[edit]

Julien Seligmann, one of SmartJog's founders was in charge of the Media Services division of TDF since 2011.[6] and is, since January 2014, Arkena CEO[1]

Other companies belonging to TDF Media Services[edit]

BeBanjo was acquired by Cognacq-Jay Image in May 2011. This company, based in Madrid and London, provides advanced back office tools for teams who manage multi-platform video on demand services. Some of the world's largest on-demand services rely on BeBanjo to help manage their business. BeBanjo is an Arkena subsidiary.

Mediamobile was created in 1996 by TDF. It provides innovative traffic information under the V-Traffic brand.

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