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More Broadcast Industry M&A: Ericsson Announces Intent to Purchase Red Bee Media

broadcast technology market research | Posted by Joe Zaller
Jul 02 2013

Ericsson announced that it is purchasing Red Bee Media from Macquarie Advanced Investment Partners, L.P.

Financial terms were not disclosed.

Headquartered in the UK, RedBee is a leading provider of broadcast playout and subtitling services.  It was created when the former BBC Broadcast Limited was acquired by Macquarie in 2005 for approximately $260m.  The company has approximately 1,500 employees, as well as media services and operations facilities in the UK, France, Germany, Spain and Australia.

Red Bee had revenue of approximately $250m in 2008-9, according to published reports.

The deal marks further consolidation of the European playout business by Ericsson.  In March 2012, Ericsson acquired the broadcast services business of Technicolor in a deal that included €19m in cash and a potential earn-out of up to €9m.

In its announcement, Ericsson said the deal will further expand its capabilities in the TV industry, and highlighted the fact that it can bring enhanced efficiency into the business operations of regional and global broadcasters.

This is could be a good move.  Our broadcast industry market research shows that increased efficiency is not only one of the key business concerns of broadcasters and media companies, it is also a key driver of purchasing decisions for many broadcast technology end-users world-wide.

According to Ericsson, the TV and Media industry is “undergoing an unprecedented transformation driven by consumers’ appetite for rich, interactive, anytime, anywhere entertainment. The confluence of communications, broadband and media technologies and the use of IP and mobile networks to generate and deliver such experiences is creating new opportunities in the ecosystem.”

The company has said that its strategy is “to grow in the broadcast services market and take advantage of its technology and services leadership to help broadcasters and content owners address the convergence of video and mobility.”

By assembling a portfolio of managed service providers and highlighting efficient monetization of TV content, Ericsson appears to be in the process of creating an integrated provider that can help broadcasters and media companies manage the complexities of television playout and asset monetization for both linear and multi-platform content.

“Ericsson is making a step change to our business, cementing our commitment to TV and broadcast services and continuing a journey we started in 2007,” says Magnus Mandersson, Executive Vice President and Head of Business Unit Global Services, Ericsson. “We can create value for broadcasters by making digital content more accessible, enabling monetization of TV content more efficiently.”

Ericsson says that after the deal closes, Red Bee will be incorporated into Ericsson’s Global Services business unit, and the UK will become a global media hub for Ericsson. The company will have more than 4,000 employees based in the UK, with more than one-third working in the media services business.

The closing of the acquisition is subject to approval from relevant regulatory authorities and other contractual conditions.

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Related Content:

Press Release: Ericsson to acquire leading media services company Red Bee Media

More Broadcast Industry M&A: Technicolor Sells Playout & Services Business to Ericsson

Devoncroft Partners broadcast industry market research — The 2013 Big Broadcast Survey (BBS)

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Video Chip Maker Ambarella Grows Revenue 24.5 Percent in Fiscal 2013

Broadcaster Financial Results, Quarterly Results | Posted by Joe Zaller
Mar 17 2013

Video chip maker Ambarella announced that its revenue for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2013 was $31.5m, up 28.3% from $24.6 million in the same period in fiscal 2012. For the fiscal year ended January 31, 2013, the company’s revenue was $121.1m, up 24.5% from $97.3m for the year ending January 31, 2012.

GAAP net income for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2013 was $3.6m, or $0.13 per diluted ordinary share, compared with GAAP net income of $1.8m million, or $0.04 per diluted ordinary share, for the same period in fiscal 2012. GAAP net income for the year ended January 31, 2013 was $18.2m, or $0.60 per diluted ordinary share. This compares to GAAP net income of $9.8m, or $0.30 per diluted ordinary share, for the year ended January 31, 2012.

Q4 non-GAAP net income was $5m, or $0.18 per diluted ordinary share. This compares with non-GAAP net income of $2.7m, or $0.08 per diluted ordinary share for the same period in fiscal 2012. Non-GAAP net income for the year ended January 31, 2013 was $22.7m, or $0.79 per diluted ordinary share. This compares to non-GAAP net income of $13.1m, or $0.45 per diluted ordinary share, for the year ended January 31, 2012.

Q4 GAAP gross margins were 63.2%, down from 68.2% for the same period in fiscal 2012. For the year ended January 31, 2013, GAAP gross margin was 66.6%, flat with last year. Q4 non-GAAP gross margins were 63.3%, compared with 68.3% for the same period last year. Full year non-GAAP gross margin were 66.7%, down slightly from 66.7% versus last year.

“We are very pleased with our fourth quarter and fiscal year 2013 financial results,” said Fermi Wang, president and CEO. “We experienced significant year-over-year growth in our automotive and sports camera markets, and we were especially pleased with progress in our professional IP security camera market, which contributed strong gross margins as well as substantial year-over-year revenue growth. As this security market continues to grow rapidly, driven by the migration from analog standard definition cameras to digital, IP-based high definition cameras, we believe our products offer advanced technology and leading features that allow our customers to deliver winning solutions to the market.”

Ambarella’s A6 broadcast encoder/transcoder, which performs 1080p60 encoding and 1080i60 transcoding,is used by a variety of firms for H.264 and MPEG-2 head-end encoders and high-density transcoders.   It is believed that Ambarella’s broadcast industry clients include Harmonic, Ericsson, Motorola, Cisco, Harris, RGB Networks, and Evertz.

The company also sells video processors for digital video cameras, including the popular GoPro consumer cameras.

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Relate Content:

Press Release: Ambarella, Inc. Announces Fourth Quarter and Fiscal 2013 Financial Results

Ambarella Q4 FY 2013 Conference Call Transcript

Video Processing Chip Vendor Ambarella Raises $36 Million Through Initial Public Offering

Ambarella — Ammended S1 (IPO) Filing

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Video Processing Chip Vendor Ambarella Raises $36 Million Through Initial Public Offering

Broadcast technology vendor financials, IPO, SEC Filings | Posted by Joe Zaller
Oct 22 2012

Video chip maker Ambarella raised $36m through an initial public offering.  The company’s shares were priced at $6, well below the previously estimated range of $9 to $11.

About 4.9 million of the shares in the offering were sold by the company, with the rest coming from existing shareholders.  The company says the offering will net it approximately $24.9m, after expenses, and could rise to approximately $29.9m, if its underwriters fully exercise their over-allotment option.

The company said it intend to use the proceeds from the IPO for general corporate purposes, including working capital and capital expenditures. The company also said it may use a portion of the net proceeds to acquire complementary businesses, products or technologies, but said it is not currently contemplating any such acquisitions.

Ambarella has two primary segments, “camera” and “infrastructure” (which includes broadcast-related customers), and has shipped approximately 27 million SoCs shipped since it was founded in 2004.

Last year Ambarella year, the company posted a profit of $9.8m on revenue of $97.2m, with approximately $24m coming from its infrastructure segment, which includes broadcast related applications.   For the first six months of 2012, the company posted a net profit of $7.8m on revenue of $53.9m, including $15m from the infrastructure segment.

The company says its A6 broadcast encoder/transcoder, which performs 1080p60 encoding and 1080i60 transcoding, is well-suited for high-density applications such as H.264 and MPEG-2 head-end encoders and high-density transcoders.   It is believed that Ambarella’s broadcast industry clients include Harmonic, Ericsson, Motorola, Cisco, Harris, RGB Networks, and Evertz.

The company also sells video processors for digital video cameras, including the popular GoPro consumer cameras.

The company is listed on the NSADAQ market, and trades under the ticker symbol AMBA.

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Ambarella Amended S1 (IPO) Filing with the SEC

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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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Envivio Beats Expectations in First Quarter as Public Company as Revenue Jumps 35 Percent

Broadcast technology vendor financials, Quarterly Results | Posted by Joe Zaller
May 31 2012

Video encoding and transcoding specialist Envivio reported that its revenue for the first quarter of its FY 2013 was $13.4m, up 35% from the same period a year ago, and down 14% from the seasonally stronger previous quarter.  82% of revenue during the quarter came from existing customers.

The company posted a GAAP net loss for the quarter of $2.2m, or $0.17 per share, compared to a net loss of $1.2m or $0.09 per share last year, and GAAP net income of $800,000 last quarter. The company attributed the net loss in the quarter to seasonality as well as investments in product development and sales & marketing initiatives, which increased substantially during the quarter.

On a non-GAAP basis, the company posted a loss of $1.5m, or $0.12 per share, compared to a non-GAAP loss of $800,000 ($0.06 per share) last year, and non-GAAP net income of $1.2m last quarter.

The non-GAAP operating loss for the quarter was $1.5m versus a non-GAAP operating loss of $800,000 last year and a non-GAAP operating profit of $1.4m last quarter.

The results were better than the consensus estimates of analysts, who were looking for a loss of $0.18 per share on revenue of $13m. Nevertheless, the company’s stock sold off by more than 10% in early trading before climbing into positive territory by the end of the day.

Direct sales accounted for 27% of revenue in the quarter versus 39% a year ago.  The company said the increase in third-party revenue was due to large sales to two channel partners — Hauwei and Ericsson — who accounted for 18% and 11% of revenue respectively.  Sales to Hauwei were for projects in the Middle East and APAC, while sales to Ericsson were for projects in EMEA.

On a geographic basis:

  • Americas revenue was $2.4m, down 20% versus last year, and down 66% versus last quarter
  • EMEA revenue was $7.5m, up 74% versus last year and up 21% versus last quarter
  • APAC revenue was $3.5, up 35% versus last year, and up 46% versus last quarter

 

On a segment basis:

  • Product revenue in the quarter was $12.1m (90% of total revenue) versus $9.3m (94%) last year and $14m (90%) last quarter. 
  • Revenue from software products in the quarter was $1.06m (7.9% of total revenue), including new sales and upgrades to existing software customers.  Envivio CFO Eric Miller said that over time the company expects software-only sales to approach 20% of revenue.
  • Service and support revenue were $1.3m (10% of total revenue), up 109% versus last year, and down 19% versus last quarter.

 

Gross margins in the quarter were 61.7% up from 59.5% last year, and 54.8% in the previous quarter.  The company said that the year over year increase in gross margins was due to higher software-only sales, but was partially offset by lower gross margins in APAC. On a non-GAAP basis gross margins for the quarter were 61.7% versus 59.7% last year and 64.8% last quarter. Miller said the company’s long term target for gross margins is 66-68%, which he says is still a realistic goal for the company. 

Expenses in the quarter were up sharply across the board. Non-GAAP operating expenses for the quarter were $9.7m, up 45% last year, and up 13% versus last quarter. Non-GAAP R&D expenses were $2m, up 33% versus last year, and up 11% versus last quarter. Non-GAAP sales & marketing expenses were $5.6m, up 65% versus last year, up 14% versus last quarter. The company said the increase in sales and marketing costs were due to increased investments in sales and service capacity and marketing programs.  Non-GAAP G&A expenses in the quarter were $2.1m, up 17% compared to last year, and up 11% compared to last quarter.

The company ended the quarter with $75.3m in cash; and 152 employees, up from 117 employees last year and 146 employees last quarter.

 

Guidance

Envivio says its expects its Q2 FY 2013 revenue to be in the range of $17m to $18m, with gross non-GAAP gross margins of 62% to 64%. The company gave broad profitibilty guidance, saying it non-GAAP net income / loss would be in the range of a loss of $460,000 to a profit of $720,000.

 

“In our first quarter as a public company, we delivered strong year-over-year revenue results, which reflect our leadership in the growing multi-screen video processing market,” said Julien Signes, president and CEO, Envivio. “In this quarter we added 17 new customers, expanded sales of our new Halo product and began deployments of satellite TV solutions. We are committed to continuing our growth strategy, and the proceeds from our IPO will provide the flexibility to expand our marketing and sales initiatives, and further develop innovative, industry-leading products.”

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Related Content:

Press Release: Envivio Reports First Quarter Fiscal 2013 Financial Results

Envivio Files for $85 Million Goldman Sachs Led IPO

April 2012 Envivio S-1/A filing (IPO Documents)

Previous Quarter: Envivio Reports Revenue Was Up 69 Percent in FY 2012, Updates IPO Documents

Envivio Closes $16.5 Million Fundraising Round

Envivio D/A Filing: Disclosed newly raised funds

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The 2012 Big Broadcast Survey

broadcast technology market research | Posted by Joe Zaller
Apr 03 2012

I am pleased to announce that the 2012 Big Broadcast Survey (BBS), our annual study of the broadcast market, has been completed and that the reports from this project will be published soon.

We once again had record-breaking participation in this project.   Almost 10,000 broadcast professionals in 100+ countries participated in the 2012 BBS, making it the largest ever and most comprehensive market study of the broadcast industry.  We are humbled by and grateful for the unprecedented participation from so broadcast industry professionals who took the time to contribute to this year’s study.

The 2012 BBS offers unique insight into the broadcast industry by providing information about industry trends, budgets, capital projects, HD and file-based upgrade cycles, and more. It also provides detailed brand data on more than 100 broadcast technology vendors in 30+ product categories (see list in post tags below).

We created the BBS to help our clients, and readers of this website, better understand the issues and trends impacting the broadcast and digital media industries.  We received many positive comments about the BBS from both participants and our research clients, so we feel that we are on the right track and we will continue to publish data about the market on a regular basis.

We will begin to post summary data from the 2012 study on this website, so please check back regularly.

I will also be presenting a summary of the 2012 data on Sunday April 15th at the NAB Show, at a half-day conference session called Media Technology: Strategy and Valuation, which is being produced by Devoncroft, Silverwood Partners and the NAB Show.  It’s free for all registered NAB Show attendees, so please come along.

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Related Content:

Devoncroft – 2012 Broadcast Market Research Reports Now Available

Devoncroft – 2011 Broadcast Market Research Articles

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

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More Broadcast Industry M&A: Technicolor Sells Playout & Services Business to Ericsson

Broadcast Vendor M&A | Posted by Joe Zaller
Mar 13 2012

Technicolor announced that it is selling its broadcast services business to Ericsson for €19m.  The deal also includes a potential earn-out of up to €9 million based on 2015 revenues of the broadcast services business.  The deal is scheduled to close in mid-2012.

Technicolor’s Broadcast Services activity has 900 employees in France, The UK and the Netherlands.  It provides managed play-out services, live production support and media asset management services.

Technicolor says the transaction will contribute to its ongoing efforts to leverage its existing portfolio, optimize its investments allocation and free cash flow generation, and help reduce its debt level.

This is the latest of broadcast-related divestitures by Technicolor, and the first one for which it appears to have received any cash up front as part of the deal.  The company’s previous divestitures which include the sale its Grass Valley head-end business, the sale of its transmission business to PARTER Capital Group, and the sale of its Grass Valley broadcast business to Francisco Partners, were all done for “nominal consideration”.

Technicolor CEO Frederic Rose said: “This transaction is consistent with Technicolor’s strategy to focus on media monetization solutions, new growth businesses, and strengthen its balance sheet. For Ericsson, managed services are a core business and after completion of this divesture, the Broadcast Services activity will benefit from the company’s know-how and global scale necessary to remain a key player in the worldwide Broadcast industry”.

“As the TV industry is undergoing fundamental changes with the transition to multi-platform, on-demand television, teaming up with a trusted partner enables broadcasters to meet the increasing commercial and technological complexity and competition in the TV market”, said Magnus Mandersson, Executive Vice President and Head of Business Unit Global Services, Ericsson. “We combine our service and technology leadership with strategic investments in playout operations, broadcast capability and competence.”

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Related Content:

Press Release: Technicolor to sell its Broadcast Services activity to Ericsson

More Broadcast Vendor M&A: Technicolor Closes Deal to Dispose of Grass Valley Transmission Business

Technicolor Receives Binding Offer for Video Head-End Business

Technicolor decides not to sell digital signage provider PRN

Technicolor completes sale of Grass Valley to Francisco Partners

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The 2011 Big Broadcast Survey – Now Available

broadcast industry technology trends, broadcast industry trends, Broadcast technology channel strategy, broadcast technology market research, Broadcast Vendor Brand Research, Top Broadcast Vendor Brands | Posted by Joe Zaller
Mar 10 2011

After many months of work, I am pleased to announce that the 2011 Big Broadcast Survey (BBS) has been completed, and that reports from the study will be published soon.

If you’re not familiar with the BBS, it’s an annual demand-side study of the global broadcast industry. BBS reports help readers improve their strategic decision making, customer engagement, marketing strategy, product planning, and sales execution.

More than 8,000 broadcast professionals in 100+ countries participated in the 2011 BBS, making it by far the largest and most comprehensive market study of the broadcast industry.

Three types of reports are available:

  • The BBS Global Market Report is the broadcast industry’s first global demand-based study of the purchasing habits of technology buyers.  This report examines industry trends, major projects being planned, products being evaluated for purchase, current and future plant infrastructure and operational structure, broadcast technology budgets, and HD upgrade plans for a wide variety of products.

 

  • BBS Global Brand Reports are available for more than 100 broadcast technology vendors.  These reports provide deep insight into how each company is perceived by the market, along with comprehensive benchmarking of broadcast technology vendors on a wide variety of metrics, through a series of league table rankings

 

  • Twenty-six separate 2011 BBS Product Reports provide detailed vendor brand ranking for individual product categories. These reports enable users to benchmark their brand directly against specific competitors through a detailed understanding of the opinions of technology buyers who purchase, specify or use each product type.  

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

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

You’ll also be seeing information from the 2011 BBS in a wide variety of other industry websites and trade magazines.

The tables below show the product categories and broadcast technology vendor brands covered in the 2011 BBS.

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 Product Categories Covered in the 2011 BBS:

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Broadcast Technology Brands Covered in the 2011 BBS:

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Reliability Rankings of Broadcast Technology Vendors — The Top 30 Globally

broadcast industry technology trends, broadcast industry trends, broadcast technology market research, Broadcast Vendor Brand Research, Top Broadcast Vendor Brands | Posted by Joe Zaller
Jul 27 2010

This is part of series of posts about the how the brands of broadcast technology vendors were ranked by respondents to the 2010 Big Broadcast Survey (BBS).

Each year as part of the Big Broadcast Survey (BBS), a global sample of broadcast professionals are asked to rank their opinion of a number of technology vendor brands on a wide range of metrics.  This information is used to create a series of reports, which through benchmarking and industry “league tables” enable these vendors to understand their competitive position in the market.

More than 5,600 people in 120+ countries participated in the 2010 BBS, making this the largest ever and most comprehensive study of the broadcast industry. In addition to measuring a variety of broadcast industry trends, more than 100 vendor brands (in 27 separate product categories) were evaluated by respondents.

Recently, posts which rank broadcast technology vendors include:

 

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Today let’s look at how respondents ranked broadcast technology vendors for reliability.

Broadcast technology products are purchased by discerning customers for what are often mission-critical applications.  Thus the reliability of products is a paramount concern for buyers of these products. 

To measure the rankings of the reliability of vendors, respondents were asked to rank broadcast technology vendor brands for “Reliability” on a scale of 1-10 — with 10 being best in the market, and 1 being worst in the market.  The top 30 ranked brands for overall opinion are shown below for the global sample of all respondents.

In all cases, these results are shown in alphabetical order, NOT in the order in which they were ranked by respondents to the survey. 

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Reliability – Top 30 Broadcast Technology Brands (Alpha Order)

There are a wide variety of vendors on this list, including large & small companies and those who produce audio and video products. 

  

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Number of products per vendor – Single Product Companies Dominate Reliability Rankings

When reviewing these results it’s important to understand how many products are produced by each vendor on this list.  This will help us to understand if whether reliability comes from small focused companies, or large multi-product vendors. 

 The 2010 BBS evaluated 27 separate product categories.  As with the previously published top 30 quality rankings, single product companies (those who were covered on only one product category in the 2010 BBS) dominate the rankings for reliability.

 A breakdown of how many product categories are produced by each vendor on the top 30 quality list is shown below:

With 21 out of 30 vendors on this list producing a product in only one BBS category (out of 27 measured) it’s clear that focused, specialized companies are regarded as reliability leaders in the eyes of the global broadcast market. 

Nevertheless it’s also worth pointing out that large companies can also be considered industry innovators. For example Grass Valley is covered in 10 product categories in the 2010 BBS and Snell is covered in 5 product categories. 

  

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Geographic Location

Another factor to consider is the geographic location of each company on the list.  By this measure, companies headquartered in EMEA are the clear reliability leaders, while companies based in the Americas and Asia trail the pack. 

Keep in mind that when looking at geography, it’s important to remember that many of these firms are truly global, with offices all over the world, regardless of where they are headquartered.

  

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Product Categories

Finally, let’s look at the product categories produced by the vendors who made the top 30 reliability list for the 2010 BBS.

Out of the 27 product categories covered in the 2010 BBS, 20 appear on this list; making reliability more concentrated than other metrics such as quality (which had entrants from 23 product categories).

Audio products lead the list of products produced by the top 30 reliability leaders, with audio consoles and microphones topping the rankings.  ENG cameras and studio cameras, along with audio monitors also make a strong showing.

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Please keep in mind when reviewing this information that, unless otherwise specified, all data these charts are presented in alphabetical order, not in the order brands were ranked by respondents to the 2010 BBS.  Also, the charts in this posting measure the responses of all 2010 BBS respondents, regardless of their company type, company size, geographic location, job title and budget for broadcast technology products.  

In order to get full value from this data, it is necessary to evaluate these results on a granular basis.  If you would like more information, please contact Devoncroft Partners.

  

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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.

Innovation Rankings for Broadcast Technology Vendors — The Top 30 Globally

broadcast industry technology trends, broadcast industry trends, broadcast technology market research, Broadcast Vendor Brand Research, Top Broadcast Vendor Brands | Posted by Joe Zaller
Jun 16 2010

This is the third in a series of posts about the how the brands of broadcast technology vendors were ranked by respondents to the 2010 Big Broadcast Survey (BBS). 

Each year as part of the Big Broadcast Survey (BBS), a global sample of broadcast professionals are asked to rank their opinion of a number of technology vendor brands on a wide range of metrics.  This information is used to create a series of reports, which through benchmarking and industry “league tables” enable these vendors to understand their competitive position in the market. 

More than 5,600 people in 120+ countries participated in the 2010 BBS, making this the largest ever and most comprehensive study of the broadcast industry. In addition to measuring a variety of broadcast industry trends, more than 100 vendor brands (in 27 separate product categories) were evaluated by respondents. 

Recently, I discussed how respondents to the 2010 BBS ranked The Top 30 Broadcast Technology Vendor Brands by Overall Opinion, Ranked, Globally and Regionally, and followed up with a ranking of the Top 30 Broadcast Vendor Brands by Net Change in Brand Image

In keeping with the theme of top 30 rankings, let’s now turn to one of the most important metrics for any technology company – innovation

The product side of the film & broadcast industry is driven by technology and innovation.  All vendors strive to create techniques that will make their products stand out from the competition.  Thus innovation is a very important component of the brand image and reputation of vendors in this space. 

To find out which broadcast technology vendors are considered to be most highly regarded in terms of innovation, more than 4,000 broadcast industry professionals were  asked to rank broadcast technology vendor brands for “Innovation” on a scale of 1-10 — with 10 being best in the market, and 1 being worst in the market.  The top 30 ranked brands for overall opinion are shown below for the global sample of all respondents. 

In all cases, these results are shown in alphabetical order, NOT in the order in which they were ranked by respondents to the survey.   

Innovation — The top 30 broadcast technology brands, listed alphabetically (global sample of all respondents) 

There’s a broad mix of vendors included in the above table including both audio and video and audio companies.  There are also interesting similarities and differences in terms of the types of products produced, geographic location and company size (something that is not measured in the BBS and won’t be discussed further here)..  So let’s look a little deeper into these results. 

 

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Number of products per vendor 

One obvious question that should be asked when reviewing these results is how many products are produced by each vendor on this list.  This will help us to understand if whether innovation comes from small focused companies, or large multi-product vendors.    

A breakdown of how many product categories are produced by each vendor on the top 30 innovation list is shown below: 

 

It’s interesting to note that vendors producing just one product account for more than half of the vendors in the top 30 innovation list.  This suggests that focused companies who apply their efforts to specialist product areas are often able to generate more innovation in the eyes of the market.  

Nevertheless it’s also worth pointing out that large companies can also be considered industry innovators. For example Grass Valley is covered in 10 product categories in the 2010 BBS and Avid is covered in 7 product categories.  These are examples of large companies who have managed to remain instill innovation across their product lines. 

Please keep in mind that this is not an absolute measure of the products produced be each vendor.  In total, the 2010 BBS looked at 148 vendors in 27 separate product categories (based on the IABM’s industry model), but even so it did not necessarily cover the entire product range of all vendors. 

 

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Geographic Location 

Another factor to consider is the geographic location of each company on the list.  By this measure, companies headquartered in EMEA just edged out those based in North America on the top 20 innovation list, while companies based in Asia trailed the pack.  

 

This is not surprising since this broadly reflects where the companies on the overall list are based.  

In terms of individual countries, the USA leads the way with 10 companies on the list of the 30 top innovators, with Germany close behind with 6 vendors on the list. 

When looking at geography, it’s important to remember that many of these firms are truly global, with offices all over the world, regardless of where they are headquartered. 

 

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Product Categories 

Finally, let’s look at the product categories produced by the vendors who made the top 30 innovation list for the 2010 BBS:

Out of the 27 product categories covered in the 2010 BBS, 23 appear on this list; showing that innovation is widespread across the broadcast industry.

Signal processing, studio cameras and video editing lead the list of products produced by the top 30 innovation leaders.

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Please keep in mind when reviewing this information that, unless otherwise specified, all data these charts are presented in alphabetical order, not in the order brands were ranked by respondents to the 2010 BBS.  Also, the charts in this posting measure the responses of all 2010 BBS respondents, regardless of their company type, company size, geographic location, job title and budget for broadcast technology products.  

In order to get full value from this data, it is necessary to evaluate these results on a granular basis.  If you would like more information, please contact Devoncroft Partners. 

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.

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