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Inside Secure acquires VerimatrixDecember 10, 2018Inside Secure, a mobile, banking, IoT, and SoC security specialist, will acquire video and media security specialist Verimatrix. The all-cash transaction – valued at $143 million and backed by One Equity Partners - is expected to close in Q1 2019.Subscribers Only
Media & Technology DigestDecember 06, 2018The Media & Technology Digest provides a monthly analysis of the key trends and innovations shaping the global technology landscape. Written by our senior analysts the digest includes a detailed focus on key industry hot topics, analysis of all major industry and product announcements with in-depth examinations of significant industry trends.Subscribers Only
CommScope to Acquire Arris for $7.4B, Creating Cable Industry Heavyweight Poised for the FutureNovember 28, 2018US telecommunications equipment maker CommScope will acquire Arris, in a $7.4B deal valued at $5.69 billion, with the difference comprised of CommScope’s assumption of Arris’s debt. As part of the deal, the Carlyle Group will make a $1M equity investment in CommScope for an approximate 16% stake in the new company. CommScope’s CEO Eddie Edwards has claimed the two companies’ product lines are complementary, and that the combined company will “enable end-to-end wired and wireless communications infrastructure solutions that neither company could otherwise achieve on its own.” The deal is expected to close in the first half of 2019.Subscribers Only
IBC 2018 recap: an industry undergoing restructuring and partial upheavalSeptember 28, 20182018 is likely to be remembered as the year of private equity. The video industry’s capital structure has changed dramatically, and with it, the composition of the competitive vendor landscape.Subscribers Only
Another Day, Another Divestment: Nokia Offloads Video AssetsSeptember 13, 2018Nokia has sold the brunt its digital video business – comprising the firm’s CDN, Cloud DVR, and experience personalization solutions – to Canadian private equity firm Volaris Group. Volaris is likely to reconstitute the video assets under the Velocix brand. Nokia, for its part, will retain its system integration business, but will continue to market and sell Velocix’s solutions – becoming, in effect, a Velocix channel partner. The value of the transaction is not known.Subscribers Only
Verizon Courts Cord-cutters with Newly-announced 5G Home Service with Free Apple TV or ChromecastSeptember 13, 2018Verizon recently announced the rollout of its 5G wireless home broadband service in the US, 5G Home, with orders opening September 13th, 2018 and launch beginning October 1st in Houston, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, and Sacramento. The company is touting typical speeds of approximately 300 Mbps, peaking at 1 Gigabit, with no data caps. The service is priced at $50/month for existing Verizon subscribers, and $70/month for non-subscribers, and comes with three months of YouTube TV free. Subscribers also receive their choice of a free Google Chromecast Ultra or Apple TV 4K.Subscribers Only
Cisco, Permira and Synamedia: Market Signals Thus FarSeptember 05, 2018Cisco’s Service Provider Video Software Solutions (SPVSS) segment, acquired by private equity firm Permira, has been redubbed Synamedia. Although the transaction is not final – we expect it to conclude during the second half of calendar-year 2018 – Synamedia has enumerated four solution areas that will define the firm’s focus: anti-piracy services; RDK, Android TV, and one-way set-top box middleware solutions; cloud DVR solutions; low-latency OTT and ABR streaming solutions.Subscribers Only
Nagra divests SmarDTVAugust 31, 2018Nagra has divested its SmarDTV business. The firm announced during the first quarter of 2018 that it was looking for a buyer; in Neotion – the French conditional access vendor – Nagra has found one. Neotion will acquire SmarDTV’s conditional access module (CAM) and pay TV set-top box assets, while Nagra will retain SmarDTV’s plants in the UK and France, as well as SmarDTV’s entire patent portfolio. The USD 20m transaction hinges upon Nagra’s licensing the SmarDTV patents to Neotion, and to Neotion’s newly created SmarDTV Global affiliate.Subscribers Only
Content Security Market Report - 2018August 21, 2018This market report gives a high level overview of the global Conditional Access markets, with shipment and revenue data, regional and platform level discussion, and vendor market share information.Subscribers Only
The 2018 NAB Show – Highlights and RecapJune 21, 2018NAB 2018 brought forth many of the traditional companies within content, broadcast, and pay-TV, which presented solutions at the show that reinforced the ongoing trends in the pay-TV ecosystem.Subscribers Only
Wyplay embraces Android Operator TierJune 19, 2018Wyplay has become the latest set-top middleware and UX vendor to embrace the Android TV platform, and market a custom launcher for Android TV’s Operator Tier. Debuted in Q1 2017, and formalized in the second and third quarters of the same year, Operator Tier affords Android TV adoptees considerably more latitude in designing a device’s home-screen, app carousel, icons, and content placement.Subscribers Only
Amazon Fire TV Cube: The latest in the wave of TV-connected smart speakers, and an incremental step toward the voice-based connected home of the futureJune 08, 2018Amazon announced its newest member of the Echo smart speaker line on June 7, the Fire TV Cube. Combining Echo smart speaker functionality, a new 8-mic far-field voice recognition array and the features of the company's Fire TV streaming video devices, the $119 Fire TV Cube will be available June 21.
Sonos' New Beam Soundbar: Part of the New Smart Soundbar Category - And a Glimpse Into the Full Voice-Controlled TV ExperienceJune 07, 2018On June 6th, Sonos launched its new $399 Beam soundbar, a combination Sonos connected speaker, assistant-agnostic smart speaker, and home theater soundbar. Though the device is a logical progression from the company's existing line of connected speakers, high end TV-centric solutions (Playbar and Playbase), and Sonos One agnostic smart speaker, it represents a significant point in the market's progression towards voice-driven interfaces as the interconnect across home media consumption.
The media management industry moves to services-based business model, focusing on faster and cheaper workflowMay 11, 2018In the media management market, migration from selling equipment-based solutions to service-based solutions is deploying massively this year. Nearly two-thirds (62 percent) of global revenue was service-based, growing to 63 percent by the end of 2017 and expected to grow to 66 percent in 2021. The overall market grew 7 percent in 2016 and 5 percent in 2017, but this growth rate is expected to slow to 4 percent in 2021.
Cisco exits video - rationale and implicationsMay 02, 2018Subsequent to a lengthy review of its Service Provider video business, Cisco is divesting its Service Provider Video Software Solutions (SPVSS) segment. Private equity firm Permira will acquire Cisco’s video security, video experience, and video processing assets. While neither the name of the new entity, nor the value of transaction has been disclosed, it is known that Abraham Peled – NDS’ former CEO and Chairman – will reclaim his role as Chairman of the new company. Subject to regulatory approval, Cisco anticipates that the sale will complete by the end of October 2018, or within Q1 of Cisco’s 2019 financial year.Subscribers Only
Telstra writes Ooyala down to zeroFebruary 16, 2018Telstra has written down to zero the value of its Ooyala video business, and recorded a $273 million impairment. A mere four years after the Australian telco’s acquiring the Silicon Valley startup for $270 million, Telstra will attempt to offload Ooyala’s Adtech assets, and retain the firm’s video processing and online video platform businesses.Subscribers Only
Ericsson relinquishes a majority share of its TV software holdingsFebruary 02, 2018Subsequent to a yearlong review of its media and video-technology assets, Ericsson is divesting its Media Solutions business, and choosing to retain Red Bee Media (née Ericsson Broadcast and Media Services) in full. 51 percent of Ericsson Media Solutions – comprising Mediaroom, Envivio, Azuki, Fabrix, and Tandberg assets – will be transferred to private equity firm One Equity. Ericsson’s 49 percent stake will continue to be reported under the company’s Other business segment. Red Bee Media – comprising Ericsson’s playout, content discovery, managed media services, and creative assets – will continue to operate as an independent, fully-owned subsidiary. Subject to regulatory approval, the Media Solutions deal is expected to close in Q3; financial terms have not been disclosed.
IBC 2017 Recap:A harbinger of massive industry changeDecember 12, 2017IBC 2017 was ostensibly dominated by a host of Android TV, voice control, analytics, and cloud DVR-related announcements. In actuality, virtually every announcement trumpeted at the show can be traced to a single, inexorable market reality. The Web Giants have indelibly made their mark on the video technology industry.Subscribers Only
Google and Android TV at IBC 2017 – Android TV Summit Takeaways, and the Platform’s Substantial ProgressNovember 07, 2017Google’s Android TV Summit at IBC 2017 underscored this year’s show as a significant turning point for Android TV as a platform within the pay TV landscape. Introduced in 2014 and first making a prominent appearance at IBC in 2015, Android TV was formerly seen as both OTT-centric as well as operator-unfriendly in regards to Google’s control over the user interface and experience. Additionally, two years ago, the specter of security concerns at both the hardware and OS level remained. This year, it was clear that many concerns have been addressed and Android TV is gaining considerable momentum within the pay-TV sector.Subscribers Only
Roku Updates 2017 Lineup with New Streaming Stick+, Speed & Remote Upgrades, and Roku OS 8.0 - But Faces Substantial Pressure from AmazonOctober 04, 2017Roku recently launched an updated 2017 product lineup, and announced a new version of its device operating system. The most significant product announcement for the company in the lineup reshuffle is the new Streaming Stick+, a product capable of 4K at 60 fps and HDR (HDR10) at the $69 price point. The device remains a stick form factor, but has moved its wireless array outboard, now integrated inline with the stick’s power cable, in order to substantially improve wireless range. The company also announced that the $29 Express and $39 Express+ were being updated with new processors enabling five times the performance of their predecessors, and the top-of-the-line Ultra has formally dropped from $129 to $99. Roku’s remote controls on the Streaming Stick and Ultra models have also been updated, with the ability to directly control TV volume and power now standard. Roku OS 8.0 was announced alongside the new hardware announcements, with direct integration of OTA / broadcast TV programming information into the program guide and content search results. Audio from OTA channels will also be available for Remote Listening either via the Roku app or models with headphone-jack equipped remotes. Roku’s Gracenote-powered content search has also been improved in the back end with better natural language recognition and contextual search capabilities.Subscribers Only