Live sports streaming services key as Encompass buys Babcock’s media business

Playout and distribution company Encompass Digital Media has agreed a deal to purchase Babcock International Group’s Media Services business, citing the importance of its live sports streaming services.

The acquisition includes the current company operation plus staff transferred in from Babcock Communications, affecting workers from its Wyvil Court office in London and its Woofferton transmitter station.

As well as expanding Encompass’s channel playout, transmission and digital products portfolio, the deal will add international radio distribution to its suite of services.

Encompass chief executive Chris Walters said: “Acquiring Babcock’s Media Services business increases our presence in the EMEA region, expands our video services offering, specifically in the live streaming sports arena, and bolsters our collective relationships with some of the most important media companies and public service broadcasters around the world.”

Babcock bought WRN Broadcast in 2015. It is currently supporting the Perform Group with the roll‑out of its live and on‑demand sports service DAZN.

Nick Thompson, the managing director of Babcock’s Media Services business, added: “The combination of Encompass’ significant international presence and prestigious customer base, together with Babcock’s growing capabilities in the rapidly expanding live streaming market and our market-leading position serving many of the world’s leading international radio broadcasters, will further cement Encompass’ global reputation as the provider of choice.”

Encompass has existing facilities in the UK, US, Singapore, Argentina, Latvia and India. The acquisition will extend its operations in the UK and Singapore and add locations in Oman and Ascension Island.

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