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LTN Global plans to acquire Crystal, a provider of software that automates the monitoring, control, and metadata management of end-to-end broadcast and digital media operations.

LTNGlobal Crystal 21JUly2019Together, LTN and Crystal will offer mission-critical ad insertion, digital watermarking and other tools for monetising their content across a fully managed IP multicast network.

"Over the past three decades, Crystal's customised software solutions have provided a management and control backbone for the world's leading broadcast, cable and satellite networks," said Malik Khan, co-founder and executive chairman at LTN Global. "Now, LTN will integrate Crystal's innovative technology into our software-managed IP production and transmission workflows. This integration allows our customers to leverage the power of a managed network to greatly reduce high CAPEX costs and puts essential content monetisation tools at their fingertips."

"Crystal's goal is to be a ubiquitous element across a network's distribution chain, providing the mission-critical ad signalling and marking associated with all of the current and emerging MVPDs and vMVPDs," said Crystal CEO Roger Franklin. "By joining forces with LTN, Crystal now has the ability to transport these properly marked video feeds with fully managed reliability and latency and in any required format."

Crystal and LTN also plan to address one of the most pressing issues faced by video content distributors today: The RF spectrum consolidation caused by the advance of 5G that results in a reduction of valuable C-band satellite capacity – the bedrock of TV distribution.

"The addition of Crystal to the LTN Global family gives content distributors a one-stop solution for transitioning from satellite to terrestrial IP," added Khan. "LTN is evolving into more than just bulletproof managed IP distribution, and Crystal is the perfect addition to our current suite of services. With this acquisition we're extending our business to provide all of the critical components of a video transmission workflow in a model that reduces customers' technology risk along with many of the costs associated with scalable video delivery and content monetisation."

"Over the past three decades, Crystal's customised software solutions have provided a management and control backbone for the world's leading broadcast, cable and satellite networks," said Malik Khan, co-founder and executive chairman at LTN Global. "Now, LTN will integrate Crystal's innovative technology into our software-managed IP production and transmission workflows. This integration allows our customers to leverage the power of a managed network to greatly reduce high CAPEX costs and puts essential content monetisation tools at their fingertips."