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Blackbird Daily Update: Blackbird Plc is listed in the Software & Computer Services sector of the London Stock Exchange with ticker BIRD. The last closing price for Blackbird was 22.50p.
Blackbird Plc has a 4 week average price of 19.25p and a 12 week average price of 17.75p.
The 1 year high share price is 25.25p while the 1 year low share price is currently 7.25p.
There are currently 337,154,092 shares in issue and the average daily traded volume is 205,563 shares. The market capitalisation of Blackbird Plc is £82,602,752.54.
chriscallen: 8th March 2021 Blackbird plc (the "Company") EVS launches Blackbird partnership with deployment for international sporting events London, UK and Liege, Belgium - Blackbird plc (AIM: BIRD), the developer and seller of the market-leading cloud video editing platform, Blackbird, has announced a partnership with EVS with launch deployments for international sporting events. EVS is globally recognized as the leader in live video technology for broadcast and new media productions. Through its wide range of products and solutions, EVS delivers some of the most high-profile and prestigious live sports images, entertainment shows and breaking news content from around the world to millions of viewers every day - in real-time. With 16 regional operations strategically located around the world, EVS is at the very heart of the global live ecosystem. Blackbird is the world's fastest, most powerful professional cloud-native video editing and publishing platform, providing rapid access to video content for the easy creation of clips, highlights and long form content to multiple devices and platforms. An ultra-green technology, Blackbird supports the sustainability goals of the media production industry. EVS Chief Marketing Officer, Nicolas Bourdon, said: "As a certified partner within our Technology Partner Program, Blackbird is helping EVS to expand its live and near-live content management and distribution offering with the integration of a flexible infrastructure and future-proof cloud-based video editing that meets the challenging demands of the world's most prestigious sporting events." Blackbird CEO, Ian McDonough, said: "It's a real thrill for us to announce this partnership with EVS who are synonymous with the production of the world's most emotive and high value sports content as well as global news and market leading entertainment shows. To announce this together with a deployment on two of the greatest international sporting events taking place in the near future is simply fantastic. It highlights not only the attributes of the Blackbird technology but also the confidence that EVS has in our team to deliver on the biggest of stages."
chriscallen: richard107 I an not a member of the Guild not because I have any view on who is or what they discuss but simply because I have always supported openness as a principle. Indeed if Guild Members disclosed that fact before posting here I could have no objection at all. I think you are overstating your case. The fact now is that we know Tata have signed 7 or 8 deals that relate directly to BIRD and at least one is a big in Tata's own terms. Nothing has been notified on RNS or RNS Reach because they are not BIRDs customers. Similarly the ongoing flow of deals from Tata (which on their own admission could well run into the hundreds from their existing customers)is unlikely to be notified for the same reason. Worse, on that basis neither will deals from Xixi, EditShare or any other "OEM" where BIRD supplies the OEM not the end customer - and that is IMs chose delivery strategy. I don't like it but its a consequence of the LSE Rule Book not keeping pace with technology and its consequences. But are you prepared to ignore the possibility that there are say 200 deals in the offing for this current year (credible because of the speed of roll out in North America and Europe per Tata)at a level of fees between £50K - £150K with more to come next year? Or until BIRD are prepared to say something officially i.e. RNS, RNS Reach you will ignore any postings by BIRD customers or BIRD employees on the internet? I don't think that's a sensible position for any investor to take.
invest360: Just in case anyone is wondering why the share price is moving up …BIRD just published the video of their presentation with Tata, and it’s put an end to speculation about whether the market has been buying their solution. My take: there are now 3 facts of the matter - the first 2 of which are now beyond doubt: 1.) BIRD has signed a range of deals over the last few months that have not been RNS’ed and so most of the market doesn't know about them. 2.) For those deals that only got signed at the end of 2020, and so far in 2021 – so won’t show in the 2020 results, BIRD are bound to make a bullish statement about forecasts in their results announcement mid-March. 
 3.) Because the market has been given no indication about these deals - and the only reference to it is in a reasonably obscure (and only recently released) video link that is currently in limited circulation, then the share price has not factored this in IMHO. It is still currently languishing based on the false belief that there have been no new clients signed for 6 months. All of this leads me to suspect that when the information is published as part of the results announcement then the market will get a 'good surprise' leading to an upswing in share price Here are quotes from Tata's CTO that stood out for me: “Needless to say, we’ve had tremendous amount of interest from our customers … we’ve onboarded a number of them already. We plan to continue to do that over the next few months. “We’ve expanded where we’re able to ingest the Blackbird content. We started in the US and can now do it in every region.” “[Blackbird] is a quite critical to our clients, especially for remote production. Having this capability [is] a critical piece of our overall remote production solution to go to customers with. It’s definitely more than a nice-to-have, it’s something that we need”
 "We’ve already converted a good percentage of customers and this will continue to grow. We foresee a good proportion of our customers using this as a core feature of our services.”R32; So, now we all know – and – over the last 6 months the market hasn’t been pricing in these deals.
chriscallen: I think my overall impression from the video is that both BIRD and Tata are pretty confident about their collaboration and comfortable with each other as partners. BIRD likes the Tata all in one solution, the fact that there is no egress charge in Tata's model and that users pay a fixed cost for the number of live feeds and the number of users so, provided that at any one time they do not exceed the limits for their licensed capacity, they can access it from anywhere in the world and there is no "bill shock" for the customer. Tata like the fact that they have increased transfer speeds by 5x to 6x and that they can see many ways of embedding BIRD in their offering so it is seamless. From IMs point of view it looks like a perfect OEM fit for BIRD and should be a classic land and expand case. Even at £20,000 revenue from each major Tata client the implications for the BIRD share price are incredible especially given the speed at which Tata say they are rolling out their offering. If they hit £50K or more than 500 customers can be persuaded to adopt it last years name for this Board my look much too low. I'm quite pleased that I followed NickBs advice and added to our family holdings recently as I'm now much more confident that the results and the presentation that go with them will push the share price higher as the market realises, albeit late, that BIRD is now delivering on IMs vision for it.
invest360: McSean - If I may. It occurs to me that a lot of investors have grown weary of the BIRD commercial promise without any news of deal flow. None of us knew whether it was because nothing was happening, sales-wise, or whether it was because BIRD has changed its policy on broadcasting news of deals. I'm happy to say that with the publishing of the Tata Video it's clear that it's the latter. Tata appear to have signed up a lot of their clients already and foresee this growing (none of which has appeared as an RNS, outside of announcing the Tata deal itself). Just to remind this thread, Tata is massive: They own about 25% of the infrastructure of the internet, serve video streams to 2Bn viewers, and have over 400 corporate customers. The average size of a BIRD deal is $50k-$150k. Perhaps you can do the maths... Here are quotes from Tata's CTO that stood out for me: “Needless to say, we’ve had tremendous amount of interest from our customers… we’ve onboarded a number of them already. We plan to continue to do that over the next few months. We’ve expanded where we’re able to ingest the Blackbird content. We started in the US and can now do it in every region.” "[Blackbird] is a quite critical to our clients – especially for remote production. Having this capability [is] a critical piece of our overall remote production solution to go to customers with. It’s definitely more than a nice-to-have, it’s something that we need.” "We’ve already converted a good percentage of customers and this will continue to grow. We foresee … a good proportion of our customers using this as a core feature of our services.” So, now we all know.
deirjon: Thanks invest360 for your fantastic posts. @1Macosta: I happen to be one of the newer investors who came via your fb group. As I'm not technically savvy I took the time to read through the complete thread here before I put a large chunk of my money on Bird. I said at that time on the board here I'm giving it 5yrs. It was clear that the transition of workflows to cloud was only beginning and the pace of change is slow. However it was also clear that at some time in the no too distant future, ALL editing will be done in the cloud and Bird has on many fronts the best product by far. I didn't expect the share price to skyrocket any time soon. Yes, I could have made lots of money elsewhere in the meantime, but equally could also have lost a lot. Bird feels very safe for me and I'm prepared to stick out my 5yrs, assuming the indicators remain pointing in a positive direction. Others won't want to give it that time which is fine - personal decisions at the end of the day. I'm am however very disappointed in Bird's miserable investor relations which does nothing to attract new investors and keep those they have on board.
1macosta: @invest360. Thanks for your reply and yes I haven't seen all the posts on here because I only bought last October. And having said that, I did buy on the news of the Tata Communications deal and the exciting future Ian McDonough portrayed on the company but most of all I bought because of the the codec and the technology and the fact they attempted to launch a mobile social media app in the past, the EVA app and of course the whole cloud thing and working remotely from home due to the pandemic, BIRD sounded like it was on a supersonic jet when the rest of the editing world was stuck at home not being able to work remotely. For me BIRD ticked many boxes, but the reality is that the OEM model isn't a big income generator in a niche cloud market and the deals are just not being announced to the investors. I actually paid a tech analyst to have a look at their software and he was so impressed he told me he was going to find out if he could buy shares in the company being an American resident. That gave me the confidence to to sell a big chunk of my other shares and put it on BIRD. I'm not saying BIRD isn't a good company, I have repeated over and over the technology is the best out there, I'm saying BIRD hasn't really delivered for me as an investor since last October because the strength of the tech is being used on a very, very competitive market and my biggest worry is the reputation the company has on diluting their shares so we the investors are funding this "great potential, best of breed"...and so on. Your dog can be the best in breed but if you're a sheep farmer and the dog is a chihuahua or a poodle then the dog is useless to you. I don't blame the CEO or anyone on the BOD, it's my money and my decision, I just expected more from them, the analysts expect more from them, the new investors expect more... you get my drift. Not sure if I will be holding until 22nd March I might sell part of my holding and come back after March because now it's all about the balance sheet and the money in the bank. Last year they gave an update to the market in February, do you think they will give an update this year before 22nd March? Thanks in advance.
invest360: 1macosta. You raise some good points. Especially when you mention that new investors (possibly ones you're bringing with you) are under-informed and expecting much faster action. Here are my responses to a few of your points: Is cloud editing niche? Yes, in the sense that it's not a $Trillion sector. But getting a meaningful chunk (10%) of a £1Bn - $20Bn sector will still make BIRD shareholders 10x - 50x their current investment. Every market has competitors. So, better to compete in a smaller space that you totally dominate from a tech and product perspective. But your assertion that the world and his wife can do cloud-based editing is based on a BIG misunderstanding that's fundamental to your investment rationale. There are things about the BIRD codec that NO ONE ELSE CAN DO - and never will (in any meaningful timeframe). You just need to take that as fact. Other threads have covered a lot of this ground - you may not have read those? Suffice to say that not even Google and Adobe and Apple and the like can hope to compete. We know that CTO's in the Valley are scratching their heads as to how it's even possible. So, the question becomes whether these patented USP's are commercially valuable - in it's context within the cloud-editing market? First, it's worth stating the other fact: within 3-5 years there won't be editing which is not cloud - so let's just call it 'video on the internet'. At the moment the race is on for the winning formula. The Adobe's and Avid's of this world are betting that the installed base won't want to move from what they know (and have already heavily invested in) and so these customers would rather throw a lot of money (on a continuous and ongoing basis) at massively beefing up the Cloud infrastructure to handle fundamentally old technology (this will never change because it's based on video codecs that don't - and never will - work on the web). It's a little like deciding to put a 10 litre engine in your old petrol car rather just buy a high performance electric car. They will probably match one another for speed, but it's not sustainable longterm. If that's the case, why hasn't the likes of Adobe made an offer to buy BIRD? At the moment the race is on - everyone is betting on their own horse. A tiny company like BIRD has yet to make a dent on Adobe's multi-$Bn market space - so they have the luxury of sitting back and seeing what happens. It won't matter to them to spend an extra $Bn on a company a year or 2 down the line that's proven itself. Remember, we are only at the very start of cloud adoption for this sector - the business cases and implementation timelines take 9-12 months to go through. So, at this stage we're seeing the very beginning of the early adopters starting to emerge. Companies like Bloomberg, that have said that "It's as if it's too good to be true" and that in 2021 they're rolling it out to a much wider base (they have 2,700 journalists worldwide). Organisations like Tata have joined the bandwagon with 400 blue chip clients. They've even stitched BIRD into their end-to-end tech stack. It's just happened - now they're commercialising it. The other aspect of this sector is that it's rapidly changing. The new agile companies (like Whisper etc) are now eking out their place in the world and one day may out-compete the big boys because they don't have legacy infrastructure and processes and culture. They are using BIRD. Currently they're too small to make a big difference. But, as I say, the entire video landscape is changing - faster now than ever before. So, in my book, far better to focus on winning a market that you know you have the products to dominate than dilute your efforts by going for bigger markets where your tech is less proven. Better to win the race you're in than stop just as your accelerating through the field. Win that race, and only then move on to others. Watch this space, I say...
1macosta: @nickb. You have to understand that cloud video editing is not a Blackbird only invention. Do a search and you will see how many tech companies are doing cloud based video editing. Then you have a giant company like Adobe wich BTW is valued at 280 billion, that is doing a lot in video editing. The real value in BIRD is the software, the codec. Being a second or two faster than the competition is just not going to excite investors and send the share price to £'s, it's 20p for a reason, it's just not doing it for new investors, they can understand the balance sheet and the history of the company that doesn't make a profit and the money in the bank is from share dilution in the past. Yes SS is a genius and the one of the first internet millionaires when he sold EIDOS but this BIRD is not flying and it's not giving us any eggs. I remember them from the forbidden technology days and already then the sales pitch was about the future and the vision and so on. Ian McDonough has come in and he sounds just like another salesman flogging the next big thing. Try to understand that cloud video editing and cloud spreadsheets and cloud collection of whatever you put in it, is not a BIRD exclusivity, thousands of software developers can do that. If BIRD codec is so unique and amazing as they say then do something for the masses with it and apply it to a social media app like tik tok or some other video sharing app. It's all about the apps now, that's where the money is. If what BIRD is doing now with it's cloud technology was sooooo amazing the big boys out there like Adobe, Facebook, Google, Amazon... would have snapped it up by now and before you say "you don't know if they had offers already" well let me tell if an offer is or was made, then by law the company has to inform the shareholders or its insider trading and iligal. I'm in since October at 17p and so are a lot of new investors when I started mentioning BIRD in fb stocks and share groups, we like and understand the technology, but it's just not doing it for us anymore, BIRD runs a risk of losing the new investors it has if they don't listen to us.
chriscallen: Blackbird plc (the "Company") Notice of Results and Investor Presentation Blackbird plc (AIM: BIRD), the developer and seller of the market-leading cloud video editing platform, Blackbird®, will announce its final results for the year ended 31 December 2020, on Monday, 22 March 2021. The Company is pleased to announce that Ian McDonough, Chief Executive Officer, Stephen White, Chief Operating and Financial Officer and Stephen Streater, R&D Director, will provide a live presentation relating to the final results and an update on execution against the Company's previously announced strategy, on Wednesday, 24 March 2021 at 11.30am via the Investor Meet Company platform. The presentation is open to all existing and potential shareholders. Questions can be submitted pre-event via the Investor Meet Company dashboard up until 9.00am the day before the meeting or at any time during the live presentation. Investors can sign up to Investor Meet Company for free and add to meet Blackbird plc via: hxxps:// Investors who have already registered and added to meet the Company will be automatically invited.
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