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Dalet, a leading provider of solutions and services for media organizations and content professionals, announced today that JKN Global Media PCL Thailand (JKN) has invested in the Dalet Galaxy five Media Asset Management (MAM) and Workflow Orchestration platform to optimize content production and delivery across traditional, OTT and social media distribution outlets. The installation enables a comprehensive workflow transformation, taking the Thai-based media organization from manually managing assets to automated processes that optimize production and delivery efficiencies across the entire media operation. Headquartered in Nakhon Pathom, JKN Global Media, together with its subsidiaries, is a leading content distributor and licensing management business in Thailand. It is involved in the distribution of movies, TV series and documentaries for digital TV, cable satellite, home entertainment and OTT platforms. In addition to importing content from all over the world, JKN also produces original Thai-centric programming content for Discovery, History Channel and National Geographic. A large volume of JKN’s business is in the distribution of foreign language content to broadcasters, repackaging and dubbing this content into multiple languages in-house. It also plays out content to traditional and social platforms. With legacy workflows based on files and folders manually managed and exchanged from one group to the next, there was no integration, processes were time-consuming, and assets were left unenriched. “JKN Global Media had the core goal to increase overall productivity, in terms of content, and boost distribution efficiency by adopting facility-wide migration policies, automated transcoding, and expansive metadata tagging and tracking,” states Cesar Camacho, general manager, Dalet Asia Pacific. “With Dalet, they have succeeded in doing this. They now have a platform, with which they can better serve content to viewers on any platform and evolve their business in reselling content. The agility of Dalet Galaxy five allows JKN to expand its capabilities without implementing an entirely new system. For example, they can easily add orchestration to take advantage of emerging technologies such as AI.” With the goal of becoming more systemic and detail-accurate with regards to content management, JKN invested in Dalet Galaxy five. Moving from a legacy infrastructure that was characterized by pockets of content and asset management siloed across the facility, JKN has unified all of its systems and content repositories under one single platform with the flexibility to scale as business requires. Dalet Galaxy five provides browser-based access to content and assigns migration policies so content flows through a consistent process. All assets are centralized and detailed metadata tracking allows JKN to optimize the content use. Enriched metadata also means that it can pinpoint assets for production and delivery to all distribution outlets with far more efficiency. The full implementation of Dalet Galaxy five at JKN Global Media includes: Dalet Webspace for browser-based search and retrieval; Dalet AmberFin for orchestrated, high-quality transcoding; and Dalet Xtend for seamless workflow collaboration between Dalet Galaxy five, Adobe Premiere Pro and Avid ProTools. There are further integrations with Aspera for accelerated file transfer and Vidchecker for QC. The Dalet platform integrates fluently with JKN’s business management and content management systems, with the organization’s playout system, and with all major social media platforms for frictionless online publishing. Camacho adds, “Dalet’s entry into the Thai market comes hot on the heels of several key APAC customer expansions including ABS-CBN’s addition of Dalet at its Cebu news site in the Philippines and the enterprise rollout of the Dalet media asset management and workflow platform at Australia's Special Broadcasting Service. These diverse and large-scale implementations are a testament to Dalet’s ability to support broadcast networks transformation to faster, agile multiplatform content supply chains.”   About JKN Global Media PLC JKN Global Media PLC is a successful company in content management and content distribution business in Thailand. Last year on November 30th, 2017, JKN Global Media launched its first IPO at the Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET) among their business partners, broadcasters, investors and their Fan Clubs. Its headquarter is located at JKN Gallery Salaya, Nakhon Pathom province, which is a 30-minute drive from Bangkok. JKN Global Media, together with its subsidiaries, is a number one global content distributor and content management in Thailand. It is involved in the distribution of movies, series and documentaries to the local TV channels in all seven platforms; those are digital TV, Cable Satellite, Home Entertainment, Merchandise, Publishing, Over the Top (OTT) and Ancillary. JKN also produces original documentaries related to honorary HM, the King and Queen of Thailand to people around the world.   About Dalet Digital Media Systems Dalet solutions and services enable media organisations to create, manage and distribute content faster and more efficiently, fully maximising the value of assets. Based on an agile foundation, Dalet offers rich collaborative tools empowering end-to-end workflows for news, sports, program preparation, post-production, archives and enterprise content management, radio, education, governments and institutions.  Dalet platforms are scalable and modular. They offer targeted applications with key capabilities to address critical functions of small to large media operations - such as planning, workflow orchestration, ingest, cataloguing, editing, chat & notifications, transcoding, play out automation, multi-platform distribution and analytics.   Dalet solutions and services are used around the world at hundreds of content producers and distributors, including public broadcasters (BBC, CBC, France TV, RAI, RFI, Russia Today, RT Malaysia, SBS Australia, VOA), commercial networks and operators (Canal+, FOX, MBC Dubai, Mediacorp, Mediaset, Orange, Charter Spectrum, Warner Bros, Sirius XM Radio) and government organisations (UK Parliament, NATO, United Nations, Veterans Affairs, NASA).   Dalet is traded on the NYSE-EURONEXT stock exchange (Eurolist C): ISIN: FR0011026749, Bloomberg DLT:FP, Reuters: DALE.PA.   Dalet® is a registered trademark of Dalet Digital Media Systems. All other products and trademarks mentioned herein belong to their respective owners.   
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I’ve been thinking and reflecting on how to properly characterize this year’s show and the one word that kept surfacing to the top of my mind is audience. While IBC stayed true to its B2B roots, this year’s edition finally put the audience at the very center of every conversation, workflow and applied technology demonstration that you could possibly find across the RAI convention center. Acknowledging the deep market shifts, this year’s show revolved around audiences’ insatiable craving for fresh content and more personalised, immersive experiences on the devices and channels of their choice. For broadcasters and media organizations, it highlighted one thing: the need for greater agility, faster adaptation and collaborative innovation. Not only do media professionals need to think “out of the box” about linear broadcast and traditional consumption formats and devices, but they need to think tactically on how to build meaningful, complementary content experiences.   The Efficient Media Factory Multiplatform Production, Versioning and Automated Distribution This is a good segue to talk about how our agile Dalet Galaxy five platform is enabling broadcasters and media organizations to meet their audiences’ expectations and build strong, open foundation for future requirements. A key concern today is how to address the many outlets, program categories and flavors of a particular program simultaneously. Our Director of Product Strategy Kevin Savina explains in a Rapid TV News interview at IBC the complexities of delivering hyper-curated content to multiple platforms and how broadcasters and media organizations need to embrace the new way of thinking and working when it comes to building and distributing their content.   <iframe width="100%" height="400" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/UbX-BvEaySc" frameborder="0" allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen></iframe>   Agile platforms like Dalet Galaxy five drive workflows with a component-based approach, enabling industrialization of key industry standards like IMF and creating real business benefits and opportunities for international content distribution. More than a technical uplift, component-based workflows really allow an operation to change the value model and ultimately change the way the media business engages its viewers and customers who want to purchase their programs with hyper-targeted content delivered to any platform, any country en mass. Let’s take a real-life example with the leading European media brand Euronews. A finalist of the prestigious IBC Innovation Awards alongside Dalet, Euronews piloted a strategic transformation to put content customization at the heart of its operations. Tapping fully into the agility of the Dalet Galaxy platform and component-based workflows, Euronews, in essence, reinvented its broadcast journalism, taking its “one-size-fits-all” approach to news, which was one video with 11 voice-overs, into 12 distinct localized channels. They increased digital content output by 20% and television content by 100% with the same staff and headcount.   Johann Zemmour, Dalet General Manager, EMEA & APAC; Francois Schmitt, Euronews COO; Yannick Agaësse, Dalet Sales & Business Development Manager   Euronews achieved its vision and became the world’s first truly ‘Glocal’ news channel, providing audiences important global headlines with perspectives and viewpoints relevant to their regions, cultures and communities. This transformation also allowed Euronews to become the perfect media partner for advertisers looking to run impactful international advertising campaigns with the ability to adapt their message to the characteristics of local markets. Another great example of customer success is Sportcast, a subsidiary of DFL Deutsche Fußball Liga. Sportcast operates the largest digital football archive in the world. Producing the 617 yearly matches of the German Bundesliga and Bundesliga 2 for DFL, Sportcast manages the entire content value chain from the stadium to the world with the Dalet Galaxy platform. You can hear from them directly the importance of an agile platform in managing, enriching and delivering content:   <iframe width="100%" height="400" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/6Y2wKPtTYAQ" frameborder="0" allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen></iframe>     Live Show Production & Complementary Content Experiences With the launch of Dalet OnePlay at IBC, we had the chance to talk with many attendees about the importance of complementary content experience around live shows. I am happy to report here that our new solution received a very warm welcome from both the Dalet stand visitors and the press, nabbing the TVBEurope Best of Show Award for its innovation and outstanding product development. In the conversations we had, most media operations need a way to better control content and engage their audiences during live playout. Not everyone can afford to run every production device manually to get that granular control. It’s simply too costly and too cumbersome. Dalet OnePlay controls all core production device types, including video switchers and servers, cameras, audio mixing consoles, graphics, lighting, routers and more. In addition, it orchestrates multimedia content distribution, including social media delivery, thanks to the native connection with the Dalet Galaxy five orchestration layer. You can read more about Dalet OnePlay capabilities in the interview with Dalet OnePlay product line manager Raul Alba.   Raul Alba, Dalet Product Line Manager for Studio Production, Broadcast Graphics, and I/O Solutions   Making Media Businesses Smarter. The AI Revolution! The notions of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) may sometimes remain a bit difficult to grasp. Well, we have a suggestion: get the benefits of AI, not the complexity! At IBC2018, we revealed the first version of Dalet Media Cortex, a cloud service that enables media organizations to connect and orchestrate various types of AI technologies everywhere they add value to operations & business. A plug-and-play service, the first release of Dalet Media Cortex enables media organizations to consume cognitive services such as celebrity identification, label, brand and scene detection, sentiment analysis, and visual content moderation, on demand in a pay-as-you-go model. The AI-generated data is then displayed at various levels of the Dalet Galaxy five application, in a set of new intuitive UIs, to provide contextual, actionable insights and recommendations to the users.     The full launch of Dalet Media Cortex will be in Q1 2019 and you can learn more about our AI as well as social media plans in the What Caught My Eye’s Business Transformation session - see video below, starting at 41:20 and until 46:20 - featuring Dalet VP of Marketing Arnaud Elnecave:     Connecting a Globally Distributed Workforce Also making its debut at IBC2018, the new Dalet OneCut remote editing workflow was demonstrated on the stand by product line manager Golan Tsarfaty. The new remote editing capabilities give journalists out in the field a way to upload materials easily as well as develop stories remotely using content from the central newsroom and archives. They can submit drafts or finalize their piece from anywhere. You can learn more about this remarkable workflow in this in-depth interview with Golan. This feature is the perfect illustration of decades of R&D and innovation in collaborative media workflows. Collaboration is a core concept of the Dalet Galaxy platform and spans across the entire workflow: from planning through scripting, production all the way through broadcast and distribution. All of these activities are served by a single, unified content catalogue and accessible from multiple devices. Shared media bins make the life of teams easier than ever, chat rooms allow users to open up projects quickly, using ad-hoc groups to exchange media, scripts and ideas. Last but not least, collaborative script editing in editorial workflows is a game-changing feature!   Thank You, Dalet Community! I could not conclude this blog article without praising the amazing Dalet community! Dalet Pulse was once again a unique demonstration of how powerful, diverse and vibrant our community is today. On behalf of the entire Dalet Team, thank you to everyone for attending and engaging in so many discussions around the latest technology and business trends, as well as sharing best practices and use cases. Also a big thank you to our event sponsors and key partners Adobe, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Quantum and Dell EMC. See you soon...   Any questions? Did you miss us at the show? Let’s talk or meet at our next event!  
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Where does Dalet OneCut sit in the Dalet ecosystem and in the news production workflow? One of our key focuses at Dalet is to offer true unified news operations for news organizations. As part of this mission, we have developed a powerful, multimedia editing tool for journalists and storytellers: Dalet OneCut.   How is Dalet OneCut different from other editing tools out there? In developing Dalet OneCut, our goal was to pinpoint the functionality storytellers, like journalists, needed most. We designed Dalet OneCut to be a simple-to-use editor that focused on their needs specifically. This allows them to efficiently and creatively produce their stories. The new release of Dalet OneCut, which we will be showcasing at IBC2018, includes a standalone version that incorporates the same exact features as the Dalet OneCut that today serves thousands of users within the Dalet Galaxy five environment. If a user is familiar with the connected Dalet Galaxy five version of OneCut, there is no additional training needed to edit their piece in the field or on-premise in the newsroom. The consistency of workflows between in-the-field and on-premise operations is a big advantage for users as they don’t have to sacrifice any features to work remotely.   What hurdles do journalists face today in preparing their news packages? We have received several requests from news organizations looking for us to provide a seamless way for journalists to contribute content from the field with the ability to  finish or partially finish their story remotely. Previously, there was no efficient way for journalists in the field to easily access and use the newsroom’s central content catalog to prepare their news packages and deliver these back to the newsroom. With Dalet OneCut, we solved two things. First, we give journalists a way to quickly upload content from the field. Second, we give them the ability to share story drafts as well as finalize and submit their piece from anywhere, using content they captured in the field as well as content from the central newsroom catalog and archives. When a journalist does submit a story, whether it is work-in-progress or complete, Dalet OneCut knows to only upload the locally captured media used in the package, while Dalet Galaxy five on the receiving end links the on-premise content when the package is received. Not having to move all of the local and on-premise media files back and forth saves an enormous amount of time and resources. And with a direct link to their Dalet Galaxy five environment through Dalet OneCut, journalists can render straight to a placeholder, which is important for airing fast-breaking news. No other remote editing workflow has this type of flexibility.   What hurdles do news broadcasters face when supporting journalists in the field? For broadcasters, there is a big IT challenge to set up remote workflows. Remote connection requires VPN licensing, added security, and dedicated infrastructure to set up properly. In Dalet remote editing workflows, we leverage the cloud to address many of these issues. Dalet OneCut in the field and Dalet Galaxy five utilize intermediate media that is located on the cloud. Journalists are not actually connecting directly to the on-premise Dalet Galaxy five environment, and this eliminates security issues. The overhead is minimal, there is no need for a VPN or any VDI-like connection. Keeping costs under control ticks off an important box for broadcasters.   You are showing the new Dalet Remote Editing multimedia content production tool at IBC - what are the cool features and capabilities attendees should see? In terms of Dalet OneCut editing improvements, we will be showing multiple video layers and graphics tracks that journalists have been requesting. We’ll be showing the redesigned effects palette, which provides a simplified approach to creating effects. Users can do simple or advanced boxing with positioning, scale, video rotation, cropping and feathering on multiple layers. We have also added simplified keyframing for adding effects, and users can now easily overlay text in Dalet OneCut. In terms of remote editing specifically, of course we will show our creation of MPEG-DASH, either locally or on the cloud, on S3. We will show the ability to edit remote content directly out of S3, while smartly downloading only the portion that I want to have on my timeline so I can continue editing from that file, even if the network connection is unstable. We will also show how you can cut 10 seconds from an hour-long file, then smartly download only the 10 seconds of media that is needed; create a voiceover, finalize the piece, and then send back to the site to be rendered on-premise/in the newsroom. The entire team has been working really hard on these remote workflow innovations. We first showcased it in private presentations to a number of beta customers and personally, I'm really excited to showcase it publicly at IBC2018!    
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In € millions H1 2017 H1 2018 Variation Revenues 22.7 25.2 +11% Cost of goods and third-party services resold 2.7 3.0 +9% Commercial gross profit 20.0 22.2 +11% Other cost of revenues 7.9 9.0 +13% Gross profit 12.0 13.2 +10% Gross margin 53% 52% - Research and development 6.0 6.4 +7% Selling and marketing 4.9 4.8 -1% General and administrative 2.6 2.7 +3% Current operating income (1.4) (0.7) +49% Operating income (1.4) (0.7) +48% Net income, Group share (1.9) (0.9) +56% DALET, a leading provider of software solutions for the creation, management and distribution of multimedia content for broadcasters, operators and content producers, has published its financial results for its first half-year ended June 30, 2018. Total revenues for the semester were up by 11% at €25.2 million as compared to the first half of 2017. Gross profit, which includes the cost of services, increased at a rate similar to revenues, to €13.2 million. The group continued to increase its investments in Research and development at a slightly lower rate than the growth of revenues (25% of revenues vs. 26% for the previous year). Selling and Marketing expenses were stable, General and Administrative expenses rose slightly. The resulting current operating loss decreased significantly by 49% to -€0.7 million, as compared to -€1.4 million for the first half of 2017. It is noted that Dalet’s business experiences significant seasonality, with higher revenues in the second semester compared to the first semester, while expenses are almost fixed. After financial expenses and tax, net income for the semester amounted to a loss of €0.9 million as compared to a loss of €1.9 million for the first semester of 2017.   Solid financial position Cash flows linked to operations amounted to €0.6 million, as compared to €2.3 for the first semester last year, due to an exceptional increase in working capital. On 30 June 2018, net cash (cash + restricted cash - short and long term debt) stood at €0.7 million.   Perspectives Dalet confirms its targets for 2018 for high single-digit revenue growth and of a current operating margin of 5 to 6%. While the market still exhibits some lag in the customer decision-making cycle, Dalet expects to boost order intake in the upcoming months thanks to the introduction of its latest technology innovations which have been well received at the recent IBC show in Amsterdam. Next publication Q3 revenues on 6 November 2018 after the close of trading   About Dalet Digital Media Systems Dalet solutions enable broadcasters and media professionals to create, manage and distribute content to both traditional and new media channels, including interactive TV, the Web and mobile networks. Dalet combines into a single system a robust and proven Asset Management platform with advanced metadata capabilities; a configurable workflow engine, and a comprehensive set of purpose-built creative and production tools. This integrated and open environment enables end-to-end management of the entire News and Sport and Program content chain, and allows users to significantly improve efficiency, and to maximize the use and value of their assets. Dalet's solutions are delivered through a dedicated Professional and Integration Services Department to ensure the highest possible standards. Dalet systems are used around the world by many thousands of individual users at hundreds of TV and Radio content producers, including public broadcasters (ABS-CBN, BBC, CBC, DR, France TV, RAI, RFI, Russia Today, VOA), commercial networks and operators (Canal+, FOX, Euronews, MBC Dubai, MediaCorp, Mediaset, NBC Universal, Time Warner Cable, Warner Bros., SiriusXM) and government organizations (UK Parliament, NATO, United Nations, Veterans Affairs, NASA). Dalet is traded on the NYSE-EURONEXT stock exchange (Eurolist C): ISIN: FR0011026749, Bloomberg DLT:FP, Reuters: DALE.PA. For more information on Dalet, visit www.dalet.com   Contacts Actus Finance & Communication: Investors: Theo Martin +33 1  53 67 36 75 Press-Media: Vivien Ferran +33 1 53 67 36 34               APPENDIX: DETAILED FINANCIAL INFORMATION H1 2018    INCOME STATEMENT BY FUNCTION 30 june 2017 30 june 2018 (in € thousands) 6 months 6 months       Revenues 22 694 25 166 Cost of revenues - 10 657 - 11 965 Gross Profit 12 037 13 201 Research and development - 5 992 - 6 423 Selling and marketing - 4 890 -4 839 General and administrative - 2 600 - 2674 Current operating income - 1 445 - 734 Other income and expenses from operations 76 16 Operating income -1 369 - 718 Net financial income (expense) - 325 110 Pre-tax income - 1 694 -608 Income tax -246 -246 Net consolidated income - 1 940 -854 Net income, Group share -1 940 - 854   BALANCE SHEET 31 dec 2017 30 june 2018 (in euro thousand)           Goodwill 5 476 5 481 Intangible assets 5 034 5 009 Property, plant and equipment 1 286 1 197 Long-term financial assets 349 389 Long-term restricted cash 417 409 Other non-current assets 2 343 2 695 Deferred tax assets 58 57 NON-CURRENT ASSETS 14 963 15 236 Inventories 353 302 Trade receivables 1 7823 18 459 Sundry debtors 1 288 2 115 Cash and cash equivalents 6 528 4 522 Current tax assets 412 365 CURRENT ASSETS 26 404 25 764 TOTAL ASSETS 41 366 41 000       Capital 7 189 7 189 Premiums 9 682 9 682 Consolidated reserves -3 904      -3187 Consolidated income, Group share 727 -854 Translation reserves 1 495 1 450 Shareholder’s equity (attributable to the Group) 15 189 14 279 Non-controlling interests 9 9 SHAREHOLDER’S EQUITY 15 198 14 289 Long-term financial debt 2 550 2 700 Long-term provisions 733 711 Deferred tax liabilities 548 671 Other non-current liabilities 811 863 NON-CURRENT LIABILITIES 4 641 4 946 Short-term provisions 609 154 Short-term financial debt 1 789 1 487 Current tax liabilities 101 36 Suppliers 3 077 3 475 Tax and social security liabilities 4 583 4 856 Other creditors 11 369 11 757 CURRENT LIABILITIES 21 527 21 765 TOTAL LIABILITIES 41 366 41 000 STATEMENT OF NET CASH FLOWS 30 june 2017 31 dec 2017 30 june 2018 (in € thousand) 6 months 12 months 6 months Consolidated net income (including non-controlling interests) - 1940 728  -854 +/- Depreciation, amortisation and provisions (except on current assets)                   1 764 4 397 1 619 +/- Impairment losses – Long term assets       +/- Income and expense linked to stock options and similar 42 72 29 -/+ Other income and expense       -/+ Gains and losses on disposals 2 6 -8 Cash flow after cost of net financial debt and tax -132 5 202 786 + Cost of net financial debt 32 7 -68 +/- Tax expense (including deferred taxes) 246 754 246 Cash flow before cost of net financial debt and tax (A) 146 5 963 964 - Tax paid (B) - 247 - 480 - 236 +/- Change in working capital requirement from operating activities (including liabilities for employee benefits) (C) 2 447 -449 -102 = NET CASH FLOW FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES (D) = (A + B + C) 2 345 5 035 626         - Cash outflow for acquisitions of property, plant and equipment and intangible assets - 1 764 -3 602 -2 000 + Cash from disposals of property, plant and equipment and intangible assets 76 83 28 +/- Impact of changes of scope       +/- Change in loans and advances made -72 -10 -30 = NET CASH FLOW FROM INVESTMENT ACTIVITIES (E) - 1 761 -3 509 -2 002         -/+ Repurchase and resale of treasury shares -9 -1 -28 + Cash from new borrowings 423 1 020 800 - Loan repayments (including finance leases) -649 -1 411 -614 - Net financial interest paid (including finance leases) -24 6 67 +/- Other cash flows from financing activities -712 -727 -904 = NET CASH FLOW FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES (F) -971 -1 114 -679         +/- Impact of changes in exchanges rates (G) - 225 -357 -28         = CHANGE IN NET CASH POSITION (D + E + F + G) -612 55 -2 083         Cash at end of period       Cash and cash equivalents – Bank overdrafts 5 701 6 367 4 284         Cash at opening       Cash and cash equivalents – Bank overdrafts 6 313 6 313  6 367      
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