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iZotope Raises $7.5 Million in Additional Funds

broadcast technology market research | Posted by Josh Stinehour
Jun 27 2016

iZotope, a provider of software tools used in audio production, announced $7.5 million in new financing.  The fundraising consists of $2.5 million in a Series B equity round and $5 million of a debt facility from Comerica Bank.

The Series B round was led by existing investor ABS Capital Partners, a private equity firm with offices in Baltimore and San Francisco.  ABS became the majority owner of iZotope in a $12 million funding deal in 2013.  Combined with the 2013 transaction, the total capital raised (including debt facility) by iZotope is now $19.5 million.

The press release announcing the fundraising hints at the funds accelerating an upcoming launch of a new product offering.  According to the press release, “the new line will change the way musicians create, record and collaborate on their music.”

Commenting on the transaction, Mark Ethier, CEO and co-founder of iZotope stated, “We value ABS Capital’s continued confidence in our ambitious product plans, and we can’t wait to show the world what’s next.”

 

 

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iZotope Press Release on Fundraising

 

 

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Accedo Raises $10 Million in Majority PE Deal

broadcast technology market research | Posted by Josh Stinehour
Jun 27 2016

TV application solution provider Accedo announced a majority transaction with SEB Private Equity, a private equity firm based in Stockholm.  As part of the transaction, earlier investors Industrifonden and Acacia exited their equity positions in Accedo.  In addition, $10 million of growth equity was invested in Accedo to support future growth initiatives.

According to a report from Di Digital, Accedo was valued at SEK 477 million or about USD $56 million in the transaction.  Accedo had approximately $40 million (USD) of revenue last year, equating to a revenue multiple of approximately 1.4x (versus 2015 revenue).

Accedo was founded in 2004 and raised an initial $1.28 million (USD) of financing in June 2007.  At the time, Accedo had approximately $450,000 (USD) in annual revenue.  Accedo had received an additional 15 SEK million (1.75 million USD at current exchange rates) from its early stage investors.

Based on the deal value estimates from Di Digital, early investors in Accedo achieved a seven times return on their investment.  With the closing of the transaction SEB Private Equity is now a majority owner of Accedo, though the founders are maintaining a significant ownership percentage.

Accedo also announced the appointment of James Ackerman as the Chairman of the Board.  Mr. Ackerman held previous positions at A&E, BSkyB, and Open TV.

Commenting on the transaction, CEO and co-Founder of Accedo Michael Lantz stated, “We’re excited to partner with SEB Private Equity to go to the next level. They share our vision of the market development and what a company like Accedo can deliver to truly transform the way consumers experience video services. We firmly believe that we’re still only in the beginning of the transformation of video consumption as we know it and we’re looking forward to continue our 12-year growth trajectory in the future.”

Accedo works with several high-profile media companies including HBO, Disney, Foxtel, Netflix, and Sky.  The Company has over 400 employees across 16 global offices.

 

Related Content: 

Accedo Press Release on Fundraising

 

 

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NeuLion Reorganizes Executive Team; Acquires Saffron Digital

Analysis, broadcast technology market research | Posted by Josh Stinehour
Jun 23 2016

NeuLion, a technology product and service provider for digital distribution, announced several executive management changes along with the acquisition of London-based Saffron Digital.NeuLion,_Inc_-729822400065

Dr. Kanaan Jemili resigned from the position of President and CEO, though will remain as a consultant with the Company.  Roy Reichback, NeuLion’s General Counsel and a member of the board of directors, has been promoted to the position of President and CEO.

NeuLion’s Chief Financial Officer Art McCarthy also resigned his position at NeuLion.  Trevor Renfield will replace Mr. McCarthy as the new Chief Financial Officer.  Mr. Renfield had previously served as the Chief Financial Officer at DivX, which was acquired by NeuLion in February 2015.

Nancy Li, a co-founder of NeuLion, was promoted to Executive Chair of the NeuLion board and will continue to focus on technology development and product strategy.  Charles Wang will step down from his position of Chairman of the Board, though will remain a member of the board of directors.

NeuLion’s SEC filings on the management reorganization states the “changes were not the result of any disagreement with the Company on any matter relating to the Company’s operations, policies or practices, or with the audit committee or the Company’s auditors.”

Separate to the management changes, NeuLion announced the acquisition of Saffron Digital, a video delivery platform company.  It was an all cash transaction.  Terms were not disclosed.

This is the third acquisition of Saffron Digital since its founding in 2006.

Smartphone manufacturer HTC acquired Saffron for $48.3 million in February 2011.  Based on 2010 revenue performance, the deal value equated to a revenue multiple of 5.5x.

HTC subsequently divested Saffron ahead of the 2013 IBC Show to Toronto-based DVD and CD manufacturer Cinram.  Cinram was backed by the Najafi Companies, a private investment firm.  The stated value of the 2013 transaction was $47 million.  As reported by Focus Taiwan, the acquisition consideration consisted of $7.5 million up front cash with an additional $39.5 million over the next five years.  HTC also maintained royalty free rights to Saffron’s intellectual property.

According to its UK filings, Saffron’s revenue performance declined from $19.8 million in 2012 to $14.7 million in 2014.  The resulting impact on after tax profits was considerable.  During the same period Saffron went from generating an after tax profit to losing more than $5 million in 2014.

In the press release announcing the transaction, the cited acquisition rationale was the opportunity to expand NeuLion’s entertainment customer concentration and enhance its technology offering to better support video on demand services.  Customers using Saffron Digital’s platform include Carrefour, BT, Deutsche Telecom, iTV, Tribeca Films, and Vidity.  All of Saffron’s employees (more than 50) are joining NeuLion.

Commenting on the transaction, Jason Keane, CEO for Saffron Digital stated, “We are excited to join NeuLion.  As part of NeuLion, we can now offer our customers a compelling OTT platform for all premium digital content with support for all types of business models.”

Roy Reichbach, President and Chief Executive Officer for NeuLion added,  “The integrated company can offer owners and rights holders of sports and entertainment a complete end to end solution for both live and on demand content that is a clear market leader.”

 

 

Related Content: 

NeuLion Press Release on Management Changes  

NeuLion Press Release on Saffron Digital Acquisition

 

 

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Download New Devoncroft Partners Report: 2016 NAB Show – Observations and Analysis of the Media Technology Industry

Analysis, broadcast industry technology trends, broadcast industry trends, broadcast technology market research | Posted by Josh Stinehour
Apr 16 2016

Ahead of the 2016 NAB Show, Devoncroft Partners has published an analysis of the trends and strategic drivers in the broadcast and media technology sector.

A link to download this report can be found at the bottom of this page.

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The report covers and provides commentary on a variety of significant market trends, drivers, and events, including:

  • Media Revenue Models Transitioning
  • Digital Monetization Challenges
  • Media Restructuring Announcements
  • Changing Customer Budgets
  • Review of Technology Investments by Large Media Customers
  • Key Trends Driving Investment Activity
  • Media Technology Industry Market Performance 2009 – 2015
  • Technology Vendor Results in 2015
  • Consolidation Across Media Value Chain
  • Implications of Market Developments on Technology Vendors

 

In addition, the analysis includes preliminary excerpts from the 2016 Big Broadcast Survey (BBS), the largest and most comprehensive study of technology trends, buyer behavior, and vendor brands in the broadcast and media technology sector.

We are interested in your feedback, comments, and questions on this report.

If you would like to schedule a meeting at the NAB Show, please let us know as soon as possible.  We are in the process of finalizing the NAB Show schedule for the Devoncroft team, and have limited availability remaining.

We hope to see you in Las Vegas.

 

Please click here to download a PDF copy (10 MB) NAB Show 2016 – Observations and Analysis of the Media Technology Industry from Devoncroft Partners (registration required).

 

 

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Media Technology CTOs to Discuss What Drives Their Investment Strategies at 2016 NAB Show Conference

Analysis, broadcast industry technology trends, broadcast industry trends, broadcast technology market research, Broadcast Vendor M&A, Conference Sessions, technology trends | Posted by Joe Zaller
Apr 11 2016

If you want to understand what’s driving media technology investments, don’t miss The Broadcaster C-Suite: Trends Driving Investment Decisions” at the 2016 NAB Show.

This moderated panel discussion about how evolving business models will drive media technology spending features four top executives: Richard Friedel- EVP and GM FOX NE&O; Håvard Myklebust – CTO of TV2 in Norway;  John Honeycutt – CTO of Discovery Communications; and Renu Thomas – EVP Media Operations, Engineering and IT at the Disney/ABC Television Group.

 

Devoncroft NAB 2016 Broadcaster Panel

 

This panel is just one of the sessions in the 2016 Media Technology Business Summit, produced by Devoncroft Partners and the NAB Show.

Designed to be a thought-provoking kickoff to the 2016 NAB Show, this half-day conference examines the “the business of the media business” from the perspective of all levels of the media value chain.  It is also an opportunity to network with the media technology executive community ahead of the start of the exhibition.

The Media Technology Business Summit is a half-day conference.  It starts at 1pm on Sunday April 17th, 2016 in room N249 of the Las Vegas Convention Center.

This event has been standing-room only for the past four years.  So please come early if you want a seat.

Admission is open to all registered 2016 NAB Show attendees (remember to bring your NAB Show badge).

Full details are available here, and on the NAB Show website.

 

 

 

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Share Your Opinions on the State of the Media Technology Industry in 2016

broadcast technology market research | Posted by Josh Stinehour
Mar 28 2016

If you haven’t already taken Devoncroft’s 2016 Big Broadcast Survey (BBS), then we hope you will take the time to share your opinions on market trends, project deployments, and technology suppliers. BBS Logo

Click here to register for the 2016 Big Broadcast Survey.

Once you complete the short registration process (necessary in an age of web-crawling spam bots), we’ll send you a link to participate in the 2016 BBS, the largest and most comprehensive annual study of the broadcast and media technology industry.

A summary of the responses received prior to the 2016 NAB Show will be presented during the “Media Technology Business Summit” on Sunday (April 17th) ahead of the NAB Show exhibition. We hope to see you there.

Why your feedback is important

Your thoughtful feedback is a critical tool for media technology strategists.

The BBS takes a scientific approach that provides independent third-party validation a wide range of important topics. It allows both buyers and suppliers of media technology to benchmark themselves against their peers on a global basis.

That’s why technology vendors, broadcasters, service providers, and finance professionals rely on the BBS as one of the most important reference tools for the media technology industry.

We recognize your time is valuable, so in return for completing the 2016 Big Broadcast Survey you will receive the following:

  • A 100-page summary of Devoncroft’s most recent global study of the market (as soon as you complete the survey)

 

  • A strategic analysis of important developments in the media and broadcast industry prior to the 2016 NAB Show

 

  • A 100+ page summary of the 2016 BBS results, as soon as it is available

 

  • An entry into a random drawing for a chance to win 1 of 5 prizes (your choice of Apple iPad Air 2 WiFi 128GB; OR Shure SE846 Sound Isolating Earphones; OR USD $750 Marriot/Ritz Carlton worldwide hotel voucher). Please see terms and conditions.

 

Click here to register for the 2016 Big Broadcast Survey.

 

 

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Media Technology Revenues Decline 4.3% in 2015 as Industry-Wide Structural Shift Continues

Analysis, broadcast industry technology trends, broadcast technology market research, Broadcaster Financial Results, market research, technology trends | Posted by Joe Zaller
Feb 24 2016

IABM DC releases 2016 Global Market Valuation and Strategy Report

The total market for media technology products and services declined 4.3% to $49.3bn in 2015, according to the newly released 2016 Global Market Valuation and Strategy Report (GMVR), published by IABM DC, a joint venture between IABM and Devoncroft Partners.

IABM DC Logo and GMVR Cover Image

A number of factors contributed to the year-on-year decline in media technology spending. These include significant currency fluctuations, ongoing consolidation among media organizations, the strategic move from CAPEX to OPEX as end-users evolve their business models, and for the first time in six years, negative growth in services as well as products.

Revenues in 2015 from Products¹ declined 4.4% to $22.01bn – 44.6% of total industry revenue.

2015 Services² revenues declined 4.2% to $27.31bn – 55.4% of total industry revenue.

While Product revenues have been in decline since 2012, this is the first year when Services revenues have also decreased since the inception of the GMVR.

For the four year period from 2012-2015, the compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) for the total industry was -1.0%. During the same period, the CAGR for media technology products and services was -2.4% and +0.1%, respectively.

Foreign exchange rate fluctuations had a significant impact in 2015. In Brazil and Russia, steep currency declines effectively doubled the prices for some media technology products thus deterring investment. Other currencies including the Canadian Dollar, Euro and Japanese Yen also declined versus the US Dollar, changing the competitive dynamic for many players. While many media technology suppliers have both revenues and costs in multiple currencies and are able to mitigate swings in foreign exchange to some extent, the same is not true for managed service providers that operate in a single territory. Much of the decline in Europe reported for the services segment results directly from the weakening of the Euro against the US Dollar in the period.

Other notable drivers for the decline in overall revenues range from the end of government-backed analog switch-off programs in many countries, to the ongoing consolidation of major media companies, to a pronounced shift in technology procurement strategies among end-users, including broadcasters, pay TV operators and media service providers.

These factors, and their impact on the market, are explored in more detail throughout the 2016 GMVR. Now in its seventh edition, the Global Market Valuation and Strategy report is an essential tool for all broadcast industry strategists. The 2016 edition provides market sizing data for approximately 150 product categories across nine market segments. Data tables provide regional splits for product and service revenues, as well as forecasts to 2019 at segment and sub-segment levels. The data tables are accompanied by extensive written commentary (available in Q1 2016), that discusses the drivers affecting the market and an analysis of how changing markets and technologies may shape the future composition of the broadcast and media technology industry.

Joe Zaller, founder and president of Devoncroft Partners, said, “The commercial models of many broadcasters and media companies have changed dramatically over the past few years. The combination of new digital and on-line delivery platforms, the shift to file-based workflows, the increasing drive for digital monetization, and the promise of COTS IT hardware managed by software defined networks have all been catalysts for an industry-wide rethinking of both what technology is required to support future business goals, and whether it will be purchased or outsourced. We believe these factors will continue to alter the structure of the industry through the end of our forecast period – 2019.”

Peter White, IABM CEO, said, “Although aggregate industry growth declined overall in 2015, the broadcast and media technology market is still undoubtedly a dynamic and exciting place to be. There was a significant impact on revenues overall from extensive weakening of most currencies against the US Dollar in the year, which particularly impacted services revenues in EMEA where there is a concentration of services suppliers. In addition, although revenues in the majority of product categories experienced a degree of decline, some segments of the market are growing strongly. The Global Market Valuation and Strategy Report illuminates this, and will make compelling reading for those companies that are looking to maximize business opportunities.

“The changing media landscape of the demand side of the industry is clearly affecting the supply side, and many organizations throughout the broadcast and media ecosystem have had to reinvent themselves. Despite a continuing downward trend so far in 2016, confidence still remains in the sector and spend on research and development is continuing at impressively high levels. We are experiencing a wave of innovation and change both from existing suppliers and from new entrants in the market which is fueling cautious optimism for 2016 and beyond; our industry clearly believes that it can win through and is backing itself to do so.”

¹Products include hardware, software and associated maintenance and support revenues.

²Services include systems integration, consultancy, post-production, services to live production, managed services, playout, CDN, Infrastructure as a Service, OTT/OVP platforms, and terrestrial and satellite transmission infrastructure.

 

About the Global Market Valuation and Strategy Report (GMVR)

Considered by many to be the definitive source for broadcast and media technology market sizing and trend analysis, the GMVR draws on actual and future projected revenue and product shipment data supplied by media technology vendors and service providers under a framework of strict confidentiality. In aggregate, the 2016 GMVR data model includes approximately 3,000 technology vendors and service providers.

The 2016 Global Market Valuation and Strategy Report is available to purchase from IABM or Devoncroft Partners.

 

About IABM DC LLC

IABM DC provides sought-after market intelligence on broadcast and digital media technology market-sizing data to suppliers and purchasers of media technology worldwide. IABM DC is a joint venture between broadcast and digital media vendor trade association IABM and Devoncroft Partners, an organization the specializes in broadcast and digital media market research, strategic consulting and analysis.

 

 

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The IABM and Devoncroft Partners Announce Market Research Joint Venture

 

 

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Evolution of Opinions About Virtualization and Cloud Technology / Service in the Media and Broadcast Industry

Analysis, broadcast industry technology trends, broadcast industry trends, broadcast technology market research, Conference Sessions, technology trends | Posted by Joe Zaller
Nov 18 2015

This is the third in a series of articles about some of the findings from Devoncroft’s 2015 Big Broadcast Survey (BBS), a global study of broadcast industry trends, technology purchasing plans, and benchmarking of broadcast technology vendor brands. Nearly 10,000 broadcast professionals in 100+ countries took part in the 2015 BBS, making it the largest and most comprehensive market study ever conducted in the broadcast industry.

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The Most Interesting Take-Away From the 2015 SMPTE Conference … A Change in Sentiment Towards Cloud

On the last day of the 2015 SMPTE technical conference in Los Angeles, I was chatting to the CTO of a large media company.  I asked this person their opinion on the most interesting take-away from the 2015 SMPTE Conference.

After pause for thought the answer (I am paraphrasing here) was that three years ago when SMPTE started the cloud technology track at their annual conference, the 2013 cloud session chair Al Kovalick (who this year chaired the IP Networking track) practically had rotten tomatoes thrown at him when he told the (highly skeptical) audience that broadcasters and media company could indeed get to 5 nines” of reliability, and that it would not be long until media technology infrastructure migrated to the cloud.

Fast forward three years to the 2015 SMPTE Technical Conference, and the most interesting take-away for this media CTO was that not only were there no tomatoes thrown at speakers presenting papers about cloud and IP – it was just the opposite.  There appeared to be was broad agreement, that cloud technology is real (or at least becoming real) and that media companies are rapidly adopting it in various ways.  So minds (and therefore budgets) have changed considerably in a very short space of time.

 

Our Research Shows a Similar Change in Sentiment

What this executive expressed dovetails with the way the opinions of participants in Devoncroft’s annual Big Broadcast Survey (BBS) have changed over the past several years.

As mentioned in a previous post, one of the key outputs from the BBS is the annual BBS Broadcast Industry Global Trend Index. This is a ranking of the broadcast industry trends that are considered by BBS respondents the most commercially important to their businesses in any given year.

The way the opinions about cloud technology and virtualization have evolved in the minds of media and technology buyers is very interesting to observe.

In the 2015 BBS Broadcast Industry Global Trend Index, “Cloud computing / virtualization” ranked as the #5 trend (maintaining the same position as in 2014 and 2013).

For the past several years, it was apparent that there was not a clear understanding of how cloud technology would be deployed in the broadcast environment, and what benefits it would bring.

Today, our research shows that despite remaining skepticism about the cloud (not to mention security concerns), the acceptance of (or at least the willingness to consider) cloud technology and related services increased noticeable over the past several years.

 

 

Plans for Cloud Deployment in Media and Broadcast

But what are buyers of broadcast technology actually planning to deploy in the cloud, and do they actually trust cloud technology?

There is a substantial amount of additional data captured in the 2015 BBS on what technology segments end-users are deploying and planning to deploy cloud services, along with what efficiencies they hope to achieve by deploying cloud Services.  This data is presented in the 2015 BBS Global Market Report (available for purchase).

Over the past year, we’ve observed that cloud services / cloud technology is one of the fastest growing areas of project spending in the media and broadcast industry.

But what are buyers of broadcast technology actually planning to deploy in the cloud, and do they actually trust cloud technology?

 

Opinions and Sentiment About Cloud are Changing Rapidly

Perhaps more than any other topic, the industry’s plans for cloud have evolved considerably over the past several years.

For the past several years, we’ve been asking BBS respondents what they’ve already deployed, or plan to deploy in the cloud over the next 2-3 years.

As the chart below highlights, the answers given by BBS respondents over the past several years have changed over time, as cloud went from a non-issue, to a curiosity, to a top-5 project.

Today, we are hearing more and more from end-users about serious projects being deployed in the cloud, and many more are evaluating how to take advantage of the benefits offered by cloud technology.

 

2009-2015 Evolution of planned cloud deployments in media & broadcast

 

To further illustrate how plans for deployment of cloud technology in media and broadcast have changed over the past several years, the three “word clouds” below show the free-text responses we received from BBS participants about what they have already deployed in the cloud or are planning to deploy in the cloud over the next several years.

 In 2013, plans for cloud technology were highly fragmented, with projects ranging from email, to collaboration, to storage and archive.

 

2013 BBS - Planned Cloud Deployments

 

Many respondents to the 2013 BBS said they planned to use cloud technology to deploy things like email systems, collaboration portals and file-sharing, and straightforward applications such as off-site storage of media assets. However, very few respondents contemplated “serious” media operations in the cloud.  Perhaps that’s because they were busy throwing tomatoes at Al Kovalick…

 

One year later, respondents to the 2014 Big Broadcast Survey revealed that they had started to contemplate more seriously what could be done in the cloud for media operations.  In addition to plans for email and collaboration systems, there was a noticeable increase in the number of companies that were planning to utilize cloud applications for media processing (such as transcoding and editing) and workflow-related applications (such as VOD and archive management).

 

2014 BBS -- Planned Cloud Deployments Word Cloud

 

We also heard from many 2014 BBS respondents that they were beginning to experiment with different operational models and architectures involving virtualization and cloud technologies.  However, in 2014 the majority of responses still involved more “simplistic” cloud technologies such as collaboration, off-site storage, and subscription software services, and file sharing.

 

By 2015, both cloud infrastructure as well as end-user understanding of what can be done in the cloud had evolved.

2015 BBS - Planned Cloud Deployments.

2015 BBS respondents shared information about specific projects already underway, or that have been completed.  We’re also seeing planned cloud deployments of “serious” media operations such as playout, compute, workflow, and MAM.

Perhaps most interestingly, we saw the term “confidential” more than ever when we asked people about their plans to use for virtualization and cloud technology in broadcast and media operations.  Based on what we see and hear in the market, we’re taking this as an indication that that trials and projects are already underway.

This was reinforced throughout the 2015 SMPTE Technical Conference, where presenters from BT, Fox NE&O, Amazon AWS, Sundog, Telestream, Levels Beyond, and others all talked about the potential of virtualization and cloud, and described real-world examples of how cloud and virtualization are being used today, and how this will increase in the future.

So hearing from a media company CTO that one of the most interesting take-aways from the 2015 SMPTE conference was that there is growing acceptance of cloud is not a surprise.  Our data shows a clear progression of the importance of cloud technologies and cloud services in media and broadcast operations, and we expect this to continue into the future.

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2015 SMPTE Technical Conference Program

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Ranking The Most Commercially Important Trends in Broadcast and Media Technology – 2015 Edition

Analysis, broadcast industry technology trends, broadcast industry trends, broadcast technology market research, market research, OTT Video, technology trends | Posted by Joe Zaller
Nov 09 2015

This is the second in a series of articles about some of the findings from Devoncroft’s 2015 Big Broadcast Survey (BBS), a global study of broadcast industry trends, technology purchasing plans, and benchmarking of broadcast technology vendor brands. Nearly 10,000 broadcast professionals in 100+ countries took part in the 2015 BBS, making it the largest and most comprehensive market study ever conducted in the broadcast industry.

 

Measuring the Most Important Trends in the Broadcast and Digital Media Technology Industry

Each year, Devoncroft Partners conducts a large-scale global study of the broadcast industry called the Big Broadcast Survey (BBS).  Nearly 10,000 broadcast professionals in 100+ countries participated in the 2015 BBS, making it the most comprehensive study ever done in the broadcast industry.

Firstly, we’d like to once again thank all the people who participate in the BBS each year.  We’re thankful that you take time from your busy schedules to participate, and we love (and read all of) your feedback.

 

One of the key outputs from the BBS is the annual BBS Broadcast Industry Global Trend Index. This is a ranking of the broadcast industry trends that are considered by BBS respondents the most commercially important to their businesses in any given year.

In order to ensure the relevance of the trends we measure each year, we spend a considerable amount of time seeking feedback about the structure of our reports from a wide variety of industry professionals.

As part of this process, the composition of the BBS Broadcast Industry Global Trend Index is reviewed each year in conjunction with Devoncroft clients, broadcast technology end-users, and a variety of domain experts.  New trends are added to the Index when BBS stakeholders believe that the value of this additional trend information outweighs the resulting distortion of the year-over-year comparisons.

Based on discussions with clients, end-users, and experts during the planning stages of the 2015 BBS project, we decided to maintain the same list of trends as contained in the 2014 BBS Broadcast Industry Global Trend Index.  The benefit of this approach is a straightforward comparison of how trends were ranked in 2015 versus 2014 across all demographics.

After this review process, the decision was taken to not change the trends measured in the 2015 BBS.  This enables a 1:1 comparison of trends on a year-over-year basis.


 

The 2015 BBS Broadcast Industry Global Trend Index

To create the 2015 BBS Broadcast Industry Global Trend Index, we presented BBS respondents with a list of 18 industry trends and asked them to identify the one trend they consider to be “most important” to their business, the one trend they consider to be “second most important” to their business, and the other trends (plural) they consider to be “also very important.”

We then apply a statistical weighting to these results, based on how research participants ranked the commercial importance of each trend.
Please note that our goal from this question is to help clients gain insight into the business drivers behind the respondent’s answer.  Therefore, respondents were asked to rank these trends in the context of the commercial importance to their business, rather than “industry buzz,” or “cool technology,” or marketing hype. The 2015 BBS Broadcast Industry Global Trend Index is shown below.

 

 

2015 BBS - Devoncroft Big Broadcast Survey 2015 Broadcast Industry Global Trend Index

 

When reviewing the data presented above, readers should note the following about the 2015 BBS Broadcast Industry Global Trend Index:

  • It is a measure of what research participants say is commercially important to their businesses in the future, not what they are doing now, or where they are spending money today (these topics will be addressed in future posts)

 

  • The chart above is visualized as a weighted index, not as a measure of the number of people that said which trend was most important to them

 

  • It measures the responses of all technology purchasers (i.e. non-vendors) who participated in the 2015 BBS, regardless of company type, company size, geographic location, job title, etc. Thus the responses of any demographic group such as a particular company type or geographic location may vary widely from the results presented in this article.

 

Analyzing the 2015 BBS Broadcast Industry Global Trend Index

Multi-platform content delivery (MPCD) is cited by a wide margin as the most important trend commercially to respondent businesses.  This is not surprising given the rise of new distribution mediums and devices.  Indeed, across multiple studies, research participants have repeatedly stated multi-platform content delivery is the most commercially important trend to their business over the next several years.

However, our discussions with broadcasters, content owners, and technology vendors indicate that despite the obvious fact that the way content is delivered and consumed has changed forever, this has not yet (with few exceptions) translated into profitable revenue streams for end-users.  There are a number of reasons why this is the case, and these have significant implications for content owners, broadcasters, and technology vendors.

These implications are addressed later in this report, as well as on the Devoncroft website.

Although multi-platform content delivery is by far seen as the most important trend in 2015, there are quite a few other interesting things to consider in the BBS Broadcast Industry Global Trend Index.

For over the past decade the transition to HDTV operations has been a major driver of end-user technology budgets, and therefore technology product sales.  The first BBS Broadcast Industry Global Trend Index, published in 2009, ranked the transition to HD as the #1 trend globally.  In the seven years since, the transition to HD operations has drifted lower in the rankings based on the continued adoption of HD technology infrastructure globally.  For the first time in 2014, the transition to HD operations was not ranked among the top five trends by respondents, instead ranking #6.  In 2015, the transition to HD operations declined further, now ranking #8.  However, within developing markets or smaller media markets within developed regions, the HD transition remains one of the strongest drivers of broadcast industry revenue.

We provide significant coverage of the ongoing global transition to HDTV operations in the 2015 BBS Global Market Report (available for purchase). This includes a granular breakdown of the current and projected future progress that end-users have made in their transition to HD, as well as the upgrade plans for fifteen product categories including cameras, switchers, routers, servers, graphics, encoders, and video transport. We’ll also be publishing more information about project-based spending and the HD transition later in this report, as well as on the Devoncroft website.

A trend that has increased in importance over the past several years is “IP networking & content delivery,” which is ranked as the #2 most important trend in the BBS Broadcast Industry Global Trend Index.

The move to IP-based infrastructure has increased in importance in response to several market developments.  Based on our research, end-user motivations for moving to IP-based infrastructure are more nuanced than simply generating operational efficiencies, though this goal is an important component.  Rather, end-user responses to the Big Broadcast Survey are consistent with a more encompassing goal of moving to fundamentally different technology infrastructures to better support evolving media business models.

While the move to IP-based infrastructure is still at the stage of early adopters in broadcast operational environments, there were several notable developments during 2015.  These included the progression of interoperability standards (e.g. SMPTE 2022-6), the advancement of work from the joint task force on networked media (JT-NM) [sponsored by SMPTE, EBU, and the VSF], the creation of several individual vendor ecosystems (e.g. Evertz ASPEN), and the elevated activities by large IT providers (e.g. Cisco).

A transition to IP-based infrastructures is likely inevitable given the comparative size of the broadcast technology sector versus the broader IT industry.  This greater size equates to far greater research and development resources.  There remains, however, several obstacles preventing widespread adoption of IP-based infrastructure in the immediate term.  For this reason we are expecting the move to IP to represent a major industry driver over the mid-to-long term.

Regardless of timing, the transition to IP-based infrastructure will have profound implications for both technology buyers and suppliers.

The #3 ranked trend in the 2015 BBS Broadcast Industry Global Trend Index is “4K / UHD.”  2015 is the second year the BBS has included 4K / UHD as a trend within the BBS Broadcast Industry Global Trend Index. It was added based on feedback from Devoncroft’s clients.  The high ranking of 4K / UHD in both 2014 (ranked #4) and 2015 demonstrates these requests were well-founded.

Many in the industry believe 4K / UHD is the next major driver of infrastructure upgrades – similar to the transition to HD over a decade ago.

While there is no doubt that 4K / UHD is a very important development, the data collected in the 2015 BBS lends skepticism to the proposition 4K / UHD will have a similar impact on the industry as the transition to HDTV operations, which drove a massive wave of technology spending that lasted more than a decade.

Although episodic and documentary content has, or will soon, move to 4K/UHD acquisition along with archive activities (because it extends the useful life of content assets), it will take time for 4K/UHD to move into mainstream live production environments such as news and sports.  One reason is creating a live event in 4K / UHD is complex and expensive to create versus an HD broadcast.  Uncompressed 4K / UHD requires real-time processing at 12Gbps, and the full production chain is not yet widely available.  Another critical issue is that (until mid-2015) most 4K / UHD capable cameras utilize large format single sensors and cine-style PL-mount lenses. While the shallow depth-of-field produced by these acquisition systems is a perfect match for theatrical or drama production, it causes problems in live sports production, where depth-of-field is important to keep critical action sequences in constant focus.  There were several announcements by camera manufacturers during 2015 to address this issue with depth-of-field.

Nevertheless, there’s no doubt that 4K / UHD is driving strong interest and excitement in the industry.  The question remains whether it will become a mainstream technology driver as HD has been, or whether it will only achieve penetration into technology infrastructure through the normal product upgrade cycle.

The trend ranked #4 in the 2015 BBS Broadcast Industry Global Trend Index, “file-based / tapeless workflows,” is a clear indication of the importance of increased efficiency for broadcast technology end-users.  This trend has accelerated as the transition to HDTV (ranked #8 this year) begins to decline in developed markets around the world.

Over the past several years, we’ve observed a pattern whereby broadcasters, who have invested considerable time, effort, and money into transitioning their operations to HD, begin to shift their focus towards increasing the efficiency of their operations. Over time, efficiency has become a key driver of broadcast technology purchasing.  In fact, our research shows that in many cases, increased operational efficiency and cost savings are more important than cutting-edge technology.

This is because the economics of the entire industry have changed – because of MPCD and other factors – and as a result, end-users must change their cost structure (radically in some cases) in order to generate sustained profitability into the future.

This has implications for the broadcast industry in terms of both workflows and product procurement, and as a result, the importance of both “file-based workflows” and “IP networking & content delivery” has increased as broadcast technology buyers continue to look for efficiencies as they transition to new technical platforms and business models.  The desire for broadcast technology buyers to gain operational efficiencies will likely continue to be a strong macro driver in 2015, as broadcasters continue to deploy new workflows.

Cloud computing / virtualization,” is the #5 ranked trend (maintaining the same position as in 2014 and 2013).

For the past several years, it was apparent that there was not a clear understanding of how cloud technology would be deployed in the broadcast environment, and what benefits it would bring.  This is still the case in many respects in 2015.  However, similar to observations in 2014, our research shows that despite remaining skepticism about the cloud (not to mention security concerns), the acceptance of (or at least the willingness to consider) cloud technology and related services increased noticeable during the year.

But what are buyers of broadcast technology actually planning to deploy in the cloud, and do they actually trust cloud technology?

There is a substantial amount of additional data captured in the 2015 BBS on what technology segments end-users are deploying and planning to deploy cloud services, along with what efficiencies they hope to achieve by deploying cloud Services.  This data is presented in the 2015 BBS Global Market Report (available for purchase).

Selected example data is provided in this free report from the Devoncroft 2015 BBS Global Project Index (see Part 2 of this report, starting on page 29).  It highlights how cloud services / cloud technology is one of the fastest growing areas of project spending in the broadcast industry.

But what are buyers of broadcast technology actually planning to deploy in the cloud, and do they actually trust cloud technology?   Perhaps more than any other topic, the industry’s plans for cloud have evolved considerably over the past several years.

For the past several years, we’ve been asking BBS respondents what they’ve already deployed, or plan to deploy in the cloud over the next 2-3 years.

As the chart below highlights, the answers given by BBS respondents over the past several years have changed over time, as cloud went from a non-issue, to a curiosity, to a top-5 project.

 

2009-2015 Evolution of planned cloud deployments in media & broadcast

 

Today, we are hearing more and more from end-users about serious projects being deployed in the cloud, and many more are evaluating how to take advantage of the benefits offered by cloud technology.

But what are media technology end-users actually deploying in the cloud?  This will be discussed in a future post.

“Improvements in compression efficiency,” which is ranked #6 in the 2015 BBS Broadcast Industry Global Trend Index is consistent with the desire for increased efficiency. With content distribution models having migrated from single linear broadcast channels, to multi-channel Pay TV playout, to a totally on-demand environment, high quality compression is a critical success factor for broadcasters and content playout platforms.

A plethora of new channels, and the desire for simultaneous bandwidth saving and increased image quality for MPCD services have driven an increasing focus on high quality compression systems. For the past several years this has resulted in better MPEG-2 and H.264 compression products for primary distribution, contribution, and redistribution to consumers. H.265 (HEVC) compression technology holds the promise of further reducing the bandwidth required to deliver high quality images, particularly for 4K / UHD channels.  Despite continued momentum in 2015, HEVC is still in early stages of adoption, though wider deployments are expected over the next 12 to 18 months.

In addition to creating greater efficiencies, end-users are also looking for ways to generate incremental revenue in an environment where the economic model of the industry is changing dramatically.  Thus “video-on-demand,” which is ranked #7 in the 2015 BBS Broadcast Industry Global Trend Index, will remain a strong driver for content owners, media companies and broadcasters.  The combination of MPCD, better compression technology, and an ever-increasing channel count, will drive video on demand deployments, whether via traditional broadcast and pay TV platforms, or over the internet or mobile networks.

The #8 ranked trend in the 2015 BBS Broadcast Industry Global Trend Index is the “transition to HDTV operations.

The transition to HDTV has been a huge driver of broadcast technology spending for more than a decade, but 2015 BBS respondents report that it continues to decline in terms of future commercial importance to their organizations.  In 2015, the technology required for the transition to HDTV is well understood by the majority of the market, even those who have not yet made the transition.

Despite its gradual decline in the 2015 BBS Broadcast Industry Global Trend Index rankings, we believe that the HD transition will continue to be one of the most important industry drivers over the coming years. There are a number of reasons for this, but the most important is that there is still a long way to go in the HD transition on a global basis. Indeed, our research shows that 2014 was the first year the total penetration of HDTV infrastructure surpassed the 50% mark for the global market.

Nevertheless, with the transition to HD having been a critically important driver for so many years, it begs the question of what’s next — as broadcast technology end-users in developed markets approach the completion of their HD transition, where does their focus (and spending) shift?

The “move to automated workflows” is ranked #9 in the 2015 BBS Broadcast Industry Global Trend Index

Better compression technology and lower cost integrated playout platforms (such as “channel-in-a-box”), will facilitate an ongoing proliferation of new TV channels.  This will in turn drive a focus on bringing highly automated operations to channel playout and master control environments. Thus we expect to continue to see a strong interest in the “move to automated workflows” over the next several years.  Automated workflows are also seen as drivers of efficiency.

While efficiency is undoubtedly very important to end-users, actually making money from new on-line channels has driven a significant increase in focus on content monetization via “targeted advertising,” which is ranked #10 in the 2015 BBS Broadcast Industry Global Trend Index.

“Remote production,” which is ranked #11 in 2015 BBS Broadcast Industry Global Trend Index is another trend that is focused on efficiency.  Through the use of remote production, broadcasters can lower their costs of producing live events, whether a small local soccer match or the World Cup.  Our research suggests that despite the potential for savings using “remote production” approaches for high-profile events, end-users are not yet comfortable adopting these approaches given the mission critical nature of the associated productions.  Therefore, the greater adoption for remote production is lower-tier events with inherently constrained revenue opportunities.

Similarly, broadcasters and media companies can achieve enormous cost-savings through the trend ranked #12 in the 2015 BBS Broadcast Industry Global Trend Index, “centralizing operations,” including playout and transmission.  A relevant example of centralized operations is the North American sporting leagues (including MLB, NFL, and the NBA) creating central facilities to handle the responsibility of in-game replays.

Although it’s towards the bottom of the rankings at #13, “analog switch-off” is very important for those regions where it’s happening today – primarily as mandated by local governments.  Our research shows that analog switch-off (also called “digital switch-over” in some territories) has driven huge waves of CapEx in those markets where it has already occurred.

As with previous years, the following trends were ranked towards the low-end of the Index: “transition to 3Gbps operations”, “transition to 5.1 channel audio”, “outsourced operations”, “3D TV” and “green initiatives.

 

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The information in this article is based on select findings from the 2015 Big Broadcast Survey (BBS), a global study of broadcast industry trends, technology purchasing plans, and benchmarking of broadcast technology vendor brands. Nearly 10,000 broadcast professionals in 100+ countries took part in the 2015 BBS, making it the largest and most comprehensive market study ever conducted in the broadcast industry. The BBS is published annually by Devoncroft Partners.

Granular analysis of these results is available as part of various paid-for reports based on the 2015 BBS data set. For more information about this report, please contact Devoncroft Partners

 

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Don’t Miss Four Industry Leaders Discussing “Key Trends Driving Media Technology Investments” at CCW 2015

broadcast technology market research | Posted by Joe Zaller
Nov 09 2015

There is no doubt that the business models of media and broadcast companies are going through a period of dramatic change.  As a result, much of the technology required by broadcasters is also changing – as is who they purchase it from.

If you are interested in understanding what this means for both buyers and suppliers of media and broadcast technology, you won’t want to miss the ‘Key Trends Driving Media Technology Investments,’ panel session at the CCW show in New York this week.

This session is part of the CCW exhibition conference, and will be held this coming Wednesday, November 11th from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., in room 1A06 in the Javits Convention Center.

Featuring an outstanding line-up of industry leaders, this session will discuss how the changing requirements of today’s media business are impacting technology investments today and in the future.

The panel will be moderated by Joe Zaller, founder of Devoncroft Partners, a leading market intelligence firm in the media technology sector.

Topics Discussion topics will include issues such as OTT delivery, content monetization, deployments of 4K/UHD, the transition to IP-based operations, virtualized technology deployments, outsourcing, and public/private cloud for content production, playout and storage.

The panel represents a cross-section of the media business, featuring a broadcast network, one of the largest TV station groups, a leading cable programmer, and one of the world’s largest outsourced service provider.

 

Speakers include: 

 

 

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Senior Vice President, Broadcast Operations & Engineering
ABC Television Network

 

 

 

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Del Parks

SVP and CTO
Sinclair Broadcast Group

 

 

 

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Diane Tryneski
EVP Media & Production Operations
HBO

 

 

 

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Chris Walters

CEO
Encompass Digital Media

 

 

This session features a short overview of data industry trends, end-user budgets, and project deployments from Devoncroft’s 2015 Big Broadcast Survey, the largest and most comprehensive annual study of the media technology sector.  The panelists will then weigh-in on how the changing business environment is affecting technology strategy at their organizations.

If you haven’t already signed up, you may attend the session by registering for the FREE All-Industry Core Package here.  This will also include access to the Exhibition, 30+ CCW and SATCON Core Sessions, Post|Production Campus, and the InfoSession Theater.

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As part of our partnerships with the CCW, we are pleased to offer the discount code EP15 to enable a $50 savings should you upgrade to one of the below paid programs. 

 

We hope to see you in New York at the Javits.

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