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Going to NAB? Don’t Miss 2nd Annual “Media Technology: Strategy and Valuation Conference,” A Thought Provoking Kick-Off to the 2013 NAB Show

broadcast industry technology trends, broadcast industry trends, Broadcast technology channel strategy, broadcast technology market research, Broadcast technology vendor financials, Broadcast Vendor Brand Research, Broadcast Vendor M&A, Broadcaster Financial Results, content delivery, technology trends | Posted by Joe Zaller
Apr 02 2013

If you are attending the 2013 NAB show, be sure not to miss the second annual “Media Technology: Strategy and Valuation,” conference which is being co-produced by Devoncroft, Silverwood Partners and the organizers of the NAB Show.

This event is being held in room N239/241 of the Las Vegas Convention Center on Sunday April 7th from 1:45 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., and it’s free for all registered attendees of the 2013 NAB show.

This year’s conference 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 will offer 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 2013 NAB Show.

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

 

Here’s the current lineup of presenters:

 

1:45 pm – 1:50 pm

WELCOME AND INTRODUCTION

Joe Zaller – President, Devoncroft Partners

 

 

1:50 pm – 2:20 pm

NAB SHOW SPROCKIT PRESENTATIONS

Hear from three market-ready start-ups who have been selected by the NAB’s SPROCKIT initiative.  This session will include an introduction of the SPROCKIT initiative followed by presentations from three of NAB Show’s inaugural SPROCKIT participants.

Presenter(s):

  • Hilary DeCesare, Co-Founder and CEO, Everloop
  • Heidi Messer, Co-Founder & Chairman, Collective[I]
  • John West, Founder & CEO, The Whistle

 

 

2:20 pm – 2:45 pm

THE BROADCAST & MEDIA TECHNOLOGY INDUSTRY IN 2013

Joe Zaller will present a summary of key data derived from the newly published 2013 Big Broadcast Survey (BBS), the largest and most comprehensive study of the broadcast industry. Key results from the 2013 BBS will include key investments areas as well as trends of significance that are impacting these purchasing decisions.

Joe Zaller – President, Devoncroft Partners

 

 

2:45 pm – 3:10 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 transaction activity and valuations; vendor strategic considerations; and the current M&A environment along with near-term expectations. Attendees will also learn which businesses are buyers and investors targeting and why.

Presenter(s):

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

 

 

3:10 pm – 3:35 pm

M&A, VALUATION PERSPECTIVES FROM INDUSTRY EXECUTIVES

Joe Zaller will moderate a panel of three recognized executives at leading vendors will offer views on the critical drivers of value (in context of M&A) in the industry, and discuss the best practices they’ve learned on how to review an acquisition opportunity and how to integrate M&A into overall growth strategies. Obstacles to further industry consolidation will also be discussed.

Moderator:

Joe Zaller – President, Devoncroft Partners

 

Panelists:

  • Dan Castle — CEO, Telestream
  • Harris Morris – CEO, Harris Broadcast
  • Denis Suggs, Executive Vice President, Belden

 

 

3:45 pm – 4:00 pm

IABM END-USER RESEARCH OVERVIEW

Peter White, Director General IABM will present an overview of the latest end-user research from the IABM, including the changing requirements of broadcast technology buyers, and what this means for the supply community.

Peter White — Director General, IABM

 

 

4:00 pm – 4:25 pm

THE BROADCAST TECHNOLOGY BUYER PERSPECTIVE

Joe Zaller will guide a discussion with broadcast executives responsible for technology budgets as they ponder the questions of most significance to decisions on technology purchasing: How are savvy broadcasters aligning known technology expenditures against uncertain multi-platform revenue opportunities in order to counteract the ‘consumer-broadcast disconnect’? How are these companies assessing the business risk of technology purchase decisions today given the uncertainty of future business models?

Moderator:

Joe Zaller – President, Devoncroft Partners

 

Panelists:

  • Fred Mattocks – General Manager Media Operations and Technology, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
  • Steve Plunkett – Chief Technical Officer, Red Bee Media
  • Phil Braden — SVP Technology and Applications, PCCW

 

 

4:25 pm – 4:50 pm

KEYNOTE: TECHNOLOGY CHANGE, BUSINESS CHANGE

Clyde Smith, FOX Networks Engineering and Operations  will offer a broadcast executive’s perspective on the major business issues facing the industry, what major initiatives and projects have been created to solve these issues, a candid assessment of the results of these initiatives, and a discussion of what is still needed from a technology standpoint to address these issues.

Clyde Smith — SVP New Technology, FOX Networks Engineering and Operations

 

 

4:50 pm – 5:15 pm

INVESTOR PERSPECTIVES ON INDUSTRY

Joe Zaller will moderate this panel of private equity professionals who have made recent investments in the media and entertainment space will offer their unique perspectives on trends of significance for the M&E sector. They will also preview their plans for intelligence-gathering at this year’s NAB Show, the trends that are driving investment dollars in the sector, and what characteristics influence their evaluation of an investment opportunity within the M&E industry.

Moderator:

Joe Zaller – President, Devoncroft Partners

 

Panelists:

  • Dave Golob, Francisco Partners
  • Kevan Leggett, Lloyds TSB Development Capital Ltd
  • William Smales, The Carlyle Group
  • Bryce Winkle, The Gores Group

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Impressions of IBC 2012: M&A, Cloud, Multi-Platform, 4K, Efficient Operations, CiaB, and the “Return of Grass Valley”

broadcast industry technology trends, broadcast industry trends, broadcast technology market research, content delivery, market research, technology trends | Posted by Joe Zaller
Sep 20 2012

A previous version of this article appeared in the “Tech Thursday” Spotlight Section of TVNewsCheck

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Against the backdrop of the ongoing European debt crisis and the afterglow of the 2012 Olympics, nearly 51,000 visitors made their way to Amsterdam for the annual IBC trade show. Major themes of the five-day broadcast technology jamboree included vendor consolidation, buzz about new technologies for multi-screen content delivery and social TV, futuristic technology demonstrations, and several important new product introductions.

The broadcast vendor community got a little less fragmented on the first morning of IBC, with a merger announcement by two Norway-based video transport technology providers — Nevion and T-VIPS

Although no additional deals were unveiled at the show, vendor consolidation was one of the most discussed themes at IBC, and according to statements made by some of the leading vendors, there is potentially a lot more consolidation on the way.   

Newly acquired Miranda technologies made its debut as a “Belden brand” at IBC, and Belden EVP Denis Suggs was on hand at the show to meet customers and explain his company’s vision for the broadcast industry, and why they decided to buy Miranda in one of the largest broadcast technology M&A deals in recent years. 

In a nutshell, Belden saw the opportunity to acquire a cash-generating company with a top-class management team that’s growing faster than the overall market and jumped at it. Including Miranda, Belden now generates approximately $450 million a year in broadcast-related revenue, making it one of the industry’s largest players, and it appears they are not done doing deals in this space. 

Suggs said Belden views Miranda as a platform from which is can further expand its broadcast industry operations, and that it intends to support Miranda’s existing plan for further acquisitions.

Grass Valley CEO Alain Andreoli echoed a similar sentiment at his company’s press conference. He said that Francisco Partners, the private equity firm that owns Grass Valley, has a $3 billion fund behind it and will support Grass Valley’s efforts to become an industry consolidators.

When the dust settles, he said, Grass Valley may not be the largest player, but it will certainly be in the top three. Last year, Grass Valley bought PubliTronic, a provider of channel-in-a-box (CiaB) technology, to gain a larger foothold in the playout market. Expect to see Grass Valley and other players making additional strategic moves that help them enter attractive new market spaces.

But most IBC M&A talk centered on Harris Broadcast, which is currently being divested by its parent company. Although rumors were flying at the show about who might buy the division, its executives were tight-lipped. Harris Broadcast President Harris Morris would only say that the deal is progressing according to plan, and is on track to be completed as soon as the end of 2012.

New products and services based on cloud technology, multi-platform content delivery and social TV services dominated many demonstration and hallway conversations at IBC, particularly in the “Connected World” pavilion, where dozens of new and established firms displayed a host of products aimed at securing a place in this emerging ecosystem.

Despite the enthusiasm of vendors, many buyers publicly and privately expressed caution about the technology.

Critics of cloud technology cited immature technology, bandwidth limitations, security, and an unproven business case as barriers to its adoption. Likewise, broadcasters and content owners expressed concern over the “disconnect” between the desire of end-users to receive and consume video content on an ever-increasing number personal devices, and the ability of broadcasters to create sustainable and profitable multi-platform business models.

Cloud-based discussions at IBC ranged from real-world case studies of how EVS helped broadcasters set up private clouds to facilitate remote production of the Euro 2012 soccer championships and London Olympics, to practical solutions from Signiant and Aspera for managing the delivery of file-based content over IP-enabled and cloud-based infrastructure, to new solutions for cloud-based video production.

Cloud-based production is an emerging trend, but initiatives such as the ‘Adobe Anywhere’ initiative will prove to be a catalyst in this area. Taking cloud-based production to the “next level” are new firms like VC-backed start-up A-Frame, which is building from the ground-up a complete cloud-based video production environment that marries the experience of broadcast and post-production experts with forward-thinking IT-based software experts. 

On the multi-screen front, Ericsson introduced its first encoder based on HEVC/H.265 compression technology. The company says that its HEVC implementation offers the potential for users to reduce bandwidth by up to 50%, thereby enabling more efficient delivery of content over multiple platforms, including mobile networks.

Harmonic unveiled a new version of its ProMedia transcoder, aimed at enabling its customers to deliver an integrated multi-screen experience to their subscribers. Harmonic also introduced new members of its senior management team: CMO Peter Alexander, and CTO Krish Padmanabhan, who recently joined the company from Cisco and NetApp, respectively.

Noticeable by their absence on the Harmonic booth at IBC were the familiar Omneon and Rhozet brand names, which have now been absorbed into Harmonic. “Harmonic is a branded house, not a house of brands, and our singular focus is delivering excellent video quality to consumers everywhere,” said Alexander.

The Sony/SES Astra demonstration of live delivery of 4K images over satellite drew a lot of attention.

For many years, 4K images have been trade show “eye candy” for visitors, but at IBC 2012 Sony and SES showed that technology exists today to transmit high quality 4K images over satellite at a manageable 50mbit/s using h.264 compression technology.  The stunning live video images were delivered via an SES satellite to an 84-inch Sony Bravia 4K display.

The demo prompted speculation that 4K will be the “next HD” in terms of consumer adoption and broadcast infrastructure upgrades. Other observers took a more practical approach, saying that the industry might see 4K being used as a high-end production format in near to mid term, but that it will be a long time before broadcasters who have already spent millions on the transition to HDTV decide to upgrade again to 4K.

Indeed, when it comes to broadcast infrastructure upgrades it is operational efficiency, not higher resolution, which appears to be the primary demand of broadcasters. Thus, many vendors at IBC were promoting solutions designed to help broadcasters transition their operations to file-based and IT-oriented workflows. 

One of the ongoing initiatives in this area has been the development by a large number of vendors of integrated IT-based playout technologies, more commonly known as channel-in-a-box (CiaB).  These systems offer the promise of increased operational efficiency and significant cost savings through the integration of previously disparate playout and master control functionality into a single IT-based platform. Over the past several years, major vendors including Grass Valley, Miranda, Snell, Harmonic, and Evertz have offered products.

At IBC 2012, Harris became the latest entrant into the market with the launch of Versio, a CiaB system based on several of the company’s existing technology platforms including the Nexio server family, ADC automation, and Inscriber graphics. 

When describing the new Versio product at the company IBC press conference, Harris Morris said the No. 1 requirement for automated IT-based playout systems is reliability, and that this is an area where Harris Broadcast excels. Morris also emphasized that CiaB platforms rely heavily on automation technology, where Harris Broadcast is an established leader, making the company a natural choice for broadcasters considering integrated IT-based playout.

Although Harris Broadcast touted the fact that their Versio platform is based on the company’s existing technology platforms, it stopped well short of saying that the new system is a direct replacement for its current products, particularly its popular Nexio server family.

Instead the company described Versio as a robust cost-effective way for broadcasters to quickly add new services and digital subchannels channels, and to provide backup in emergencies.

“Channel-in-a-box should be about opening up new possibilities rather than limiting how a broadcaster can operate across multiple on-air scenarios,” said Andrew Warman, senior product manager at Harris Broadcast. “It’s limiting to look at channel-in-a-box as a system replacement for servers, automation, and other play-to-air systems. Broadcasters need freedom to build appropriate workflows for their operations, including external components.”

However, other vendors clearly see the CiaB market differently, and have taken a very different approach than Harris Broadcast, especially those firms that do not have an existing playout server business to protect. 

Snell Chief Architect Neil Maycock said that his company’s ICE platform is not only “ready for prime-time,” it is on the air today delivering high value content for major broadcasters.  Maycock also said that ICE has a unique architecture that enables it to scale from a single channel implementation, through a multi-location centralcasting model, to a large multi-channel playout environment.

PlayBox CEO Vassil Lefterov said he has built his entire business on disrupting the traditional server-based playout market. “We believe our singular focus on this application is a key advantage,” he said.  “Playbox has thousands of live channels on the air today and is working to re-define playout operations for many of our customers.”

Grass Valley, which like Harris has a significant video server business, took a more pragmatic approach.  SVP and CMO Graham Sharp said that “it’s likely CiaB and other IT-based playout systems may ultimately impact everyone’s server business, so we’ve taken the decision to cannibalize our own products where necessary by embracing IT technology, because if we don’t do it to ourselves someone else will.” 

Grass Valley was among the vendors with significant new products. Introductions included a new LDX camera platform that scales from a basic model to a high-end super-slow motion system; a new video server family, and brand new electronics for the Kayenne and Karrera production switchers.  Grass Valley said all its new products feature native 1080p processing, and provide straightforward upgrades via software.

Grass Valley also made bold claims about its future product plans, stating that by 2014 it will have replaced its entire portfolio with all new 1080p, IT-focused products. 

GV’s Sharp also hinted at a major NAB 2013 announcement from Grass Valley: “Next year we will introduce a completely new integrated IP-based platform that is totally format agnostic.” he said.  “We believe this new platform will enable a new way of working that we call non-linear production….”

All Grass Valley products, including those launched at IBC 2012, will be compatible with the new architecture, he said.

Sharp concluded GV press conference by saying: “If there is one take-away from this presentation about Grass Valley, it’s this: We’re back.”

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Tracking the Evolution of Broadcast Industry Trends 2009 – 2012

broadcast industry technology trends, broadcast industry trends, broadcast technology market research, content delivery, market research, technology trends | Posted by Joe Zaller
Apr 09 2012

This is the second in a series of articles about some of the findings from the 2012 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 2012 BBS, making it the largest and most comprehensive market study ever conducted in the broadcast industry.

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In a recent post about broadcast industry trends, we published the 2012 BBS Broadcast Industry Global Trend Index, which shows the most important trends in the broadcast industry for 2012. 

This article looks at how trends have changed over time, and more specifically what trends became more important or less important in 2012 versus 2011.

Our view is that industry trends drive capital projects, which in turn drives technology budgets, which in turn drives product purchase.  In other words, what technology buyers say is commercially important to their business in the future (i.e. trends) will likely turn into what they are budgeting for tomorrow (i.e. projects).

Therefore it’s useful to review how the relative importance of broadcast industry trends has changed over time, because it provides a preview of where technology purchases will be made in the future. 

 

  • In 2009, the BBS Broadcast Industry Global Trend Index was dominated by the Transition to HDTV Operations, while multi-platform content delivery was fourth on the list

 

  • In 2010, multi-platform content delivery had become the most important industry trend, narrowly eclipsing file-based / tapeless workflows (which were combined in the 2010 index) and the transition to HDTV operations

 

  • In 2011 multi-platform content delivery became the dominant trend, where it remains in 2012

 


The chart below shows a comparison of the BBS Broadcast Industry Global Trend Index from 2011 and 2012. 

 

 

This chart shows that multi-platform content delivery continues to increase in overall importance relative to other trends in the broadcast industry.  Other net gainers in 2012 versus 2011 include file-based / tapeless workflows, the move to automated workflows, video-on-demand and improvements video compression efficiencies; all of which show year-over year increases in the Index ranking.

Both transition to HDTV operations and IP networking & content delivery declined in the 2012 BBS Broadcast Industry Global Trend Index, but stayed in the top four (where they have been since the inception of the Index in 2009).  Other notable decliners in 2012 versus 2011 were “transition to 3Gbps operations”, and “3D,” which saw the largest year-over-year decline on a percentage basis.

It should also be noted that the relatively strong showing of “cloud computing / cloud-based services” which was added to the Index in 2012, undoubtedly had a cannibalizing impact on these results.


To provide additional context on how the importance of technology trends in the broadcast industry changes over time, we have included a comparison of the BBS Broadcast Industry Global Trend Index from 2010 – 2012.

 

 

When reading this chart, please bear in mind that in each of the previous two years, one additional trend was added to the Index.  In 2011, analog switch-off was added.  In 2012 cloud computing / cloud-based services was added. 

New trends are added when appropriate (and based on stakeholder feedback), in order to keep the Index current and relevant to the needs of users.  However as discussed in a previous section, this can make it more difficult to perform year-over-year data analysis.  Thus we are providing as much information as possible in this report in order to enable readers to undertake an informed analysis.

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Changes in Numerical Ranking in the BBS Broadcast Industry Global Trend Index

As shown below, there were some interesting changes in the numerical ranking of the trends covered in the 2012 Index.  The first column in the table below shows how trends were ranked in 2012. The number in parentheses to the right of each trend shows how it ranked in the 2011 BBS Index. Although there were no changes at the top and bottom of the 2012 Index versus the 2011 Index, there was movement in between.

 

 

Several trends were ranked more highly in 2012 than in 2011.  For example the transition to file-based / tapeless workflows moved up one spot to the #2 ranking (eclipsing the transition to HDTV operations for the first time in the Index), and the move to automated workflows also moved up.  

The combination of the strength of multi-platform content delivery, the strong showing of cloud computing, and the increasing importance of file-based workflows and automated operations has significant implications.  Broadcast technology buyers are clearly focused on creating efficiencies wherever possible, while at the same time working to generate new revenue streams through multi-screen offerings.

A number of trends dropped in the Index versus previous years, the most notable being 3D which had the largest year-over-year percentage drop.

Other trends remained relatively static in terms of their ranking in 2011.  For example: “transition to 3Gbps operations,” “transition to 5.1 channel audio,” “outsourced operations,” and “green initiatives” remained the bottom four trends in 2011, as they were in 2012.  However the addition of cloud computing, which ranked #7 in the Index dropped each of these trends down one position.

 

Changes in Commercial Importance of Broadcast Industry Trends

As well as changes to numerical ranking, there were also year-over-year changes to the perception of commercial importance to each trend.  This is shown in the table below:

 

 

For the most part, the trends that moved up in the rankings in 2012 were also seen as more important commercially versus the previous year. 

The common theme among the items on the left side of the above chart is that they all have to do with creating new revenue streams, or cutting costs through greater efficiencies.  Analog switch-off is perhaps the odd one out here, but given that these projects are mandated by governments, they become increasingly important where relevant until the time that these projects have ended.

The items on the right of the above chart are a mixed bag.  As a generalization it’s safe to say that that many of these trends involve spending rather than saving money.  Given that much of the industry is still recovering from recession, extra spending is not a popular choice in the current business environment.

 

Why Tracking Movement of Trends is Important

It is important to note that there is a difference between recognizing that a trend is commercially important and having a business plan in place that capitalizes on that trend.  As stated previously, our view is that industry trends drive capital projects, which in turn drive technology budgets, which in turn drive product purchase.  In other words, what technology buyers say is commercially important to their business in the future (i.e. trends) will likely turn into what they are budgeting for tomorrow (i.e. projects).

For example, the 2012 BBS Trend Index shows that monetizing content on multiple platforms is clearly a key objective for broadcast professionals in the year ahead, yet many players, particularly on the content side, are still experimenting with their business models. At some point these trends will drive capital projects.  When that happens they will become major drivers of technology spending in the broadcast industry. 

We will review what major capital projects are being planned this year in the broadcast industry in a subsequent article.

 

Keep in mind when reading this information that all data in this article measures the responses of all non-vendor participants in the 2012 BBS, regardless of organization type, organization size, job title or geographic location. Responses of individual organization types or geographic locations may be very different. Granular analysis of these results is available as part of the full 2012 BBS Global Market Report. For more information about this report, please contact Devoncroft Partners.

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Related Content:

The 2012 Big Broadcast Survey – Information and available reports

The 2011 BBS Broadcast Industry Global Trend Index

The 2010 BBS Broadcast Industry Global Trend Index

The 2009 BBS Broadcast Industry Global Trend Index

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Announcing the “Media Technology: Strategy and Valuation Conference.” A Thought Provoking Kick-Off to the 2012 NAB Show.

broadcast industry technology trends, broadcast industry trends, Broadcast technology channel strategy, broadcast technology market research, Broadcast technology vendor financials, Broadcast Vendor Brand Research, Broadcast Vendor M&A, content delivery, market research | Posted by Joe Zaller
Apr 04 2012

If you are attending the 2012 NAB show you might want to consider setting aside some time to attend a new half-day conference called “Media Technology: Strategy and Valuation,” which is being produced by Devoncroft, Silverwood Partners and the NAB Show

This event is being held in room N237 of the Las Vegas Convention Center on Sunday April 15th from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., and it’s free for all registered attendees of the 2012 NAB show.

This conference will address industry-specific factors driving the valuations of companies including changing market dynamics, new technology, and evolving customer requirements. It is intended for industry technology executives, private equity investors, and venture capital investors in the media technology sector.

You’ll hear from experts from the financial community, broadcast industry technology buyers, leading service providers, and media technology market research analysts.

Here’s the current lineup of presenters:

David Peto CEO of A-Frame (who just raised $7m for a cloud-based broadcast production system) will discuss how SaaS business models will impact the broadcast production environment.

Joe Zaller from Devoncroft Partners will present a summary of the 2012 Big Broadcast Survey including a review of the most important industry trends, where money is being spent in the broadcast industry, the evolution of HD infrastructure and file-based workflows, and how a vendors brand can impact its valuation.

Jonathan Hodson-Walker and Josh Stinehour from specialist investment bankers, Silverwood Partners will present an in-depth analysis of strategic industry trends and the specific factors that affect company valuations such as technology, business models, and strategic positioning.

Andrew Taylor, VP of Business Development at Grab Media will provide an overview of multi-platform content delivery business models, including advertising technology, content delivery and content syndication.  This presentation will discuss the impact that multi-screen deployments may have on traditional media companies, and whether they present a threat or an opportunity for new business… or both.

Bernt Kåre Johannessen, Chief Development Officer at Vizrt will explain the business implications of file-based workflows, cloud computing, and multi-platform content delivery for both broadcasters and technology vendors.  This presentation will discuss efficiencies for the customer, business model implications, business and technology implementations challenges, revenue models, and what technologies are still needed.

Graham Sharp of Media Asset Capital will discuss how to effectively implement and execute a strategic change process.  This presentation will discuss unlocking strategic value of businesses, recommendations for execution, and understanding value and differentiation of business offering to customers.

Pat Sullivan, president of Game Creek Video, a leading sports production company, will provide the customer perspective on the dynamic evolution of the broadcast industry.  Sullivan will talk about what customers on the leading edge of technology are buying, how this has changed over time, how it might evolve in the future, and what they are looking for from broadcast technology providers.

 

 

To guarantee your place, please RSVP to nabstrategy@silverwoodpartners.com.

We look forward to seeing you there.

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Related Content:

NAB Media Technology: Strategy and Valuation Conference presented by Devoncroft, Silverwood and the NAB Show

TechCrunch Article: Aframe Goes After Avid With A Fresh $7m And A Very Big Cloud

Devoncroft – The 2012 Big Broadcast Survey

Silverwood Partners: NAB 2012 – Media Technology – Strategic Industry Analysis

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Where is Money Being Spent in the Broadcast Industry in 2011? The 2011 BBS Broadcast Industry Global Project Index.

broadcast industry technology trends, broadcast industry trends, broadcast technology market research, content delivery, market research, technology trends | Posted by Joe Zaller
Apr 07 2011

 

This is the third in a series of articles about some of the findings from the 2011 Big Broadcast Survey (BBS), a global study of broadcast industry trends, technology purchasing plans, and benchmarking of broadcast technology vendor brands.  More than 8,000 people in 100+ countries took part in the 2011 BBS, making it the largest and most comprehensive market study ever done in the broadcast industry.

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In previous articles, I’ve written about the 2011 BBS Broadcast Industry Global Trend Index, which shows the most important trends in the broadcast industry for 2011.  As a follow-up I wrote about how the commercial importance of these trends has changed over time.

Tracking broadcast industry trends is important because it provides insight into which areas are receiving the most attention from technology buyers.  However, it’s important to note that industry trends are a reflection of what customers are thinking and talking about, not necessarily where they are spending money today.

Indeed, the 2011 BBS Broadcast Industry Global Trend Index includes a mix of current and future commercial priorities, some of which broadcasters have not yet determined how to implement. Thus, while trends are important they do not necessarily translate into where broadcast technology buyers will be spending their budgets in 2011 and 2012. 

Technology spending in the broadcast industry tends to be project-based. Projects might include international elections and sporting championships, to the long-term planned capital upgrades of broadcast infrastructure and facilities.  Thus, an understanding of the major projects being implemented by broadcaster professionals around the world provides useful insight into the capital expenditure plans of the industry.

We presented broadcast professionals with a list of major projects and asked them to indicate which ones they are currently implementing or have planned / budgeted to implement in the next year.  Their responses were then used to create the 2011 BBS Broadcast Industry Global Project Index, which is shown below. 

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One look at the 2011 BBS Broadcast Industry Global Project Index illustrates the difference between what people are thinking and talking about (trends), and where they are planning to spend their budgets (projects). Although “multi-platform content delivery” dominated the 2011 BBS Broadcast Industry Global Trend Index, the corresponding project “distribute and monetize content on multiple distribution platforms,” ranked #9 out of 15 in the 2011 BBS Broadcast Industry Global Project Index.

By a significant margin, more broadcast technology buyers said that they are budgeting for “upgrading infrastructure for HD/ 3Gbps operations” than any other project.  Upgrading infrastructure for HD / 3Gbps operations was also the dominant planned project in the 2010 BBS. 

This project correlates directly with “transition to HDTV operations,” which was ranked #2 in the 2011 BBS Broadcast Industry Global Trend Index.

The projects ranked 3rd, 5th and 6th – upgrading transmission & distribution capabilities; building new studios / OB vans; and launching new channels – are also related to the transition to HDTV operations, as these transmission upgrades, new studios, and new channels will almost certainly be at least HD capable, if not fully HD.

Many of the other top ranked projects are related to the file-based / tapeless workflow, which ranked #3 in the 2011 BBS Broadcast Industry Global Trend Index. For example, many respondents indicated that they planning workflow / asset-management; archive-related; and automation projects.

The rest of the list offers a mixed picture of project activity across the world, and includes everything from upgrading audio and newsrooms to multi-platform distribution being chosen in large numbers. 

As mentioned earlier, multi-platform content delivery ranked #9 in the 2011 BBS Broadcast Industry Global Project Index.  Despite the importance to organizations of monetizing content on multiple distribution platforms, it appears many broadcast professionals have not solidified their business plans in this area.  This likely means that there will be significant opportunities in the future for broadcast technology vendors who offer a suite of products for multi-platform content delivery.  The current excitement surrounding OTT video, connected TV, and mobile DTV is evidence of this, but these initiatives represent a relatively small proportion of the money being spent on broadcasting technology in 2011.

Interestingly, despite the fact that they may have the potential to deliver increased efficiencies and new revenue streams, there are several major projects that appear towards the bottom of this list. The two most obvious instances are the low ranking of “consolidate operations in regional hubs (centralcasting), and “outsourced operations (playout),” which are the bottom two projects on this list. This is because although these are high value projects, they will be undertaken by a relatively small number of organizations — i.e. large broadcasters.  This highlights that the 2011 BBS Broadcast Industry Global Project Index is a graphic representation of the number of all planned projects across all respondents, regardless of organization type, size, or location.  It does not measure size, value, or relative commercial importance of planned projects.  Please keep this in mind when reading this information and interpreting these findings.

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Keep in mind when reading this information that all data in this article measures the responses of all non-vendor participants in the 2011 BBS, regardless of organization type, organization size, job title or geographic location.  Responses of individual organization types or geographic locations may be very different than those shown in this high level overview.  Granular analysis of these results is available as part of the full 2011 BBS Global Market Report. For more information about this report, please contact Devoncroft Partners.

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Related Content:

You can find out about the 2011 Big Broadcast Survey here.

The 2011 BBS Broadcast Industry Global Trend Index is here.

The 2010 BBS Broadcast Industry Global Trend Index is here.

The 2009 BBS Broadcast Industry Global Trend Index is here.

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This article is based on the findings from the 2011 Big Broadcast Survey (BBS), a global study of industry trends, technology purchasing behavior and the opinion of vendor brands.  With more than 8,000 people in 100+ countries participating, the 2011 BBS is the largest and most comprehensive market study ever done in the broadcast industry.

Devoncroft Partners has published a variety of reports from 2011 BBS data.  For more information, please get in touch.

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The Commercial Drivers for Multi-Platform Content Distribution in the Broadcast Industry

broadcast industry technology trends, broadcast industry trends, broadcast technology market research, content delivery | Posted by Joe Zaller
Jan 13 2011

This is the third in a series of occasional articles about the commercial drivers behind some of the most important trends in the broadcast industry.

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As part of the 2010 Big Broadcast Survey, we asked a global sample of more than 5,600 broadcast professionals about the most important trends in the broadcast industry.  Respondents were presented with a series of industry trends, and asked to indicate which one is the “most important” commercially to their business over the next few years, which one is “second most important” commercially important to their business over the next few years, and which others are “also very important.” 

These results were then weighted to create the 2010 BBS Trends Index, which is shown in the table below.

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By a wide margin, the top three places in the 2010 BBS Global Trend Index were multi-platform content delivery; file-based / tapeless workflows; and the transition to HDTV operations.

This article looks at the commercial drivers behind the top trend in the 2010 BBS Trend Index, multi-platform content delivery, and sheds light on why multi-platform content delivery is important to broadcast professionals world-wide. 

If interested, you can also read previous articles about commercial drivers for the global move to HDTV operations, and the commercial drivers for the global move to file-based operations.

In order to understand why, we asked respondents who said multi-platform content delivery the trend that’s most commercially important to their business a series of questions, including the reasons why, which vendors they feel are best positioned to provide solutions to their needs, and what obstacles they think might prevent them from achieving their goals.

As shown in the chart below, the top two reasons cited by most 2010 BBS respondents for the commercial importance of multi-platform content delivery is to provide potential new revenue streams and to ensure that branded content is available on all distribution platforms.

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These results were fairly consistent across the respondent base, with 77% of respondents falling into one of these two categories.  However there were a few notable exceptions. 

There was a marked contrast in the responses from pay TV broadcasters versus license fee funded broadcasters.  Pay TV providers were overwhelmingly concerned with new revenue streams, while public broadcasters were interested primarily in making sure their branded content is available on all distribution platforms.

Second only to pay TV providers, respondents from the government / education / corporate sectors were also very interested in having their content available on all platforms

Other differences were more subtle.   Respondents from EMEA were slightly more interested having their branded content on all platforms, than were respondents from the Americas who were more interested in generating new revenue streams.

Participants in the China and the Middle East and Africa were more interested in gaining a competitive advantage than respondents from other regions.

When considering the responses of broadcasters (shown on the far right of the above chart), most seem to agree that the generating new revenue streams is the most important reason for moving to a multi-platform distribution model.  Interestingly the smallest broadcasters see the need to have their content widely available on all platforms is more important than new revenue stream.

If you are interested in a more comprehensive breakdown of these results, please contact Devoncroft Partners for more information.  

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This article is based on the findings from the 2010 Big Broadcast Survey (BBS), a global study of industry trends, technology purchasing behavior and the opinion of vendor brands.  With more than 5,600 people in 120+ countries participating, the 2010 version of the BBS is the largest and most comprehensive market study ever done in the broadcast industry.

The 2011 Big Broadcast Survey will be published in the first quarter of 2011, and will provide an updated view of these findings as well as a year-over-year comparison.

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Media General Launches Mobile DTV Service in Columbus, OH

broadcast industry trends, content delivery | Posted by Joe Zaller
Sep 29 2010

US broadcast station group Media General announced today that WCMH, its Columbus Ohio NBC affiliate, is the company’s first station to launch a mobile DTV service.

Company president and CEO Marshall Morton said that mobile DTV will enable the company to extend its reach and deliver content to viewers, when, where and how they want it.  Morton also said that the company is looking forward to “launching Mobile DTV in as many as 5-7 additional television markets in the coming months.”

WCMH is apparently starting with a simulcast of its primary channel, but according to a press release it “expects to provide unique graphics for the mobile stream and allow for spot advertising insertions much like cable systems do today.”

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You can read the full Media General announcement here.

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DG FastChannel Reports Record Q2

broadcast industry trends, Broadcast technology vendor financials, content delivery | Posted by Joe Zaller
Aug 04 2010

Advertising and broadcast content delivery specialist DG FastChannel reported record results for its FY2010 second quarter today, blowing past the expectations of equity analysts. 

Revenue for the quarter was $60.3m, well ahead of the $55.6m consensus estimate of equity analysts.  This represents a 38% revenue increase versus the same period a year ago, and an increase of 11% from the previous quarter.  Net income for the quarter was $9m, up 150% increase versus Q2 2009 and up 12.5% versus the previous quarter.

Significantly, the company’s revenue from the delivery of HD advertising content increased 99% to $23.9 million versus the same period of 2009.

The company also that it retired all of its outstanding debt, thanks to a recent public equity offering that raised net proceeds of approximately $108m. As a result of this offering, the company reported that as of June 30, 2010, it has $79.6 million in cash and no debt.

Company Chairman & CEO Scott Ginsburg said “The Company continues to execute on its strategic business plan… revenue, margins, earnings and net debt show marked improvements during the second quarter.”

Impressions of CES 2010 — 3D and ATSC Mobile DTV

broadcast industry technology trends, content delivery, technology trends | Posted by Joe Zaller
Jan 12 2010

Last week I made my annual winter pilgrimage to Las Vegas for the 2010 CES exhibition.

Walking the crowded show floor was like being inside of a giant Best Buy with 100,000+ other people. 

I spent most of my time at CES at the conference, and I have mixed feelings about the sessions I attended. While there were some quite good panels — particularly in the USC Emerging Tech and the excellent Arlen / Greenwald “UpNext” tracks — I found many of the sessions to be disappointing. Many sessions were long on commercial plugs and short on new information.  I also found the multiple concurrent sessions difficult to navigate, something that was not helped by CEA’s show guide / conference program, which was poorly laid out and confusing.

As most know by now, the big topics at CES were 3D, think TVs, mobile broadcasting and making money (or  not) from online content.

3D was everywhere at the show, and there have been countless reports of how many companies are betting their future on 3D.   In many of conference sessions, panelists expressed optimism for 3D — tech vendors talked about how they will have the products available, while broadcasters & content owners talked about the amount of 3D content they are going to produce / broadcast.  Personally I am skeptical about near-term consumer take-up of 3D.  Consumers who have recently upgraded to HD are unlikely to re-up for 3D any time soon, and even my early-adopter friends have said they are unlikely to put on 3D glasses to watch sports or movies.  Time will tell, and I am sure we will all be hearing much about 3D between now and the NAB show in April.

Other than they hype surrounding 3D the most interesting aspect of CES for me was a small group of booths that were showing off ATSC mobile DTV broadcasting.  US broadcasters are serious about mobile, and they were there in force along with some well established (Harris, LG) and new technology vendors.  According to several of the broadcasters and exhibitors I spoke with, there are already 30 broadcasters on the air with mobile ATSC DTV. 

More significantly according to these sources however, is that there are 200+ more local broadcasters who are planning to launch a mobile service in the near future.  These broadcasters have already spent a significant amount of money to convert to DTV, and the incremental cost to also broadcast to mobile is very small (the maximum number I heard was $150,000, with many broadcasters saying they could do it for much less).

This low cost of entry, combined with a potential of new revenue as well as the political controversy about use of spectrum is sure to make ATSC mobile DTV one of the major topics at NAB this year.  Whereas 3D is a future possibility for broadcasters, it seems to me that ATSC mobile DTV is going to happen in the near term. Broadcasters such as Sinclair, ION and others are absolutely committed to the technology, and there are many vendors on board — with more undoubtedly to follow — despite the fact that there are very few receivers and even fewer viewers at this time. 

It remains to be seen whether ATSC mobile DTV can be developed into a viable commercial offering, but this will not stop a great deal of hardware and software being sold to US broadcasters.  The barriers to entry are low (in terms of incremental cost), and the potential political victory with regard to spectrum, not to mention a new potential revenue stream practically guarantees that ATSC mobile DTV  will be coming soon to a local broadcaster near you.

Broadcasters see streaming / broadband as fastest growing content delivery method

content delivery, market research, technology trends | Posted by Joe Zaller
Jun 24 2009

Almost as soon as I uploaded the post which-method-of-content-delivery-will-grow-the-fastest?  I started to wonder what broadcasters themselves think about this question.  To find out, I ran a query on the data from the 2009 Big Broadcast Survey, and compiled the results in the chart below.

This represents how 1000+ broadcasters around the world answered this question: 

 ”Which of these delivery methods do you think will grow the fastest over the next three years, in percentage terms?”

  • WiMAX
  • Terrestrial
  • Cable
  • Downloads to mobile devices
  • Satellite
  • Mobile TV
  • IPTV
  • Broadband / Streaming (web TV)

 

 #1 by a good margin is broadband / streaming, followed by IPTV and mobile TV. 

 

The fastest growing content delivery methods according to broadcasters

The fastest growing content delivery methods according to broadcasters

 

These top three choices get 72% of the vote from broadcasters on this question.  That’s pretty interesting since these are potentially competitive (and certainly disruptive) to the broadcaster’s traditional business model.

Does this means that broadcasters are predicting their own demise, or does this acknowlement of the  growth of new content delivery methods mean they will embrace them and tap into the new ways of doing business?

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