2018 Big Broadcast Survey (BBS) Reports Now Available

Josh Stinehour | August 2, 2018

The 2018 Big Broadcast Survey (BBS) Reports are now available.

2018 is the tenth year we have conducted the Big Broadcast Survey, the largest demand-side study of the global broadcast and media technology sector.

As with past editions, the 2018 BBS Reports were created after several months of research, including interviews with technology end-users, global surveys of technology decision makers, analysis of the end-user responses, and visualization of the data collected.  Several thousand global technology professionals participated in the BBS during 2018, providing candid feedback on budgets, trends, technology deployments, and individual technology suppliers.

Any technology end-users still wishing to register candid and anonymous feedback on your suppliers, you may use the following survey.

Based on feedback from technology suppliers, media companies, and investors, we have updated the vendors, product categories, and market trends profiled in the 2018 BBS to better align with recent market developments.

Continual updates over the past decade have helped the BBS reports remain a critical reference for industry executives.  The reports are often used to improve strategic decision-making, customer engagement, marketing strategy, product planning, and sales execution.  In addition to technology vendor and service provider strategic planning, BBS reports are also used frequently for M&A and investment activities by both buyers and sellers.

Three types of 2018 BBS reports are available:

  • 2018 BBS Global Brand Reports: provides deep insight into how each more than 100 broadcast technology suppliers (see full list below) are perceived by market participants, along with comprehensive benchmarking of broadcast technology vendors on a wide variety of metrics
  • 2018 BBS Product Reports: provide detailed information from buyers, specifiers, and users of broadcast technology products in 28 separate categories (see full list below)
  • 2018 BBS Global Market Report: provides detailed information about industry trends, major projects being planned, products being evaluated for purchase, current and future plant infrastructure, broadcast technology budgets, and planned deployment of new technologies including 4K, Cloud-based services, and IP-based technology infrastructure

For additional information on the 2018 BBS report, please call or email us.

As is Devoncroft’s custom, we will publish selected highlights from this year’s BBS reports on the Devoncroft website.  These articles are posted on a semi-regular basis, so please check back often.

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The below table of logos (in alphabetical order) lists the technology vendor brands covered in the 2018 BBS.

Technology Product Categories & Vendor Brands Covered in the 2018 BBS, by Application Area

Acquisition & Production: 

ENG Cameras
Hitachi, Ikegami, JVC, Panasonic, Sony

Graphics & Branding
Adobe, Avid, ChyronHego, Imagine Communications, Ross Video, Vizrt

Large Format Single Sensor Cameras
ARRI, Blackmagic Design, Canon, Red, Sony

Production Switchers
Blackmagic Design, For-A, Grass Valley, NewTek, Panasonic, Ross Video, SAM, Sony

Studio / System Cameras
Grass Valley, Hitachi, Ikegami, JVC, Panasonic, Sony


Post Production:

Digital Audio Workstations
Ableton, Apple, Avid, Cakewalk, Propellerhead, Steinberg

Video Editing
Adobe, Apple, Avid, Blackmagic Design, Grass Valley, Imagine Communications, Sony


Content Communications and Infrastructure:

Bonded Cellular
Dejero, LiveU, Teradek, TVU

IT Switch / Router
Arista, Cisco, HPE, Huawei, Juniper

Routing Switchers
Blackmagic Design, Evertz, Grass Valley, Imagine Communications, Ross Video, SAM

Signal Processing / Interfacing / Modular
AJA Video, Axon, Blackmagic Design, Evertz, For-A, Grass Valley, Imagine Communication, Ross Video, SAM

Video Transport
Cisco, Ericsson, Evertz, Harmonic, Lawo, Media Links, Net Insight, Nevion, Riedel



High Performance Shared Storage
Avid, Harmonic, HPE, Dell EMC, NetApp, Quantum

Playout / Transmission Servers
EVS, Grass Valley, Harmonic, Imagine Communications

Production Servers
Avid, EVS, Grass Valley, Harmonic, Rohde & Schwarz, SAM



Audio Consoles
Allen & Heath, Avid, Calrec, Digico, Lawo, Soundcraft, Studer, Wheatstone, Yamaha

Intercom / Talkback
Clear-Com, Riedel, RTS Intercom Systems

AKG, Audio-Technica, beyerdynamic, DPA Microphone, Electro Voice, Marshall Electronics, Neumann, Rode, Schoeps, Sennheiser, Shure, Sony

Monitors (speakers)
Avid, Genelec, JBL, KRK Systems, Mackie


System Automation and Control: 

Broadcast Business Management Systems
arvato/S4M, Imagine Communications, MediageniX, Operative (SintecMedia), WideOrbit

Media Asset Management
arvato/S4M, Avid, Dalet, EVS, Imagine Communications, Prime Focus Technologies, Tedial, Vizrt, VSN

Playout Automation
Grass Valley, Imagine Communications, Pebble Beach, SAM

Workflow Orchestration / BPM
Aspera, Avid, Imagine Communications, Sony, Telestream


Playout and Delivery:

Encoding / Transcoding
ateme, Cisco, AWS Elemental, Ericsson, Harmonic, Imagine Communications, MOG Technologies, Telestream

Integrated Playout (Channel in a Box)
Evertz, Grass Valley, Harmonic, Imagine Communications, Pebble Beach, Playbox, SAM

GatesAir, Hitachi, NEC, Rohde & Schwarz


Test, Quality Control and Monitoring:

Axon, Evertz, Grass Valley, Imagine Communications

Test & Measurement
Bridge Technologies, IneoQuest (Telestream), Leader, Omnitek, Phabrix, Rohde & Schwarz, Tektronix, Witbe



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