Akamai Media Division Declines in Q2, Despite Strong Growth in OTT Business

Analysis, Broadcast technology vendor financials, Quarterly Results | Posted by Josh Stinehour
Jul 27 2016

Content Delivery Network (CDN) service provider Akamai announced Q2 2016 financial results.  Akamai does more than $2 billion in annual revenue with operations across multiple industry verticals and several technology segments.  In its financial disclosures Akamai breaks out its revenue for Media Delivery Solutions (product category reporting) and for its Media Division (customer type reporting).  Akamai-Logo

Media Delivery Solutions encompasses a broader use case than traditional media operations.  Revenues associated with gaming, social media, software downloads, and other activities are reported in the Media Delivery Solutions category along with revenues related to the streaming of movies, television shows, and live events.   In a similar way, the Media Division includes revenues separate from the streaming of movies and television, such as technology solutions for security or website acceleration.

To address investor concerns on exposure to “do-it-yourself” initiatives from large customers, Akamai has started disclosing the revenue contribution of six large internet platform customers – Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and Netflix.  In aggregate these six customers represented less than 11% of Akamai’s total revenue in Q2 2016, down from 18% in Q2 2015.  During the quarter’s earnings call, Akamai’s CFO’s Jim Benson indicated the six customers are predominantly classified as media customers.  Because of this, the revenue declines associated with “do-it-yourself” initiatives from these six internet platform customers has negatively impacted Akamai’s results in both Media reporting segments.

Media Delivery Solutions Category

Akamai’s Media Delivery Solutions category generated $197 million in revenue, a 9% year-over-year decline against Q2 2015 and a decline of 4% against the previous quarter, Q1 2016.  On a constant currency basis, the Media Delivery Solutions category was down 10% when compared to last year’s second quarter.

Management attributed the revenue declines to lower traffic from one of its largest customers.  Outside of Akamai’s business with the six large internet platforms, Media Delivery Solutions revenue grew 11% in the quarter versus the year prior.

As a percentage of Akamai’s total revenue, Media Delivery Solutions represented 34% during the quarter.  This compares to 45% of total revenue in Q2 2015.

Media Division

The Media Division had $288 million of revenue in the quarter, a decrease of 2% versus Q2 2015 and a decline of 1.2% against the preceding quarter.  Again, the decline was attributable to lower revenue from the six large internet platform customers.  Excluding activity from these six customers, Akamai’s Media Division grew 14% year-over-year.

During the quarter, the Media Division accounted for 50.4% of Akamai’s total revenue.  For the year-earlier quarter, the Media Division contributed 54.5% of Akamai’s sales.

In his prepared remarks on the Company’s earnings call, Akamai’s CEO Dr. Tom Leighton highlighted the strength of Akamai’s OTT business within the media division.  “…our OTT business has continued to grow at a rapid rate, following the record breaking results of the Super Bowl and March Madness in Q1, Akamai delivered a very successful EURO 2016. In addition to providing very high video quality in countries throughout Europe and North America, we set a new record for internet traffic for a single sporting event, during the final round match between Portugal and France” said Dr. Leighton.


Commentary on Media Vertical Results

The negative growth rates for its Media Delivery Solutions and Media Division were anticipated by Akamai’s management team.  Akamai experienced a moderating of growth in its Media Division segment during 2015 because of “do-it-yourself” initiatives, in particular at two of Akamai’s largest media customers (included in the six large internet platforms).  These two large customers accounted for 5% of Akamai’s total revenue in Q2 2016, down from 12% of the Company’s revenue in Q2 2015.  This continues a broader trend of Akamai’s Media Division (customer category) experiencing a declining growth rate in each of the last 10 quarters.

In responding to a question from Ganjit Sing of Morgan Stanley on growth rates related to over-the-top video (OTT) distribution, Mr. Benson offered commentary on OTT’s relative revenue contribution to Akamai’s Media Division.

“…it’s not a huge contributor to revenue in the near term. It just isn’t. What we’re seeing is steady growth in that customer base in the traffic. Steady growth in revenue. You have not seen a step function move to viewing content via those platforms. They are growing steadily. They’re growing nicely, but there has not been a catalyst yet to see a huge movement of people cutting the cord and moving online. So I think they will be a steady grower, but today the larger contributors to revenue and the media business are still software download customers, gaming, and social media.”

Later in the call, Dr. Leighton added further context on the video business when responding to a question about the nature of tasks insourced by large media customers.  Dr. Leighton stated, “…The insourcing of traffic is mostly around files where quality matters less and it’s easier to do…On the other side of the house, as we talked about, our OTT business is growing very well, much faster than the media business as a whole. And that’s because it’s more difficult to do with a high quality level, especially live and linear. And people are often paying to watch it, and so you really want to have a good experience there”


Successful Litigation Resolution

Separate to the earnings announcement, Akamai benefited from a final judgement in a long-standing legal case.  The day after the second quarter ended, July 1, 2016, Akamai received a $51 million judgement in its favor regarding a decade old patent dispute with Limelight.  The U.S. District Court in Massachusetts entered the final judgement after a series of appeals stemming from original damages awarded to Akamai in a 2008 jury ruling against Limelight.  The appeals process even reached the U.S. Supreme court in 2014.



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Net Insight Announces Record Second Quarter for 2016

Analysis, Broadcast technology vendor financials, Quarterly Results | Posted by Josh Stinehour
Jul 22 2016

Video transport technology provider Net Insight reported its Q2 2016 financial results.  Revenue was SEK 132.3 million, an increase of 42% over Q2 2015 and up 20% versus Q1 2016. logo-net-insight

A positive currency impact contributed 5.5% of the gain for the quarter and the acquisition of ScheduleALL contributed an additional 43.8% of the quarterly revenue increase.  Organic year-over-year growth for the quarter was still strong at 21.3%.

Management attributed the strong organic performance to deliveries relating to the Euro 2016 Football Championship in France and the upcoming Olympics in Brazil.  “We have had a great start to the year and I’m proud to present the strongest quarter ever for Net Insight” stated CEO Fredrik Tumegård at the outset of the Company’s earnings call.

Net income for the quarter was SEK 5.7 million or (0.01 earnings per share), an increase of 55.8% over Q2 2015, though a decrease of 71% against the preceding quarter, Q1 2016.

Gross margins for Q2 2016 were 62.8%, an increase above the 60.6% from the previous year’s quarter, and an improvement over the 61.7% gross margins from Q1 2016.

Operating income for the quarter was SEK 12.0 million, a 144.8% increase over the same 2015 period, and a 53.8% increase over the preceding quarter.  Operating margins were 9.0% for Q2 2016, which compares favorably to the 5.3% from Q2 2015 and the 7.1% operating margin from Q1 2016.

Since Net Insight capitalizes a portion of its development expenses, not all of the development expenditures in a given quarter are recognized in operating income.  This is offset by the amortization of previously capitalized development expenditures.  The difference in current development expense capitalization and historical development expense amortization for the quarter was SEK 4.4 million.

Net Insight had operating expenses of SEK 71.1 million in the quarter, an increase of 38% compared to Q2 2015, and an increase of 18.5% versus Q1 2016.

Sales and marketing expense was 36.4 million, an increase of 11.6% versus Q2 2015.  Expressed as a percentage of revenue, sales and market expense was 27.5% in the quarter versus 34.9% during Q2 2015.  The decline in sales and marketing as a percentage of revenue is consistent with the expected sales synergies from last year’s acquisition of ScheduALL.

Administrative expenses increased by 88.6% from 7.9 million SEK in Q2 2015 to SEK 14.9 million during the current quarter.  Administrative expenses represented 11.2% of revenue in the quarter, compared to 8.5% in the year earlier period.

Total Development expense (including the capitalized portion) for the quarter was SEK 38.4 million, a rise of 72.1% when compared to Q2 2015.  For the quarter total Development expense was 29% of revenue versus 23.9% in Q2 2015.   The increase in Development expense was caused by the integration of ScheduALL and further investments in Net Insight’s Live OTT Solution, Sye (released at the 2016 NAB Show).

Cash flow from operating activities for the quarter was SEK 7.7 million, a decrease of 48% against the year-earlier period, and a decline of 81.4% compared to the preceding quarter.  Net Insight’s CFO Thomas Bergstrom attributed the decline in part to a sharp increase in account receivables of SEK 28.5 million, which was caused by sales recognized late in the quarter.  Expressed in terms of trailing twelve month revenue, the accounts receivable balance on June 30, 2016 equates to 103 days of sales outstanding.  This compares to a figure of 81 days sales outstanding as of December 31, 2015.

Revenue by Geography

  • For the quarter, Net Insight generated sales from Western Europe of SEK 60.85 million, an increase of 4.1% versus previous year’s quarter. Western Europe was the largest contributor to total revenue, accounting for 45.7% of sales during the quarter.  In Q2 2015, Western Europe represented 62.3% of overall sales.
  • The Americas contributed SEK 38.7 million or 29.2% of Net Insight’s revenue in the quarter (versus 24.2% in the Q2 2015). Compared to Q2 2015, revenues from the Americas increased by 71.2%.  The increase is primarily attributable to the acquisition of ScheduALL, but also deliveries associated with the 2016 Olympics in Brazil
  • Rest of World sales were SEK 33.2 million, an increase of 165.6% versus the year earlier period. As a percentage of total sales, Rest of World contributed 25.4% in the quarter versus 13.4% during Q2 2015. The Company cited strong activity in both the Middle East and South Africa in its earnings release.

Revenue by Type

  • Sales attributed to Net Insight’s hardware products were SEK 66.3 million in the quarter, an increase of 32.8%. As a percentage of total sales, hardware products were 50.1% of the quarter’s sales versus 53.5% during Q2 2015.
  • Software licenses accounted for SEK 28.7 million of revenue in the quarter, an increase of 26.9% over the year earlier period. Software contributed 21.6% of overall revenue during the quarter versus 24.2% in Q2 2015.
  • Support and services sales were SEK 35.7 million during the quarter, an increase of 66.8% versus the year earlier quarter. Support and services were 26.9% of overall revenue in the quarter, an increase from the 22.9% contribution in Q2 2015.

Revenue by Vertical

  • Sales in the Broadcast & Media (BMN) business vertical were SEK 123.0 million, a 60.9% increase over the prior year’s quarter. BMN was responsible for 93% of Net Insight’s revenue in the quarter, more on a percentage basis versus the 82% in Q2 2015.
  • Sales in the Digital Terrestrial TV (DTT) vertical were SEK 9.26 million, a decrease of 37.8% over Q2 2015. On a percentage basis, DTT represented 7% of overall revenue in Q2 2016, compared to 16% in Q1 2015.
  • The CATV/IPTV vertical was0% of total sales in Q2 2016. It was 2% of total sales during Q2 2016.

Net Insight ended the second quarter with 202 employees, a substantial increase over the 138 employees from a year earlier, and a slight decline from the 204 employees at the end of the first quarter.  The acquisition of ScheduALL is the primary cause for the year-over-year increase in headcount.

Cash and cash equivalents was SEK 195.0 million at the end of the quarter, down from the SEK 170 million balance as of March 31, 2016.


Management Commentary on Live OTT Solution Offering

During Net Insight’s earnings conference call, CEO Fredrik Tumegård talked extensively on the capabilities and potential of Sye.  Net Insight is still working to secure its first commercial deployment of Sye and management was measured in setting expectations for the market adoption of the product.  “The commercial tests currently underway in Live OTT are proceeding according to plan, as we’ve previously communicated, although it will be some time before revenues hit the bottom line. This is due to a naturally long sales cycle in combination with a renewed business model, where the revenue is first made visible when the viewers are using the new services. It’s important to point out that our technology is innovative and that it always takes time for new technology to gain foothold on the market” said Mr. Tumegård.

The below slide illustrates commercial progress with Sye.  It is sourced from Net Insight’s Q2 2016 earnings presentation.



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Press Release: on Q2 2016 Results

Net Insight CEO Statements on Q2 2016 Results



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2016 Big Broadcast Survey (BBS) Reports Now Available

broadcast technology market research, Broadcast Vendor Brand Research, market research | Posted by Josh Stinehour
Jul 21 2016

The 2016 Big Broadcast Survey (BBS) Reports are now available.

We have been publishing the BBS Reports since 2009.  Each new edition is created through several months of research, including interviews with technology end-users, global surveys of technology decision makers, analysis of the end-user responses, and visualization of the data collected.  Now in its eighth year of publication, the BBS remains the most comprehensive annual study of technology end-users in the global broadcast and media technology industry.  Nearly 10,000 technology professionals in 100+ countries participate in the BBS each year, making it the largest market study of the media technology industry.

Based on feedback from technology vendors, media companies, and investors, we have updated the vendors, product categories, and market trends profiled in the 2016 BBS to better align with recent market developments.

Select updates include the global tracking of IP Standard Adoption, a product level review of the 4K upgrade cycle, and planned usage of programmatic advertising exchanges.

The continual updates over the past eight years have helped the BBS reports remain a critical reference for industry executives to improve strategic decision-making, customer engagement, marketing strategy, product planning, and sales execution.  In addition to technology vendor and service provider strategic planning, BBS reports are also used frequently for M&A and investment activities by both buyers and sellers.

Three types of 2016 BBS reports are available:

  • 2016 BBS Global Brand Reports: provides deep insight into how each more than 100 broadcast technology suppliers (see full list below) are perceived by market participants, along with comprehensive benchmarking of broadcast technology vendors on a wide variety of metrics
  • 2016 BBS Product Reports: provide detailed information from buyers, specifiers, and users of broadcast technology products in 32 separate categories (see full list below)
  • 2016 BBS Global Market Report: provides detailed information about industry trends, major projects being planned, products being evaluated for purchase, current and future plant infrastructure, broadcast technology budgets, and planned deployment of new technologies including 4K, HEVC compression, and IP-based technology infrastructure


For additional information on the 2016 BBS report, please call or email me.

As is Devoncroft’s custom, we will publish highlights from this year’s BBS reports on the Devoncroft website.  These articles are posted on a semi-regular basis, so please check back often.

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The below table of logos (in alphabetical order) lists the technology vendor brands covered in the 2016 BBS.



Technology Product Categories & Vendor Brands Covered in the 2016 BBS, by Application Area


Acquisition & Production:

ENG Cameras

Canon, Hitachi, Ikegami, JVC, Panasonic, Sony

Large Format Single Sensor Cameras

ARRI, Blackmagic Design, Canon, Red, Sony

Production Switchers

Blackmagic Design, For-A, Grass Valley, NewTek, Panasonic, Ross Video, SAM, Sony

Studio / System Cameras

Grass Valley, Hitachi, Ikegami, JVC, Panasonic, Sony



Post Production: 

Graphics & Branding

Adobe, Autodesk, Avid/Orad, ChyronHego, Evertz, Grass Valley, Imagine Communications, Ross Video, Vizrt

Video Editing

Adobe, Apple, Avid, Blackmagic Design, EVS, Grass Valley, Imagine Communications, Sony



Content Communications and Infrastructure:

Bonded Cellular

Dejero, LiveU, Teradek, TVU

Routing Switchers

Blackmagic Design, Evertz, Grass Valley, Imagine Communications, Ross Video, SAM, Utah Scientific

Signal Processing / Interfacing / Modular

Aja Video, Axon, Blackmagic Design, Evertz, For-A, Grass Valley, Imagine Communication, Ross Video, SAM

Video Transport

Aspera, Cisco, Ericsson, Evertz, Harmonic, Imagine Communications, Lawo, Media Links, Net Insight, Nevion, Riedel, Signiant




High Performance Shared Storage:

Avid, Harmonic, Hitachi, HPE, Isilon Systems/EMC, NetApp, Quantum

Playout / Transmission Servers

Avid, EVS, Grass Valley, Harmonic, Imagine Communications, Ross Video

Production Servers

EVS, Grass Valley, Harmonic, Rohde & Schwarz, SAM




Audio Consoles

Avid, Calrec, Lawo, Salzbrenner Stagetec, Solid State Logic (SSL), Soundcraft, Studer, Wheatstone, Yamaha

Audio Processing & Monitoring

Adobe, Avid, Dolby, Linear Acoustic, RTW, TSL, Wohler

Intercom / Talkback

Clear-Com, Riedel, RTS Intercom Systems, Trilogy


AKG, Audio-Technica, beyerdynamic, Electro Voice, Marshall Electronics, Neumann, Schoeps, Sennheiser, Shure, Sony

Monitors (speakers)

Adam, Avid, Focal, Genelec, JBL, KRK Systems, Mackie, Neumann, PMC,



System Automation and Control:

Broadcast Business Management Systems

arvato/S4M, Imagine Communications, MediageniX, MSA Focus, SintecMedia, Wide Orbit

Archive & Archive Management

Masstech, Oracle/Front Porch Digital, Quantum, SGL, XenData

Media Asset Management

arvato/S4M, Avid, Dalet, EVS, Imagine Communications, Prime Focus Technologies, Vizrt, VSN

Playout Automation

Grass Valley, Imagine Communications, Pebble Beach, Playbox, Snell

Workflow Orchestration / BPM

Aspera, Avid, Imagine Communications, IBM, Sony, Telestream



Playout and Delivery:

Encoding / Transcoding

Arris, ateme, Cisco, Dalet/AmberFin, Elemental Technologies, Ericsson, Harmonic, Imagine Communications, Telestream

Integrated Playout (Channel in a Box)

Evertz, Grass Valley, Harmonic, Imagine Communications, Pebble Beach, Playbox, SAM

On-line / Streaming Video Delivery Platforms

Brightcove, Kaltura, Neulion, Ooyala, Piksel


GatesAir, Hitachi, NEC, Plisch, Rohde & Schwarz, Screen Service, Toshiba



Test, Quality Control and Monitoring:


Avitech, Axon, Evertz, For-A, Grass Valley, Imagine Communications

Test & Measurement

Imagine Communications, IneoQuest, Leader, Phabrix, Rohde & Schwarz, Tektronix



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Grass Valley Grows Double Digits; Ships 20th IP System in Q2

Analysis, Quarterly Results | Posted by Josh Stinehour
Jul 19 2016

Belden announced second quarter 2016 results.  Belden’s largest division in terms of revenue is its Broadcast Solutions division (32% of overall revenue in the quarter).  The division includes the operations of Grass Valley along with Belden’s broadband connectivity businesses.  GrassValley_Logo

Broadcast Solutions revenue for Q2 2016 was $193.5 million, an increase of 10.6% versus the year earlier quarter, and an increase of 13.0% against the preceding quarter, Q1 2016.

Currency translation for Q2 resulted in an unfavorable impact of $1.1 million dollars.  Belden’s acquisition of m2fx in January 2016 contributed $2.1 million to the Broadcast Solutions division in the second quarter.  m2fx is a manufacturer of optical fiber protection tubes and was integrated into Belden’s broadband connectivity business, which is included in the reporting segmentation for Broadcast Solutions.

Grass Valley generated 12% year-over-year growth versus the second quarter of 2015.  On a regional basis, international growth at Grass Valley was 16%, while the United States region grew at 6% during quarter.

Management attributed the double digit performance to a stable US dollar, technology spend associated with the 2016 Summer Olympics in Brazil, and a rise in US advertising expenditures.

Improved year-over-year performance for Grass Valley was anticipated by Belden’s management.  During the Q1 2016 earnings call, Belden’s CEO John Stroup reiterated the softness in Grass Valley’s revenue numbers began in Q2 2015, making the Q1 2016 announcement the last difficult year-over-year comparison for the division.

During this quarter’s earnings call with analysts, Mr. Stroup made several comments on the recent financial results at Grass Valley.  “…the Grass Valley results were very strong and I think that some of that has to do with the Olympics. But I think more of it has to do with the fact that a year ago, we had a number of customers outside of the US that were struggling with exchange rates moving around, our International business was up 16% in Grass Valley in the quarter. And then I’d say the other thing is that as customers are beginning to get more confident in the transition of technology into IP, I think we’re also seeing that improve as well” said Stroup.

EBITDA (Earnings before interest depreciation and amortization) for Broadcast Solutions in the quarter was $29.5 million, a 29% increase versus Q2 2015, and a 27% decrease against Q1 2016.

The EBITDA margin for Q2 2016 was 15.2%, which compares to a 13.1% EBITDA margin in Q2 2015, and a 13.6% EBITDA margin in Q1 2016.  The primary reason for the profitability improvement was revenue growth and improved productivity, though in part offset by a less favorable product mix.

For the second quarter, Belden recognized a $1.3 million charge in its Broadcast Solution division for severance, restructuring, and acquisition integration costs.  This compares to restructuring charges for the division of $3.2 million during Q2 2015 and $4.3 million during Q1 2016.

In the Company’s prepared remarks, management highlighted further momentum with IP based solutions.  Adding to the 11 IP system shipments by Belden in Q4 2015 and Q1 2016, Belden shipped a further nine IP systems during the second quarter of 2016.

Responding to an analyst question Mr. Stroup added further context on the positive developments with Grass Valley’s IP solution portfolio.

“…It’s still a relatively small percentage of our revenue, and for most of our customers this is going to be sort of their first installation, their proof of concept. So I feel like we’re building momentum. I think that the real breakthrough for us was that a year ago in the market there was a lot of confusion with our customers about which way to go, because there were vendors that were sort of battling standards. And I think that partially due to our leadership and collaboration with other vendors in the industry, I think we now have a very good solution that meets customers’ needs and an open standard that they can rely upon and interoperability.”

Later in the call with analysts. Mr. Stroup announced a significant integration of Belden’s recent acquisition of security solution provider Tripwire with Grass Valley’s broadcast solutions.

“… we did have a substantial development in the quarter where we have in fact integrated the Tripwire technology into our iTX Playout system, which is an important part of the Grass Valley product portfolio. This is a software based Playout system that is used by the world’s leading broadcasters and we now have integrated the Tripwire software in to that system.

We made that available this quarter. I think we announced it at NAB…I think it’s an important development and it’s just one of the many ways that our Grass Valley business is differentiating itself from others. We are the only one in the industry that has done anything like that. And I think it’s an important development.”


Related Content:

Press Release: Q2 2016 Results:

Presentation: Q2 2016 Results:

Prepared management remarks: Q2 2016 earnings call with analyst



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DaySequerra Acquires Orban

Broadcast Vendor M&A | Posted by Josh Stinehour
Jul 11 2016

Audio solution provider DaySequerra announced it has reached an agreement to acquire Orban, a provider of audio processing solutions for broadcast transmission.  Financial terms were not disclosed.

The acquisition remains subject to approval by the shareholders of Orban’s parent company Circuit Research Labs, Inc, which formerly traded on the OTC/BB NASDAQ.  Circuit Research Labs ceased issuing SEC filings in late 2008.  At the time, it was a $14 million annual revenue business.

Orban is a long-standing brand in the broadcast industry.  The Company was originally founded in 1975 by Bob Orban.  It was acquired by AKG Acoustics in 1989, which in turn was subsequently purchased by Harman International in 1993.  Harman divested Orban to Circuit Research Labs in 2000.

In May 2010, the Brentlinger family, the principal owners of Circuit Research Labs, publicly announced their intention to seek to divest majority ownership of Orban.  By August 2010, the Brentlinger family changed course and decided to retain their investment position.

Orban is also a founding member of the Broadcast Industry Group (BIG), announced ahead of IBC 2014.  BIG consists of Orban, SCMS, Jampro, DaySequerra, BW Broadcast, Bird Technologies, and StreamGuys and is intended to “promote the consolidation of key manufacturers and service providers in the broadcast industry.”

“The synergistic opportunity that this acquisition represents is just fantastic – opportunities like this don’t happen very often. We look forward to working with Bob’s team and Orban Europe to develop and bring to market the next-generation of intelligent audio processing in the broadcast, consumer and automotive spaces,” said DaySequerra’s President, David Day.

Jay Brentlinger, President, CEO and Chairman of Circuit Research Labs added “We are really excited about DaySequerra’s acquisition of Orban and to work together with David and his team. With a significant array of technologies, these combined companies will be a formidable force in the marketplace.”


Related Content:

Press release: DaySequerra Acquires Orban



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ChyronHego Acquires Click Effects; 5th Acquisition Since Going-Private

Broadcast Vendor M&A | Posted by Josh Stinehour
Jul 08 2016

ChyronHego has acquired Sound & Video Creations, the provider of the Click Effects family of products used in live sporting venues.  Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. ChyronHego Logo

Sound & Video Creations was founded in 1985 and is headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee.  The Click Effects products are used in venues to clickeffects
playback content on arena displays with data-driven graphics.

Customers range from small college athletics such as Rochester Institute of Technology to professional league venues such as Qualcomm stadium, home of the San Diego Chargers.  According to the press release, Click Effects systems are installed in more than 75% of Major and Minor League Baseball teams, almost 65% of NFL, NHL, and NBA stadiums.  The Company’s website lists a total of 896 installations, breaking down by use case as illustrated below.


The vast majority of the clients listed on the website are located in North America.

This is the fifth acquisitions by ChyronHego since being taken private by Vector Capital in early 2015.  Earlier acquisitions included Newsroom Solutions (9/2015), Vidigo (9/2015), WeatherOne (4/2015), and ZXY Sport Tracking (4/2015).

Johan Apel, president and CEO of ChyronHego, commented “With sports fans paying a premium for tickets to live sports events, there is demand and an expectation for an ever more sophisticated A/V experience once inside the stadium. As a result, solutions for streamlining in-arena productions represent a growth market and an outstanding opportunity for ChyronHego.”

Cliff Wight, president Sound & Video Creations Inc, added “We’re proud of our achievement as the number one provider of stadium A/V solutions in the United States, and now — as part of the global ChyronHego development and sales organization — we’ll have a ready path for expanding our product set on a global basis. Also, ChyronHego’s culture and technology strategy, based on providing a comprehensive software-based ecosystem of integrated solutions, are an ideal fit with our own.”


Related Content:

Press release: Chyronhego acquisition of Click Effects



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Google Acquires Anvato to Complement Media Tech. Portfolio

Broadcast Vendor M&A | Posted by Josh Stinehour
Jul 08 2016

Google is acquiring Anvato, a provider of video processing functionality for multi-platform content delivery.  The acquisition was announced on the Google Cloud Platform blog by Belwadi Srikanth, Senior Product Manager.  Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.  googlelogo_color_272x92dp

According to SEC filings, Anvato had raised $2.8 million in late 2008.  The Mountain View based company has several high-profile media clients including NBC Universal, Fox Sports, Univision, and Gray TV. Anvato

In the blog post announcing the acquisition, Mr. Srikanth cites the opportunity to participate in the media industry’s transition to over-the-top distribution models and the ongoing adoption of cloud solutions by media organizations.  “With OTT adoption rapidly accelerating, the Cloud Platform and Anvato teams will complement our efforts to enable scalable media processing and workflows in the cloud” writes Mr. Srikanth.

The Media Solutions portion of the Google Cloud Platform website highlights case studies with UK visual effects studio Framestore, US visual effects studio Atomic Fiction, and live video service provider iStreamPlanet (now owned by Turner).  There is overlap in the technology offerings of iStreamPlanet and Anvato, though any move by a cloud provider to offer higher level functionality will necessarily lead to overlap with existing customers.

Since its August 2014 acquisition of ZYNC Render, the Google Cloud Platform has been active in the post-production vertical.  At the 2016 NAB Show, Autodesk and Google announced integration between ZYNC and Autodesk’s Maya, a software video effects tool for animation, modeling, and rendering.  Maya users can offload rendering tasks, as needed, to the Google ZYNC Rendering service running on the Google Cloud Platform.  ZYNC pricing is consumption based and begins at $0.60 per machine hour.

Interestingly, prior to its acquisition by Google, ZYNC had been optimized to run on Amazon Web Services.

Anvato’s CEO Alper Turgut posted a message about the acquisition on the Company’s blog.  “We are thrilled to bring together Anvato with the scale and power of Google Cloud Platform to provide the industry’s best offering for OTT and mobile video. This will allow us to supercharge our capabilities, accelerate the pace of innovation, and deliver tomorrow’s video solutions faster, enabling media companies to better serve their customers” said Mr. Turgut.


Related Content:

Google Cloud Platform Blog Post on Acquisition

Press Release: Anvato Joins Google



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SES Completes Acquisition of RR Media; Renames MX1

Broadcast Vendor M&A, Media Services M&A, OTT Video | Posted by Josh Stinehour
Jul 06 2016

Satellite service provider SES today announced the completion of its acquisition of RR Media (NASDAQ: RRM), a provider of media services to the broadcast and media industries.  The acquisition was announced in late February 2016, but had been pending closing conditions and regulatory approvals.  RR Media’s shares ceased trading on the NASDAQ today.   SESLogo

As indicated in the original announcement, SES is merging the operations of RR Media with its Platform Services group to create a larger global media solution provider.  The new combined group will operate under the trade name MX1.  Avi Cohen, the previous CEO of RR Media, will serve as the CEO of MX1.MX1

The press release announcing the new trade name highlights the origin of MX1 from the below statement.

“Bringing it all together for the first time, MX1 aims to be the new number 1 in Media eXperience.”

SES’s new MX1 subsidiary will have 16 offices worldwide and six media centers.  MX1 is now responsible for distributing more than 1,000 TV channels, managing 440 channels of playout, and delivering content to over 120 subscription VOD platforms.

MX1 and SES’s HD Plus subsidiary will constitute the SES Media Solutions group led by Wilfried Urner.  HD Plus is a HD satellite TV offering in Germany.

Mr. Urner commented on the acquisition as follows, “We are confident that the new MX1 will leverage the expertise and success they have garnered in their respective key markets to expand their product portfolio. The addition of MX1 to the SES group is a first step in globalising SES’s video services business and in accelerating the completion of our goal to become one of the leading next generation media service providers”

Avi Cohen, CEO of MX1, added, “This is an exciting day for us as we introduce a new company to the industry and our new brand name and logo…This merger allows us to scale-up on a global basis and become the world’s leading media services provider, delivering next-generation digital video and media solutions to our worldwide customers.”


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Press Release: SES Press Release on Completion of the Acquisition

Press Release: MX1 Reveals New Company Brand as a World-Leading Media Services Company

SES to Acquire RR Media for $242 Million in All-Cash Deal



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Disney Expected to Acquire 33% Stake in BAM Tech

Analysis | Posted by Josh Stinehour
Jul 05 2016

Bloomberg is reporting Disney has agreed to acquire a 33% equity stake in BAM Tech, the recent spin-out of MLB Advanced Media (“MLBAM”), the streaming technology division of Major League Baseball (“MLB”).  Forbes is separately reporting the deal is tracking toward completion later this summer.

Disney is reported to be purchasing the 33% equity stake in BAM Tech for $1.16 billion, implying a valuation of $3.5 billion.

As part of the investment, Disney also gains the right to purchase an additional 33% of BAM Tech during the next four years.  Should Disney exercise the option, it would become the majority owner of BAM Tech.  The NHL currently holds a 7% – 10% equity position in BAM Tech based on the August 2015 partnership deal between the companies.

MLBAM is jointly owned by all 30 MLB franchises, with each holding a 1/30 ownership interest.  BAM Tech comprises the technology service business of MLBAM serving third-parties (i.e. not MLB).  The August 2015 spin-out of BAM Tech was intended to enable MLBAM to accelerate commercial initiatives with third parties unaffiliated with MLB.

MLBAM is already responsible for several high-profile streaming services including CBS/Turner’s March Madness Live, HBO Now, PGA Tour Live, Sony Playstation Vue, watchESPN, and the WWE Network.

At the 2016 Re/code summit, Bob Bowman, the CEO of MLBAM, said he expects revenue of $1.2 billion to $1.3 billion during 2016 (a substantial increase over 2015 revenue of $800 million).  Mr. Bowman also stated a revenue split of 80 / 20 between baseball and third party revenues.  Those figures suggest BAM Tech was an approximately $160 million revenue business in 2015 and is set to grow to $240 – $260 million (50+% year-over-year).

Using those revenue estimates for BAM Tech, the Disney investment values the business at an approximate revenue multiple of 14x forward-looking sales (Note: several estimates were used to arrive at that valuation figure).  It is unknown whether part of this consideration accounts for the value of the option Disney received, which would allow Disney to gain majority control.  All things being equal, purchasing control should come at a premium.


Related Content:

Bloomberg Article Reporting Disney Investment

Forbes Article on Disney Investment in MLBAM


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Vitec Group has Positive Start to 2016; Set to Benefit from Weaker GBP

Analysis, broadcast technology market research, Broadcaster Financial Results | Posted by Josh Stinehour
Jul 01 2016

The Vitec Group, which owns more than a dozen brands in the broadcast industry as well as technical services company Bexel, released a trading statement on its first half 2016 performance.  Vitec Group Logo

Vitec’s year-to-date performance in 2016 has been in line with the Board’s expectations (Vitec does not provide specific forecast guidance).  The Company’s expectations for 2016 remain unchanged.  First half 2016 results are scheduled for release on August 4, 2016.

The trading update reiterated management’s expectations to benefit from the Rio 2016 Olympics and ongoing restructuring activities.  During the 2015 calendar year, one-off costs associated with the continued restructuring were approximately £10 million.  The restructuring costs were predominantly attributable to streamlining activities in the Broadcast Division.

In addition, the press release referenced the opportunity to benefit from a weaker GBP versus the US Dollar and Euro.

The press release states that full year expectations remain unchanged based on exchange rates as of June 23, 2016.  This was the date of the “Brexit” referendum in the UK.  Since the results of the referendum the GBP has declined more than 10% versus the US Dollar and approximately 9% versus the Euro.

In terms of revenue profile, Vitec generated only 10% of 2015 revenue from the UK.  47% of 2015 revenue was from North America and 20% from Continental Europe.  Because of this revenue profile, Vitec’s revenue results for 2016 should benefit from a weaker GBP currency.


Related Content:

Vitec press release on trading update

Vitec 2015 Financial Results



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