Forbidden Technologies eyes wider market potential for cloud video platform

Thursday, Sep 22 2011 by
Forbidden Technologies eyes wider market potential for cloud video platform

Stephen Streater, the chief executive of Forbidden Technologies (LON:FBT), believes that the growing popularity of the company’s cloud-based video editing platform in the broadcast post-production market is a sign that the industry is beginning to embrace a new generation of technology.

In the first six months of this year, sales of Forbidden’s professional level FORscene system to the UK broadcast post-production market jumped by 94%. Ambitions to sign more partnership deals with global-scale systems integrators (Forbidden has three in the bag already) have been frustrated by depressed global economics. Nevertheless, Streater is confident that a pipeline of such deals will soon begin bearing fruit. In the meantime, the cash proceeds from last October’s £1.6 million share placing have given the company more capacity and the confidence to begin negotiating more directly with broadcasters, production and professional web companies. Forbidden believes it is now particularly well placed to service not only the broadcast, professional web and user-generated video markets but also make inroads into News and Sport as well.

In turn, the recent launch of its consumer system, Clesh, as an app available on Android-powered tablet computers and smartphones remains in the experimental early phases, but Streater is confident that it could eventually be a significant market. His optimism reflects the fact that the explosion in the use of web video on sites such as Facebook and YouTube is being spurred by increasingly powerful cameras on mobile devices. The availability of Clesh as a means of editing video on the go and sending it to the web in an instant is an increasingly compelling service.

In the six months to June 30, 2011, Forbidden reported an 8% increase in revenues to £0.18 million, with gross profit marginally down at £0.15 million. Operating costs increased by £0.1 million to £0.32 million and the operating loss for the period also increased by £0.1 million to £0.15 million. The company ended the period with cash and cash equivalents of £0.9 million.

Stephen, you have just announced your interim results so what have been the main developments at Forbidden so far this year?

We have been concentrating more on the broadcast market because operators in that market really understand the capabilities of what we do. We used to sell individually to production companies but now we have got more and more of the…

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Blackbird Plc, formerly Forbidden Technologies Plc, is a United Kingdom-based company engaged in the development and commercial exploitation of cloud-based video technology. The Company is engaged in developing cloud video platform used for its Forscene professional editing suite, its video social network, eva, and its online video editor, Captevate. The Company's products are delivered through an integrated Web-based platform. The Company's cloud-based technology and products enable news and sports broadcasters to get their Web and mobile highlights to markets; help post-production and broadcast clients; allow brands, influencers and celebrities to access audiences and their authentic content, and allow consumers to edit and share video in a new way. Forbidden Technologies Inc is the subsidiary of the Company. more »

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