Forbidden Technologies launches Blackbird® Forte into Japan with Tier 1 telecommunications operator

April 17th, 2018, LondonForbidden Technologies, is pleased to announce a preliminary collaboration with a leading Japanese telecommunications operator through its partnership with Dragon Touch Systems Inc.

Blackbird will be utilised in a specific part of the telco infrastructure to allow its B2B customers to edit and version content in the cloud. The proxy is continually uploaded to the Blackbird cloud and presented as growing files and easily accessible to reviewers and editors for daily collaboration. The team has the added advantage of speed providing viewing and remote capabilities which Blackbird offers without the bandwidth constraints.

This proxy-based cloud workflow offers enormous benefits of time management, collaboration efficiencies and flexibility to producers and broadcasters in the region.

Daisuke Matsuo, CEO at Dragon Touch Systems said, “Our customer required a powerful cloud video platform solution to process high resolution videos, and Forte’s ability to support multiple languages including Japanese, made it the perfect choice.  I believe Blackbird Forte will serve as a catalyst for change in a traditional Japanese broadcast landscape”.
Forbidden CEO Ian McDonough says, “We’re delighted to announce this new deal through our partner, Dragon Touch Systems in Kanagawa, Japan. It represents a minor breakthrough in a major market. The customer has recognised the power of the platform and the ability to have a highly responsive workstation experience while working in the cloud thanks to the Blackbird codec”.

About Dragon Touch Systems

Dragon Touch Systems Inc. (www.dtsgoon.com ) founded in July 2016.

Dragon Touch Systems is a team of experienced digital broadcast professionals, providing media workflow consulting services for streamlining video production.

About Forbidden Technologies

Forbidden Technologies plc (AIM: FBT, www.forbidden.co.uk) floated in February 2000.

Forbidden develops, markets and licenses a powerful cloud video platform using its patented Blackbird technology. The technology underpins multiple applications which are used by rights holders, broadcasters, sports and news video specialists, post-production houses, other mass market digital video channels and corporations.

The Blackbird technology allows full visibility on multi-location digital content, improves time to market for live content such as video clips and highlights for social media distribution, and results in much more effective monetisation.

Blackbird® is a registered trademark of Forbidden Technologies plc.

 

 

 

Forbidden Technologies Announces 2 leading UK companies to integrate the Blackbird Platform

April 10th, 2018, London – Forbidden Technologies, is pleased to announce 2 new Blackbird platform customers are using Blackbird’s mobile upload service and Mac Edge technology.

A leading UK production company has now integrated the Blackbird Upload App running on IOS devices as a major part of their production workflow. User-generated content is a significant part of television production giving more content and point of views for editing. In this workflow, users are shooting over several weeks. The Blackbird Upload App allows production to create a simple ‘smartphone to cloud edit platform’ using Blackbird Forte without the need for time-consuming and complicated exporting, backing up, and transcoding media into a unified format for editing. The full HD content will be uploaded to the Blackbird cloud where the Blackbird codec is generated from the content.  Editors will curate and select content shot by 30 members of the public. Selects will be exported as a DNxHD format from Blackbird publish and integrated in post-production.

Middlechild, a leading U.K. production company is currently using the new Blackbird Mac Edge technology on their series Wildlife Rescuers with the requirement to transcode and upload proxy video based on the high bit-rate content from numerous remote locations. The speed efficiency of the Mac Edge transcode accompanied by the light network requirements of the Blackbird codec solves the challenge of possibilities of low network speeds which are often the reality during remote shoots. The Blackbird Mac Edge technology is utilised on location as a standard part of the DIT file-based workflow. The result is immediate accessibility of the content from anywhere in the world.

Middlechild’s Series Producer Tim Dalby who is working with Blackbird says, the platform has been invaluable. “It gets the edit closer to the story, so geographical distance no longer creates a delay while you wait for rushes to be physically delivered back to the edit suite.Every day I can see footage shot in remote parts of England automatically transcoded on location into Blackbird proxies with minimal delay.”

Forbidden CEO Ian McDonough says, “We’re delighted to announce these deals as they showcase two new exciting innovations. The successful deployment of  The Blackbird Edge and the mobile upload extends the reach of the Blackbird platform increasing our addressable market significantly.”

About Forbidden Technologies plc.

Forbidden Technologies plc (AIM: FBT, www.forbidden.co.uk) floated in February 2000.

Forbidden develops, markets and licenses a powerful cloud video platform using our patented Blackbird technology. The technology underpins multiple applications which are used by rights holders, broadcasters, sports and news video specialists, post-production houses, other mass market digital video channels, and corporations.

The Blackbird technology allows full visibility on multi-location digital content, improves time to market for live content such as video clips and highlights for social media distribution, and results in much more effective monetisation.

To find out more about Blackbird Forte and Blackbird Ascent contact commercial@blackbird.video or visit www.blackbird.video

Blackbird®  is a registered trademark of Forbidden Technologies plc.

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Forbidden Technologies repositions its business under the Blackbird brand and introduces 3 new exciting products

Forbidden Technologies repositions its business under the Blackbird brand and introduces 3 new exciting products Forbidden Technologies plc, the developer and seller of cloud video platform technology using its patented Blackbird technology, is pleased to announce the repositioning of its business under the Blackbird brand and the launch of the new Blackbird website at www.blackbird.video. …

Significant progress made in the Blackbird transformation to JavaScript, in partnership with Leaning Technologies

Forbidden Technologies plc (AIM: FBT), the developer and seller of cloud video platform technology using its patented Blackbird technology, announces that the Blackbird editor running in a standard JavaScript enabled web browser will be previewed at the National Association of Broadcasters (“NAB”) trade show in Las Vegas in April. This timely breakthrough has been made possible by the Company’s partnership with Leaning Technologies, a leading provider of web application development tools, and will enable the use of the Blackbird platform without requiring installation of any browser plugins or applications.

This Blackbird editor development is the next major step in moving the powerful cloud-native Blackbird suite of production and delivery tools to JavaScript. Developments in JavaScript itself, and the Leaning Technologies tools which support it, have made the rapid development of this product possible.

All features of the Blackbird editor in Java, which has already handled around eight million hours of professional video content in the cloud, will be available in the JavaScript version. Like the original Java version, the Blackbird editor in JavaScript gives the full panoply of video logging, clipping, editing, publishing and distribution tools. Forbidden will be releasing this set of capabilities over time.

Forbidden is making use of Leaning Technologies’ powerful new CheerpJ development tool. CheerpJ converts Java byte code directly into JavaScript web applications, which run in all major web browsers.

In addition to the new editor being 100% compatible with the Java version, any new features in the Java source will be converted into new web application versions.

Blackbird’s professional video editor is the most advanced media application to use CheerpJ.

“This latest partnership is a major resource for Blackbird, accelerating the conversion of the Blackbird editor to JavaScript by many months”, said Stephen Streater, R&D Director, Forbidden Technologies. “This innovation ensures Blackbird will continue to provide best-in-class efficiency in video production workflows for the foreseeable future.”

“I’m delighted that the teams at Forbidden and Leaning Technologies have made progress so quickly and that we have an early version to demonstrate at NAB. The ability to use Blackbird on any web browser will increase our addressable global market and overall market opportunity.” said Ian McDonough, the CEO of Forbidden Technologies.

The CEO of Leaning Technologies, Stefano De Rossi said, “We are delighted that the inspiring Blackbird editor in JavaScript is being demonstrated at NAB 2018, Las Vegas, USA. Compiled with our revolutionary CheerpJ compiler, our tight development processes and dependable software have allowed Forbidden to deliver their JavaScript editor in record time”.

 

Enquiries:

 Forbidden Technologies plc

Ian McDonough, CEO
Jonathan Lees, Finance Director

Tel: +44 (0)20 8879 7245

 

Allenby Capital Limited (Nominated Adviser and Broker)

Nick Naylor
John Depasquale
Katrina Perez

Tel: +44 (0)20 3328 5656

About Leaning Technologies
Leaning Technologies provides its customers with development tools and professional services to develop large-scale, high-performance web applications in Java and C/C++. Its professional services include full porting services, optimisation and WebAssembly consulting, and enterprise support.

Leaning Technologies offers CheerpJ, a Java-to-JavaScript compiler, and Cheerp, a C/C++ to JavaScript/WebAssembly compiler. These solutions enable its users to convert desktop and mobile applications into web applications effortlessly. Leaning Technologies was founded by Stefano De Rossi, Massimo Grava, and Alessandro Pignotti in 2012. It has offices in London, United Kingdom; and Amsterdam, Netherlands.

www.leaningtech.com

 

About Forbidden Technologies plc



Forbidden Technologies plc (AIM: FBT, www.forbidden.co.uk) floated in February 2000.

Forbidden develops, markets and licenses a powerful cloud video platform using our patented Blackbird technology. The technology underpins multiple applications which are used by rights holders, broadcasters, sports and news video specialists, post-production houses, other mass market digital video channels and corporations.

 

The Blackbird technology allows full visibility on multi-location digital content, improves time to market for live content such as video clips and highlights for social media distribution, and results in much more effective monetisation.

Blackbird® is a registered trademark of Forbidden Technologies plc.

www.forbidden.co.uk

 

Leading US educational provider chooses Blackbird live editing platform for on-demand training services

27 March 2018, London – Forbidden Technologies, through its partnership with Bridge Digital, is pleased to announce a leading US education provider, specialising in legal education has selected the Blackbird cloud video platform. The platform will allow staff to edit live stream seminars and court procedures, which form part of  their on-demand training services.

Relevant video clips from live seminars can be provided on-demand for use across training sessions. Blackbird helps companies to manage digital content resources, ensuring legal professionals are at the forefront of legal knowledge and expertise.

Blackbird has processed over 8 million hours of professional video content using our patented Blackbird codec.

“We’re delighted to be able to partner with a prestigious US educational institution. Blackbird has the ability to embrace or become a part of existing core infrastructure on an ongoing basis”, said Ian McDonough, CEO Forbidden Technologies.  “Our Blackbird codec and suite of tools are an ideal solution for the fast growing area of enterprise video, as we can work with live growing files and closed archive files with superior speed and ease-of-use.”

About Forbidden Technologies plc



Forbidden Technologies plc (AIM: FBT, www.forbidden.co.uk) floated in February 2000.

Forbidden develops, markets and licenses a powerful cloud video platform using our patented Blackbird technology. The technology underpins multiple applications which are used by rights holders, broadcasters, sports and news video specialists, post-production houses, other mass market digital video channels and corporations.

The Blackbird technology allows full visibility on multi-location digital content, improves time to market for live content such as video clips and highlights for social media distribution, and results in much more effective monetisation.

Blackbird®  is a registered trademark of Forbidden Technologies plc.

 

IMG extends its relationship with Forbidden Technologies in 12 month deal

London, 19 March (2018): IMG Media, a division of sports, events, media and fashion company today announced a 12-month renewal to use Blackbird as a rapid turnaround editing platform for its seasonal contracts.

“We’re thrilled that the high quality and wide range of work we have undertaken with IMG over multiple years has led to an ongoing and healthy business relationship,” said Ian McDonough, CEO Forbidden Technologies. “Our continual investment in driving Blackbird and its suite of digital production tools to new heights ensures that partners like IMG will always be at the cutting edge of cloud video production.”

About Forbidden Technologies

Forbidden Technologies plc (AIM: FBT, www.forbidden.co.uk) floated in February 2000.

Forbidden develops, markets and licenses a powerful cloud video platform using our patented Blackbird technology. The technology underpins multiple applications which are used by rights holders, broadcasters, sports and news video specialists, post-production houses, other mass market digital video channels and corporations.

The Blackbird technology allows full visibility on multi-location digital content, improves time to market for live content such as video clips and highlights for social media distribution, and results in much more effective monetisation.

Blackbird® is a registered trademark of Forbidden Technologies plc.

MSG Networks Nominated for Emmy® Award using Forbidden Technologies live sport editing solution

London, UK — (6th March, 2018) – Forbidden Technologies plc announces MSG Networks has received an Emmy Nomination for their work using Blackbird™ by The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) New York Chapter. The 61st Emmy® Awards will be held at the Marriott Marquis, NY on 14th April 2018.

The nomination for MSG Networks in the Technical Achievement category for ‘Excellence in technical engineering’ was received for MSG Networks’ live sport clipping integration. The technical solution co-designed with Forscene, solved many challenges faced with time-critical workflow across multiple systems, requiring quick delivery of content closed captions.

“Congratulations to the MSG Networks team on this nomination” said Ian McDonough, CEO of Forbidden Technologies plc. “We are very proud to be an integral part of the MSG infrastructure and to be recognized for the speed and reliability of our Blackbird suite of tools”.

About MSG Networks Inc.

An industry leader in sports production, and content development and distribution, MSG Networks Inc. owns and operates two award-winning regional sports and entertainment networks, MSG Network (MSG) and MSG+, and a live streaming and video on demand platform, MSG GO. The networks are home to 10 professional sports teams, delivering live games of the New York Knicks; New York Rangers; New York Islanders; New Jersey Devils; Buffalo Sabres; New York Liberty; New York Red Bulls and the Westchester Knicks, as well as coverage of the New York Giants and Buffalo Bills. Each year, MSG and MSG+ collectively telecast approximately 500 live professional games, along with a comprehensive lineup of other sporting events, including college football and basketball, and critically-acclaimed original programming. The gold standard for regional broadcasting, MSG Networks has won 162 New York Emmy Awards over the past ten years.

About Forbidden Technologies plc

Forbidden develops, markets and licenses a powerful cloud video platform using patented Blackbird technology. The technology underpins multiple applications which are used by rights holders, broadcasters, sports and news video specialists, post-production houses, other mass market digital video channels and corporations.
Blackbird technology allows full visibility on multi-location digital content, improves time to market for live content such as video clips and highlights for social media distribution, and results in much more effective monetisation. Forbidden Technologies plc (AIM: FBT, www.forbidden.co.uk) floated in February 2000.

Emmy® name  and the Emmy® statuette are the trademarked property of The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

Blackbird ™ is a trademark of Forbidden Technologies plc.

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Top broadcast executive, Ian McDonough, joins Forbidden Technologies plc as CEO

07 September 2017: Forbidden Technologies plc, a media SaaS business, announced the appointment of senior broadcast executive Ian McDonough as CEO. McDonough will be focused on driving commercial growth and continued development of their cloud video platform and related applications. He previously held board level roles at Turner (part of Time Warner Inc.) where he …

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Forbidden Technologies plc agrees expanded deal with iconic sporting venue

Forbidden Technologies plc (AIM: FBT), is pleased to announce that it has today agreed an expanded deal with an iconic sports, music and entertainment venue in New York. To date the venue has successfully used Forbidden’s cloud video platform, Forscene, to improve its time to market for digital clips. Consequently, Forscene’s closed captioning capabilities have …