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Media General’s Tampa NBC Affiliate Launches Company’s Second Mobile DTV Service

broadcast industry technology trends, broadcast industry trends | Posted by Joe Zaller
Oct 29 2010

US broadcast station group Media General said today that it has launched the first mobile DTV service in the Tampa, FL market at WFLA-TV its NBC affiliate there.

This is Media General’s second mobile DTV launch. Last month it launched its first mobile DTV service at WCMH, its Columbus Ohio NBC affiliate.  The new service in Tampa began during the week of October 11, providing a real-time local broadcast signal.  The company says that the service can be received on suitably equipped laptops, mobile phones and other portable devices.  

Marshall N. Morton, president and chief executive officer of Media General, said, “In addition to now offering Mobile DTV in two television markets, we look forward to extending our reach to as many as 4-6 additional television markets in the coming months.”  

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You can read the full Media General press release here.

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Media General Q3 Broadcast TV Revenue Increases 18% on Strong Political Advertising

Broadcaster Financial Results, Quarterly Results | Posted by Joe Zaller
Oct 20 2010

Media General reported today that its Q3 broadcast TV revenue was up 18% to $75m.  The company attributed the increase to strong political advertising and an underlying firming in television advertising.  For the first nine months of the year, the company’s broadcast TV revenue increased 15% to $214.6m.

Digital revenue was flat for Q3 versus last year, but is up 6% for the first nine months of the year versus 2009.

On an overall basis, the company lost $10.7m in the third quarter on revenue of $163.2m, an increase of 3.3% versus last year.  Revenue for the first nine months of 2010 was up 1.6% to $480.5m.

The company provided upbeat guidance for Q4, saying it expects broadcast revenue to increase 24-26% in thanks to strong political advertising.  Digital media revenues are expected to increase 9-11% in Q4. 

Company president and CEO Marshall N. Morton said “Our third-quarter operating results benefited from $9.7m in political revenues compared with $1.5m  last year, and reflected particularly strong campaign spending in Florida and Ohio. Political advertising overall was lower than expectations, even though candidate spending was on target, mostly due to lower issues spending.  National television advertising, excluding political, was up 12%, and local time sales increased 4%.  Automotive advertising, in particular, was strong, and the telecommunications and retail categories firmed as well.” 

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You can read the full Media General Q3 earnings press release here.

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Media General Launches Mobile DTV Service in Columbus, OH

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

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

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

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

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You can read the full Media General announcement here.

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Devoncroft Digest July 24, 2010 – Earnings Season Begins, More Broadcast M+A (and an IPO), Echolab Rumors

broadcast industry technology trends, broadcast industry trends, broadcast technology market research, Broadcast technology vendor financials, Broadcast Vendor Brand Research, Devoncroft Digest, Top Broadcast Vendor Brands | Posted by Joe Zaller
Jul 24 2010

The Devoncroft Digest is a semi-regular amalgamation of news items I’ve seen recently.  Here are a few of the things that have caught my eye recently.

Earnings Season Kicks Off for Broadcasters and Broadcast Tech Vendors:

Quarterly earnings are starting to roll in from both broadcasters and broadcast technology vendors.  For those who are on an annual fiscal year, it’s a chance to see how the first half of the year went, and to hear management thoughts on the second half of 2010.

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Broadcast Technology Vendor Earnings:

Avid reported their numbers for the second quarter. Sales for the quarter were $162.2m, an 8% y/y increase – and the company pointed out that this was the first quarter of y/y growth for both audio and video since 1997.  The company’s shares jumped on the news.

While discussing uses of cash on the company’s earnings call, Avid executives talked about the amount of cash used for the Euphonix acquisition.  I was not aware of the purchase price for Euphonix, but it turns out that according to an SEC filing, Avid paid 17.6m for Euphonix, including cash of $12.6m and cash of $5m.

For more on Avid’s results, here’s a link to a transcript of Avid’s Q2 earnings call, and an article from Barrons about the results.   

Speaking of Avid, Post Magazine’s Jonathan Moser recently published an interesting Q&A with Avid COO Kirk Arnold about present & future status of the company.  In my opinion, both Arnold and CEO Gary Greenfield have done a good job recently with this type of interview.  One of Avid’s strengths is their user community and the company is clearly working to communicate with their base.  Here’s another example.

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Barco reported strong results for the company’s Q2 and first half of 2010.  In the earnings press release, company President & CEO Eric Van Zele said that Q210 “Must have been our best quarter ever.”  Van Zele also said that Barco is “experiencing explosive growth in demand for our digital cinema projectors and are working very hard to deal with the supply chain issues this creates.”

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Storage vendor Isilon also reported their Q2 numbers this week, and they were pretty good.  The company’s Q2 revenues of $45.1m represented increases of 15% q/q and 56% y/y respectively. The company also had positive net income in the quarter.  Shares jumped 18% on the news.  With Isilon apparently firing on all cylinders and Omneon now part of Harmonic, the storage space is going to be interesting to watch over the next year or so.

IPTV provider KIT Digital published strong preliminary results for their Q2.  In an upbeat press release, the company said that its Q2 revenues of “at least $22.7m” were up by more than 110%.  The company also said that its EBITDA for the quarter would be at least $4 Million

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Broadcaster and Platform Operator Earnings:

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Broadcaster LIN TV reported 2Q revenues of 99.5m, which represents a 21% y/y increase.  The company’s earnings release highlighted the fact that digital revenues were up by 44% y/y, and that political revenues more than doubled versus last year.  Lin President and CEO Vincent Sadusky said: “Our results demonstrate continued, sustained improvement over 2009. Television advertising has experienced a strong recovery and our digital business, which now constitutes 15% of our total revenues, continues to grow and differentiate us as a local multimedia company.”

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According to industry website TVNewswCheck, The McGraw-Hill Companies reported that its Broadcasting Group’s revenue grew by 24% to $25.3 million in the second quarter compared to the same period last year. Increases in national, local and political advertising all contributed to the improved performance.  The company as a whole reported net income for the second quarter of 2010 increased by 16.4%, or $27.0 million, to $191.1 million. Revenue in the second quarter was up 0.6% to $1.5 billion.

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Media General reported that the company’s broadcast revenue rose 13% in the second quarter, driven by increases in automotive and political advertising (publishing revenues fell by 7%). The company’s digital revenues rose by 8% during the quarter.  The company issued upbeat guidance for its broadcast properties saying, that “Broadcast revenues in the third quarter are expected to increase more than 20 percent, mostly reflecting significant Political revenues.”

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Finally, DVD rental and streaming video provider Netflix reported its Q2 results this week.  Although the company’s subscriber, revenue and net income numbers all numbers increased, it was not enough for investors who were looking for higher sales revenues.  The stock tanked.

For more on Netflix, check out the take from website VideoNuze, who penned an interesting post called 5 Key Takeaways from Netflix’s Q2 ’10 Results.

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Broadcast M&A

Echolab Rumors Continue

Since Echolab was suddenly put into liquidation, there has been great speculation about what would happen to the company’s IPR – particularly the Atem production switcher line up.  Well if rumors are to be believed, Blackmagic Designs is set to announce that they have purchased the assets of Echolab.  This is information is not confirmed, but I have spoken to several people about it.  

As many know, Blackmagic made headlines earlier this year when they purchased color correction specialist Da Vinci.    Coincidentally, TVB Europe just published an article about how Blackmagic took Da Vinci’s $200,000+ products into a sub-$1,000 product for the Mac and kept all the functionality.   If this rumor is true, it will certainly be interesting to see what Blackmagic has in store for Echolab’s Atem product line.  Watch this space. 

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Vitec Multimedia (not to be confused with the Vitec Group) announced the purchase of the Focus Enhancements’ Systems Group.  In the press release announcing the deal, Philippe Wetzel, CEO of VITEC Multimedia said “In combination with our recent acquisition of Optibase, this acquisition furthers our objective to provide a complete line of advanced digital video solutions to our customers around the globe. With innovation at its core, the VITEC R&D division — now with more than 100 esteemed engineers — is uniquely positioned to deliver innovative solutions for a wide range of advanced digital video applications — managing the entire video process from source to display.

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Vizrt announced that it has completed the acquisition of Adactus by buying the additional 71% of the company that it did not already own

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Other Broadcast Technology Vendor News

Vizrt’s Chief Commercial Officer appears to have left the company.  According to a press release from online gaming firm 888, David Zerah has become the managing director of Dragonfish.  While at Vizrt Zerah spent seven years as EVP of worldwide sales before becoming CCO.  Vizrt has not yet announced a replacement.

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3D News

The official IBC blog had an interesting entry on 3DTV the other day, which says that 3D will probably only impact the industry in “small dimensions”.

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OTT Video News

As mentioned above, Netflix reported their Q2 revenues.

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NewTeeVee Reports that Redbox readying a streaming offering.  Streaming media expert Dan Rayburn says Redbox Won’t Challenge Netflix’s Streaming Service, Here’s Why

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Digital Cinema

According to the Wall Street Journal, Imax has signed an exclusive 2-year deal with privately held Laser Light Engines. The company says that the resulting laser-power projectors will deliver brighter images for digital cinema, which will be especially beneficial for 3D.

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3D News – RealD Goes Public

3D provider RealD went public this week in a $200m IPO, which raised 33% more than expected, a testament to the strong interest in all things 3D.  The company’s shares were up 22% on its first day as a public company.

The company’s 100+ page IPO documents are worth reading for an overview of the company’s financials as well as the state of the 3D and Digital Cinema Markets.  Files 100+ Page IPO Doc. Worth Reading for Financials and #3D Industry Overview. #3DTV #Broadcast http://bit.ly/bCanRM

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Market Research Note of the Week – Quality Rankings of Broadcast Technology Vendors

This article looks at how a global sample of several thousand broadcast professionals ranked broadcast technology vendors for one of the most important metrics for any technology company: quality.

The broadcast industry prides itself on the fidelity of its sound and images, so the perception of quality is a very important metric for broadcast technology vendors. Many vendors use quality as one of the key components of their market positioning.

To determine the market’s perception of the quality of broadcast technology vendors, respondents to the 2010 Big Broadcast Survey were asked to rank broadcast technology vendor brands for “quality” on a scale of one to 10, with 10 being best in the market and one being the worst.

As with the top 30 innovation rankings published earlier, this list contains a broad mix of vendors including both audio and video companies. There are also interesting similarities and differences in terms of the types of products produced, geographic location and company.

To read the full article, including analysis of the findings, click here http://bit.ly/cY2nZO

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