ENCO Acquires DoCaption
Acquisition expands ENCO’s reach across broader captioning workflows, adds encoding, signal conversion, monitoring and other capabilities through a range of ancillary data solutions
Novi, MI, July 18, 2023 – ENCO’s aggressive growth trajectory continues with the acquisition of DoCaption, a developer and manufacturer of captioning, subtitling, and ancillary data solutions for the broadcast and AV industries. The announcement marks ENCO’s third business acquisition in the past 12 months, following the acquisitions of TranslateTV last July and RUSHWORKS in January. ENCO closed the DoCaption deal on July 1, with ENCO retaining DoCaption’s entire product line, intellectual property, staff, and business operations based in Valence, France.
ENCO’s acquisition of DoCaption extends ENCO’s reach into captioning workflows for broadcast and AV applications. ENCO has long worked with DoCaption to deliver live, automated captions and insert closed captions into live broadcasts. The acquisition means that ENCO can now offer more complete, integrated and cost-efficient solutions for broadcasters and media companies, such as OTT channels, MVPDs and streaming services. Similarly, ENCO can offer more complete solutions to caption meetings, lectures, and presentations in live AV environments.
ENCO will also add an entirely new product line with the DoCaption acquisition. DoCaption offers a broad range of broadcast ancillary data solutions that cross the encoding, conversion and transcoding, and monitoring spectrum. DoCaption’s products also include specific solutions for SCTE 104 metadata signaling and insertion for ad markers, SMPTE timecode generation for synchronization, scoreboard data encoding for venue displays and integrated open captions generators and keyers.
DoCaption specializes in developing embedded, integrated hardware and software solutions across its product lines. As DoCaption develops all hardware in-house, ENCO and DoCaption engineers can freely develop more complete solutions with future media workflow opportunities in mind.
“DoCaption represents our most strategic acquisition to date as it pertains to future product and business development,” said Ken Frommert, President of ENCO. “Immediately, we can now sell captioning encoders alongside our on-premises and cloud-based enCaption systems to offer more flexible and affordable single-source solutions. Moving forward, our combined team of engineers can work together and leverage DoCaption’s intellectual property to develop new on-board applications that address emerging standards and customer requirements. That includes innovating new solutions that represent a convergence of our strengths to serve future captioning workflows.”
DoCaption products are available globally today and widely used in Europe, Australia and the Americas, according to Co-Founder and Director, Product Management and Worldwide Sales, Renaud Desportes. “We bring strong expertise in broadcast and captioning standards in every part of the world, and understand how to interconnect these different systems,” said Desportes. “Our customers trust us to develop solutions that support various standards, with no frame delay, very fast and smooth response, and very reliable network operation. Working together with ENCO allows us to better serve new customers with continued innovation, global distribution, and advanced support.”
DoCaption has been established in 2009 by a very close team working together since late 80s on broadcast video, video ancillary data, captioning, as well as hardware and software development with embedded innovative solutions. Starting from the very beginning to provide regular and live captioning solutions for major institutional French TV broadcasters, the company had also developed fully tailored solutions for Stock Exchange and banks data broadcast, as well as industrial automation systems.
Founded in 1983, ENCO pioneered the use of computer-based, digital audio and program automation for radio stations and TV studios. The company has since evolved its award-winning product line to span all aspects of today’s automated broadcast and production workflows, including closed and open captioning, visual radio, audio compliance, instant media playout, remote contribution, and cloud-based web streaming. It also brings the benefits of its patented captioning and live audio/video playout innovations to professional AV environments including conference rooms, lecture halls, sporting arenas and event venues. For more information, please visit: www.enco.com.