SES-10 launches onboard a SpaceX vehicleSES returned to growth in the first quarter on the back of its enterprise and mobility business, a return to growth in the government sector and continued progress in HDTV. However, the group’s video revenue dropped significantly year-on-year on a like-for-like basis.The company posted revenues of €540.6 million, up 12.2% and net profit of €128.4 million, up 11.5%. The company’s all-important contract backlog also increased from €7.6 billion to €7.8 billion.Video revenue grew by 4.5% to €353.4 million, but dropped by 4.2% to on a like-for-like basis on lower periodic and services revenue.SES expects slight growth in the video business this year. Video now accounts for 65% of the group’s overall business as against 71% a year ago.SES has also reshaped its market-facing organisation, splitting its video and data-centric activities into SES Video and SES Networks on the back of its acquisition of O3b Networks. Ferdinand Kayser, formerly chief commercial officer, is now CEO of SES Video, while former O3b CEO Steve Collar, has been named as CEO of SES Networks, which comprises the enterprise, mobility and government business lines and includes O3b Networks.The first quarter 2017 results were fully in line with our expectations. SES returned to growth in Q1 2017 with all of our data-centric markets developing positively, and we remain well placed to deliver sustained growth in all four of our market verticals,” said president and CEO Karim Michel Sabbagh.“The restructuring of SES’s go-to-market organisation model, with the creation of two natural business units, represents a further acceleration of our market-centric strategy. With SES Video and SES Networks, we are coalescing our differentiated capabilities to best serve customers globally. The launch of SES-10 on SpaceX’s first ever mission using a flight-proven rocket was a further step towards more efficient launch capabilities, and is yet another demonstration of SES’s strategy of working with our industrial partners to be at the forefront of innovation.”
Japanese pay TV provider J:COM has chosen content security specialist Verimatrix’s Verspective Intelligence to provide data analysis to enable the omcpany to make decisions about audiences, content, consumption, and overall service performance.J:COM selected Verspective Intelligence, the latest development to the Verspective Analytics solution suite, to generate usage reporting and analysis for its VOD services, providing a view of networks and devices used by more than 3.8 million subscribers across Japan.Verspective Intelligence extracts data from delivery systems regarding VOD content to enable data analysis and reporting of system and content performance.Verimatrix said that as the Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) analytics platform will be deployed via the Verimatrix Secure Cloud, it also reduces capital and operating expenditures. It said that the platform can also be enhanced to collect data from subscriber devices in the future using the Verspctive RT data collection product to enable more precise segmenting of the subscriber audience based on how they engage with the services.Steve OetegennConcurrent Content Solutions Corporation (CCSC) is taking on the role of system integrator for the project together with Verimatrix. CCSC, a reseller of Verspective products, has knowledge and experience of the VOD and BackOffice system at J:COM.“In order to maintain our position in a constantly changing environment, it is imperative for J:COM to fully capitalize on new opportunities to better understand our subscribers. Verspective Intelligence provides the intel we need to stay alert of the performance of our VOD content and the impact of marketing efforts. It also gives us the option to determine potential network inefficiencies and subscriber viewing habits. By helping us better understand our content performance, Verspective Intelligence unlocks actionable opportunities to adapt our service offerings in order to constantly stay in stride with our audiences’ viewing experience expectations,” said J:COM general manager, technology operation division, Naoki Kobayashi.“The challenge with the way today’s video service providers are managing data is that they are isolating such rich information in silos, making it so that no clear conclusions can be made on how to improve the business. Our Verspective Analytics platform bridges the gap by putting data and analytics at the heart of the decision-making process, establishing a common database with unprecedented visibility. We are very excited to see how J:COM, a market leader for the APAC region, will use these insights to continually enhance its VOD services,” said Verimatrix president Steve Oetegenn.