The online video world has begun to consolidate. Broadcast and online video delivery giant Harmonic has acquired video storage company Omneon for approximately $306 million in cash and Harmonic stock. Harmonic will pay $190 million in cash and issue approximately 17.1 million shares of its stock, which is a total value of $306 million roughly. The deal is expected to close in the third quarter of 2010.
Backed by Accel, Omneon produces video server and storage infrastructure for companies that produce and distribute audio and video content for television and the web. Omneon’s video server and storage technology is used by an impressive client list including the BBC, BSkyB, CBS, Comcast, Discovery Communications, Echostar, NBC Universal, News Corporation, Televisa, Turner Broadcasting System, and Viacom.