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Leading Media Technology Executives to Discuss Next-Generation Technologies at NAB Show NY

Conference Sessions | Posted by Josh Stinehour
Nov 03 2016

If you are interested in hearing leading media technology experts discuss the business implications and latest developments with next-generation technologies including ATSC 3.0, Cloud services, and IP-based infrastructure, then you will want to attend the series of conference session Devoncroft is co-producing at the upcoming NAB Show New York on Thursday, November 10th.

You may attend the sessions by registering for the Core Package for the exhibition.   As part of our partnership with the NAB Show New York organizers, we are pleased to offer the discount code EP04 to enable a $50 savings on the Core Package Pricing.

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

 

NAB Show New York Conference Session Details

 

Key Trends Driving Investment in the Media Technology Sector

Thu. November 10 | 11:15 AM – 11:45 AM | Inspiration Stage 4

Description:

Top broadcast analyst Joe Zaller will present a summary of key data derived from a variety of broadcast market intelligence projects including the Devoncroft Partners 2016 Big Broadcast Survey, the industry’s definitive demand-side market study. This session will highlight the evolution of technology investments in the media technology market, including the macro drivers of technology investments, the market performance in 2016, and expectations for technology spend in 2017. Specific topics will include the strategic business drivers of broadcast technology spending, considerations for next-generation technologies (4K / UHD, IP / IT, Cloud), and the increased level of M&A activity by both vendors and broadcasters.

Speaker:

  • Joe Zaller, President Devoncroft Partners

 

Link to NAB Show NY Session Listing

 

ATSC 3.0: Impact on Business Strategies and Technology Spending

Thu. November 10| 12:00 PM – 12:30 PM | Inspiration Stage 4

Description:

A panel of technology decision makers at leading broadcasters will discuss how the forthcoming ATSC 3.0 standard is impacting their investment decisions. Hear where broadcasters are planning to invest, the timeline for spending, and how ATSC 3.0-related spending will impact investment in other areas. . The discussion will evaluate practical investment considerations for deployment costs, new revenue models, and consumer adoption timing. Participants will share perspectives in the context of the latest developments with the ATSC 3.0 standard and regulatory process.

Speakers:

  • Delbert Parks, SVP and CTO Sinclair Broadcast Group
  • Dave Siegler, VP, Technical Operation Cox Media Group

 

Link to NAB Show NY Session Listing

 

Evaluating Actual IP-Based Infrastructure Deployments

Thu. November 10| 2:00 PM – 2:30 PM | Inspiration Stage 4

Description:

A panel of technology decision makers at leading broadcasters will discuss the transition of live broadcast environments to IP-based technology infrastructure. The discussion with include a review of business opportunities, remaining challenges, and timing of the transition. In particular, the panelists will share perspectives on business issues related to migrating to IP-based infrastructures, such as different purchase models, expectations of reliability, impact on broadcast technology vendors, measuring benefit, and training requirements.

Speakers:

  • Todd Donovan, Senior Vice President, Broadcast Operations & Engineering ABC Television Network
  • Thomas Edwards, VP Engineering & Development FOX NE&O

 

Link to NAB Show NY Session Listing

 

The Business Case of the Holistic Content Factory: Media Supply Chain Management and Cloud Native Applications

Thu. November 10| 2:45 PM – 3:15 PM | Inspiration Stage 4

Description:

A panel of technology decision makers at leading media companies will discuss how media operations are evolving so that cost structures are aligned with the need to deliver content to a mix of multiple linear and OTT delivery platforms. This session will touch on themes including automated workflow-driven processes, media supply chain management, and cloud-native applications. . Discussion topics will include the business case for moving media operations to cloud infrastructure, and the current technical and business gaps preventing cloud deployments in the media industry. The panelists will also share opinions on what they require from technology suppliers as they migrate to cloud-based architectures.

Speaker:

  • John Honeycutt, CTO Discovery Communications

Link to NAB Show NY Session Listing

 

Should Cloud-First Thinking be a Strategic Imperative for Media Companies?

Thu. November 10| 3:30 PM – 4:00 PM | Inspiration Stage 4

Description:

Although broadcasters and media companies are increasingly embracing cloud-based technologies, there is not a one-size-fits all approach to cloud adoption. Some companies are “all-in” and working towards “cloud-first” thinking, whereas others are building “cloud-ready” facilities that keep much of the infrastructure on premise. This moderated discussion features the technical leaders from large media companies with different business models and different approaches to deploying and utilizing cloud technology in major projects they are currently planning. This session will touch on themes including automated workflow-driven processes, media supply chain management, and cloud-native applications. Discussion topics will include when business drivers justify the case for moving media operations to cloud infrastructure, and when it makes sense to deploy traditional on premise infrastructure. The panelists will also share opinions on gaps preventing cloud deployments in the media industry and what they require from technology suppliers as they migrate to cloud-based architectures.

Speakers:

  • Fred Mattocks, GM, Media Operations & Technology CBC
  • Steve Plunkett, Chief Technology Officer, Broadcast and Media Services Ericsson

 

Link to NAB Show NY Session Listing

 

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Don’t Miss The Media Technology Business Summit at the 2016 NAB Show

Analysis, broadcast industry technology trends, broadcast industry trends, Broadcast technology vendor financials, Broadcast Vendor M&A, Conference Sessions, technology trends | Posted by Joe Zaller
Apr 16 2016

Media Technology Business Summit

1:00pm – 5:00pm, Sunday, April 17, 2016

Las Vegas Convention Center, Room N249

Open to all 2016 NAB Show Registrants

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2016 Devoncroft NAB Media Technology Busienss Summit

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Conference Agenda

1:00pm – Strategic Industry Analysis: Valuations, M&A, and Equity Finance

  • Joshua Stinehour, Principal Analyst Devoncroft

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1:25pm – Follow the Money: Trends Driving Media Investment

  • Joe Zaller, Founder & President Devoncroft

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1:50pm – Change is the New Normal: Transforming for Business Success in the New Media Landscape

  • Ulf Ewaldsson, SVP, Group CTO, & Head of Group Function Ericsson

 

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2:10pm – The Vendor C-Suite: Strategies for an Evolving Market

  • Louis Hernandez, Jr., President & CEO Avid
  • Charlie Vogt, CEO Imagine Communications
  • Larry Kaplan, Founder & CEO SDVI
  • Dan Castles, CEO Telestream

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2:50pm – The Broadcaster C-Suite: Trends Driving Investment Decisions

  • John Honeycutt, CTO Discovery Communications
  • Renu Thomas, EVP Media Operations, Engineering & IT Disney/ABC Television Group
  • Richard Friedel, EVP and GM Fox Network Engineering and Operations
  • Håvard Myklebust, CTO TV2 Norway

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3:30pm – Leveraging Hyperscale IT Infrastructure for Next-Generation Media Workflows

  • Michelle Munson, President, CEO, and Co-Founder Aspera, an IBM Company
  • Michael Koons, VP, Worldwide Systems Engineering Cisco Systems
  • Tom Burns, CTO, Media & Entertainment EMC/Isilon
  • Ulf Ewaldsson, SVP, Group CTO, & Head of Group Function Ericsson

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4:00pm – Service Provider C-Suite: Perspectives on Industry Trends

  • Chris Walters, CEO Encompass Digital Media
  • Ramki Sankaranarayanan, Founder & CEO Prime Focus Technologies
  • Avi Cohen, CEO RR Media

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4:30pm – AWS Keynote – “All In”: Cloud Transformation of the Media Industry

  • Alex Dunlap, General Manager AWS CloudFront
  • Sam Blackman, CEO and Co-Founder Elemental Technologies

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We look forward to seeing you there. Additional information on the Summit is available from the Devoncroft Partners website and the NAB Show website.

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Speakers Announced for the 2016 NAB Show Media Technology Business Summit

Conference Sessions | Posted by Josh Stinehour
Apr 04 2016

We are pleased to announce the full agenda and speaker lineup for the fifth annual Media Technology Business Summit at the upcoming 2016 NAB Show.

As a reminder, the Summit starts at 1pm on Sunday April 17th and is located in room N249 of the Las Vegas Convention Center.  The event is co-produced by Devoncroft Partners and the organizers of the NAB Show.  Admission is available to all NAB Show exhibitors and registered attendees (remember to bring your NAB Show badge).

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

An overview of the conference is included below.  Full details are available on the NAB Show website.

 

2016 NAB Show Media Technology Business Summit

 

1:00pm – Welcome and Introductions

Presenter:

  • Joe Zaller, President Devoncroft Partners

 

1:05pm – Strategic Industry Analysis: Valuations, M&A, and Equity Finance

Josh Stinehour of Devoncroft will take the podium for his annual (enthusiastic) presentation on developments in the media technology sector.  If you have any final announcements you would like Josh to consider for his presentation, let him know.

Here is a link to the NAB Show website individual session listing.

Presenter:

  • Josh Stinehour, Principal Analyst Devoncroft Partners

 

1:25pm – Follow the Money: Trends Driving Media Investment

Devoncroft founder Joe Zaller will present a summary of key data derived from a variety of broadcast market intelligence projects including the 2016 Big Broadcast Survey, the industry’s definitive demand-side market study. This market data will highlight the technology investments made in 2015, expectations for technology spend in 2016, and key trends driving technology investments.

Here is a link to the NAB Show website individual session listing.

Presenter:

  • Joe Zaller, President Devoncroft Partners

 

1:50pm – Change is the new normal: Transforming for business success in the new Media landscape

As the Media industry undergoes massive transformation, only the strongest or most considered will survive. To win at a time when change is the constant requires technology shifts, operational re-organizations and completely new business models that address the challenges of the new Media landscape of consolidated customers, and ever more fickle consumers.

Ericsson’s SVP and Group CTO, Ulf Ewaldsson, will reflect on how Ericsson’s own transformation, and that of Telecoms and ICT, has parallels with the Media industry, and why Ericsson has invested to become one of the largest global TV & Media providers of products and services. The session will also highlight some of the latest technologies that underpin success, and just how different a business mindset is needed to excel.

Here is a link to the NAB Show website individual session listing.

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2:10pm – The Vendor C-Suite: Strategies for an Evolving Market

CEOs from four leading media technology suppliers will debate the most important commercial issues facing the industry, and discuss their strategies to position their companies for success in a rapidly evolving marketplace.  The panelists will also offer opinions on how changes in the business environment are impacting vendors and customers.

Here is a link to the NAB Show website individual session listing.

Moderator:

  • Joe Zaller, President Devoncroft Partners

Panelists:

NAB 2016 Devoncroft Vendor CEO Panel

 

2:50pm – The Broadcaster C-Suite: Trends Driving Investment Decisions

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

Here is a link to the NAB Show website individual session listing.

Moderator:

  • Joe Zaller, President Devoncroft Partners

Panelists:

NAB 2016 Devoncroft Broadcaster CTO Panel

 

3:30pm – Leveraging Hyperscale IT Infrastructure for Next-Generation Media Workflows

A panel of executives from well-known IT vendors operating in the media technology sector will offer the IT community perspective on developments in the media sector. Participants will also share opinions on the implications of broader technology advancements to the sector. In particular the discussion will focus on the role of the IT vendor in the ongoing transition of the media technology sector to take advantage of technologies such as IP and virtualization.

Here is a link to the NAB Show website individual session listing.

Moderator:

  • Al Kovalick, Media Systems Consulting

Panelists:

NAB 2016 Devoncroft IT Panel

 

4:00pm – The Service Provider Perspective on Industry Trends

A panel of executives from leading media service providers will discuss views on both technology developments and deployment considerations for media organizations.  Discussion topics will include solutions for multi-platform content delivery, the economics of outsourcing, how service providers can leverage their scale to deliver increased performance and agility, and how next-generation data center architecture may impact the media ecosystem.

Here is a link to the NAB Show website individual session listing.

Moderator:

  • Josh Stinehour, Principal Analyst Devoncroft Partners

Panelists:

NAB 2016 Devoncroft Service Provider Panel

 

4:30pm – AWS Keynote – “All In”: Cloud Transformation of the Media Industry 

Amazon Web Services and Elemental leaders discuss the unprecedented impact of the cloud on media and entertainment industry business models. Alex Dunlap, general manager of Amazon CloudFront, and Sam Blackman, CEO and co-founder of Elemental, will share insights about media leaders who are going “all in the cloud”. The session will discuss cutting edge end-to-end media workflows, the advantages of video processing and delivery from the cloud, and how Amazon’s 2015 acquisition of Elemental represents the future of the media industry.

Here is a link to the NAB Show website individual session listing.

Presenters:

NAB 2016 Devoncroft AWS Keynote

 

 

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Report: Apple Planning Online Video Launch Featuring 25 Broadcast Channels

Online Video, OTT Video | Posted by Joe Zaller
Mar 17 2015

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Just a week after the announcement that Apple will be the exclusive launch partner for the HBO Now streaming service, a Wall Street Journal article reports the company is planning to introduce an online TV service featuring up to 25 broadcast channels, including content from ABC, CBS, and Fox.

The WSJ reports that media executives they interviewed believe Apple in planning to charge $30 to $40 per month for the service, which it aims to announce in June and launch in September.

This is not the first time there have been rumors about the launch of an Apple TV service. In 2012 Jefferies & Co. analyst James Kisner said in a report that his industry contacts suggest that “at least one major North American cable system operator is working to estimate how much additional capacity may be needed for a new Apple device on their broadband data network.”

Last year the WSJ reported: “Apple was in talks with Comcast to team up on a streaming TV service that would use an Apple set-top box and get special treatment on Comcast’s cable pipes to bypass congestion on the Web. Apple had discussions since at least mid-2012 with Time Warner Cable, but those talks came to a standstill when the company became a takeover target for rival operators. Time Warner Cable struck a deal—still awaiting regulatory approval—in February 2014 to sell itself to Comcast.”

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Arista Networks Files for $200 Million IPO

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Top Broadcasters Debate Spectrum, 4K, IP Infrastructure, and ATSC 3.0 at 2014 HPA Tech Retreat

broadcast industry technology trends, broadcast industry trends, broadcast technology market research | Posted by Joe Zaller
Feb 27 2014

A version of this article appeared originally in TVNewsCheck

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As the saying goes: “the customer is King”, and last week the place to pay homage to some of the biggest buyers of broadcast technology was the annual Broadcaster Panel at the 2014 HPA Tech Retreat in Indian Wells, CA.

Always a highlight of the HPA conference, this unique event is a one-hour Q&A-based discussion featuring the top technology executives from major broadcast networks and TV station groups.

Deftly moderated by Ericsson SVP of Technology Matthew Goldman, this year’s panel featured Anthony Caruso, Director of New Broadcast Technology at the  Canadian Broadcasting Corporation; Bob Seidel, VP Advanced Technology at CBS;  Dave Seigler, VP Technical Operations at Cox Broadcasting, Richard Friedel, EVP and GM at FOX NE&O, Eric Wolf, VP Technology Strategy at PBS; and Mark Aitken, VP Advanced Technology at Sinclar Broadcast Group.

Despite the short one-hour timeframe, panelists debated, and sometimes disagreed about, a wide range of hot-button issues including spectrum re-packing, channel sharing, 4K/UHD acquisition & delivery, AFD, unbundling of subscription TV packages, software defined networks, IP broadcasting, and ATSC 3.0.

Siedel and Aitken at HPA 2014

Bob Siedel, CBS VP of Advanced Technology looks on as Sinclair’s Mark Aitken discusses ATSC 3.0 and the future of broadcasting

 

Spectrum Issues

Starting with the topic of spectrum repacking, sharing and multicasting, broadcasters were in general agreement that although there may be some stations that want to cash out in the auctions, it does not make sense to permanently give up spectrum that might be used later for a variety of services delivering everything from mobile to 4k/UHD.

PBS’s Wolf raised the point that although today’s encoders make channel sharing a viable option, advances in technology cannot solve the thorny contractual issues of how a for-profit station can share spectrum with a non-profit PBS station, or whether it makes commercial sense to do so at all.  “Channel sharing is a reasonable option for people to look at, but at the end of the day management has to look at this and say we can take a one-time infusion of cash from the auction and give up forever some portion of our spectrum which is our bread and butter, and forgo a lot of future options.”

Siegler agreed, saying that Cox sees surrendering spectrum as limiting the future, and that the company has “no interest” in turning over any of its spectrum.

Sinclair’s Aitken went further “No matter what happens, if the next generation of broadcasting is planned using legacy ATSC 1.0 and MPEG-2 standards, everyone will be ‘half of a broadcaster’ because what you can do within the limitations of ATSC 1.0 is only half of what broadcasters are capable of doing.” Aitken added that “any consideration of channel sharing would have to go hand-in-hand with the notion of advancing broadcasting to the next generation broadcast platform,” which he described as being all IP-based and capable of supporting both mobile and fixed services, which Sinclair believes will very important to the livelihood of broadcasters in the future.

According to Siedel, the issue comes down to quality for CBS, so channel sharing is out of the question.  The network always strives to deliver maximum quality, so until very recently CBS has used its entire 19.3 Mbit/s for HD.  Recent advances in compression have enabled CBS to lower the bitrate slightly, freeing up approximately 1.5Mbit/s for a sub-channel.

 

The Future of 4K/UHD

The industry’s top techs were also in broad agreement on 4K/UHD – delivering it over the air is not a priority.

“We’ve done a lot of testing of 4K in our labs, and you know what, it produces the best HD pictures we’ve ever seen,” said Fox NE&O’s EVP and GM Richard Friedel. “We think there is some there is some viability for 4K sets for consumers, but that’s not to suggest that we will be broadcasting 4K any time soon.”

Aitken put it more bluntly: “4K is not going to happen for broadcasting until ESPN says so.”  Said differently, unless content owners demand it or incremental revenues are available to broadcasters, 4K/UHD is not going to become a mainstream priority.

Siedel says CBS is a fan of 4K — for acquisition. He described how CBS/CW program delivery specifications include separate elements for acquisition and delivery. “On the acquisition side, our philosophy has always been that we want to maintain the highest possible quality levels so that we ensure the residual asset value of that content.” Accordingly, for the past two years the CBS/CW specifications have allowed for acquisition in 4K/UHD, although this is not mandatory today. “Having an edited 4K master on the shelf is going to add to the asset value in the future, no matter how it’s distributed.”

On the sports side, CBS and others have been using 4K for acquisition (CBS used six 4K cameras at the 2013 Super Bowl), and using this content to extract HD content, as well as for super slow-mo replays. 4K/UHD will continue to be used in this way for sports productions.

Ironically it was Dave Siegler from Cox Broadcasting (whose parent company is a cable MSO) who expressed disappointed in the downgraded signal that cable companies deliver to the home with compression, and asked rhetorically whether 4K delivered to the home look like HD should be.

 

Integer Frame Rates

The panel disagreed on several important topics. On the subject of integer frame rates, Siedel said that the industry will likely be stuck with 59.94 for many years to come due to the millions of hours of 59.94 content on the shelf and the complexity of converting back and forth from 59.94 to 60 in the plant.

Aitken disagreed, saying video content creation is exploding, and that the amount of content created in the next 10-15 years will equal all the content ever created.  Therefore it makes sense to Sinclair to move forward with all new content generated at integer frame rates, while maintaining compatibility with legacy non-integer material.

Friedel agreed with Aitken saying that Fox has been advocating that new formats (e.g. 120 fps) would be integer-based, and convert to non-integer rates for legacy compatibility.

 

Cable Unbundling

Another area of disagreement had to do with the unbundling of cable programming.

Friedel said that Fox “firmly believes that the cost of TV will go up for people if it’s unbundled. If you think about the way a show is put together an marketed, there is no possible way that popular television programming will be able to be produced and sent to consumers can be sent to consumers at the same rate they are paying today. Prices would go way, way up.”

Aitken countered saying “unbundling is inevitable and will happen naturally due to an environment of hybrid convergence of content of content across multiple platforms. If broadcasters had a decent platform, we’d be delivering a Sinclair bundle to the home. Unbundling will happen as a natural occurrence of the proliferation of platforms that can bring content into the home.”

 

IP Broadcast Infrastructures and Software Defined Networking

Moving on to what is sure to be one of the biggest technology trends over the next 5+ years, the panelists were asked how long they think it will take for broadcasters to truly move to full IP infrastructure software defined networking (SDN).

Wolf said although it will take a few more years, PBS is currently building a new disaster recovery center that’s based completely on virtualized IT systems, along with “little bits” of traditional broadcast gear.  Although this new facility is not yet based on SDN or cloud enabled, it’s the first step on the path.  DR is a great test facility so it’s a positive step along the way, “but as we look at our next big playout system, the big question on the table is whether we can go all IP for all the routing in the plant and the suspicion is that we can.”

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

Friedel added: “this is a pretty fun time to see where the future will go,” and encouraged the audience to learn more about the SMPTE 2022 standard, and become involved with the Joint EBU-SMPTE-VSF Task Force on Networked Media (JT-NM) which is helping to define the future of the all-IP broadcast facility. You can download December 2013 whitepaper here.

Other issues included a discussion of electronic interference, which is affecting both C-band contribution feeds and wireless microphones.  Friedel said “white space interference is a huge issue for broadcasters,” and then quipped that viewers of the 2014 Super Bowl may have noticed that either the hands of the on-air talent had gotten smaller or the microphones had gotten larger.  He explained that in order to eliminate the risk of wireless interference in the crowded Met Life Stadium, Fox had switched to new wireless microphones from Sennheiser that operate in 1.6 GHz band. Although these microphones worked perfectly, they require more power and larger batteries, making them 40% larger than traditional wireless microphones.

 

ATSC 3.0 and the Future of Broadcasting

But the most controversial topic had to do with the future of broadcasting, and the various options for the ATSC 3.0 standard.

Aitken kicked off the debate by expressing concern that “that virtually all activity and focus of the ATSC has been on high data rate delivery to a fixed receiver environment” (in other words, delivering a single channel to a single UHD display in the home).

While Aitken sees this as part of the future of broadcasting, “Sinclair has fought for 15 years to bring mobile capability to broadcasting.”

“Fifteen years ago, people looked at us cross-eyed and said ‘mobile: who’s going to do that?’” said Aitken. “Look around today and the question is: where is broadcast to mobile? There has been an avoidance [at ATSC] of moving forward any proposals that of that would take bits away from fixed service for mobile services. There may be a need to run a parallel path outside of ATSC with industry adopters bringing forward a de-facto next generation technology that then gets adopted by the broadcast community.”

According to Aitken the new broadcast standard must meet all the needs of all broadcasters, rather than perpetuating an old-world view that all broadcasting is about is television, which is what politicians in Washington DC think of when they hear the word ‘broadcasting.’

“Every broadcaster would say they want [their content] to be on every device, said Aitken.” It’s just a question of how to get there. Broadcasters should be in a position to be their own gatekeeper in getting their content and licensed content delivered to the consumer. It’s really a matter of setting off a warning bell that we’re not going to sit still and wait for another mistake to happen.”

Aitken’s comments received push-back from CBS’s Siedel who said that the ATSC 3.0 effort has solicited bids from all over the world, and there are now at least 13 proposals being considered, many of which include mobile services, including LTE broadcast, DVB-T2, and even 8K from Japan.  Siedel said the process was still at the early stage, and we still have a long way to go.

Fox’s Friedel added the final comment of the session, saying that if broadcasters are not involved in the ATSC 3.0 process, they should get involved as soon as possible.  “The key for the ATSC is a standard that is flexible and extensible, and allows the business to grow and change with the future. I can’t predict the future better than anyone else, but there is going to be a transition from big screens today to portable devices. That much is clear.”

As always the HPA broadcaster panel did not disappoint the audience. There are very few opportunities to hear from the industry’s top buyers and get their unvarnished opinions on the future of the industry.

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The annual HPA Tech Retreat is produced by the Hollywood Post Alliance.  You can find out more information about the 2014 Tech Retreat here.

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Today: NAB 2013 Media Technology: Strategy and Valuation Conference

broadcast technology market research | Posted by Joe Zaller
Apr 07 2013

If you are in Las Vegas to attend the 2013 NAB Show, you don’t want to miss the second annual “Media Technology: Strategy and Valuation,” conference which is being co-produced by Devoncroft, Silverwood Partners and the organizers of the NAB Show.

This event is free for all registered attendees of the 2013 NAB show.

It is being  held in room N239/241 of the Las Vegas Convention Center on Sunday April 7th from 1:45 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

This year’s conference features an intensive, information-packed series of presentations and panels that discuss the strategic trends and industry-specific factors influencing the value of media technology companies.

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

The agenda will offer attendees the informed opinions of technology purchasers, industry executives, market research organizations, and financial professionals. The event will serve as a thought-provoking kick-off to the 2013 NAB Show.

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

We are expecting 200+ attendees based on the latest registration numbers, so it’s a good networking opportunity as well.

 

Here’s the conference agenda:

 

1:45 pm – 1:50 pm

WELCOME AND INTRODUCTION

Joe Zaller – President, Devoncroft Partners

 

 

1:50 pm – 2:20 pm

NAB SHOW SPROCKIT PRESENTATIONS

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

Presenter(s):

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

 

 

2:20 pm – 2:45 pm

THE BROADCAST & MEDIA TECHNOLOGY INDUSTRY IN 2013

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

Joe Zaller – President, Devoncroft Partners

 

 

2:45 pm – 3:10 pm

STRATEGIC INDUSTRY ANALYSIS: VALUATIONS, M&A, AND EQUITY FINANCING

Jonathan Hodson-Walker and Joshua Stinehour of Silverwood Partners will present an analysis of strategic industry trends and the specific factors that affect company valuations, including transaction activity and valuations; vendor strategic considerations; and the current M&A environment along with near-term expectations. Attendees will also learn which businesses are buyers and investors targeting and why.

Presenter(s):

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

 

 

3:10 pm – 3:35 pm

M&A, VALUATION PERSPECTIVES FROM INDUSTRY EXECUTIVES

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

Moderator:

Joe Zaller – President, Devoncroft Partners

 

Panelists:

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

 

 

3:45 pm – 4:00 pm

IABM END-USER RESEARCH OVERVIEW

Yves Dupuis, Director of Market Intelligence at the IABM (trade association that represents broadcast technology suppliers) will present an overview of the latest end-user research from the IABM, including the changing requirements of broadcast technology buyers, and what this means for the supply community.

Yves Dupuis — Director of Market Intelligence, IABM

 

 

4:00 pm – 4:25 pm

THE BROADCAST TECHNOLOGY BUYER PERSPECTIVE

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

Moderator:

Joe Zaller – President, Devoncroft Partners

 

Panelists:

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

 

 

4:25 pm – 4:50 pm

KEYNOTE: TECHNOLOGY CHANGE, BUSINESS CHANGE

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

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

 

 

4:50 pm – 5:15 pm

INVESTOR PERSPECTIVES ON INDUSTRY

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

Moderator:

Joe Zaller – President, Devoncroft Partners

 

Panelists:

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

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

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

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

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

This year’s conference features an intensive, information-packed series of presentations and panels that discuss the strategic trends and industry-specific factors influencing the value of media technology companies.

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

The agenda will offer attendees the informed opinions of technology purchasers, industry executives, market research organizations, and financial professionals. The event will serve as a thought-provoking kick-off to the 2013 NAB Show.

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

 

Here’s the current lineup of presenters:

 

1:45 pm – 1:50 pm

WELCOME AND INTRODUCTION

Joe Zaller – President, Devoncroft Partners

 

 

1:50 pm – 2:20 pm

NAB SHOW SPROCKIT PRESENTATIONS

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

Presenter(s):

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

 

 

2:20 pm – 2:45 pm

THE BROADCAST & MEDIA TECHNOLOGY INDUSTRY IN 2013

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

Joe Zaller – President, Devoncroft Partners

 

 

2:45 pm – 3:10 pm

STRATEGIC INDUSTRY ANALYSIS: VALUATIONS, M&A, AND EQUITY FINANCING

Jonathan Hodson-Walker and Joshua Stinehour of Silverwood Partners will present an analysis of strategic industry trends and the specific factors that affect company valuations, including transaction activity and valuations; vendor strategic considerations; and the current M&A environment along with near-term expectations. Attendees will also learn which businesses are buyers and investors targeting and why.

Presenter(s):

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

 

 

3:10 pm – 3:35 pm

M&A, VALUATION PERSPECTIVES FROM INDUSTRY EXECUTIVES

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

Moderator:

Joe Zaller – President, Devoncroft Partners

 

Panelists:

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

 

 

3:45 pm – 4:00 pm

IABM END-USER RESEARCH OVERVIEW

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

Peter White — Director General, IABM

 

 

4:00 pm – 4:25 pm

THE BROADCAST TECHNOLOGY BUYER PERSPECTIVE

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

Moderator:

Joe Zaller – President, Devoncroft Partners

 

Panelists:

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

 

 

4:25 pm – 4:50 pm

KEYNOTE: TECHNOLOGY CHANGE, BUSINESS CHANGE

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

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

 

 

4:50 pm – 5:15 pm

INVESTOR PERSPECTIVES ON INDUSTRY

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

Moderator:

Joe Zaller – President, Devoncroft Partners

 

Panelists:

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

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Pilat Media Posts Loss in 2011 as a Result of Lawsuit with Fox Television Stations

Broadcast technology vendor financials, Quarterly Results | Posted by Joe Zaller
Mar 28 2012

Broadcast business management solutions provider Pilat Media announced that its revenue for the full year 2011 was £22.5m, up 3% versus 2010. However, Pilat’s profitability was impacted by the legal fight with Fox Television Stations (FTS) during the year.

Pilat and FTS settled their legal dispute in November of 2011, with Pilat receiving £544,000 from Fox. However, because FTS discontinued the use of Pilat’s software, the company had to write down £2.3m of receivables that would have otherwise been paid by Fox. As a result, Pilat had a loss from operations £900,000 versus a profit of £2.2m in 2010.

Pilat’s 2011 revenue was boosted by higher margin revenue stream such as license and maintenance fees which grew by 7% and 5.6% respectively.  Revenues from professional services, were £13.7m, of 61% of total revenue in 2011 versus 62% in 2010. Significantly, recurring revenue from software maintenance fees represented 26% of the total revenue in 2011, an increase of 5.5% versus 2010.

Gross margins for the year were 51.1%, a decrease of 5.7% versus 2010.  The company attributed the margin compression to staff and training costs associated with bringing new customers online.  The company also said its G&A costs increased during the year (20% of revenue) because of a number of one-off expenses including additional legal fees related to the FTS litigation.

The company said it is strongly positioned for the future and that it expects support and maintenance revenues to continue to grow over in the future as more customer projects are completed. However this growth will be moderated by 5% due the loss of maintenance revenue from FTS.

Commenting on the results, Michael Rosenberg, Chairman of Pilat Media Global plc, said: “We are pleased that revenues increased to their highest ever level despite the uncertainty in the market that causes some projects to be delayed. The revenue backlog and sales pipeline remain healthy.  The Company is involved in a number of sales opportunities that we are hopeful will be concluded successfully in the Company’s favor in the next few months.”

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