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w/e July 15, 2007 SCRI International, Inc © 1984 - 2007

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TECHNOLOGY NEWS

NAB Supports Mobile DTV Effort

NAB will support and participate in the efforts of the Open Mobile Video Coalition (OMVC) and the Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC) to bring broadcast DTV service to mobile and handheld devices.

At its June 13 meeting, the NAB Television Board of Directors unanimously passed a motion to support the efforts of the Open Mobile Video Coalition.

Accelerating the development of mobile digital broadcast TV is consistent with NAB's technology advocacy goals and the activities, according to NAB president and CEO David Rehr.

The NAB also pledged its support to ATSC in its development of an ATSC-M/H standard, a backwards compatible mobile and handheld standard for TV broadcasters

IPTV revenue $26bn by 2011

Telcos increasingly are looking to IPTV to augment their declining voice communications revenue, causing the market for IPTV video services to rise by a factor of nearly 34 from 2006 to 2011, technology researcher iSuppli predicts. The market for IPTV video services will rise to $26.3 billion in 2011, up from $779.2 million in 2006.

Non TV services like digital music, on-demand gaming, data services, home security and other items. These value-added offerings will boost global IPTV video revenue stream by more than $1 billion by 2010. While this represents huge growth, IPTV still will have significant room for expansion in the years following 2011.

"Subscriber and revenue growth in the IPTV market will be awesome," said Frank Dickson, principal analyst with iSuppli. "However, to put things into perspective, Comcast had 2006 pro-forma cable revenue of more than $26 billion. It is very likely that the entire worldwide IPTV industry in 2011 will not be as large as Comcast alone is."

Online to Dominate Film Distrinution

Research by Vividas, a provider of full-screen video streaming technology, has found that 83 per cent of the next generation of filmmakers expect most film distribution to be online.

Survey results found that only 14 per cent of respondents feel that cinema will maintain its mantle at the forefront of film viewing, and the decline of the DVD is evident with only 3 per cent seeing this as a likely way to view film in the future.

IPTV in China Set to Take Off

A Web TV service run jointly by Shanghai Media Group (SMG) and China's largest fixed-line company, China Telecom Corp., is expected to reach around 1 million households by year-end, according to a recent Reuter's Report.

BesTV last year launched an Internet protocol television service -- TV sent over telecoms networks using Internet technology -- after SMG became the first company to receive a licence from Beijing to run IPTV. "We've already reached the 400,000 (subscribers) level, so we hope to have around 1 million across the country by the end of the year," Zhang Dazhong, vice president at SMG, told Reuters on the sidelines of the launch of a TV service for mobile phones.

State-run SMG is China's second-largest media group by revenue after China Central Television.

The forecast far outpaces BesTV's earlier target of 400,000 households by year-end. BesTV had around 60,000 household viewers at the end of last year, local media reported.

The mobile phone TV service consists of bite-sized five-minute clips, with content ranging from news to entertainment to sports.

SMG subsidiary Shanghai Dragon New Media Co. is running the service in cooperation with China Mobile and China Unicom, the two wireless carriers in the world's biggest mobile market.

Executives at the event declined to comment on when the mobile TV service would make a significant contribution to SMG's bottom line.

Foreign companies such as News Corp. see China's foray into Web TV as a chance to grab a slice of the market.

Although News Corp., Time Warner Inc. and Viacom Inc. all have TV channels in China launched over the last few years, each has been limited to mass broadcasting rights in southern Guangdong province, bordering Hong Kong.

The Walt Disney Co. applied for its own limited broadcasting rights about four years ago, but has yet to receive permission for a Chinese version of the Disney channel.

Alcatel-Lucent tests DVB-SH technology mobile TV

Alcatel-Lucent is performing a technical test of its solution for broadcast mobile TV using the DVB-SH standard in the S-Band (2.2GHz). The pilot will take place from June to September 2007 in the South-West part of France. Using SFR’s operational 3G mobile infrastructure and pre-commercial DVB-SH elements for the broadcast part, this field trial represents a world first, only four months after the DVB project approved the technical specifications of the DVB-SH standard.

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INDUSTRY NEWS

IMAS Publishing Acquired by NewBay

SCRI's online strategic partner, NewBay Media has acquired the assets of leading broadcast and professional audio trade publisher IMAS Publishing ("IMAS"), including the print and electronic properties of such well-respected brands as TV Technology, Radio World, Pro Audio Review and Audio Media among others. The IMAS titles will add considerable depth and breadth to NewBay's existing professional audio and video divisions, offering unparalleled resources to readers, marketing partners, and advertisers in the U.S. and around the world.

Stevan B. Dana, founder and president of IMAS, states that when he decided to sell his business after more than 30 years, he was intent on finding a buyer who could build the brands in the new media age. According to Dana, "NewBay has both the resources and the drive to make IMAS's industry-leading publications even stronger."

Under the terms of the transaction, NewBay acquires IMAS's award-winning brands, publications and websites, including TV Technology, TV Technology Europe, TV Technology Latin America, TV Technology Asia Pacific, Radio World, Radio World Engineering Extra, Radio World International, Radio World Francophone, Radio World Latin America, Pro Audio Review, Audio Media and Broadcast & Production Italy, as well as the contracts for the official show dailies for NAB and NRB. NewBay Media will retain IMAS's headquarters in Falls Church, VA, as well as the company's offices in the U.K. and Italy.

SCRI and Newbay Media are working together on a new HD/Digital Video Trends Survey -- survey goes online next week with results due in the fall. For a copy of the survey questions and/or more information contact SCRI Research Director Des Chaskelson (des_chas@scri.com).

Cable HD Owners Double In 2007

According to a new survey from the Cable & Telecommunication Association, twenty-nine percent of cable TV subscribers now own a High-Definition set, compared to just 15 percent a year ago.

CTAM, a marketing trade group for the cable TV industry, says 41 percent of Digital Cable subscribers now have a high-def set, up from 19 percent a year ago.

Thirty-two percent of premium cable subs -- those who subscribe to movie channels such as HBO -- now own HDTVs, compared to 23 percent last year.

"HD owners are realizing that having an HDTV set without a cable HDTV programming package is like driving around in a convertible with the roof up all the time,” said CTAM President and CEO Char Beales. “HD sets are flying off the shelves and digital cable consumers are getting an HDTV programming package to gain the full benefits of their new sets.”

CTAM also said 70 percent of cable households planning to purchase a high-def set in the 12 months are aware they need to subscribe to a HD programming package. (They also could get local HD channels with an antenna if their set has a HD tuner inside.)

Cable & Wireless in UK IPTV Deal with Inuk

Cable & Wireless announced it will be first to deliver national IPTV services in the UK via broadband, through a ground breaking wholesale deal with Inuk Networks. Worth around £70 million over five years, the contract sees Cable & Wireless providing Inuk with access to the UK’s most advanced nationwide multicast network enabling the delivery of television, telephony and broadband services.

In addition, Cable & Wireless will offer Inuk’s IPTV platform as a white label solution to other wholesale DSL customers who want to provide their customers with a digital television offering.

Cable & Wireless will deliver this triple-play offering to Freewire, Inuk’s go-to-market subsidiary. Freewire will provide all consumers in the UK with added supplier choice for multichannel television.

Currently, Inuk offers triple-play services to UK students in collaboration with JANET, the university backbone network. To date, over forty universities representing over 100,000 student rooms, have signed up to the Freewire service. Using Cable & Wireless’ nationwide multicast network, Freewire will be able to extend its proposition beyond the current user base of students in university accommodation and into the homes across the UK from March 2008.

The Inuk platform can also be customised and delivered as a solution to other broadband providers and network operators, providing flexibility in TV, voice and converged entertainment services.

Marcus Liassides, CEO, Inuk, said: “Cable & Wireless has the unique capability to offer an all-national wholesale multicast platform, so for us, the deal was a no-brainer. It’s great news for our customers as it means we can deliver triple-play services into the home and it's great news for us as we can expand the choice of services that we're able to offer in the future.”

HDTV Satellite Launch Successful

DIRECTV successfully launched a satellite into orbit that promises to deliver 100 High-Definition channels by year's end. A Russian Proton-M rocket carrying the DIRECTV-10 satellite launched last week from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The satellite was placed into geostationary orbit nine hours later.

DIRECTV said contact has been made with the satellite and all systems are functionally properly.

“With the successful launch of our DIRECTV 10 satellite, we are, to borrow a phrase, boldly going where no TV service has gone before – a new world of up to 100 HD channels and a viewing experience unmatched in the multichannel video marketplace,” said Derek Chang, DIRECTV's executive vice president. “We congratulate the Boeing and ILS teams on a flawless launch as we begin the next countdown to September when the first of our new HD channels will be available to our customers.” The satellite should be operational in roughly 30-45 days, although DIRECTV is not likely to begin adding high-def channels until early September. The satcaster will require some time to test the satellite under real conditions.

DIRECTV says it will offer 100 HD channels by year's end, but many are scheduled to be added in early September, the company said today.

The satellite service is expected to launch a second satellite designated for HD next year. After that satellite is operational, DIRECTV says it will have the capacity for up to 150 HDTV channels and local HD channels in most markets.

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COMPANY NEWS

Optibase Commences Tender Offer for Scopus Video Networks

Optibase Ltd. has commenced a tender offer to purchase an aggregate of 678,000 ordinary shares of Scopus Video Networks Ltd. for a price of $5.25 per share in cash, less any required withholding taxes and without interest. Optibase currently beneficially owns 3,035,223 ordinary shares of Scopus, representing approximately 22.5% of Scopus’ outstanding shares, and, following the consummation of the tender offer, would own approximately 27.6% of Scopus' outstanding shares.

The initial period of the tender offer and withdrawal rights are scheduled to expire at 5:00 p.m., New York time on Monday, August 6, 2007, unless the initial offer period is extended by Optibase. If prior to the completion of the initial offer period, all the conditions to the offer are satisfied or, subject to applicable law, waived by us, the consummation of the offer would result in Optibase being the beneficial owner of Scopus shares representing more than 25.0% of the voting power in Scopus. As required by Israeli law, Optibase will then provide an additional period of four calendar days during which shareholders may tender their shares. However, shareholders will have no withdrawal rights during such additional four-calendar day period.

As more fully described in the Offer to Purchase relating to the tender offer, the tender offer is conditioned upon: (1) at least 678,000 ordinary shares, representing at least 5.0% of the voting power in Scopus, being validly tendered and not withdrawn prior to the completion of the initial offer period, (2) as required by Israeli law, since the consummation of the offer would result in Optibase beneficially owning Scopus shares representing more than 25.0% of the voting power in Scopus, the aggregate number of shares validly tendered in the offer and not properly withdrawn must be greater than the number of shares represented by notices of objection to the offer (excluding Scopus shares held by Optibase and certain affiliates of Scopus or Optibase), and (3) certain other conditions specified in the Offer to Purchase. The tender offer is not conditioned on the receipt of financing or the approval of the board of directors of Scopus.

On July 5, 2007, the last trading day before commencement of the offer, the closing sale price of the Scopus shares was $4.96 on Nasdaq.

Chyron Partners with OCTOPUS Newsroom

Chyron Corporation announced a technology partnership with OCTOPUS Newsroom System. This alliance further expands integration of Chyron’s CAMIO complete news graphics management solution with the addition of the OCTOPUS Newsroom System providing journalists unprecedented control over the look and delivery of newsroom graphics.

The CAMIO graphic management architecture enables a broadcaster’s Graphics Department to build and upload assets once, and be immediately available to all output devices as well as newsroom clients. LUCI, CAMIO's Newsroom Client ActiveX®, enables journalists to remotely browse templates, edit text and replaceable images and movie files, preview their graphics and insert them into stories directly from within the OCTOPUS newsroom.

CAMIO manages the distribution of assets ensuring that all assets are available for air. Playout is simplified with Chyron’s Lyric playlist control, or using iSQ, Chyron’s Intelligent Sequencer software. The order of graphics for playout is always synchronised with the OCTOPUS Newsroom Computer System running order as it changes with floats and edits.

“Following a successful testing period we are very happy to announce this newsroom integration with Chyron. CAMIO is a sophisticated interface and the strong Chyron brand compliments the OCTOPUS philosophy of delivering news anytime, anywhere,” commented Jan Pulpan, CTO of OCTOPUS Newsroom.

“We are delighted to announce this latest extension to the CAMIO system. The OCTOPUS Newsroom System is a popular choice across Europe and with this integration we look forward to bringing the creative flexibility and speed to air that CAMIO provides to the OCTOPUS user base”, commented David Ward, VP and general manager, Chyron EAME.

Gemstar for sale

Shares of Gemstar TV Guide International were suspended this week after the company announced it is reviewing its strategic alternatives and could possibly sell itself.

"The company has made significant improvements throughout its businesses and the Board is very pleased with the growth and strategic direction under Richard Battista," Chairman Anthea Disney said in a press release. " We are now poised to investigate the range of available strategic alternatives for continuing to build shareholder value."

Harmonic Q2 2007 Reporting Date

Harmonic Inc. announced that it plans to report its results for the second quarter of 2007 after market close on July 25, 2007.

Harmonic will host a conference call to discuss its financial results at 3:00 P.M. Pacific (6:00 P.M. Eastern) on July 25, 2007. A listen-only broadcast of the conference call can be accessed on the Company’s website at www.harmonicinc.com or by calling +1.706.634.9047 (conference ID number 6357154). The replay will be available after 6:00 P.M. (Pacific) at the same website address or by calling +1.706.645.9291 (conference ID number 6357154).

Harmonic intends to discuss financial and other statistical information on this conference call. This information will also be available on the Company’s website at www.harmonicinc.com either in the press release related to the above broadcast, by accessing the listen-only broadcast described above or by accessing the replay of the broadcast described above.

Verbatim Acquires SmartDisk's HD & Digital Imaging Business

Verbatim® Corporation and its parent company Mitsubishi Kagaku Media (MKM), announced the purchase of substantially all of the assets of SmartDisk® Corporation’s external hard drive (HD) and digital imaging business. The acquisition, which includes physical assets, patents, trademarks, technology, engineering and marketing expertise, was effective on June 30, 2007. The purchase price has not been disclosed.

"The acquisition of SmartDisk’s external and portable hard drive business assets is complementary to Verbatim’s existing business," said Shigenori Otsuka, president of MKM. "Plans are already underway to leverage these assets and Verbatim’s heritage to quickly extend our global leadership in the removable storage and related accessories markets. Today’s consumers and business professionals need the full range of removable and portable storage options – hard disk, optical and flash. Now, we can meet all of their storage requirements with a complete family of highly reliable, technically advanced solutions that are also cost-effective."

The need for a fast, easy way to store, share and transport data files, presentations, photos, music and video is fueling explosive growth in the worldwide removable storage industry. IDC predicts more than 6 million external hard drives will be shipped in 2008, up 58 percent from the 3.8 million units shipped in 2006.

Thomson & Nokia Team Up on 3G femto cell

Thomson and Nokia Siemens Networks have announced their collaboration in developing a pioneering 3G femto cell home access solution. Femto cells are small cellular access points which provide enhanced coverage specifically in residential environments and enable operators to provide fixed-mobile convergence services and others such as IPTV.

Femto Home Access network solution from Nokia Siemens Networks - incorporating the new network element, the Femto Gateway, will allow operators to seamlessly deliver 3G multimedia services such as music downloads and video available in the home on any WCDMA 3G handset.“The novel approach enabled by our Femto Home Access Solution combined with Thomson’s DSL technology will greatly benefit operators who seek to launch new and innovative services and will open up new markets for both companies”, says Timo Hyppölä, heading Indoor Solutions Product Line in Nokia Siemens Networks.

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PRODUCT NEWS

Microsoft renames its IPTV platform "Mediaroom"

Microsoft Corp. unveiled a new brand name for its Internet-based television platform, a service deployed by 10 companies including AT&T Inc.

Microsoft Mediaroom, formerly known as Microsoft Internet Protocol Television (IPTV), will link with computers found in the home to allow users to access a PC hard drive to listen to music or view photos on a TV screen, the company said.

The television push by the world's largest software maker aims to deliver TV over high-speed Internet networks and hopes the software will eventually open up the TV to a world of services already on the Web.

Microsoft said Mediaroom will also enable some applications that access the Internet without a Web browser, so users can view streaming online video or look at photos uploaded onto the Internet.

The company said it will introduce a toolkit to allow developers to create applications for the Mediaroom platform.

Tektronix HDMI Compliance Test (CTS) Version 1.3b

Tektronix, Inc. announced that its TDSHT3 software has been upgraded to support the HDMI compliance test specification version 1.3b. The Tektronix TDSHT3 software now supports all of the HDMI compliance test procedures as per the latest CTS1.3b document. With this upgrade now available, Tektronix offers customers the most complete and cost effective test suite for performing HDMI 1.3b compliance testing.

Tektronix now supports physical layer compliance test solution per the CTS 1.3b specifications using the real time oscilloscopes, sampling oscilloscopes, signal generators, differential probes and test fixtures. TDSHT3 is an HDMI compliance test software resident on a Tektronix oscilloscope controlling the signal generators in a closed loop mechanism to automatically perform the needed complex cable and sink tests.

"With the release of TDSHT3 version 3.3.1, Tektronix provides a complete test suite for HDMI 1.3b physical layer compliance testing," said Jit Lim, Manager of Technology Solutions, Instruments Business, Tektronix, Inc. "Tektronix is committed to providing engineers with the industry-leading serial data test capabilities to speed their HDMI 1.3 tests and improve time to market."

NewTek Ships New SpeedEDIT Version 1.2

NewTek announced the availability of the latest release of SpeedEDIT version 1.2, the next generation of the video editor. This resolution-independent editor is designed to work quickly and efficiently on any video project, from web streams to High-Definition.

Amongst the new features included in this version are additional format support, improved plug-in capability and more. “SpeedEDIT version 1.2 makes the worlds fastest video editor even more powerful – we have significantly upgraded our file format support and added VST support at no additional cost to our current customers.,” said Philip Nelson, Vice president, NewTek sales and video marketing.

SpeedEDIT is now shipping for $495 USD. SpeedEDIT 1.3 is now available as a free download for current SpeedEDIT clients.

New Product for Video Camcorders Reduces Handheld Movement

Baughan Productions is proud to announce its simple video stabilizer, "Levelcam." Designed and manufactured in the US, Levelcam is a valuable asset for amateur and professional videographers who use palm-sized camcorders.

Small camcorders are perfect for grabbing quick shots, but they're hard to keep steady. Abrupt movements like jerks, shakes and twitches spoil otherwise great video. Levelcam was developed to reduce these movements by giving the videographer a simple and inexpensive tool for gaining control over camcorders.

Invented by professional videographer Tim Nixon with Baughan Productions, Inc. www.baughan.com, Levelcam allows the operator to capture steady shots without the use of tripods or elaborate devices. Levelcam is a simple design that works like balancing a tray, where the operators right hand stays on the camcorder.

Levelcam's flat design allows accessories to be mounted next to the camcorder, like wireless microphones and external hard drives. It can also be used simultaneously with a tripod, so the videographer can switch from hand-held to tripod in only seconds.

ATEN Technology Digital Signage for POP Advertising

ATEN Technology announced that its diverse product line of professional audio/video switches, splitters and extenders are ideal solutions for the booming digital signage market. Digital signage is a relatively new method of electronic advertising that is optimized for retail environments, public venues, corporate offices and a range of other marketing purposes.

According to iSuppli, the leader in market research and analysis of the display and semiconductor industries, the global market for retail digital signage displays is expected to grow to $1.7 billion by 2010, up from $1.4 billion in 2006.

Sundance DVIP Platform For Digital Video OEMs

Responding to the need for higher bandwidth in high-definition video applications for broadcast, video surveillance and compression technologies, Sundance Multiprocessor Technology announced the availability of its high-performance Digital Video Infrastructure Platform (DVIP). The platform offers original equipment manufacturers (OEM) a complete, integrated solution for digital video development.

Built on Sundance's modular and infinitely-scalable multiprocessing concept, the DVIP leverages the performance and flexibility of two Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) TMS320C6455 digital signal processors (DSP) and a TMS320DM642 DSP-based digital media processor. The 1GHz C6455 DSPs allow multiple processors to be connected via a Serial Rapid I/O (SRIO) interface, a concept that is well suited to Sundance's Modular hardware. Additionally, the infrastructure platform incorporates Xilinx Virtex-4 FX60 FPGAs with the capacity to implement IP-Cores from leading compression suppliers to perform real-time encoding and decoding.

The modular architecture of the DVIP allows OEM customers to increase the processing performance in the field and add one of more than 40 additional variant modules that support the Sundance TIM (Texas Instruments Module) standard. As this standard is open-domain, it is also possible to integrate proprietary solutions.

"TI is seeing an increasing demand for commercial-off-the-shelf OEM solutions that use our leading-edge digital multimedia DSPs, and Sundance's DVIP supports a range of demanding applications therein," said Andy Richardson, business development manager, TI. "The TMS320C6455 DSPs add a level of scalability to the DVIP that will make it a popular development environment for OEMs."

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RESEARCH NEWS

Mobile Video Drives Mobile Multimedia

Driven by rising demand for video, the market for premium mobile content is expected to exceed $44 billion in 2011, more than double the nearly $20 billion in 2007, iSuppli Corp. predicts.

Premium mobile content consists of mobile music, games, graphics, video and adult content for mobile platforms, mainly wireless handsets.

Mobile video is the fastest growing media segment, while music and gaming continue strong growth but with significant regional variation.

Different regions, different trends

The mobile data market overall is continuing to expand robustly, driven by strong mobile content growth and a sustained rise in mobile messaging. However, significant differences in growth rates are emerging. iSuppli’s research has identified the following regional and country-level trends:

  • In Asia, India leads Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) growth of non-messaging data revenue at 40.4 percent.
  • Italy will see the strongest non-messaging data revenue CAGR through 2011 among major Western European countries, at 29 percent. Ringtones represent the strongest segment today, but video will dominate Italy’s mobile content revenue by 2011, followed by games.
  • In the Americas, Brazil will see a 41 percent CAGR for non-messaging data revenue. “Data and content revenues are the life preservers for wireless operators, as voice Average Revenue Per User (ARPU) declines accelerated during Q2 among the 20 key operators tracked by iSuppli,” said Mark Kirstein, vice president with iSuppli. “Drawn from our deep operator profiles, aggregate voice ARPU in the first quarter declined by 6 percent sequentially compared to the fourth quarter of 2006. Meanwhile, mobile data ARPU increased by 1 percent sequentially. Data ARPU is particularly strong among North American operators, where both messaging revenue and mobile multimedia content are seeing strong growth.”

    iSuppli also found that:

  • Among the 20 key operators, data represents nearly 20 percent of revenue now. Three of these operators derive more than 30 percent of their revenue from data: SK Telecom, NTT DoCoMo and O2.
  • Growth in ringtunes is slowing. Asia and Europe are maturing, while heady growth rates in North America moderate. The top five markets for ringtunes are China, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States in 2011. However, many country-level markets will peak before 2011.
  • Mobile gaming growth is slowing significantly, particularly in Asia. Korea and Japan had the dominant positions in 2006.
  • Among mobile content companies, game publishers Glu Mobile and Square Enix each gained market share during the quarter, while Electronic Arts and THQ each lost about 3 percent share.
  • Universal Music group holds the largest share of mobile music content revenue among the major record labels.
  • Several U.S. operators saw revenue associated with messaging double in 2006 compared to 2005, driven by both increased peer-to-peer messaging and increased premium Short Message Service (SMS) revenue.

    Streaming Subscription and Download Media Forecast at $2.6 Bil. in ’07

    Subscription streaming and download media (audio and video) is forecast to rise 39% in 2007, reaching $2.6 billion in revenue according to the latest research report by AccuStream iMedia Research.

    The report, Streaming Subscription and Download Media 2003 – 2008 provides historical and present day subscribers for Internet audio and video services. Streaming music, sports, news and entertainment, plus download, music movies and television content yield total market value.

    Music is forecast to capture 85% of total revenue. Sports is estimated at 5.4%, movies 2.2%, news 1.2%, entertainment (including TV show downloads) 3.4% and Real Networks’ SuperPass video service 4.1%.

    Music download and subscription revenue is forecast to grow at approximately 48.5% in 2007 to $2.2 billion, a considerable leap from 2003, when $90.2 million was generated from online sales.

    The music category is dominated by purchases, with 82% of total revenue generated from paid downloads compared to subscriptions.

    Download movies, forecast at $60 million in 2007, is up 133.4% over 2006, and on track to break the $100 million threshold in 2008.

    Movie revenue growth has been hampered by limited availability of both front line titles and catalog depth.

    In addition, the report’s CDN analysis shows larger movie files (particularly HD) push up distribution costs considerably. By contrast, music downloads are much smaller and online libraries far larger creating better bottom line economics.

    With CNN Pipeline now ad supported, the news segment is forecast to register a slight dip in 2007 subscription revenue.

    NASCAR and PGATour moved video out from their subscription services in ‘07, and the NFL dropped its domestic subscription video in 2006, leaving MLB the dominant league online. With more sports content chasing ad dollars, the subscription area is forecast to grow at 2.2% in 2007 compared to 2006. “Music has soared to early market dominance, similar to music share in the early days of Internet video. But, demand for premium content from studios and broadcast networks will boost revenue and share as offerings expand over a 3 – 7 year period,” commented Paul A. Palumbo, research director at AccuStream.

    SCRI RESEARCH NEWS

    NEW 2007/08 SCRI Broadcast/Pro Video Reports

  • IPTV / Mobile TV Report: now available, over 100 pages of articles and reports from online sources as well as SCRI Insider Reports, with an executive summary and analysis. Contactdes_chas@scri.com for more info.

  • Broadcast/Pro Video Product Reports. Tracking purchase history (2006), purchase plans (2007 & 2008), brand shares, etc. for each of twenty five specific product types, from Camcorders to VTRs.

  • Broadcast/Pro Video Macro Industry Overview Report. Over 50 pages of analysis and information on the state-of-the-industry compiled from secondary online research sources including industry news sites, manufacturers sites, as well as SCRI's own weekly online News Briefs and Insider Reports.

  • Broadcast/Pro Video Micro Quantitative Product Data Report. 23-page report containing quantitative data tables, for all six verical end-user markets, and all of the 25 Product categories, as well as in total, with summary tables from 2002- 2008.
  • HDTV / Digital Video Technology Trends Survey: SCRI is preparing to conduct the 2007/08 Broadcast /Pro Video Technology Trends Survey in conjunction with TV Broadcast, Videography and DV Magazines. Survey questions have now been finalized by SCRI Consultants this week with inputs from major clients and industry experts. Survey will be launched next week July with results available in the fall.

    Contact SCRI Research Director, Des Chaskelson for more information and/or to place an order.

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