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Harmonic Moves Transcoding Technology to the Cloud, Launches AWS-Based Service

broadcast industry technology trends | Posted by Joe Zaller
Mar 05 2013

Harmonic announced a cloud-based transcoding service for professional applications that it says will enable “content creators, service providers, and media professionals to quickly and cost-effectively convert broadcast-quality video content to virtually any standard media format.”

Dubbed ProMedia Carbon MP, Harmonic’s transcoding services runs on Amazon Web Services (AWS), and allows users to buy processing in hourly blocks, or via a monthly subscription.  Users can also access it via XML APIs to deploy scalable, cloud-based transcoding workflows.

Features and functionality includes a wide variety of image processing operations including transcoding, SD/HD conversion, PAL/NTSC conversion, logo insertion, color space conversion, color correction, and multi-format closed-captioning.  The company also says ProMedia Carbon MP supports the industry`s broadest array of acquisition, nonlinear editing, broadcast, web, and mobile formats including MXF, XDCAM® HD, QuickTime®, CableLabs®, and MP4.

Harmonic is the latest company to jump into the cloud-based transcoding world.

Earlier this year, Amazon launched the “Amazon Elastic Transcoder,” and last year at IBC Brightcove launched a cloud-based transcoding service using technology acquired in its $30m acquisition of Zencoder.

Transcoding is clearly a hot space, and the cloud-based transcoding services space just got a bit more crowded with Harmonic’s announcement.

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • RGB Networks bought transcoding vendor Ripcode in 2010

 

 

Related Content:

Press Release: Harmonic Launches Cloud-Based Professional Video Transcoding Service

Harmonic Blog: Cloud Transcoding with Harmonic’s ProMedia Carbon MP – includes additional resources

Harmonic ProMedia Carbon MP Site on AWS Marketplace

Elemental Technologies Says Revenue Doubled in 2012 to $21 Million as Transcoding Technology Continues to Grow

Amazon Launches Scalable Cloud-Based “Elastic Transcoder” Service – A Potential Disruptor in a “Hot” Technology Space

More Broadcast Vendor M&A: Brightcove Buys Zencoder for $30 Million in Latest Video Transcoding Deal

More Broadcast vendor M&A: Wohler Buys RadiantGrid, Latest in Series of Transcoding Deals

Envivio Files for $85 Million Goldman Sachs Led IPO

Envivio Closes $16.5 Million Fundraising Round

More Broadcast Vendor M&A: Private Equity Firm Acquires Telestream

More Broadcast Vendor M&A — Telestream Purchase of Anystream Now Official

More Broadcast Vendor M&A: Cisco to Buy Inlet Technologies for $95m

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Elemental Technologies Says Revenue Doubled in 2012 to $21 Million as Transcoding Technology Continues to Grow

broadcast industry trends, Broadcast technology vendor financials, Broadcast Vendor M&A, SEC Filings | Posted by Joe Zaller
Feb 06 2013

The revenue of video transcoding technology supplier Elemental Technologies more than doubled in 2012 versus 2011, according to information supplied to Forbes magazine by the company.

Elemental was featured in a Forbes list of the “100 Most Promising Privately-Held, High-Growth Companies in the United States,” coming in at #23 on the list. Elemental also appeared on the Forbes list last year, coming in at #54.  The 30-place jump in the Forbes rankings was the largest by any company.

Forbes says that Elemental posted full year 2012 revenue of $21 million, up 106% versus the previous year.  No other financial metrics such as profitability, gross margins, operating margins, etc., were provided.  However, in a May 2012 profile by technology website GigaOm, Elemental’s founder and CEO Sam Blackman, said that company was not yet profitable, and had revenue “in the “eight-digits” [in 2011] after having sales in the seven digits during 2009 and 2010.”

Elemental attributed its year-over-year revenue growth to continuing to satisfy the video processing needs of major media companies, double-digit growth in the OTT video market, and strong consumer adoption of tablets and other mobile video devices.

The company also said it more than doubled its customer base in 2012, and now serves 250 media and entertainment brands across nearly 40 countries.  Elemental is apparently taking on staff to meet increasing customer demand.  According to Forbes, the company currently has 102 employees, up from 70 employees in May 2012.

In May 2012, Elemental closed a $13m fundraising round led by Norwest Venture Partners, which brought the total amount of funding raised by Elemental to just under $30m.  In 2010, the company closed a $7.5 funding round, led by General Catalyst, Voyager Capital and Steamboat Ventures, who also participated in the May 2012 fundraising round.

As broadcasters and media companies scramble to deploy multi-screen services, video transcoding has become a hot space, and Elemental’s impressive year-over-year growth is certainly a testament to this phenomenon.

As a result of the growth in this technology area, transcoding has also attracted its fair share of financing and M&A activity.  Here’s a quick run-down of some of the recent transcoding deals:

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • RGB Networks bought transcoding vendor Ripcode in 2010

 

 

Related Content:

Forbes: Americas Most Promising

Elemental Closes $13 Million Funding Round, Latest in Series of Transcoding Deals

GigaOm Article: Elemental gets $13M to sell arms in the online video fight

Press Release: Elemental Secures $13M to Ignite Business Expansion

Elemental Technologies: SEC Filing Disclosing 2010 Fundraising Round

Amazon Launches Scalable Cloud-Based “Elastic Transcoder” Service – A Potential Disruptor in a “Hot” Technology Space

More Broadcast Vendor M&A: Brightcove Buys Zencoder for $30 Million in Latest Video Transcoding Deal

More Broadcast vendor M&A: Wohler Buys RadiantGrid, Latest in Series of Transcoding Deals

Envivio Files for $85 Million Goldman Sachs Led IPO

Envivio Closes $16.5 Million Fundraising Round

More Broadcast Vendor M&A: Private Equity Firm Acquires Telestream

More Broadcast Vendor M&A — Telestream Purchase of Anystream Now Official

More Broadcast Vendor M&A: Cisco to Buy Inlet Technologies for $95m

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Amazon Launches Scalable Cloud-Based “Elastic Transcoder” Service – A Potential Disruptor in a “Hot” Technology Space

broadcast industry technology trends, broadcast industry trends | Posted by Joe Zaller
Jan 30 2013

The move to multi-platform content delivery has made video transcoding a hot area the digital video technology space.  Not only has there been a great deal of M&A activity in this area but transcoding companies have also attracted significant investment from venture capitalists and private equity firms.

Here’s a quick run-down of some of the recent transcoding deal:

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • RGB Networks bought transcoding vendor Ripcode in 2010

 

Today, in a move that could have ramifications for many vendors and end users in the digital media space, Internet giant Amazon announced that it is rolling out a beta version of its “Amazon Elastic Transcoder.”

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

Pricing starts at $0.015/minute for SD content, and $0.030/minute for HD content with no minimums or monthly commitments, and Amazon says that AWS customers will be able to transcode up to 20 minutes of SD video or 10 minutes of HD video each month free of charge as part of its AWS Free Usage Tier.

According to Amazon, the Elastic Transcoder service manages all aspects of the transcoding process transparently and automatically, provides complete scalability for big jobs, and lets users pay for only the services they need when they need them. The company also says content will be stored secure on its system.

To help potential users better understand the serviced, Amazon is hosting an Introduction to Amazon Elastic Transcoder webinar on February 27, 2013 at 10:00 AM PST.

It remains to be seen how this new service from Amazon will impact the established technology vendors in this space, and/or whether this service will be adopted by professional broadcast and post-production end-users.  Nevertheless, this appears to be a significant development that makes cloud-based IT technology to an increasing number of end-users.

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Related Content:

Amazon Elastic Transcoder (beta) Homepage

Amazon Elastic Transcoder Webinar

More Broadcast Vendor M&A: Brightcove Buys Zencoder for $30 Million in Latest Video Transcoding Deal

More Broadcast vendor M&A: Wohler Buys RadiantGrid, Latest in Series of Transcoding Deals

Envivio Files for $85 Million Goldman Sachs Led IPO

Envivio Closes $16.5 Million Fundraising Round

More Broadcast Vendor M&A: Private Equity Firm Acquires Telestream

More Broadcast Vendor M&A — Telestream Purchase of Anystream Now Official

More Broadcast Vendor M&A: Cisco to Buy Inlet Technologies for $95m

Elemental Technologies: SEC Filing Disclosing 2010 Fundraising Round

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More Broadcast Vendor M&A: Brightcove Buys Zencoder for $30 Million in Latest Video Transcoding Deal

broadcast technology market research | Posted by Joe Zaller
Aug 02 2012

Online video publishing provider Brightcove announced that it is buying Zencoder, a 2-year old start-up that provides cloud-based encoding, transcoding and an HTML5 video player, for $30m. 

The deal values Zencoder at approximately 15X revenue, a rich valuation for the start-up. Brightcove justified the high price tag by saying that Zencoder’s technology will help it expand its offering, and that the transcoding will grow at a CAGR of 24% between now and 2017.

Zencoder was founded in 2010 when it raised $2m from Andreessen-Horowitz and Ignition Partners.  The company saus it has 1,000+ customers for its cloud-based encoding service, and more than 24,000 websites use its video player.

The Zencoder team will join Brightcove and become the Brightcove Bay Area Development Center.  Brightcove says it will continue to develop, operate, support, and promote the Zencoder products in their current form as distinct product offerings.

“We believe the Zencoder acquisition will advance Brightcove’s position as a leading cloud platform provider that not only provides rich, end-to-end solutions for digital content publishing and distribution, but also offers scalable standalone building blocks for developers to build custom systems,” said Jeremy Allaire, Brightcove chairman and CEO.

 

Video transcoding,  whether cloud- or appliance-based is a hot topic these days, because the technology is required to achieve interoperability between disparate file-based production systems, and to facilitate multi-platform content publishing and distribution. There has been considerable M&A and financing activity in this space including:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • RGB Networks bought transcoding vendor Ripcode in 2010

 

Even after all of the above deals, there are still several stand-alone transcoder vendors in the market, most notably AmberFin (backed by Advent Venture Partners) and privately-held Digital Rapids.

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Related Content:

Press Release: Brightcove Signs Definitive Agreement to Acquire Zencoder

More Broadcast vendor M&A: Wohler Buys RadiantGrid, Latest in Series of Transcoding Deals

Envivio Files for $85 Million Goldman Sachs Led IPO

Envivio Closes $16.5 Million Fundraising Round

More Broadcast Vendor M&A: Private Equity Firm Acquires Telestream

More Broadcast Vendor M&A — Telestream Purchase of Anystream Now Official

More Broadcast Vendor M&A: Cisco to Buy Inlet Technologies for $95m

Elemental Technologies: SEC Filing Disclosing 2010 Fundraising Round

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Elemental Closes $13 Million Funding Round, Latest in Series of Transcoding Deals

broadcast industry technology trends, Broadcast Vendor M&A, SEC Filings | Posted by Joe Zaller
May 08 2012

Video transcoding specialist Elemental Technologies announced that it has closed a $13m fundraising round led by Norwest Venture Partners (NVP).

This brings the total amount of funding raised by Elemental to just under $30m.  In 2010, the company closed a $7.5 funding round, led by General Catalyst, Voyager Capital and Steamboat Ventures, who also participated in this latest fundraising round.

According to a GigaOM article, five-and-a half-year-old Elemental currently has 70 employees, revenue in “the eight-digits,” and is not yet profitable.

Elemental says it will use the new funding to invest in business expansion.

“Elemental’s ascendance in the IP video delivery market over the last two years has been well-documented and something we have watched closely,” said Robert Abbott, general partner at NVP. “When combined with the clear growth trajectory of the over-the-top video and TV Everywhere markets and its deep technology differentiation, we believe now is the right time to invest in Elemental.”

This is the latest in a series of M&A and financing activity in the transcoding space as companies try to position themselves in the multi-platform video management and delivery market.

Previous transcoding-related deals include:

 

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Related Content:

Press Release: Elemental Secures $13M to Ignite Business Expansion  

GigaOM Article:  Elemental gets $13M to sell arms in the online video fight

More Broadcast vendor M&A: Wohler Buys RadiantGrid, Latest in Series of Transcoding Deals

2010 Elemental SEC Form D Filing: – details previous funding round

More Broadcast vendor M&A: Wohler Buys RadiantGrid, Latest in Series of Transcoding Deals

Envivio Files for $85 Million Goldman Sachs Led IPO

Envivio Closes $16.5 Million Fundraising Round

More Broadcast Vendor M&A: Private Equity Firm Acquires Telestream

More Broadcast Vendor M&A — Telestream Purchase of Anystream Now Official

More Broadcast Vendor M&A: Cisco to Buy Inlet Technologies for $95m

Elemental Technologies: SEC Filing Disclosing 2010 Fundraising Round

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More Broadcast vendor M&A: Wohler Buys RadiantGrid, Latest in Series of Transcoding Deals

broadcast industry technology trends, Broadcast technology vendor financials, Broadcast Vendor M&A | Posted by Joe Zaller
Apr 24 2012

On the first day of the NAB Show last week, Wohler Technologies announced that it had acquired transcoding vendor RadiantGrid.  Terms of the deal were not made public.

Wohler president & CEO Carl Dempsey said that RadiantGrid’s technology is complementary to Wohler’s and that the deal will help his company break into file-based processing.

The transcoding market is interesting since the technology is used to achieve interoperability between disparate file-based production systems, and to facilitate multi-platform content publishing and distribution.

There has been considerable M&A and financing activity in the transcoding space including:

 

The Wohler – RadiantGrid deal leaves AmberFin (backed by Advent Venture Partners) and Digital Rapids as the remaining stand-alone transcoding vendors. 

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 Related Content:

Press Release: Wohler Acquisition of RadiantGrid™ Paves Way for Expansion Into File-Based Media Processing and Delivery

Envivio Files for $85 Million Goldman Sachs Led IPO

Envivio Closes $16.5 Million Fundraising Round

More Broadcast Vendor M&A: Private Equity Firm Acquires Telestream

More Broadcast Vendor M&A — Telestream Purchase of Anystream Now Official

More Broadcast Vendor M&A: Cisco to Buy Inlet Technologies for $95m

Elemental Technologies: SEC Filing Disclosing 2010 Fundraising Round

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Brief Impressions of IBC 2010

broadcast industry technology trends, broadcast industry trends, broadcast technology market research | Posted by Joe Zaller
Sep 22 2010

Last week I attended the 2010 IBC show in Amsterdam.  The product introductions and events at the show have been well covered elsewhere, so this is just a short note on my impressions of the show.

After spending the better part of a week in Amsterdam, and having 40-50 meetings with vendors, bankers, broadcasters and others, I came away from the show with three general impressions – the market is improving, there is more realism about 3D, and the drive toward file-based operations continues. 

It’s also worth noting that I think that these trends will probably act as a catalyst for further market consolidation as vendors seek to position themselves for the post-recession world.

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Improving Market Conditions

In terms of market improvement, many people I spoke with said that buyers were coming back and that once-delayed projects are now table. Many vendors reported that their sales and profitability have increased markedly versus a year ago.  Interestingly, there do seem to be geographic and technological differences in the market recovery.  For example, many people reported that activity in Asia, northern Europe and the middle east was strong; while southern Europe and parts of north America were still sluggish for some.  Also some types of products seem to have recovered more strongly – automation being a good case-in-point.

To get a better handle on the industry’s current status, I attended a very interesting “state of the industry” session hosted by the IABM (the international organization that represents technology suppliers), which was held on the opening day of IBC.  During the session, IABM director general Peter White presented the results of a recent survey of broadcast buyers and suppliers.  This was followed by a panel discussion that included representatives from Sony, Harris, Axon and Softel, with industry veteran Adrian Scott leading the session.

According to White, about 60% of broadcast technology suppliers are now making a profit – up considerably from last year – with European companies performing better in terms of profit performance. 

White also reported that confidence has returned to buyers, with more than half of those surveyed feeling “very or quite optimistic” about the future; and 39% reporting that they feel that the recession is over or that they are coming out of it.

However, White also indicated that things will be different for vendors in a post-recession world.  According to the IABM’s study, broadcast technology buyers are changing the way they purchase, and are also expecting more from vendors in terms of value, interoperability, support etc.

My understanding is that the IABM will be making their findings available in the near future, although I am not sure what for this will take.  It’s good information that everyone should read.

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More Realism About 3D

While 3D was a major theme of the IBC show, my feeling was that, in contrast to the CES and NAB shows earlier in the year, the hype about 3D seems to have dissipated as vendors have become more realistic about 3D’s ability to drive revenue and profitability growth.

In multiple press conferences and vendor meetings, the 3D hype was much toned down.  For example, at the Grass Valley press conference SVP Jeff Rosica referred to 3D as a niche market.  At the Harris press event, Broadcast Communications president Harris Morris referred to 3D projects as experiments.

I am on the record as a 3D skeptic, at least as far as the short term potential for broadcasters, so I was not surprised to hear this type of comments.  I should also point out that these comments are consistent with our market research findings about the most important trends in the broadcast industry, where 3D placed far down on the list versus the transition to HDTV, the move to file-based workflows and multi-platform content delivery. 

There is of course a small part of the market where 3D is and will continue to be a major growth driver.  However, it looks like the bulk of the market is now taking a more realistic approach and focusing on what customers really need.

For more on this subject, have a look at Mike Grotticelli’s article in Broadcast Engineering called 3-D Technology Finds Few Enthusiasts at IBC2010.

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IT and File-Based Technologies

It may seem obvious that IT and file-based technologies are continuing to make inroads into the broadcast market, but at IBC I was struck by the accelerating pace of change in this area.

Vendors, both large and small continue to innovate in this area in an effort to help broadcasters streamline their operations and do more with less.

The shift to IT technology is having an interesting impact on the industry, in the form of product development, M&A and outside investment.

On the product development front, some vendors have jumped into the file-based world with full force – e.g. Evertz who launched a full blown playout server and storage solution at IBC.

Others have sought to accelerate their move into the IT world through acquisition – e.g. Miranda’s purchase of OmniBus, which gives the traditional hardware supplier a highly developed IT-based playout and automation solution.  Another recent industry M&A deal between Telestream and Anystream helped Telestream consolidate its position in the encoding / transcoding / streaming space.  I would not be surprised to see more M&A in this area as traditional vendors seek to beef up their file-based expertise.

The move to IT has also helped bring new money into the industry.  For example two transcoding vendors, Elemental Technologies  and AmberFin both recently announced that they have closed funding rounds, which will help them expand their presence in the broadcast marketplace.

More Broadcast Vendor M&A — Telestream Purchase of Anystream Now Official

broadcast technology market research | Posted by Joe Zaller
Sep 10 2010

Transcoding vendor Telestream announced today that the company has completed the acquisition of rival transcoding provider Anystream. 

According to the company, the deal “propels Telestream to the dominant position in the video transcoding market and significantly enhances Telestream’s ability to provide a greater range of enterprise-class live and on-demand workflow applications.”

Anystream’s products, services, and customer base will be incorporated into Telestream, who will continue to sell Anystream products at current prices.  .

The terms of the deal were not announced.  Speaking of the terms, it is my understanding that there is more to this deal than has so far been disclosed publicly.

You can read the full Telestream announcement here.

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

broadcast technology market research, Broadcast technology vendor financials | Posted by Joe Zaller
Sep 10 2010

Ingest and transcoding vendor AmberFin announced today the company has secured additional investment from UK-based venture capitalist Advent Venture Partners. The amount of the funding round was not disclosed.

AmberFin, which was spun out of Snell & Wilcox in April 2008, says it will use the new money to capitalize on the expanding demand for file based workflows.

According to the company, AmberFin has recently closed a number of strategic business wins, and been active in three key industry initiatives to grow the file based workflow market, the VCO Forum, the JPEG2000 alliance and the joint EBU/AMWA FIMS project.

Company CEO Jeremy Deaner said that an increasing number of broadcast industry players are investing in file-based workflows, and that “AmberFin is well placed to service this growth business as our expertise and technology encompasses both existing Broadcast video workflows and new IT centric working practices.”

There has been quite a bit of activity in the transcoding space recently, and the announcement by AmberFin is the fourth transcoding-related transaction in recent months.  In addition to the AmberFin funding deal:

  • Ripcode was purchased by RGB networks
  • Elemental Technologies closed a funding round led by Steamboat Ventures
  • Telestream purchased the operating business of rival transcoding vendor Anystream

Devoncroft Digest – August 15, 2010 – Earnings Galore, Broadcast Industry M&A Continues

broadcast industry trends, broadcast technology market research, Broadcast technology vendor financials, Devoncroft Digest, market research | Posted by Joe Zaller
Aug 15 2010

The Devoncroft Digest is a semi-regular amalgamation of news items I’ve seen recently that I think might be interesting / important for readers and clients. 

Due to my travel schedule it’s been two weeks since the last digest post.  Here are a few of the things that have caught my eye during this time.

Earnings Season Continues

We are now in the heart of earnings season, and a large number of tech vendors, platform operators, service providers and broadcasters.  For the most part these results have been generally positive, with many companies saying that they are seeing the green shoots of recovery taking hold. 

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Broadcast Technology Vendor Earnings

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Vizrt Q2 Revenue Rises 17%, CEO Says Market is Improving

Broadcast graphics and asset management provider Vizrt announced its Q2 and 1H results. Revenue for the quarter was up 17% y/y, driven by strong growth in the Americas, which was up 48% y/y.

Gross margins for the quarter were 65%, well ahead of the 58% that the company achieved during the same period a year ago. Broadcast graphics accounted for 72% of the company’s total revenues in 1H 2010.  According to the company, Vizrt’s graphics business is up 33% y/y.

Full details here.

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Chyron Q2 Losses Narrow as Revenue Jumps 20% 

Broadcast graphics provider Chyron announced its financial results for Q2 and 1H 2010.

Q2 revenue was $6.94m, up 20% versus Q2 2009.  Gross margins for the quarter were 70%, up slightly from the previous year.  Q2 product revenue was $5.4m, up 18% y/y.  Service revenue increased 29% y/y to $1.19m.  Service revenue accounted for 22% of the quarter’s total revenue. The company posted an operating loss for the quarter of $680,000, a 52% y/y improvement; and a net loss of $710,000, 35% better than a year ago.

Full Details Here

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Miranda Q2 Revenue Up 3% y/y, +11% q/q. CEO Says Market Conditions Improving

Broadcast infrastructure provider Miranda Technologies announced their Q2 2010 results.  Revenue for the quarter was C$32.1m, up 3% from the same period a year ago and up 11% versus the previous quarter.  International sales were up 11% y/y.  Sales in the US were up 10% y/y

The company’s net income jumped 173% to C$3.5m as expenses were reduced during the quarter, and EBITDA rose by 125% to C$6m versus the same period in 2009.  Gross margins were 60%, slightly down from Q2 2009, but up from 57.7% in the previous quarter.  This is a good showing in a competitive market, which the company attributes to a higher margin mix, and increased sales of routing switchers.

Full Details Here

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DivX Q2 Revenue Jumps 29%

DivX announced that its Q2 revenues were up 29% y/y and that its licensing business was up 23% y/y.  The company, which is in the process of being acquired by Sonic (who also announced their numbers recently) posted a GAAP Loss of $2.8m, and non-GAAP NI of $760K

Read the Divx earnings press release here 

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DG FastChannel Reports Record Q2

Advertising and broadcast content delivery specialist DG FastChannel reported record results for its FY2010 second quarter, 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.”

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Harris Broadcast Records $21m Operating Loss

Harris Corporation reported its Q4 and full year 2010 results.  While the company as a whole did well, the broadcast communications division continued to struggle.

For the full year, revenues from the broadcast communications division were down 17% versus the previous year.  For Q4, the company’s broadcast revenues were down just 1.9% y/y, although orders were down 12.5% versus the same period last year.

In the 4th quarter of FY 2010, Harris posted an operating loss of $21m.  According to the company, this “includes $7 million in charges related to cost-reduction actions and $6 million in inventory write-downs associated with weaker demand.”

Harris CEO Howard Lance said the following about the revenue of the broadcast division: “we continue to expect revenue in a range of $490 million to $510 million with break-even operating results. We expect to see continued operating losses in the first half of the year with profitability improving in the second half of the fiscal year.”

Full Details Here

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RealD Reports 1st Results As Public Company

3D specialist RealD announced its first results as a public company, and reported huge y/y increases in revenue and EBITDA, which were up 152% and 387% respectively.  The company announced that it has now deployed 7500 screens, significantly more than Technicolor, who announced recently that they have now deployed 250 screens, 

Read the RealD earnings press release here.

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Broadcaster & Platform Operator Earnings

DISH Network Reports Second Quarter 2010 Financial Results 

DISH Network reported total revenue of $3.17 billion for the quarter ended June 30, 2010, a 9.1 percent increase compared with $2.90 billion for the corresponding period in 2009.

DISH Network lost approximately 19,000 net subscribers during the quarter ended June 30, 2010, ending the quarter with approximately 14.318 million subscribers.

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Ascent Media Reports Lower Revenue, Higher Losses

Digital media service provider Ascent Media reported increased losses and lower revenue for the second quarter ended of 2010.  The company attributes the lower results to market volatility and lower capital spending by customers. 

Revenue for the quarter dropped 13% to $99.5m, while revenue for the first six months was off 11% to $204m.  The company said that the decline in second quarter and year-to-date revenue was driven primarily by a reduction in revenue from the Content Services segment.

Q2 losses from continuing operations before income taxes were $17.5m, compared to a loss of $12.4 million in the prior year period. Year-to-date, the loss from continuing operations before income taxes was $28.6 million compared to a loss of $23.2 million for the six months ended June 30, 2009.

 “Ascent’s year-to-date operating results have not met our expectations as uncertainty about the timing and pace of the economic recovery has led to ongoing volatility in the media marketplace,” said William Fitzgerald, Ascent’s CEO. “A consequence of the current environment is that our customers have continued to take a cautious approach to capital spending.”

Fitzgerald was more upbeat about the rest of 2010, saying “We are beginning to see positive indications of an upturn, including first half revenue improvement in our creative services business, a strengthening pipeline of feature film and other projects, and rising industry advertising estimates for the second half of 2010.”

Ascent’s full earnings press release can be found here.

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Scripps Reports Second-Quarter Results 

Scripps reported operating results for the second quarter of 2010 that showed a continuing trend of significantly improved year-over-year revenue performance in the television division – up 22 percent from last year.

You can read the Scripps earnings release here.

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Liberty Media Reports Second Quarter 2010 Financial Results

The Liberty Media press release is here.

Liberty Media investor conference call transcript here.

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DIRECTV Q2 Rev Up 12%, Net Income up 33% Buys Back Stock 

DTH satellite operator DirecTV announced that it grew revenues by 12% to $5.85Bn and Net Income 33% to $543 Million.

DirecTV Q2 Press Release Here

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Cablevision Systems Corporation Reports Second Quarter 2010 Results 

Cablevision’s Q2 profits fell by 30% but its revenues were up 5.8% to $1.802 billion versus the same period a year ago, which the company says reflects solid revenue growth in Telecommunications Services and Rainbow, offset slightly by a decline at Newsday. Consolidated adjusted operating cash flow grew 9.0% to $677.6 million and consolidated operating income grew 23.0% to $416.8 million, both compared to the prior year period.

You can read the Cablevision press release here

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WSJ.com – Net Rises at Time Warner Cable, Falls at Cablevision

According to a Wall Street Journal article, Time Warner’s second-quarter earnings rose 8.2% on solid revenue growth, but the nation’s second-biggest cable-television provider saw the same weakness in subscriber additions in July felt by its larger cable counterpart, Comcast Corp.

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News Corp Reports Q4 and Full year Results – TV Station Operating Income up 13%

News Corp’s Q4 revenue increased by 6% and it hauled in Net Income of $875m.  Significantly, the company’s TV Operating Income was up 13% versus the same period last year, driven by an improved TV station advertising market.

Here’s the full News Corp press release 

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CBS 2Q TV Station Revenue Climbs 31%

According to leading industry website TV News Check, TV station revenue at CBS jumped by 31%. The company also realized a 17% increase in local broadcasting revenue (TV stations plus CBS Radio) to $678.2 million from $579.5 million in the year-ago quarter. Sumner Redstone, the company’s executive chairman called the results “Terrific”

Full story from TV News Check

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Sinclair Broadcast Group Reports Q2 Results.

Sinclair Broadcast Group, one of the largest US TV station groups reported that its net broadcast Q2 revenues from continuing operations were up 19.3% versus the prior year.  The company had net income of $17.3 million versus $2.8 million in the prior year period.  Local net broadcast revenues, which include local time sales, retransmission revenues and other broadcast revenues, were up 16.6% in the second quarter 2010 while national net broadcast revenues, which include national time sales and other national broadcast revenues, were up 27.7% versus the second quarter 2009.

Full story from TV News Check

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WSJ.com – Discovery Turns In 40% Decline in Profit 

According to an article in the Wall Street Journal, Discovery Communications posted a 40% drop in its second-quarter profit, hurt in part by costs related to its recent $3 billion debt refinancing. Still, the cable-network operator showed revenue and operating-profit growth, and announced a $1 billion share repurchasing program.

Full article from the Wall Street Journal

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Barrington Sees 14% Jump In 2Q Revenue

Barrington Broadcasting Group announced that gross revenues for the quarter ended June 30 increased 13.6% to $32.7 million from $28.8 million for the same period a year earlier. The company said the increase was primarily due to 16.7% increase in national revenues, a 4.7% increase in local revenues, and an increase in political revenues of $900,000 to $1 million.

Full Story from TV News Check

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Gray Beats Street

According to TVB, Gray Television came in ahead of analyst expectations for the second quarter. The pure-play TV group posted revenues of $75.6 million for the 36 stations, up 16 percent from a year earlier. Net income was $534,000 compared to a loss of $6.6 million a year ago. After payment of $6.4 million in dividends, net loss to common stockholders was $5.9 million, or 11 cents a share.

Full Story from TVB

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Broadcast Industry M&A Continues

Blackmagic Buys Assets of Echolab

As predicted here last month, Blackmagic Designs announced that it has acquired “all the assets of Echolab,” putting Blackmagic in the production switcher business.

Echolab was forced into liquidation a few months ago when its primary shareholder stopped funding its operations.  The company had been in business for more than 35 years, specializing in low-end production switchers.

Blackmagic is buying Echolab for the latter’s ATEM product line, which was introduced about two years ago and has been continuously upgraded since under Echolab’s former CEO Nigel Spratling, who apparently not part of the Blackmagic deal and has now joined Ross Video in a marketing role.

This is great news for the affected Echolab employees, who were left jobless in an instant when the company shut its doors in mid-May.  It’s also good news for the industry, because the ATEM switcher product line, which looks like a pretty good product, will continue to be available through Blackmagic.  In fact, Blackmagic has said that it is adding to the engineering team responsible for ATEM.

It will be interesting to see how Blackmagic approaches the production switcher market, which is different than the company’s core post production market.  The part of the production switcher market where Echolab is active has considerable competition. In addition to Echolab, Sony, Panasonic, JVC, For-A and Ross Video are all very active players in this space.   

In addition to the competitive aspects of the deal, it seems to me that selling production switchers is a bit of a departure business-wise for Blackmagic.  Production switchers are a “high-touch” product category.  They are mission critical elements of the live production workflow, and as such they can require extensive demonstrations and training.  The majority of Blackmagic’s products are plug-in cards or stand-alone units, which are sold primarily through third-party dealers.  

At this point, I am unsure whether Blackmagic’s all-dealer sales approach is a positive or a negative for Echolab.  On the plus side, the compact HD production switcher market is a large and somewhat amorphous, running the gamut from broadcasters to corporation, to churches to education –  so it requires a large dealer network, which Blackmagic already has in place.  On the other hand production switchers require a specialized sales approach. Every buyer wants a demonstration, which typically involves shipping equipment and people, thereby increasing the cost of each sale.  Blackmagic will probably have to augment their approach somewhat in order to be successful selling production switchers.

Still if they can get the distribution right, Blackmagic may have a good chance of making their purchase of Echolab a success.  Blackmagic most likely paid very little for Echolab’s assets, and since it’s buying the assets and not the company, it gets a brand new HD switcher line, but not 35 years of legacy products that need support.  And Blackmagic does have experience buying distressed “traditional” vendors and changing their approach.  Last year, Blackmagic acquired leading color grading vendor Da Vinci Systems, and proceeded to radically change Da Vinci’s market approach, not to mention its pricing, turning a $200,000 hardware product into a sub-$1000 product according to TVB Europe.

Arguably however, Da Vinci’s color grading products (which are used off-line in post production) were easier to port to software platforms – and they still require a very expensive hardware controller.  Live production switchers are a different kettle of fish than off-line color grading systems for post production.  They are the key element of any live broadcast production, and they are still a relatively expensive hardware platform that requires specialist sales and support.

Blackmagic CEO Grant Petty is obviously familiar with this.  In the company’s press release that announced the deal he said: “I have been using live production switchers since I was in school where we covered local theater, sports, racing and bands. I think it’s the most exciting way to do production because it’s all live and thousands of people are watching what you are doing! Production switchers need to be powerful while also being familiar and easy to operate.”

Petty also said that “Since the acquisition, we have already dramatically expanded the engineering team working on ATEM. This fresh engineering team, which is a combination of new as well as experienced EchoLab staff, will allow us to move faster in adding new features to the ATEM product.”

Blackmagic will be displaying the ATEM on its booth at the IBC show next month. 

Here is a link to the full press release announcing the deal.

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Transcoding Consolidation — Telestream to Acquire Anystream

Over at his always informative Business of Video blog, Streaming Media’s Dan Rayburn writes that Telestream is to Acquire fellow transcoding provider Anystream from parent Gab Networks.  This is a deal has long been rumored, and according to Rayburn has now been confirmed by the management of both companies.

There’s been quite a lot of activity in the transcoding space recently.  Ripcode was sold to RGB networks and Elemental Technologies announced other week that it had raised $7.5m of new venture money, bringing its total to $14m

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Other Broadcast Technology Vendor News

Chyron Appoints New Chief Commercial Officer 

Chyron has appointed Susan Brazer as its new Chief Commercial Officer.  According to the company’s press release, Brazer has a big job, taking responsibility for “commercial strategy and all product and services revenues, directing its worldwide sales network of direct sales, resellers/systems integrators and joint ventures in Europe, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East.”

This is the second C-Level appointment recently.  The company previously announced that it had appointed Bonnie Barclay as VP and Chief Marketing Officer.

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New COO at Vizrt

Vizrt has appointed François Laborie as its new Chief Commercial Officer. Laborie replaces David Zerah who left Vizrt to become managing director of gaming firm Dragonfish.

Laborie joined Vizrt at the beginning of 2006 as the Company’s Executive Vice President Marketing. At the beginning of 2010, he took on the additional role of Regional President for the EMEA region.

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3D News

Technicolor announced this week that it has now installed its 3D system at 250 screens – good progress, but far less than clear leader RealD’s 7,500.

 

Mobile TV News

 According to an article in TVB,  Broadcast and WiFi Take Wind Out of FLO TV Sales 

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Other News

The Financial Times reports that News Corp has refused to refuses to raise its offer for BSkyB 

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Also in the FT, the BBC is under fire over Canvas project 

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Market Research Note of the Week:

Who are the Most Important Decision Makers in Broadcast Technology?  Vendors Predict Shift Towards Operations and IT

In a recent article, “Broadcast Industry’s Largest Market Study Reveals Most Important Technology Trends,” the move toward file-based, tapeless workflows was highlighted as one of the most important issues to broadcasters today.

But how will this shift affect how broadcast technology products are purchased, not to mention who buys them? Traditionally, these products have been purchased primarily by engineers. Will this be the same for products that are increasingly IT-based, or will there be a new set of buyers? Broadcast vendors need to know this because a new set of buyers may require a new market approach.

To find out, we asked the nearly 800 broadcast technology vendors who responded to the 2010 Big Broadcast Survey who they feel is currently the most important decision maker in the sales process, and who they feel will be most important in two to three years.

Let’s start with the most important buyers today. Respondents were asked, “When selling your products/services, which category of customer is typically the most important decision maker today?” According to responses, broadcast tech vendors see engineering staff as their most important customers, followed by operations, IT and finance personnel. Engineers are clearly seen as the most important decision makers, with operations staff a distant second.

But what about the future?

To read the full article, including four charts that break down the results, click here.

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