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The IABM Buying Trends Report biannually tracks financial performance and trends in the media sector. The purpose of this report is to enable IABM member companies to track their customers’ performance and keep up with emerging trends in media technology demand.
Andy Rayner (Chief Technologist, Nevion) takes a realistic technical look at the virtualization roadmap and highlights the key milestones on the journey ahead.
This report aims to give users a strategic analysis of the broadcast and media industry, identifying the key trends driving change in the sector ahead of IBC2018.
Revenue growth in the media sector worsened while profits improved compared to the figures reported a year ago – profits are still declining, albeit slightly. With regards to revenues, the impact of declining advertising sales was a significant driver of performance. Although profits generally improved, our profit margins analysis revealed that there’s much more behind the overall market figures. More companies went from profit to loss while a significant number of companies moved to lower margin groups – margins declined only slightly on average.
Disney announced strong second quarter results for fiscal year 2018, topping Wall Street expectations. The entertainment giant reported a 9% year-on-year quarterly revenue increase, while earnings per share jumped 23%. This growth was fueled by its Parks division and Studio Entertainment segment, in particular the success of blockbuster movies such as Marvel’s ‘Black Panther’ and ‘Avengers: Infinity War’. Disney’s Studio Entertainment is set to keep the blockbuster titles coming over the next few years, which will be of vital importance when Disney launches its direct-to-consumer offering in 2019. The company’s cable segment, which includes ESPN, saw operating income drop 6%, partly due to costs associated with the new streaming service ESPN Plus.
Asia-Pacific (APAC) is one of the fastest growing regions in the world, whose growth is largely driven by two countries in the region – China and India. China’s significant contribution means that the region continues to be a major driver of global growth, accounting for more than a third in 2017. The strengthening of the global economy, recovery in commodity markets and improving financial conditions contributed to growth in the region.
Remote or “at home” production allows for the broadcast of more sports with more consistency, reducing operational costs while ensuring reliability, flexibility and scalability. This presentation from Carl Petch (Business Development Executive, Telstra Broadcast Services) introduces Telstra’s Distributed Production Network (DPN), which has enabled broadcasters to revolutionize the way sport is produced from distances of up to 3,500 kms (2000 miles). Don’t miss the opportunity to hear from one of the leading experts in remote production networks on the experience of developing, testing and launching the Telstra DPN in Australia.
Artel’s SMARTMedia Delivery Platform™ is the conduit to simplifying the convergence of IT and broadcast ecosystems. As a base platform supporting native IP media delivery, the SMART platform’s architecture provides feature flexibility and future functional expandability via software download.
By using the latest networking and processor technology the SMART Media Delivery Platform has achieved a high level of integration and the agility to navigate media through next-generation networks