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Arkena outlines journey from OTT livewire to systems integrator

There are few better examples of consolidation gone awry in the OTT video industry than Arkena, a French vendor knocked down from its peak perch of 500 employees years ago to around 180 today – a company which rose to prominence through piecing together technologies from a number of valued vendors. There are countless reasons why the fairytale didn’t pan out, commoditization of certain technologies perhaps being the most prevalent, yet Arkena insists that its native market remains a customer stronghold among broadcasters, speaking to Faultline Online Reporter for the first time in two years. Our conversation with Arkena’s CMO Jean-Baptiste Darras came about following an email exchange regarding the recent announcement of the new Canal+ Series streaming service launching…

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