Led by Celtic House Venture Partners & Export Development Canada,
Investment Will Help Satisfy Surging Consumer Demand
for Tablo Cord Cutting DVR Solutions
OTTAWA, Ontario – June 30, 2020 – Nuvyyo, makers of the Tablo OTA DVR for cord cutters, today announced the closing of a Series B funding round of $6 million CAD. The round was led by Celtic House Venture Partners with participation from Export Development Canada (EDC) and will be used to ramp up production of Tablo Over-the-Air DVRs as the consumer market for cable TV alternatives continues to surge.
Tablo OTA DVRs enable cord cutters who access free broadcast television via TV antennas to browse, record, and stream their favorite programs via compatible apps on streaming media players, Smart TVs, mobile devices, and PCs. With Tablo, consumers can cancel expensive pay TV subscriptions while maintaining the convenience of a DVR, and enjoy an enhanced Over-the-Air television experience via a familiar grid-based TV guide, advanced features including automatic commercial skip, live streaming on mobile devices, and much more.
"Nuvyyo has consistently delivered upon its mission to provide consumer-friendly technology for cord cutters with features like Tablo automatic commercial skip service, challenging major incumbents in the retail DVR space for market share,” said David Adderley, Partner at Celtic House Venture Partners, “As the trend of cutting the cord on cable TV accelerates, we have no doubt Tablo products will remain a leader in value, flexibility, and ease-of-use."
“Although the global economy faces ongoing uncertainty, Nuvyyo is well positioned for success in both the US market and domestically as consumers seek cost-effective alternatives to cable and satellite TV,” said Eugene Siklos, VP Investments at EDC. “We are pleased to be able to support the continued growth of this exciting and innovative Canadian company.”
“Use of Over-the-Air TV antennas is up more than 50% over the past 8 years as traditional pay TV providers consistently report record quarterly subscriber losses,” said Grant Hall, CEO at Nuvyyo. “This presents a tremendous opportunity for us to grow the Tablo brand with OTA TV consumers and this infusion of working capital will help us meet the increased demand for Tablo DVRs via both retail and direct-to-consumer channels.”
Earlier this year, Nuvyyo also closed a $500,000 term facility with BDC Capital Inc. for growth capital which supplements the already existing term facility in place.
About Nuvyyo, Inc.
Nuvyyo, based in Ottawa, Canada, was founded in 2010 with the vision of revolutionizing the home media experience for consumers in the U.S. and Canada. Building on its first media streaming system, in 2014, the company launched Tablo, the Whole-Home OTA DVR for cord cutters that combines the functionality of a DVR with the convenience and mobility of software apps for smartphones, tablets, computers, streaming media devices, and internet-connected gaming platforms, making it easy to discover, watch, and record free over-the-air (OTA) TV anywhere, anytime, on any device. Visit www.tablotv.com.
About Celtic House Venture Partners
Drawing from its operational SMB SaaS expertise and its experience as one of Canada’s most active investors in technology and innovation, Celtic House collaborates with exceptional founding teams to build category-leading companies. From offices in Ottawa and Toronto, Celtic House engages with emerging teams with strong track records and a data-driven mindset to apply new, cloud-based technologies to the evolving needs of businesses. These collective efforts have resulted in over 25 IPO and M&A transactions in the past 20 years. Visit www.celtic-house.com
Export Development Canada (EDC) is a financial Crown corporation dedicated to helping Canadian companies of all sizes succeed on the world stage. As international risk experts, we equip Canadian companies with the tools they need – the trade knowledge, financing solutions, equity, insurance, and connections – to grow their business with confidence. Underlying all our support is a commitment to sustainable and responsible business. To help Canadian businesses facing extreme financial challenges brought on by the global response to COVID-19, the Government of Canada has expanded EDC’s domestic capabilities until December 31, 2021. This broader mandate will enable EDC to expand its support to companies focused domestically. Visit www.edc.ca.
About BDC Capital
BDC Capital is the investment arm of BDC—Canada’s only bank devoted exclusively to entrepreneurs. With $3 billion under management, BDC Capital serves as a strategic partner to the country’s most innovative firms. It offers a full spectrum of risk capital, from seed investments to transition capital, supporting Canadian entrepreneurs who wish to scale their businesses into global champions. Visit bdc.ca/capital.