Strong MAM Sales Drive 23 Percent Revenue Increase for Dalet in Q2 2014

Broadcast technology vendor financials, Broadcast Vendor M&A, Quarterly Results | Posted by Joe Zaller
Jul 30 2014

MAM and newsroom specialist Dalet reported that its consolidated revenue for the second quarter of 2014 was €10.7m, up 23% versus the same period a year ago, and up 42% versus the previous quarter.

Excluding a contribution of €1m from AmberFin, which Dalet acquired in April 2014, the company’s revenue in the second quarter of 2014 was €9.7m, up 23% versus the same period a year ago, and up 27.6% versus the previous quarter.

Dalet published the table below to show the difference impact of the AmberFin acquisition.

Dalet Q2 2014 Results with and without AmberFin

 

Gross margins for the second quarter of 2014 were 82%, down from 89% last year, and up from 79% last quarter.   This is the second consecutive drop in gross margins comparted to the previous year.  The company attributed the lower y/y margin performance to due to a less favorable sales mix in the quarter.

 

On a product basis:

  • Asset management revenue was €5.35m, or 50% of total revenue in the quarter

 

  • TV Newsroom systems revenue was €2.89m, or 27% of total revenue in the quarter

 

  • Sport solutions revenue was €535,000, or 5% of total revenue in the quarter

 

  • Radio solutions revenue was €1.6m, or 15% of total revenue in the quarter

 

  • Integration revenue was €321,000, or 3% of total revenue in the quarter

 

In terms of sales mix, license revenues decreased from 33% of sales in H1-2013 to 28% in H1-2014, associated professional services evolved from 30% to 23%, resale of hardware increased from 16% to 23%, recurring support revenues increased from 22% to 26% of revenues.

 

The company said that sales in the Americas increased by 21%, and the region now accounts for 40% of consolidated revenue. The increase in Americas revenue may be due in its win at Fox Sports 1, which is using Dalet’s “Sports Factory” as the end-to-end production and MAM system.  Fox Sports 1 launches on August 17, 2013.

Europe accounted for 48% of revenue, while MEA and Asia-Pacific accounted for 8% and 4% respectively.

The company did not disclose any other financial metrics, including profitability.

 

Results for the First Half of 2014:

For the first six months of 2014, the company’s consolidated revenue was €18.4m, up 20% versus the first half of 2013.  Excluding AmberFin, the company’s revenue for the first six months of 2014 is up 13% versus the same period in 2013.

Gross margins for the first half of 2014 were €14.9m, or 81%, down on a percentage basis from 87% for the first six months of 2013.

Dalet ended the second quarter of 2014 with €6.5 in cash, down from€7.7m on December 31, 2013.

Debt on June 30, 2014 stood at €5.6m, up from €2m on December 31, 2013, following the €3.4 million loan taken to finance AmberFin`s acquisition.

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Related Content:

Press Release: Dalet Revenues for First Six Months of 2014: €18.4 million

Broadcast Vendor M&A: Dalet Acquires AmberFin

Previous Quarter: Dalet Revenue Grows 3 Percent in Q1 2014

Previous Year: Dalet Up 7 Percent in Q2 2013 Thanks to Big Jump in Americas Revenue

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HD World Cup Drives 22 Percent Growth for ATEME During First Six Months of 2014

Broadcast technology vendor financials | Posted by Joe Zaller
Jul 30 2014

Video compression specialist ATEME announced that its revenue for the first six months of 2014 was €12m, an increase of 22% versus the same period a year ago.

These are the first results published by ATEME as a public company, following its €13.3m initial public offering earlier this month.

The company attributed its revenue growth during the first half of 2014 to deals with customers in EMEA and Latin America, which facilitated HD broadcasts of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. The company also said it acquired several new clients during the period, including leading Mexican broadcaster Televisa.

ATEME also disclosed that, following the 2014 World Cup, it has expanded its team in Brazil to support new customers in the run up to the 2016 Olympics in Rio.

ATEME President Michel Artières said the company continues to gain market share and that it plans to capitalize on the eventual shift to HEVC compression drive future growth.

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Related Content: 

Press Release: ATEME Sustained growth in the first half of 2014: Turnover: 22%

Ateme raises €13.3m through Initial Public Offering

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Broadcast Vendor M&A: EVS Disposes of dcinex Stake for €10.8 Million

broadcast industry trends, Broadcast Vendor M&A | Posted by Joe Zaller
Jul 21 2014

EVS announced that it has reached an agreement to sell its 41.3% stake in dcinex, a digital cinema solutions provider, to Ymagis SA.

The company says that the deal, which values decinix at up to  €10.8m, will allow EVS to focus fully on its four core market strategy in the broadcast sector.

Originally called XDC, dcinex was founded  in 2004 by EVS co-founder Laurent Minguet, and changed its name to dcinex in 2012. It’s principal activities are digital cinema, distribution of alternative content (Ddcinema) and development of the Cinestore products.

Under the terms of the deal, EVS will receive at the closing:

  • EUR 2.1 million in cash
  • 288,851 new Ymagis shares
  • EUR 6.4 million in Ymagis bonds, which have a maximum maturity of 5 years. These bonds are associated with warrants.
  • In addition, dcinex will reimburse the currently existing shareholders` loans. Today, the loan granted by EVS (including interests) amounts to EUR 1.5 million.

In total, the approximate aggregate value of the different components (at last closing Ymagis share price of EUR 7.90) represents around EUR 10.8 million for EVS. On March 31, 2014 dcinex was valued at EUR 7.9 million on the EVS balance sheet.

Joop Janssen, CEO of EVS, said: “dcinex was created within EVS 15 years ago. In 2004, it was decided to spin it out. With the support of EVS, dcinex has developed itself to become a leading provider of digital cinema services in Europe. In the bigger entity that will result from this transaction, dcinex will be even stronger to continue its successful evolution in that market. EVS will now fully focus on its four core market strategy (Sport, Entertainment, News and Media) in the broadcast sector.”

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2014 Big Broadcast Survey (BBS) Reports Now Available

broadcast industry technology trends, broadcast technology market research, Broadcast Vendor Brand Research, market research, Top Broadcast Vendor Brands | Posted by Joe Zaller
Jul 15 2014

After months of data collection, analysis, and visualization, we have now completed work on the 2014 Big Broadcast Survey (BBS). Reports from this study have now been published and are available from Devoncroft Partners.

If you’re not familiar with the BBS, it’s the most comprehensive annual study of technology end-users in the global broadcast industry. Nearly 10,000 broadcast professionals in 100+ countries participated in the 2014 BBS, making it once again the largest market study of the broadcast industry.

BBS reports have been designed to help readers improve their strategic decision-making, customer engagement, marketing strategy, product planning, and sales execution.  BBS reports are also used frequently for M&A-related activities by both buyers and sellers.

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Three types of 2014 BBS reports are available:

  • 2014 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.

 

  • 2014 BBS Product Reports:  provide detailed information from buyers, specifiers, and users of broadcast technology products in 31 separate categories (see full list below)

 

  • 2014 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 CapEx budgets, and planned deployment of new technologies including 4K, Connected TV, and Social TV.

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If you would like information about these reports and how they can help your business, please get in touch.

 

In addition to these paid-for reports, we will also be publishing highlights from the 2014 BBS on the Devoncroft website.  These articles will be posted on a semi-regular basis, so please check back often.

To receive posts when they are published, just enter your email in the box in the upper right-hand corner of the page.

 

The tables below show the product categories and broadcast technology vendor brands covered in the 2014 BBS.

 

 Product Categories Covered in the 2014 BBS:

2014 BBS -- Product Categories Covered in the 2014 Big Broadcast Survey

 

 

Broadcast Technology Brands Covered in the 2014 BBS:

 

2014 BBS -- All Brands included in 2014 BBS

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Ateme raises €13.3 Million through Initial Public Offering

Broadcast technology vendor financials, Quarterly Results | Posted by Joe Zaller
Jul 11 2014

Video compression specialist ATEME announced that it has raised €13.3m through Initial Public Offering.

According to the company, the offering was well received by institutional and individual investors and was oversubscribed at a rate of nearly 2.5 times the number of shares offered.

The IPO pricing translates to a market capitalization of €44.7m.

“We are very pleased with the success of our IPO and we wish to warmly thank and welcome the investors to the ATEME family,” said ATEME CEO Michel Artières. “This validates our commercial achievements in encoding the world’s most valuable video content and enhances our financial capabilities to meet the continuing high demand for our video encoding technologies. With the funds raised, we will now be able to further accelerate our research and deployment, increase our market share and consolidate our technological leadership.”

ATEME had revenue of €29.7m in 2013, up 13% versus the full year 2012. The company posted a net loss of €1m in 2013, versus a net profit of €300,000 in 2012.

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Related Content:

Press Release: ATEME Announces Successful Initial Public Offering

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Dalet Revenue Grows 3 Percent in Q1 2014

Broadcast technology vendor financials, Broadcast Vendor M&A, Quarterly Results | Posted by Joe Zaller
May 06 2014

MAM and newsroom specialist Dalet reported that its consolidated revenue for the first quarter of 2014 was €7.6m, up 3% versus the same period a year ago, and down 25.5% versus the previous quarter.

On a geographic basis, Europe represented 55% of revenues in the quarter, the Americas represented 26%, Asia-Pacific was 14% and the Middle-East Africa region accounted for 5% of revenue.

Europe accounted for 48% of revenue, while MEA and Asia-Pacific accounted for 8% and 4% respectively.

Gross margins for the first quarter of 2014 were 79%, down from 85.1% last year. The company attributed the lower gross margins to a less favorable sales mix during the quarter.

The company did not disclose any other financial metrics, including profitability.

These results figures do not include any financials related to AmberFin, which Dalet acquired at the beginning of April 2014. Dalet says that it will begin consolidating AmberFin revenue into its accounts starting in Q2 2014.

AmberFin revenues for fiscal year ended 31/3/2013 were £4.6 million, with an operating loss of £1.1 million.

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Related Content:

Press Release: Dalet Announces Revenues for First Quarter 2014

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3rd Annual “Shifting Media Economics: Impact on Strategy, Finance, and Technology” Draws Huge Crowd at NAB 2014

broadcast industry technology trends, broadcast industry trends, broadcast technology market research, Broadcast technology vendor financials, Broadcast Vendor M&A | Posted by Joe Zaller
Apr 09 2014

This was the scene as we kicked off the third annual “Shifting Media Economics: Impact on Strategy, Finance, and Technology”  event at the NAB 2014 Show.

This half-day session was co-produced by Devoncroft Partners, Silverwood Partners, and the organizers of the 2014 NAB Show (to whom both Devoncroft and Silverwood are very grateful).

We had a standing-room only crowd from the moment the doors opened, and attendees were not disappointed by the outstanding information presented on the day.  The power of this unique event is that it brings together three ordinarily disparate groups — technology vendors, broadcasters, and financial firms — to discuss and debate important business issues facing the industry at a time of incredibly dynamic change.

 

SRO Crowd at NAB

 

We would especially like to thank our speakers and panelists for not only taking times out of their busy lives to prepare for and attend this event, but also (especially) for their thoughtful and often candid assessment of the state of the broadcast industry today, and what the future may bring.

In particular we would like to thank Vince Roberts,EVP Global Operations and Chief Technical Officer of Disney/ABC Television for his outstanding keynote address, which which provided a truly thought-provoking insight into the future of the media industry (and he’s funny too).

 

In case you missed this event, the full agenda  included:

 

Strategic Industry Analysis: Valuations, M&A, and Equity Financing

Presenters:

  • Jonathan Hodson-Walker: Managing Partner, Silverwood Partners
  • Joshua Stinehour: Managing Director, Silverwood Partners

 

 

The Broadcast & Media Technology Industry in 2014

Presenter:

  • Joe Zaller: President, Devoncroft Partners

 

 

Business Strategy Perspective From Industry Executives

Moderator:

  • Joe Zaller – President, Devoncroft Partners

 

Panelists:

  • Sam Blackman: CEO and Co-founder, Elemental Technologies
  • Louis Hernandez. Jr.: President and Chief Executive Officer, Avid
  • Joop Janssen: CEO, EVS
  • Michelle Munson: President, CEO and co-founder, Aspera, an IBM company

 

 

Keynote: Vince Roberts: CTO and EVP Global Operations, Disney/ABC Television Group

 

 

IABM Research Overview

Presenter:

  • Peter White: Chief Executive Officer, IABM

 

 

The Broadcast Buyer Perspective on Business Models, Trends, and Technology Advancement

 

Moderator:

Joe Zaller – President, Devoncroft Partners

 

Panelists:

  • Phil Braden: SVP Technology and Applications, PCCW Global
  • Del Parks: SVP Operations & Engineering, Sinclair Broadcast Group
  • Todd Daly: EVP Operations & Systems Engineering, Fox Broadcasting
  • Andy Tennant: Technology Director, Studios, ITV

 

 

Keynote: Vince Roberts: CTO and EVP Global Operations, Disney/ABC Television Group

 

Investor Perspectives on Industry

Moderator:

Jonathan Hodson-Walker: Managing Partner, Silverwood Partners

 

Panelists

  • Jeff Parks, Founding Partner, Riverwood Partners
  • Rohan Rai: Director, Wasserstein & Company
  • Sunit Mukherjee: Principal, Symphony Technology Group

 

 For those of many of you who asked for copies of presentations, please email info [at] devoncroft [dot] com and we will try to respond as soon as possible after the 2014 NAB Show.

 

Finally, thanks to all those who attended the event and sat in such a crowded room.

 

Based on the feedback we’ve received so far, there are two key takeaways from this event:

  • The content and substance of the event was terrific
  • You might want to consider a larger room next time

 

 

Were you there?  What did you think?  Please let us know.

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Broadcast Vendor M&A: Dalet Acquires AmberFin

Broadcast technology vendor financials, Broadcast Vendor M&A, Quarterly Results, SEC Filings | Posted by Joe Zaller
Apr 06 2014

MAM and newsroom specialist Dalet Digital Media Systems has signed a definitive agreement to acquire ingest transcoding, and broadcast workflow specialist AmberFin.

Financial terms were not disclosed.

The seller was UK-based private equity firm Advent Venture Partners, which spun AmberFin out of Snell & Wilcox in 2009, and subsequently re-invested in the company in a 2010 funding round.

According to public records, for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2013 AmberFin posted a net loss before tax of £1.18m on revenue of £4.58m.

Once the deal closes, the combined company will have revenues in excess of $55m.

Datlet says the acquisition of AmberFin significantly broadens the company’s product offerings, and “affirms the company’s dominance in MAM and media workflow management by creating end-to-end solutions that include comprehensive MAM capabilities along with state-of-the art image processing, media transcoding and distribution.”

“This acquisition allows us to offer the industry the most advanced level of workflow options.” said Dalet CEO David Lasry. “AmberFin has been at the forefront in mastering media, including transcoding and video quality control. The company has spearheaded many widely adopted industry standards such as MXF and AS-02. Its talent and expertise directly complement Dalet’s strengths in enterprise MAM-driven solutions. By melding our resources and innovative technologies, we can enrich both the Dalet and AmberFin products to offer the most complete and forward-thinking solutions for content providers to optimize their human resources and media assets. From ingest through multiplatform delivery, operators in News, Sports and Programming will reap tremendous efficiencies and productivity by applying our combined technologies.”

“I am extremely proud of the AmberFin team and its accomplishments. Our award-winning, cutting-edge products are used by prominent broadcasters, content owners and post-production houses around the globe,” comments Jeremy Deaner, CEO of AmberFin. “It’s very gratifying to know that by joining with Dalet, we can together leverage our best-in-class technologies to deliver an outstanding array of solutions that will meet the challenges of the constantly changing digital media landscape.”

 

Transcoding Consolidation Continues

Dalet’s acquisition is the latest in a series of deals and product announcements in the transcoding space.  As broadcasters and media companies scramble to deploy multi-screen services, transcoding is seen by many as a key technology.  As a result, transcoding has also attracted its fair share of financing and M&A activity.  Here’s a quick run-down of some of the recent transcoding deals and related-financial news:

 

 

  • In January 2013, Amazon unveiled its “Amazon Elastic Transcoder.” Based on the company’s Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud computing platform, the Elastic Transcoder the service provides “a highly scalable, easy to use and a cost effective way for developers and businesses to transcode video files from their source format into versions that will playback on devices like smartphones, tablets and PCs.”

 

  • In August 2012 Brightcove bought Zencoder, a 2-year old start-up with $2m in revenue for $30m, and subsequently launched a cloud based transcoding service at IBC 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • RGB Networks bought transcoding vendor Ripcode in 2010

 

 

 

Related Content:

 

Press Release: Dalet Acquires AmberFin – Purchase Strengthens Dalet’s Leadership in MAM

AmberFin Closes Funding Round — Fourth Transcoding-Related Transaction in Past Few Months

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Want to Understand the Top Issues at NAB 2014? Don’t Miss “Shifting Media Economics: Impact on Strategy, Finance, and Technology”

broadcast industry technology trends, broadcast industry trends, broadcast technology market research, Broadcast technology vendor financials, Broadcast Vendor M&A, market research | Posted by Joe Zaller
Apr 05 2014

NAB 2014 Strategy-Session-Logos

 

If you are interested how the dramatic changes impacting the broadcast industry may shape its future, you won’t want to miss the third annual NAB Show event co-produced by Devoncroft, Silverwood Partners and the organizers of the NAB Show.

Now part of the NAB 2014 Broadcast Management Conference, this half-day session is called “Shifting Media Economics: Impact on Strategy, Finance, and Technology.”

It will be held in room N235 of the Las Vegas Convention Center on Sunday April 6th from 1:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Download the full agenda and speaker biographies here.

As always, this event features an intensive, information-packed series of presentations and panels that discuss the strategic trends and industry-specific factors influencing the value of media technology companies.

We’ve worked hard to put together an outstanding line-up of speakers and presenters, including top technology buyers, leading technology vendor CEOs, and private equity investors who will speak to the opportunities and challenges involved with financing the next phase of technology change in the industry.

The agenda offers attendees the informed opinions of technology purchasers, industry executives, market research organizations, and financial professionals. The event will serve as a thought-provoking kick-off to the 2014 NAB Show.

Highlights will include panel discussions featuring leading vendor CEOs, senior executives from leading broadcasters, and private equity investors who will speak to the opportunities and challenges involved with financing the next phase of technology change in the industry.

In addition, the audience will benefit from preliminary excerpts from the Devoncroft Big Broadcast Survey, the industry’s definitive demand-side market report, and the IABM DC Global Market Valuation Report, the industry’s definitive supply-side market report.

This session is intended for senior executives from technology vendors, end-users, and investment firms in the media technology sector.

Please click here for more information and/or to register.

 

 

Here’s the current agenda:

Shifting Media Economics: Impact on Strategy, Finance, and Technology

Sunday April 6, 2014

1:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Room N235 Las Vegas Convention Center

Part of the 2014 NAB Broadcast Management Conference

 

 

1:45 pm – 1:50 pm

WELCOME AND INTRODUCTION

Joe Zaller – President, Devoncroft Partners

 

 

1:50 pm – 2:15 pm

Strategic Industry Analysis: Valuations, M&A, and Equity Financing

Jonathan Hodson-Walker and Joshua Stinehour of Silverwood Partners will present an analysis of strategic industry trends and the specific factors that affect company valuations, including an updated perspective on transaction activity and valuations, vendor strategic considerations, and the current M&A environment along with near-term expectations.

 

Presenters:

  • Jonathan Hodson-Walker: Managing Partner, Silverwood Partners
  • Joshua Stinehour: Managing Director, Silverwood Partners

 

 

2:15 pm – 2:40 pm

The Broadcast & Media Technology Industry in 2014

Top broadcast analyst Joe Zaller will present a summary of key data derived from a variety of broadcast market intelligence projects including the newly published 2014 Big Broadcast Survey (BBS), the industry’s definitive demand-side market report. Discussion topics will include strategic drivers of broadcast technology spending, key customer investment areas, new technology deployment trends, and the most significant industry trends impacting end-user purchasing decisions.

 

Presenter:

  • Joe Zaller: President, Devoncroft Partners

 

 

2:40 pm – 3:15 pm

Business Strategy Perspective From Industry Executives

This panel of recognized executives at leading vendors will offer views on the critical drivers of company valuation in the industry, the best practices the panelist’s have learned on how to evaluate M&A opportunities, and the preferred approach for integrating M&A into overall growth strategies. The panelists will also consider the question of how broader technology trends are impacting the vendor community in the industry.

Moderator:

  • Joe Zaller – President, Devoncroft Partners

 

Panelists:

  • Sam Blackman: CEO and Co-founder, Elemental Technologies
  • Louis Hernandez. Jr.: President and Chief Executive Officer, Avid
  • Joop Janssen: CEO, EVS
  • Michelle Munson: President, CEO and co-founder, Aspera, an IBM company

 

 

3:35 pm – 3:50 pm

IABM Research Overview

Peter White, Chief Executive of the IABM (the trade group that represents suppliers of broadcast technology worldwide), will present an overview of the latest end-user research from the IABM along with selected excerpts from the recently completed IABM DC Global Market Valuation Report, the industry’s definitive supply-side market report.

Presenter:

  • Peter White: Chief Executive Officer, IABM

 

 

3:50 pm – 4:20 pm

The Broadcast Buyer Perspective on Business Models, Trends, and Technology Advancement

A panel of technology decision makers at leading broadcasters will offer informed perspectives on the most significant industry trends affecting technology budgets and the technology purchase decision. The audience will benefit from an emphasis on the business implications of technology decisions to broadcasters.

 

Moderator:

Joe Zaller – President, Devoncroft Partners

 

Panelists:

  • Phil Braden: SVP Technology and Applications, PCCW Global
  • Del Parks: SVP Operations & Engineering, Sinclair Broadcast Group
  • Todd Daly: EVP Operations & Systems Engineering, Fox Broadcasting
  • Andy Tennant: Technology Director, Studios, ITV

 

 

4:20 pm – 4:45 pm

Keynote: Vince Roberts: CTO and EVP Global Operations, Disney/ABC Television Group

ABC/Disney EVP and CTO Vince Roberts will highlight the major business model challenges facing the industry and the implications to technology development. Mr. Roberts will focus on the actual commercial factors driving technology deployments today, and what can reasonably be expected in the near future. Referencing initiatives at Disney relating to topics such as IP-based infrastructure and the Cloud, the audience will gain an improved understanding of how changes in media consumption and fundamental technology transitions, ultimately affect technology vendors.

 

 

4:45 pm – 5:15 pm

Investor Perspectives on Industry

This panel of leading investment professionals in the media and entertainment sector will offer the audience the institutional investor’s perspective on the industry. The discussion will include the panelist’s intelligence-gathering plans for the NAB Show, views on the trends that are driving investment dollars in the sector, and a review of the characteristics influencing the evaluation of an investment opportunity.

Moderator:

Jonathan Hodson-Walker: Managing Partner, Silverwood Partners

 

Panelists

  • Jeff Parks, Founding Partner, Riverwood Partners
  • Rohan Rai: Director, Wasserstein & Company
  • Sunit Mukherjee: Principal, Symphony Technology Group

 

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Related Content:

2014 NAB Show Session Details – Shifting Media Economics: Impact on Strategy, Finance, and Technology

Download the full agenda and speaker biographies here

Save the Date: Third Annual Media Technology Strategy Conference at the NAB 2014 Show

 

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Arista Networks Files for $200 Million IPO

broadcast industry technology trends, broadcast industry trends, Broadcast technology vendor financials, SEC Filings | Posted by Joe Zaller
Apr 02 2014

IP switching vendor Arista Network has filed for an IPO and plans to raise as much as $200m.

The company has garnered a great deal of attention from leading broadcast technologists because one of its products enables frame-accurate switching of uncompressed HD-SDI video over IP (SMPTE 2022-6).

Arista, whose core customers are high-speed financial traders and cloud computing firms, had revenue of $361.2m in 2013, up 87% versus the previous year, and its net income doubled to $42.5m.

Based on these results, it’s clear that the company is aiming for data center and financial clients rather than the much smaller broadcast routing switcher market.

Nevertheless, Arista has made friends in high places in the broadcast world.

At the annual SMPTE technical conference in October 2013, Artista founder Andy Bechtolsheim co-presented a paper with Thomas Edwards, VP of Engineering & Development at FOX NE&O called “Video Processing in an FPGA-enabled Ethernet Switch,” which described how Fox has tested Arista’s product in its lab.  Although Bechtolsheim was careful to note that the demonstration was a proof-of-concept rather than a product, Edwards said that Arista products showed great promise, by performing extremely well and not dropping a single packet.

At the time of the 2013 SMPTE conference, Edwards said “FOX NE&O believes that professional media networking is the future of the broadcast plant, including the networked transport of our uncompressed high-definition live video streams. We believe that converging our video streams onto the Ethernet infrastructure will provide enhanced agility and flexibility to our business, and also it may potentially bring savings by allowing us to purchase more COTS hardware and thus benefit from economies of scale. The broadcast industry is at a very early point in this technological transition, so FOX NE&O greatly values Arista Networks’ contribution to this proof-of-concept to help test out some of the basic video processing requirements of professional media networks.”

Fox is not the only proponent of moving towards a truly IP-based infrastructure, governed by software defined networking (SDN). Indeed this shift may be one of the biggest technology trends over the next 5+ years, and bring major changes to the industry as a result.

Last month Eric Wolf, VP Technology Strategy at PBS told the audience at the HPA Technology Retreat that his company’s new disaster recovery center that’s based completely on virtualized IT systems, along with “little bits” of traditional broadcast gear.  Although this new facility is not yet based on SDN or cloud enabled, it’s the first step on the path.  DR is a great test facility so it’s a positive step along the way, “but as we look at our next big playout system, the big question on the table is whether we can go all IP for all the routing in the plant and the suspicion is that we can.”

Speaking at the same event, Fox NE&O EVP and GM Richard Friedel said IP is “well along the way towards becoming real. We do have IP-based routers in our plant today, and IP technology is just going to proliferate.  If you walk into any of our equipment rooms at the moment, there is almost no classic broadcast vendor anymore. Instead you’ll see rows of Hewlett Packard, IBM, and Cisco. We’re really in an all-IP world now. We’ve got huge virtualization farms already and this is coming. In five years no one will build a plant of our size that’s not based on IP concepts.”

But it’s not just IT companies who are pushing software defined networking.  Traditional broadcast vendors are also embracing SDN and applying it to the broadcast infrastructure.

Last week Imagine Communications (formerly Harris Broadcast) introduced MultiService SDN, which the company says is “a SDN framework that creates a fully virtualized network fabric for deploying advanced services, and enables the video bit flow to be software-mapped, simplifying the network architecture of media companies operating in hybrid environments with both baseband and IP workflows.”

Another notable example of this trend include a Silicon Valley start-up called SDVI, led by Omneon co-founder Larry Kaplan, who said last year that the focus of his new company is to bring SDN technology to the broadcast industry.

Belgium-based SDNsquare, whose CEO and co-founder, Lieven Vermale, is the former Director of Technology and Innovation at the European Broadcasting Union, is another start-up operating in this area.

One important group in the transition to IP-based broadcasting is the EBU-SMPTE-VSF Task Force on Networked Media (JT-NM), a cross-industry group of broadcasters and technology vendors working to define the future of the all-IP broadcast facility. You can download December 2013 JT-NM whitepaper here.

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Related Content:

Arista Networks S1 (IPO) Filing — March 31 2014

Press Release: Imagine Communications Introduces Software-Defined Networking and Workflows

EBU/SMPTE/VSF Joint Task Force on Networked Media (JT-NM) Gap Analysis Report, December 2013

VSF, EBU, and SMPTE Create Joint Task Force to Define Future of Networked Media for Professional Applications

Press Release: Arista Networks and Fox NE&O Debut Network Integrated IP-Video Processing Proof of Concept

Software Defined Networking – Coming Soon to a Broadcaster Near You?

VSF, EBU, and SMPTE Create Joint Task Force to Define Future of Networked Media for Professional Applications

TVTechnology Article: Larry Kaplan, Omneon Co-founder Launches Media Software Company

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