Forbidden Technologies Forms Technology Alliance with Veritone

22 May 2018

 Forbidden Technologies plc

(“Forbidden” or the “Company”)

 Forbidden Technologies Forms Technology Alliance with Veritone

 Forbidden Technologies plc, the developer and seller of the Blackbird® cloud video platform, has established a technology alliance with Veritone.

Under the new alliance, Forbidden will integrate its revolutionary Blackbird codec and cloud video platform with Veritone aiWARE™, an Operating System for Artificial Intelligence (AI). Application developers, such as Forbidden Technologies, can quickly integrate their applications with aiWARE and immediately inherit the ability to recognise languages, faces, objects and logos from audio and video files. By adopting the aiWARE operating system, which is constantly growing in the depth and breadth of its cognitive processing power, applications will automatically improve the speed and accuracy of their offering, providing continuous value for their users.

This new solution will utilise the existing power of Blackbird Ascent and Blackbird Forte to optimise operational workflows. End users are being stretched by consumers demand for fast turnaround and multi-platform delivery, as well as increasing legislation. Veritone employs AI to orchestrate multiple cognitive engines to automate the generation of metadata to enrich content, improve visibility and permit operational teams to focus on monetizing their content without the need for labour intensive manual data entry.

Forbidden CEO, Ian McDonough says: The capabilities of AI platforms are evolving rapidly, and multiple additional revenue streams are unlocked for our customers by the huge wealth of data they can expose. We need to partner with companies that have a strong vision for intelligently guiding content through the most suitable engines for our customers’ desired workflows. Blackbird’s value is to make use of this data, optimising existing workflows to maximise the content’s value.”

Andy Brinck, Vice President, Worldwide Channels at Veritone said: “Veritone provides a trusted operating system for AI that empowers innovative companies, like Forbidden Technologies, to deliver actionable insights from previously unstructured data sources. We’re thrilled to see Forbidden’s Blackbird video platform leverage these capabilities to offer increased value to their customers.”

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

Nicholas Chambers

Tel: +44 (0)20 3328 5656

 

About Veritone

Veritone (NASDAQ: VERI) is a leading artificial intelligence company that has developed aiWARE, an AWS-certified platform offering orchestrated cognitive computing to transform and analyse structured and unstructured data for clients in a variety of markets, including media and entertainment, legal, compliance and government. The open platform integrates an ecosystem of cognitive engines, which can be orchestrated together, and a suite of proprietary applications, to reveal unprecedented, multivariate insights from linear files such as radio and TV broadcasts, surveillance footage and public and private content globally. To learn more, visit Veritone.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.

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

Our House Media chooses Blackbird for flagship TV documentary series

May 9, 2018,London – Forbidden Technologies plc. announced today that Our House Media has chosen to use Blackbird for one of its flagship documentary series.

The Blackbird cloud platform will be used remotely and on premise by Our House Media’s story editors, producers and numerous production staff for the TV show, Building Off The Grid.  Blackbird Forte will be used for the pre-assembly of multi camera and sync-mapped content for post-production using Blackbird’s unique capabilities for many post-production workflows. Hours of content produced during the making of the show will be seamlessly ingested via Blackbird Edge and accessed, enriched with metadata and pre-edited to string outs.  AAF publishing will be accessed from the Blackbird cloud at Our House Media’s Head Office where the final show will edited. Our House Media selected Blackbird following a rigorous testing phase out in the field.

Shown on Discovery’s DIY Network in the US, Building Off The Grid follows 8 teams of intrepid off grid builders tackling extreme weather, remote locations and creative engineering to build stunning off grid homes.

Forbidden CEO, Ian McDonough says: “We’re delighted Blackbird is spreading its Canadian wings. Our House Media has recognised the power of our Forte platform and we’re thrilled to have another show on a US network.”

Our House Media Director of Post Production, Gad Reichman says: “Working with producers and writers off site and in different countries requires us to share media seamlessly and quickly. Blackbird gives us the ability to do that and automate the process in such a way that it doesn’t add any more time to our internal workflows. We are very excited about working with Blackbird because now we can work in the cloud with the best talent around the globe.”

 

About Our House Media
With offices in LA and Toronto, Our House Media is a content creation company on a mission to create innovative, original formats, entertaining and returnable shows with the highest production values for audiences in the US, Canada, and beyond.

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

Result of Annual General Meeting

Forbidden Technologies plc (AIM: FBT), the developer and seller of cloud video platform technology using its patented Blackbird technology, announces that all resolutions put to shareholders at the Company’s Annual General Meeting held earlier today have been passed.

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
Nicholas Chambers
Tel: +44 (0)20 3328 5656

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(R) is a registered trademark of Forbidden Technologies plc.

Websites
www.forbidden.co.uk
www.blackbird.video

Social media
www.linkedin.com/company/forbidden
www.twitter.com/BlackbirdCloud
www.facebook.com/BlackbirdCloudVideo/

Annual General Meeting Statement

Forbidden Technologies plc (AIM: FBT), the developer and seller of cloud video platform technology using its patented Blackbird technology is holding its Annual General Meeting today at 14:00pm at the Company’s offices, Tuition House, 27-37 St George’s Road, Wimbledon, London, SW19 4EU.

Ahead of the formal business of the meeting, David Main, Chairman of Forbidden, will make the following statement:

“Before proceeding with the formal part of the AGM, I should like to take the opportunity of commenting on the Company’s progress since we last met. We published our audited results for the year ended 31 December 2017 on 15(th) March 2018.

Whilst 2017 was a disappointing year in respect of sales growth there were some positives that we took into 2018. These included:

— The Company has brought in a strong commercially focused and externally appointed CEO, Ian McDonough, who is looking forward to speaking with you after the formal business of the AGM is concluded.

— We also hired a strong experienced sales director who has been in place since July.
— The Company reset its strategy to be exclusively B2B focused, and more specifically to be driving recurring infrastructure sales versus the traditional project-based revenue generated from the broadcast post market. By the end of the year, the percentage of total invoiced sales from recurring infrastructure sales in 2017 grew to 48% versus 28% in 2016.

— North America is very much a focus, particularly in the sports market, with revenues increasing year on year by 18%.

— We broke into the eSports market with Gfinity, a leading eSports content producer.
— In the development of our platform, we launched our patent pending Blackbird 9 codec and have made the strategic move to start providing our applications in JavaScript rather than Java.

Since joining, Ian has further strengthened the team against a much more intensively targeted sales strategy focused against our real market strengths in live and remote applications. The team now includes proven sales resources based in the US and Europe, and an experienced senior marketing and product management team.

Given that the Company incurred a loss after tax in the year ended 31 December 2017 of GBP2,336,000, let me touch on the matter of going concern. In terms of Invoiced Sales we have had a good first quarter showing a high double-digit growth vs. last year. Our internal forecasts are based on the forecast of three types of sales – recurring infrastructure sales from existing customers, repeat and new projects from existing customers and new sales from new customers. There are varying risks of achievement of these forecasts by sales type. The Directors believe that the combination of these forecasts along with the 1(st) quarter 2018 performance, sales pipeline growth, and potential cost management actions, demonstrate the business is operationally capable of meeting its obligations as they fall due and are confident they have plans in place to ensure the continuity of the business for at least twelve months.

In addition to our 1(st) quarter invoiced sales growth, post year-end we have completed the final two steps of putting our new strategy in place. These were to prove and make significant progress towards converting our web applications from Java to JavaScript, and finally to launch our unified brand for our platform and solutions – Blackbird(R). The two core solutions that we have launched are Blackbird Ascent and Blackbird Forte. At the most recent National Association of Broadcasters (“NAB”) conference in Las Vegas, the most important media technology exhibition just completed in April, this positioning and branding was very well received.

The Board is very aware that the significant value of our technology platform far exceeds the current revenue profile in the business. With the repositioning complete, the Board is fully committed to exploring all opportunities to optimise the value of the business for shareholders. This includes growing sales as currently described above and exploring technology licensing and strategic partnership opportunities going forward.

The Board is confident that the business is now well placed, and has the right leadership and team, to make real progress in realising full value from our Blackbird technology and platform”.

In addition, Ian McDonough Chief Executive Officer of Forbidden, will make the following statement:

“Our new strategic direction is to position our business under the Blackbird(R) brand and sell our solutions as a core part of the Company’s video capabilities. We believe Blackbird is the only codec in the world that has been specifically designed for editing (or as we prefer to say manipulating) video in the cloud. As a consequence, it has some very significant points of difference from the competition. It is now our strategy to focus on these real advantages in key verticals.

What does this mean?

It means that Blackbird provides a frictionless, fluid, highly-responsive workstation-like experience in the cloud. No competitor provides this experience as they are using codecs such as H.264/5. H.264 is a streaming codec designed for playback and not high-performance cloud editing. In a typical cloud editing context it can be difficult to manipulate, leading to poor navigation and an unresponsive experience. In contrast Blackbird will edit frame accurately at 60 frames per second as a web-based tool. That is how we position Blackbird. The only true cloud-native solution in a world that is rushing towards the cloud. That’s a powerful place to be.

The Blackbird master brand was officially launched at the National Association of Broadcasters (“NAB”) conference in Las Vegas earlier this month.

We have now elevated Blackbird to become our master brand. The platform known as Forscene is now a part of Blackbird. Our core products under Blackbird are now clearly defined and include Blackbird Forte and Blackbird Ascent.

Blackbird Forte is our premium fully specified story creation and publishing solution. Our roadmap for Forte includes opening up the APIs to interface with enriched graphics packages, time-accurate metadata exchange and Artificial Intelligence.

We have introduced Blackbird Ascent, a simple interface clipper for ‘professionals who are not editors’. These are for people such as journalists, reporters, researchers, marketers and the social media team, who need to clip and publish without professional editing experience.

Blackbird Edge is our other main product, which allows customers to create the proxy on a Linux box, Windows or indeed a Mac. This significantly overcomes complexities of ingesting content into the cloud. Blackbird Edge is a software defined conduit to the power of the cloud whereby content can be tracked while remaining in its existing location. This layer is topped with a selection of lightweight, web-based user applications such as Blackbird Ascent or the more comprehensive toolsets of Blackbird Forte to enable virtual use of the same (original) content without the need to scale up infrastructure. Ultimately the compelling idea that in our world of large video files you move the ‘computing to the content’ rather than the ‘content to the computing’ is a key principle of Blackbird Edge. Customers looking to increase monetisation of video content for online and social media can have these capabilities without the complex rollouts, making Blackbird Edge highly attractive.

With the Java program being translated into JavaScript, we will be able to make the claim that the Blackbird can be used on any standard device, and on any browser from anywhere.

The ongoing roll-out of the Blackbird 9 codec affords users of the proxy a high enough quality viewing experience to publish directly to social media, thus enhancing the efficiency of the media supply chain.

Early adopter customers have already understood the power, speed and quality of Blackbird and we invariably now see it being adopted as an integral component of their technology infrastructure. For us this is a SaaS model with recurring revenues, which is our business model.

Both Deltatre and IMG are great examples of our capability to be part of a large and international media supply chain. Both of these customers have recently renewed their contracts with us and we continue to increase the volume and variety of work we are undertaking with them. Another example of this is in the burgeoning genre of eSports where we are a partner to Gfinity plc and more recently ESP Gaming in Las Vegas.

This approach to the market is a marked change for the business. The combined use of the Blackbird 9 codec and our JavaScript applications enables our technology to be a fundamental component to our clients’ infrastructure and makes Forbidden a valued and key partner to their business. Recently we have announced a number of new infrastructure clients including Practising Law Institute and a significant Japanese telco, as well as some important wins in our traditional post-production business including Middlechild.

As I mentioned in my Shareholder Update on 13 December we had a record number of Proof of Concepts (“POCs”) in play. I’m happy to report a number of these have converted successfully including the fixed rig show and the Japanese telco. The North American broadcaster and several other POCs are also still live. As a policy though we have moved away from the POC strategy, focusing instead on negotiating straight to contract.

The team have just returned from a very busy NAB, where we had a much bigger presence than in 2017 and I can report we have some very interesting infrastructure sales opportunities to follow up in the coming months. These opportunities are looking to build relationships with technology providers to partner with them and provide a non-disruptive path for a flexible and scalable future.

The whole Blackbird team has left NAB with an even greater enthusiasm for the innovative Blackbird platform and the benefits it can bring to more efficiently create and monetise content”.

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 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(R) is a registered trademark of Forbidden Technologies plc.

Websites
www.forbidden.co.uk
www.blackbird.video

Social media
www.linkedin.com/company/forbidden
www.twitter.com/BlackbirdCloud
www.facebook.com/BlackbirdCloudVideo/

Forbidden Technologies establishes partnership with TownNews.com following NAB Show

April 23, 2018, London – Forbidden Technologies plc, the developer and seller of the Blackbird cloud video platform, has established a partnership with TownNews.com following a successful NAB Show in Las Vegas last week.

Earlier this month TownNews.com acquired acclaimed online video management system, Field59, which uses Blackbird Forte as its editing solution of choice. The acquisition expands TownNews.com’s broadcast capabilities and offers its media partners advanced video management tools. Over 1,700 newspaper, broadcast and magazine publications in the US rely on TownNews.com for their web, print, mobile and social media products.

Earlier this month, Forbidden Technologies, announced that it had repositioned its business under the Blackbird brand – the company’s revolutionary cloud video platform that enables live broadcasters to edit content directly in the cloud and publish it immediately to almost any platform. During NAB 2018 the company launched three new products, Blackbird Ascent, Blackbird Forte and Blackbird Edge.

Forbidden CEO, Ian McDonough says: “We would like to congratulate TownNews.com on their acquisition of Field59 improving the breadth of services that they can offer to their combined customer base. We believe the united entity can be a major force in the US and International news market. We are delighted that they have chosen the power of the Blackbird platform to be their editing solution of choice. Exciting times ahead for our partnership”.

TownNews.com VP of Broadcast and Video, Derek Gebler (formerly CEO of Field59) says: “Field59 has been a long-time partner with Forbidden Technologies for more than 10 years. I look forward to continuing that relationship with TownNews.com and a shared vision for digital publishers in the future.”

TownNews.com CEO, Brad Ward says: “We are pleased to reaffirm and continue the partnership that Field59 had with Blackbird. The Blackbird integration provides our customers with an incredibly powerful web-based video editing suite.”

About TownNews.com
TownNews.com was founded as the International Newspaper Network (I.N.N.) in 1989 to help community newspapers with developing technology. Today, their integrated digital publishing and content management solutions power some of the most distinguished media organizations in the industry. More than 1,700 newspaper, broadcast, magazine and web-native publications rely on them for their web, print, mobile and social media products.

Their complete solutions suite includes add-ons for data management, content exchange, over-the-top (OTT) video, business directory and more, helping to boost revenue, improve efficiency and grow audiences. Lee Enterprises (NYSE: LEE) of Davenport, Iowa, became majority partner in 1996. They are headquartered in Moline, IL.

TownNews.com acquired Field59, creator of acclaimed video management and streaming solutions for media organizations, in April of 2018.

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

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.

Award-winning UK producer selects Blackbird Edit, cloud editing platform for documentary TV series

Award-winning UK producer selects
Blackbird cloud editing platform for documentary TV series

London – April 4, 2018 — Forbidden Technologies plc announced today a leading factual, features and entertainment television producer selects Blackbird for a BAFTA and Emmy award-winning documentary television programme.

The production company selected Blackbird to replace an existing EVS system to log and edit footage. The crew will use Blackbird to quickly log media from a gallery quad split of over 50+camera feeds, over an 18-week period.

This project is the first time Blackbird is used in a complete end to end fixed rig production and post-production cycle. Blackbird increases the value of post-production workflows by introducing a single logging toolset that moves seamlessly from location to edit suite. This enables producers and edit producers to review and search media across the entire production using rich logging metadata.

Ian McDonough, the CEO at Forbidden Technologies said, “I am delighted our incredible Blackbird software is extending into a new area of production. The fact we are an end to end solution on a fixed rig show dramatically extends our reach within the industry. We are bringing all the advantages of cloud as well as speed, collaboration and cost efficiencies to the customer which is quite an irresistible combination.”

Blackbird technology allows full visibility of 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 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.

About Blackbird

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.

 

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.