Hum… I know theses guys (part of the original team at Videolan or VLC at Ecole Centrale de Paris), and I had missed their first round of financing 10 days ago. Smart move from CDC.
What do they do ?
Anevia is a leader in the field of video over IP with cost-effective solutions for IP Television, video on demand and nPVR. We take advantage of the newest technologies to offer software and equipment dedicated to the telecom and hospitality markets (hotels, hospitals, residences).
Thanks to its innovative and patented architecture of content delivery, Anevia facilitates the integration of video on demand, digital TV, PVR and other video services for LAN, ADSL, Fiber, Wi-Fi and Mobile networks.
Anevia provides reliable and multi-services servers to enable its customers to benefit from the opportunities offered by digital video over IP.
The press release is here: it’s ‘self-funded’ and not ‘self-founded’ of course. I’m surprised at the amount which is rather small to cover a pan-European expansion, but last I checked the team was only about half-a-dozen people, so they might just be preparing for a round B.
And also I’d like to know why they are only focusing (if it’s the first market they go after, then that’s fine) on the hospitality segment?. they have some good clients in the telco sector, and could easily serve any VoD client: Free (they write: “ The development of the video-on-demand server for the Freebox terminal makes us a serious player on the video over ADSL market. ”), France Telecom R&D (although this is hardly a client, right?), Deutsch Telekom, IPVSET (Pau’s broadband operator), citéFibre (going public in a few days), BT… They also seem to share Agoranov as a partner with CitéFibre
I guess they are competing with another French video startup called Mediasyscom.