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NEWS MANAGE & MONITOR “ IBC 2015 was, as expected, awash with new and different ways to make the most of IP. But, while broadcasters are demanding it, and vendors are now providing it, there is a cost: an actual financial one. The extra money being spent on research and development (R&D) to aid this move to IP is slowly eating into manufacturer profits. That is what the IABM is suggesting based on analysis of the results of a recent survey. The IABM Industry Index for September 2015 shows a stable demand for broadcast and media technology but also a significant deterioration in profitability. According to the figures, just 57.7% of manufacturers were in profit in both 2014 and 2015. Using information from its Benchmark report, which tracks the financial health of the sector, the IABM suggests that the growth in some operating costs may be the cause. A spokesperson for the IABM said: “In the months preceding IBC we noticed a common pattern in some of the recently filed accounts: R&D and sales and marketing costs have significantly grown in many companies. R&D costs have increased as companies try to keep up with the transition affecting the industry. Some companies have launched projects to develop products and services that meet end-users’ new requirements. For instance, the move to IP-based delivery has driven some companies to concentrate their R&D budgets on this.” Perhaps this is to be expected. R&D is crucial for the betterment of the industry and investment in it should eventually lead to long-term gains. But it shouldn’t come at any cost. There has to be a balance between innovation and stability. Most executives recognise that delaying, reducing or eliminating R&D can limit long-term competitiveness. But when it impacts on profits, they can soon change their tune. “ Let’s hope this is a temporary blip. Loudness Audio NUGEN Audio has introduced Site, a fl oating license system designed to speed-up the way that bigger companies use the company’s line of audio upmixing and loudness tools. Designed for customers with 10 or more seats, Site uses server-based licensing technology to streamline and centralise license management across a network. NUGEN Audio will initially make Site available for Halo Upmix, the company’s new stereo- to-5.1/7.1 upmixer, as well as the VisLM-H 2 loudness Watch the meter, the LM-Correct 2 IBC interview loudness quick fi x tool, the ISL 2 true peak limiter and its Loudness Toolkit 2. TSL Products has formalised a partnership with Emotion Systems, a move that will enable the company to bring the Phinix fi le-based audio device to other parts of the world. “As the leading supplier of audio loudness monitoring products it was a natural step to broaden our portfolio with a fi le-based audio management solution, and Emotion’s Engine product which we market under the Phinix name fi ts our vision perfectly,” said Chris Exelby, managing director of TSL Products. At IBC TSL presented a new range of intelligent and basic vertical Power Distribution Units (VPDUs) and a redesign for its family of MPA audio monitors that includes options for established I/O plus audio-over-IP workfl ows in the form of Dante and Ravenna. www.nugenaudio.com www.tslproducts.com 20 | KITPLUS - THE TV-BAY MAGAZINE: ISSUE 106 OCTOBER 2015