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Thorsteinson Replaces Cross as CEO of Quantel and Snell

Analysis, Broadcast technology vendor financials, Broadcast Vendor M&A, Broadcaster Financial Results | Posted by Joe Zaller
Mar 04 2015

Quantel and Snell announced that Tim Thorsteinson has replaced Ray Cross as CEO, effective immediately.news_Tim_Thorsteinson

According to the company, Thorsteinson “is the ideal individual to lead the next stage in the development of the combined Quantel and Snell.”

Cross, who had been CEO of both Quantel and Snell since March 2014, when it was announced that Quantel had acquired fellow UK-based broadcast technology vendor Snell, a deal that had been long-rumored in the industry, since the two companies already had a common parent, Lloyds Development Capital (LDC), the investment arm of Lloyds Bank.

Previously, Cross had been CEO of Quantel since December 2005.

At the time of the Quantel-Snell deal, the company said in a statement that the combined entity had revenue of more than $170 million and office in 16 locations around the globe, making it one of the larger vendors in the broadcast industry.  The company has not provided an update on its performance since that time.

It will be interesting to see what moves Thorsteinson, a longstanding broadcast industry executive, will make as CEO of Snell and Quantel, companies he has competed against in previous roles.

Thorsteinson is a well-known figure in the broadcast industry having headed-up several of the industry’s largest technology vendors over the past 15 years.

In January 2013, Thorsteinson was named CEO of Grass Valley, replacing Alain Andreoli, who had been appointed by private equity firm Francisco Partners following their 2010 acquisition of Grass Valley from Technicolor.

Just over a year later, Thorsteinson oversaw the $220m sale of Grass Valley to Belden Corporation, who combined it with Miranda, keeping the Grass Valley moniker for the enlarged entity.

Interestingly, Thorsteinson was also involved in the sale of Miranda to Belden.  In April 2012, he appointed a director of Miranda Technologies during the time that activist investor JEC Capital was agitating for a sale of that business.  Three months after Thorsteinson became a director of the company, Belden Corporation acquired Miranda for an enterprise value of $356m.

Thorsteinson was the President of Harris Corporation’s Broadcast Communications Division from 2006-2010.  He was appointed to this role following the $460m purchase by Harris of Leitch Technology Corporation, where Thorsteinson had been CEO since November 2003.

Prior to Leitch, Thorsteinson was CEO of Grass Valley Group, and oversaw the December 2001 sale of Grass Valley Group to Thomson Multimedia for $172m.

“We are delighted to have Tim Thorsteinson join Quantel to continue the company’s transformation. Tim has a proven track record of value creation, and his knowledge and experience are a great fit to grow the combined Quantel and Snell business into a major force in the rapidly changing broadcast industry,” said Chris Hurley, Managing Director Lloyds Development Capital and Quantel Board Director. “I would also like to thank Ray for all his hard work and achievements at Quantel over the past 10 years.”

“I’m very excited to be joining Quantel,” said Thorsteinson. “It is one of the larger independent businesses in our industry, with world class products and a rich history of innovation. I want to build on that tradition to create an organization 100% focused on helping our customers prosper in the media technology world.”

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Related Content:

Press Release: Tim Thorsteinson becomes Quantel CEO

Broadcast Vendor M&A: Quantel Acquires Snell

Press Release: Quantel acquires Snell to create new force in media technology

Quantel – Snell FAQ

Belden Makes it Official – Combination of Grass Valley and Miranda to be Called Grass Valley

Broadcast Vendor M&A: Belden Completes Acquisition of Grass Valley, Will Invest $25 Million in Integration of Combined Business

Broadcast Vendor M&A: Belden Buys Grass Valley for $220 Million

Belden Closes Deal to Acquire Miranda

Thorsteinson Appointed to Miranda’s Board of Directors in Otherwise Uneventful AGM

Miranda Nominates Tim Thorsteinson as Director

Activist Shareholder Drama Continues at Miranda Technologies

Technicolor Receives a Binding Offer from Francisco Partners for Grass Valley Broadcast Business

Press Release: Tim Thorsteinson Named President of Harris Corporation’s Broadcast Communications Division

Press Release: Harris Corporation Completes Acquisition of Leitch Technology

WSJ Article: Thomson Multimedia to Buy Grass Valley for $172 Million

Broadcast Vendor M&A: Belden Buys Grass Valley for $220 Million

Belden’s Acquisition of Miranda to Close on or Before July 27, 2012

TVNewsCheck Article (9-29-2011): Tech One-on-One With Simon Derry — Snell Aims To Master the U.S. Market

Advent Venture and LDC close £72m broadcasting merger

Advent Venture Partners and LDC Complete Their Portfolios Merger – March 9, 2009

Video: Pro-Bel and Snell & Wilcox CEOs Discuss Merger (2009)

Press Release (11-6-2003): Chyron Sells Pro-Bel to LDC

Broadcast Magazine (2002): Snell Secures £22m from Advent

Press Release (2002) Advent Venture Partners invests GBP13m in Snell & Wilcox

Variety Article (7-14-2000): Carlton sells tech arm Quantel to LDC for £51 million 

 

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2014 Big Broadcast Survey (BBS) Reports Now Available

broadcast industry technology trends, broadcast technology market research, Broadcast Vendor Brand Research, market research, Top Broadcast Vendor Brands | Posted by Joe Zaller
Jul 15 2014

After months of data collection, analysis, and visualization, we have now completed work on the 2014 Big Broadcast Survey (BBS). Reports from this study have now been published and are available from Devoncroft Partners.

If you’re not familiar with the BBS, it’s the most comprehensive annual study of technology end-users in the global broadcast industry. Nearly 10,000 broadcast professionals in 100+ countries participated in the 2014 BBS, making it once again the largest market study of the broadcast industry.

BBS reports have been designed to help readers improve their strategic decision-making, customer engagement, marketing strategy, product planning, and sales execution.  BBS reports are also used frequently for M&A-related activities by both buyers and sellers.

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Three types of 2014 BBS reports are available:

  • 2014 BBS Global Brand Reports:  provides deep insight into how each more than 100 broadcast technology suppliers (see full list below) are perceived by market participants, along with comprehensive benchmarking of broadcast technology vendors on a wide variety of metrics.

 

  • 2014 BBS Product Reports:  provide detailed information from buyers, specifiers, and users of broadcast technology products in 31 separate categories (see full list below)

 

  • 2014 BBS Global Market Report: provides detailed information about industry trends, major projects being planned, products being evaluated for purchase, current and future plant infrastructure, broadcast technology CapEx budgets, and planned deployment of new technologies including 4K, Connected TV, and Social TV.

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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 2014 BBS on the Devoncroft website.  These articles will be posted on a semi-regular basis, so please check back often.

To receive posts when they are published, just enter your email in the box in the upper right-hand corner of the page.

 

The tables below show the product categories and broadcast technology vendor brands covered in the 2014 BBS.

 

 Product Categories Covered in the 2014 BBS:

2014 BBS -- Product Categories Covered in the 2014 Big Broadcast Survey

 

 

Broadcast Technology Brands Covered in the 2014 BBS:

 

2014 BBS -- All Brands included in 2014 BBS

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Ranking Broadcast Technology Vendors Part 1 – The 2013 BBS Overall Brand Opinion League Table

broadcast industry technology trends, broadcast industry trends, broadcast technology market research, Broadcast Vendor Brand Research, Top Broadcast Vendor Brands | Posted by Joe Zaller
Jul 10 2013

This is the fifth in a series of articles about some of the findings from Devoncroft’s 2013 Big Broadcast Survey (BBS), a global study of broadcast industry trends, technology purchasing plans, and benchmarking of broadcast technology vendor brands. Nearly 10,000 broadcast professionals in 100+ countries took part in the 2013 BBS, making it the largest and most comprehensive market study ever conducted in the broadcast industry. 

Previous articles about the 2013 BBS discussed the most important broadcast industry trends, how the relative commercial importance of broadcast industry trends have changed over time, where money is currently being spent in the broadcast industry, and broadcast technology products being evaluated for purchase in 2013 and 2014.

 

How 2013 BBS Participants Ranked Broadcast Technology Vendors

This is the first in a series of posts about how broadcast technology vendors were ranked and benchmarked on a variety of metrics by the respondents to the 2013 BBS.

Each year, as part of the Big Broadcast Survey (BBS), we ask a global sample of broadcast professionals to rank a variety of technology vendor brands on a wide range of metrics.

We use this information to create a series of reports, which through benchmarking and industry “league tables” provides a view as to how each vendor is positioned in the market relative to the industry as a whole, as well as against their direct competitors.

This post looks at how the global sample of broadcast professionals who participated in the 2013 BBS ranked their overall opinion of the 151 broadcast technology vendors we covered in the study.

An explanation of how these results were calculated can be found at the end of this article. The complete list of vendor brands covered in the 2013 BBS is here.

 

Research findings are displayed in two ways in this article:

  • An overall industry “league table” that shows the 30 highest ranked vendors for the metric “overall opinion.”  The data in this chart is broken out globally and regionally

 

  • An analysis of the “frequency” of appearance in the “overall opinion league table”

 

The top 30 ranked brands for overall opinion are shown below for both the global sample of all respondents as well as for all respondents in each of the geographic regions.

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Please note that in all cases, these results are shown in alphabetical order, NOT in the order in which they were ranked by 2103 BBS participants.      

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2013 BBS -- 2013 BBS Overall Brand Opinion League Table (smaller)

 

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A total of 46 broadcast technology vendor brands are included in this table, (versus 48 in 2012 and 43 in 2011), illustrating the geographic variation of opinion, which will be discussed later.

In terms of frequency of appearance in the above ranking:

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  • 17 brands appear four times, meaning they were ranked in the top 30 globally and in each of the three geographic regions.  For comparison, in the 2012 BBS (when we covered 152 brands) there were 15 brands that appeared in the top 30 globally and in each of the 3 regions.

 

  •  9 brands appear three times, versus 10 brands that appeared three times last year.

 

  • 5 brands appear two times, versus 7 brands that appeared two times last year. 

 

  • 15 brands appear one time, which demonstrates that some brands are strongest in one geographic area. In the 2012 BBS, 16 brands appeared one time.

 

Analysis of the data shows that are some clear market leaders on a global basis, while others are strong on a regional basis.

A breakdown of how many times each company appears in the ranking shows how many times each brand appears in the chart above.

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Brands appearing four times in the 2013 BBS Overall Brand Opinion League Table: 

The following brands are listed four times in the 2013 BBS Overall Brand Opinion League Table, meaning that research participants ranked them in the top 30 for overall opinion globally, as well as in each of the three geographic regions:

  • Adobe, Aja Video, AKG, Blackmagic Design, Canon, Cisco, Dolby, Genelec, Neumann, Panasonic, Rohde & Schwarz, Sennheiser, Shure, Solid State Logic, Sony, Studer, and Tektronix

 

Although many of these brands also appeared four times in the BBS Overall Brand Opinion League Table last year, there are also several changes to the composition of this list.

The following brands that appear in all four categories (global, EMEA, APAC, Americas) in the 2013 BBS Overall Brand Opinion League Table were listed fewer than four times in the 2012 BBS Overall Brand Opinion League Table. The numbers shown in parentheses show the number of times each brand was listed in the BBS Overall Brand Opinion League Table last year, and the year-over year change:

  • Aja Video (2x, +2), Blackmagic Design (1x, +3), Rohde & Schwarz (3x, +1), Solid State Logic (2x, +2), Studer (2x, +2)

 

The following brands were listed in all four categories in the 2012 BBS Overall Brand Opinion League Table, and appear fewer than four times in 2013:

  • Apple, Avid, Schoeps

 

 

Brands appearing three times in the 2013 BBS Overall Brand Opinion League Table: 

The following brands are listed three times in the 2013 BBS Overall Brand Opinion League Table.

The numbers shown in parentheses show the number of times each brand was listed in the BBS Overall Brand Opinion League Table last year, and the year-over year change:

  • Angenieux (3x, no change), Avid (4x, -1), Clear-Com (3x, no change), EVS (1x, +2), Fujinon (3x, no change), JBL (3x, no change), Schoeps (4x, -1), Snell (2x, +1), Yamaha (3x, no change)

 

The following brands were listed in three categories in the 2012 BBS Overall Brand Opinion League Table, and appear fewer than three times in 2013:

  • Autodesk, beyerdynamic, Ikegami, Wohler

 

 

Brands appearing two times in the 2013 BBS Overall Brand Opinion League Table:

The following brands are listed two times in the 2013 BBS Overall Brand Opinion League Table.

The numbers shown in parentheses show the number of times each brand was listed in the BBS Overall Brand Opinion League Table last year, and the year-over year change:

  • Apple (4x -2), Autodesk (3x, -1), beyerdynamic (3x, -1), Mackie (+2), Soundcraft (+2)

 

The following brands were listed in two categories in the 2012 BBS Overall Brand Opinion League Table, and appear fewer than two times in 2013:

  • Electro Voice, Grass Valley, RTW

 

 

Brands appearing one time in the 2013 BBS Overall Brand Opinion League Table:

The following brands are listed one time in the 2013 BBS Overall Brand Opinion League Table.

The numbers shown in parentheses show the number of times each brand was listed in the BBS Overall Brand Opinion League Table last year, and the year-over year change:

  • Adam (no change), Audio-Technica (+1), Barco (+1), Evertz (no change), Grass Valley (2x, -1), HP (no change), Ikegami (3x, -2), Lawo (no change), Leader (+1), NEC (no change), Riedel (no change), RTS Intercom Systems (no change), RTW (2x, -1), Wheatstone (+1), Wohler (3x, -2)

 

The following brands were listed in one category in the 2012 BBS Overall Brand Opinion League Table, and are not listed in 2013:

  • DK Technologies, Harmonic, Harris, Omneon (not covered in 2013 BBS), Salzbrenner Stagetec, Telex, Thomson

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Frequency Analysis of the Brands in the in the 2013 BBS Overall Brand Opinion League Table:  

The table below, which shows the global and regional performance for each brand in the top 30 ranking of overall opinion, provides a better understanding of where each brand was highly ranked for overall opinion.

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2013 BBS -- 2013 BBS Overall Brand Opinion League Table Frequency Analysis (smaller)

 

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The frequency chart shows some interesting geographic variations in the data, which is detailed below.

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Appearing in the top 30 “overall opinion” ranking globally + one region

Three brands achieved a top 30 ranking globally, despite being in the top 30 of only one out of the three geographic regions.

  • Apple, Autodesk, beyerdynamic

 

Appearing in the top 30 “overall opinion” ranking in one region

The following 15 brands did not make the top 30 in the global league table of overall opinion, but they did appear in the top 30 overall opinion ranking in one of the geographic regions:

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Appearing in the top 30 “overall opinion” ranking only in EMEA

  • Barco, Lawo, Riedel, RTW

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Appearing in the top 30 “overall opinion” ranking only in Asia-Pacific

  • Audio-Technica, Evertz, HP, Leader, NEC

 

Appearing in the top 30 “overall opinion” ranking only in the Americas

  • Adam, Grass Valley, Ikegami, RTS Intercom Systems, Wheatstone, Wohler

 

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How These Results Were Calculated

2013 BBS participants were asked to rank their opinion of broadcast technology vendor brands on a scale of 1-10 — with 10 being best in the market, and 1 being worst in the market.

This data was then aggregated and averaged in order to generate the global score for each brand based on these responses. In order to create the regional scores, this data was broken out geographically based on the location of the respondent.

The top 30 brands for each of the four ranking lists (global, EMEA, Asia-Pacific, Americas) was sorted by alphabetical order to create the tables shown in this article.

Please note that inclusion of any brand in the tables in this article is dependent on available sample size.  The minimum sample size for inclusion in the tables shown herein is 30 respondents per cut of the data. Therefore it is possible that a highly regarded brand may have been excluded from any or all of the tables in this article due to insufficient sample size.

Also, please keep in mind when reviewing this information that all data these charts are presented in alphabetical order, NOT in the order brands were ranked by respondents to the 2013 BBS.

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The information in this article is based on select findings from the 2013 Big Broadcast Survey (BBS), a global study of broadcast industry trends, technology purchasing plans, and benchmarking of broadcast technology vendor brands. Nearly 10,000 broadcast professionals in 100+ countries took part in the 2013 BBS, making it the largest and most comprehensive market study ever conducted in the broadcast industry. The BBS is published annually by Devoncroft Partners.

Unless otherwise specified, all data in this article measures the responses of all non-vendor participants in the 2013 BBS, regardless of factors such as organization type, organization size, job title, purchasing and geographic location.  Please be aware that responses of individual organization types or geographic locations may be very different. Granular analysis of these results is available as part of various paid-for reports based on the 2013 BBS data set. For more information about this report, please contact Devoncroft Partners

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Related Content:

The 2013 Big Broadcast Survey (BBS) – overview of available reports, including covered brands and product categories

Largest Ever Study of Broadcast Market Reveals Most Important Industry Trends for 2013

Tracking the Evolution of Broadcast Industry Trends 2012 – 2013

Analyzing Where Money is Being Spent in the Broadcast Industry – The 2013 BBS Broadcast Industry Global Project Index

Broadcast Technology Products Being Evaluated for Purchase in 2013 – 2014

Devoncroft Partners: 2013 Broadcast Industry Market Research Findings

Previous Year: The 2012 BBS Overall Brand Opinion League Table

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Ranking Broadcast Technology Vendors Part 1 – The 2012 BBS Overall Brand Opinion League Table

broadcast technology market research | Posted by Joe Zaller
Aug 14 2012

This is the fourth in a series of articles about some of the findings from the 2012 Big Broadcast Survey (BBS), a global study of broadcast industry trends, technology purchasing plans, and benchmarking of broadcast technology vendor brands. Nearly 10,000 broadcast professionals in 100+ countries took part in the 2012 BBS, making it the largest and most comprehensive market study ever conducted in the broadcast industry.

 

In previous posts, I have discussed the most important broadcast industry trends of 2012 and where money is being spent in the broadcast industry in 2012.

This is the first in a series of posts about how broadcast technology vendors were ranked and benchmarked on a variety of metrics by the respondents to the 2012 BBS.

Each year, as part of the Big Broadcast Survey (BBS), we ask a global sample of broadcast professionals to rank a variety of technology vendor brands on a wide range of metrics including “overall opinion,” “change of opinion,” and brand drivers including “innovation,” “quality,” “reliability,” “value for money,” and “great customer service.”

We use this information to create a series of reports, which through benchmarking and industry “league tables” provides a view as to how each vendor is positioned in the market relative to the industry as a whole, as well as against their direct competitors.

This post looks at how the global sample of broadcast professionals who participated in the 2012 BBS ranked their overall opinion of the 152 broadcast technology vendors we covered in the study. You can find a chart with the complete list of vendor brands covered in the 2012 BBS here

Please note that inclusion of any brand in the tables in this article is dependent on available sample size.  The minimum sample size for inclusion in these charts is 30 respondents per cut of the data. Therefore it is possible that a highly regarded brand was excluded from these findings based on sample size.

 

How These Results Were Calculated

Respondents were asked to rank their opinion of broadcast technology vendor brands 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 both the global sample of all respondents as well as for all respondents in each of the geographic regions.

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Results are shown in two ways:

  • An overall industry “league table” that shows the 30 highest ranked vendors for the metric “overall opinion.”  The data in this chart is broken out globally and regionally.

 

  • An analysis of the “frequency” of appearance in the “overall opinion league table”

 

The top 30 ranked brands for overall opinion are shown below for both the global sample of all respondents as well as for all respondents in each of the geographic regions.

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Please note that 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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2012 BBS Overall Brand Opinion League Table

 

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A total of 48 broadcast technology vendor brands are included in this table, (up from 43 last year), illustrating the geographic variation of opinion, which will be discussed later.

In terms of frequency of appearance in this table:

 

  • 15 brands appear four times, meaning they were ranked in the top 30 globally and in each of the three geographic regions.  For comparison, in the 2011 BBS (when we covered 118 brands) there were 19 brands that appeared in the top 30 globally and in each of the 3 regions.

 

  • 10 brands appear three times. For comparison, in the 2011 BBS (when we covered 118 brands) there were 9 brands that appeared three times.

 

  • 7 brands appear two times. For comparison, in the 2011 BBS (when we covered 118 brands) there were 2 brands that appeared twice.

 

  • 16 brands appear one time, which demonstrates that some brands are strongest in one geographic area. For comparison, in the 2011 BBS (when we covered 118 brands) there were 13 brands that appeared one time.

 

Analysis of the data shows that are some clear market leaders on a global basis, while others are strong on a regional basis.

A breakdown of how many times each company appears in the ranking shows how many times each brand appears in the chart above.

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Brands appearing four times in the 2012 BBS Overall Brand Opinion League Table: 

  • Adobe, AKG, Apple, Avid, Canon, Cisco, Dolby, Genelec, Neumann, Panasonic, Schoeps, Sennheiser, Shure, Sony, Tektronix 

 

Brands appearing three times in the 2012 BBS Overall Brand Opinion League Table: 

  • Angenieux, Autodesk, beyerdynamic, Clear-Com, Fujinon, Ikegami, JBL, Rohde & Schwarz, Wohler, Yamaha 

 

Brands appearing two times in the 2012 BBS Overall Brand Opinion League Table:

  • Aja Video, Electro Voice, Grass Valley, RTW, Snell, Solid State Logic, Studer 

 

Brands appearing once in the 2012 BBS Overall Brand Opinion League Table:

  • Adam, Blackmagic Design, DK Technologies, Evertz, EVS, Harmonic, Harris, HP, Lawo, NEC, Omneon, Riedel, RTS Intercom Systems, Salzbrenner Stagetec, Telex, Thomson 

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Frequency Analysis of the Brands in the in the 2012 BBS Overall Brand Opinion League Table:  

The table below, which shows the global and regional performance for each brand in the top 30 ranking of overall opinion, provides a better understanding of where each brand was highly ranked for overall opinion.

 

Frequency Analysis of Brands in the 2012 BBS Overall Brand Opinion League Table

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The frequency chart shows some interesting geographic variation in the data.

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Appearing in the top 30 “overall opinion” ranking globally + one region

Two brands managed to achieve a top 30 ranking globally, despite being in the top 30 of only one of the three geographic regions.

  • Aja Video, Grass Valley, Solid State Logic, RTW, Studer

  

Appearing in the top 30 “overall opinion” ranking in one region

The following 13 brands did not make the top 30 in the global league table of overall opinion, but they did appear in the top 30 overall opinion ranking in one of the geographic regions:

  

Appearing in the top 30 “overall opinion” ranking only in EMEA

  • Adam, DK Technologies, EVS, Harmonic, Lawo, Riedel, Salzbrenner Stagetec

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Appearing in the top 30 “overall opinion” ranking only in Asia-Pacific

  • Electro-Voice, Harris, HP, NEC, Omneon, Thomson

 

 Appearing in the top 30 “overall opinion” ranking  only in the Americas

  • Blackmagic Design, Evertz, RTS Intercom Systems, Telex 

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Please keep in mind when reviewing this information that all data these charts are presented in alphabetical order, not in the order brands were ranked by respondents to the 2012 BBS.  Also, the charts in this posting measure the responses of all non-vendor participants in the 2012 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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All data in this article measures the responses of all non-vendor participants in the 2012 BBS, regardless of organization type, organization size, job title or geographic location. Responses of individual organization types or geographic locations may be very different. Granular analysis of these results is available as part of the full 2012 BBS Global Market Report. For more information about this report, please contact Devoncroft Partners.

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Devoncroft Partners has published a variety of reports from 2012 BBS data.  For more information, please get in touch.

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Related Content:

The 2012 Big Broadcast Survey – Information and available reports

The 2012 BBS Broadcast Industry Global Trend Index

Tracking the Evolution of Broadcast Industry Trends 2009 – 2012

Analyzing Where is Money Being Spent in the Broadcast Industry – The 2012 BBS Broadcast Industry Global Project Index

Last Year’s Overall Opinion Rankings: Ranking Broadcast Technology Vendors Part 1 – the 2011 BBS Overall Brand Opinion League Table

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More Broadcast Vendor M&A: Grass Valley Sells Systems Integration Business to German Private Equity Firm

Broadcast Vendor M&A | Posted by Joe Zaller
Aug 07 2012

Leading broadcast technology vendor Grass Valley announced that it has sold the assets and resources of its systems integration (SI) team based in Weiterstadt, Germany to  BTS broadcast technology solutions GmbH. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

BTS is owned by Parter Capital, a German private equity firm.  This is the second Grass Valley-related deal for Parter Capital.  In May 2011  Parter acquired the Grass Valley transmission business and the right to use the Thomson brand from Technicolor for a “non-material amount.”.

The transaction involves the sale of Grass Valley’s system engineers and specialists that design and build outside broadcast (OB) vehicles as well as production and broadcast facilities across Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA).  Grass Valley says it will continue to work with BTS, as well as other SIs around the world.

Grass Valley says the deal will reinforce its “strategy to focus on IT-centric software and hardware systems, while building a strong partners ecosystem,” and that it will work with BTS

“As an investment company, we saw the potential for growth as Grass Valley concentrates on its core businesses, and we are confident we can continue to make BTS broadcast technology solutions GmbH a global provider of high-quality leading solutions for fixed and remote production and broadcast facilities,” said Dr. Rüdiger G. Terhorst, Managing Director at PARTER Capital Group. ”
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Related Content:

Press Release: Germany’s PARTER Capital Group Acquires Grass Valley German Systems Integration Business http://dcft.co/TeA92U

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

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

broadcast technology market research | Posted by Joe Zaller
Apr 05 2011

Technicolor announced that it has completed the sale of its transmission business (previously included in Grass Valley) to PARTER Capital Group.

In a previous announcement, Technicolor disclosed that the deal values the transmission business at a “non-material amount,” and Technicolor will not receive any cash as part of the deal. The company said it expects to register a non-cash loss for this disposal in its 2010 financial statements. The transmission business provides products for terrestrial television and radio. It has 291 employees and made a loss in 2009 on revenues of about 43m Euros.

The offer from Parter Capital includes the acquisition of all assets and employees of the transmission business, which comprises the entire product portfolio: television and radio transmitter product lines, antennas, and scientific applications, as well as the associated R&D centers and sites worldwide. The offer also comprises sales and customer support organizations around the world, systems activities, and the various management and support functions.

PARTER Capital Group will also enter a trademark agreement with Technicolor for the use of the Thomson trademark.

Technicolor’s transmission business was previously operated under the Grass Valley name, but was separated out from Grass Valley as a separate division as part of the company’s ongoing restructuring process. 

Last year, Technicolor completed the sale of its Grass Valley broadcast business to Francisco Partners.

Earlier this year, Technicolor announced that it received a fully documented binding offer for its video head-end business from the FCDE, an investment fund financed by the FSI (Fonds Stratégique d’Investissement) and major banks and insurance companies operating in France.

However Technicolor decided not to sell PRN, a digital signage provider that had also been put up for sale as part of its restricting program, due to its improved performance.

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Relaeted Content:

Press release: Technicolor completes disposal 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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More Broadcast Vendor M&A: Technicolor Receives Binding Offer for Video Head-End Business, Says Asset Disposal Program is Now Complete

Broadcast technology vendor financials, Broadcast Vendor M&A | Posted by Joe Zaller
Mar 03 2011


Technicolor continues to divest non-core broadcast video assets. The company has already sold Grass Valley to Francisco Partners, and it has received an offer for its transmission business from Pater Capital, a German private equity firm.

The remaining piece of Technicolor’s foray into broadcast technology is the company’s video head-end business, currently operated under the Thomson Video Networks brand. Now it looks like this business will also be sold soon.

Technicolor says it has received a fully documented binding offer for the head-end business from the FCDE, an investment fund financed by the FSI (Fonds Stratégique d’Investissement) and major banks and insurance companies operating in France.

Similar to the previous Grass Valley disposals, Technicolor says “the offer values the Head-end business for a non-material amount.”

Technicolor’s head-end business offers a variety of video compression and content processing solutions. It has 525 employees and operates in 15 countries. In 2009 the head-end business recorded revenues of €61m, which Technicolor says was 16% of the total Grass Valley perimeter revenues and 20% of its operating loss.

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Key Elements of the Offer

 §  The scope of the offer includes all assets and employees of the Head-end business. This comprises the entire product portfolio, including video encoders/decoders, MPEG processors, video servers, datacasters, network management, monitoring and switching product lines. The offer also comprises sales and customer services functions as well as the management and support functions.

§  The FCDE will also enter a trademark agreement with Technicolor for the use of the Thomson trademark.

§  The offer values the Head-end business for a non-material amount.

§  Based on the book value of the assets, the Group expects to register a non-cash loss for this disposal in its 2010 financial statements.

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The transaction is expected to close in H1 2011, subject to the relevant customary regulatory administrative approvals and consultations. 

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Devoncroft Digest — June 27, 2010

broadcast industry technology trends, broadcast industry trends, broadcast technology market research, Broadcast technology vendor financials, Broadcast Vendor Brand Research, Devoncroft Digest | Posted by Joe Zaller
Jun 27 2010

Here’s a recap of some of the items that caught my eye over the past week or so.

Broadcast Technology Vendor News

Another M&A Deal — RGB Buys Ripcode

In a multi-platform, multi-format world, video transcoding is one of the technologies that everyone needs.  But transcoding is a tough business with fierce competition, and it’s considered by many to be a commodity product.  This makes it tough for pure-play transcoding vendors (which is why most of them will tell you that they focus on workflow optimization).  All of the above makes it an interesting market to watch, so I took note when I read that Ripcode has been purchased by RGB networks. I always thought Ripcode was a pretty interesting company.  They raised a lot of money for their platform and they had a different approach to others in the market.  It will be interesting to see how they perform as part of RGB. 

To read more about this, check out Dan Rayburn’a Business of Video Blog, which has complete coverage of the deal here.

 

Evertz Delivers Good Results for Q4 and Full Year

Evertz Technologies delivered pretty good results for their Q4 and full year, topping the expectations of equity analysts. 

Here are some highlights from the company’s earnings press release here.

Revenue for Q4 was C$75.3m, down 3% versus the same period a year ago, but up 14% over the previous quarter.

In terms of geographic split, sales in Q4 from the US and Canada decreased by 28% versus the same period last year, but this was partially offset by a 41% y/y increase in international revenue (which Evertz defines as markets outside of the US and Canada).  International revenue rose by 23% versus the previous quarter, while sales in the US and Canada decreased by 28%.

Revenue for the full year was C$286.5, a 9% y/y decline. 

Annual revenue from the US and Canada declined 26% versus last year, while international revenue was up by 24% over last year.

The company’s gross margins slipped a bit to 58% (versus 61% last year).  On the earnings conference call, the company attributed this to pricing pressures and the cost of international expansion.

Overall, this was a strong performance from Evertz.  The company’s international growth is particularly notable. 

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Wegener Issues Preliminary Results

Wegener, which was delisted from the NASDAQ earlier this year, issued preliminary operating results for the third quarter ended May 28, 2010. Final results for the third quarter of fiscal 2010 will be released on July 12, 2010.

According to the company’s press release  preliminary operating results for the third quarter of fiscal 2010 were revenues of $2.1 million and a net loss of approximately $(487,000) or $(0.04) per share compared to revenues of $2.9 million and a net loss of $(883,000) or $(0.07) per share for the same period in fiscal 2009.

Company President & CEO Troy Woodbury said that “bookings performance in the third quarter was an improvement over the first and second quarters of fiscal 2010, but there is significant room for improvement.”

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French Employees Protest Grass Valley Sale

TVB reports that nearly 200 Grass Valley employees at the company’s facility in Rennes France went on strike to protest the shutdown of production. Grass Valley, which has been for sale for what seems like forever, is one the broadcast industry’s most storied names. 

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Dolby Opens R&D Center in China

Dolby Labs announced that it’s first “from the ground up” R&D facility outside of the US will be based in China.  In the company’s press release, Dolby VP Mahesh Sundaram said “China is strategically important to Dolby. The establishment of Dolby China’s R&E Center is an important milestone as part of our continued commitment to China and innovation.”  The facility will focus on sound technology.

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Technicolor Opens New Lab in Palo Alto

Meanwhile, French technology provider Technicolor (formerly known as Thomson) has announced that it is planning a new lab in Palto Alto, CA.  The company says the new lab will focus on the personalization of digitally delivered content, and enhance the company’s research skills in content discovery.   The company also says it chose Palo Alto for its proximity to excellent universities and for the potential for interaction within the Silicon Valley technology ecosystem.

 

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Broadcast Technology Vendor Confidence Beginning to Return

According to an article in TVB Europe, the IABM (the association which represents broadcast and media technology suppliers worldwide) has published the results of a new study about industry confidence.  The result — the worst of the recession appears to be over in the broadcast and media technology sector and vendors are feeling increasingly optimistic about the future.

The IABM says that 74% of vendors who participated in their poll are response anticipating better business next year than last, and that 47% of those surveyed are already reporting better order volumes than expected.  However the study also found that the industry is facing strong pricing pressure.

Disclosure: Devoncroft and the IABM partner on market intelligence.

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Other Items of Interest:

TVB reports that the new PricewaterhouseCoopers 2010-14 Global Entertainment and Media Outlook predicts that advertising revenues remain fragile in nature and spending is unlikely to return to former levels, and that by 2014, the U.S. advertising spend is expected to still be 9 percent below its level in 2007.

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NetApp Files 10K with SEC 

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Following April Announcement, John Malone Formally Steps Down as DirecTV Chairman 

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According to Dan Rayburn, here’s the “best article by far” about Google TV: “Google TV: everything you ever wanted to know” – Best article by far on the subject by Engadget. 

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The Wall Street Journal reported that News Corp Want to Buy Rest of BSkyB, but that Sky is holding out for more money.

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Harmonic was upgraded by Merrill Lynch, who say that the Omneon acquisition could be significantly accretive in 2011 

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Cablevision bought Bresnan Communications for $1.4Bn

 

 

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Market Research Note of the Week:

Innovation Rankings of Broadcast Technology Vendors – The Top 30 Globally

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. 

There’s a broad mix of vendors included in these ranking, 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.  So let’s look a little deeper into these results….

To see the full results, included three ranking tables and analysis, please follow this link.

You can find other 2010 Big Broadcast Survey (BBS) here:

The Top 30 Broadcast Technology Vendor Brands by Overall Opinion, Ranked, Globally and Regionally

The Top 30 Broadcast Vendor Brands by Net Change in Brand Image.

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