2018 NAB Show Event Channel

The #1 source of technology content in the broadcast & media industry, by the editors of The Broadcast Bridge - filtered by category.

Click here

Belden Buys SAM – To be Part of Grass Valley

Grass Valley has announced that their parent company, Belden, has completed the acquisition of Snell Advanced Media (SAM) from private equity investor LDC for an undisclosed sum. The plan is to combine Grass Valley and SAM into a single organisation that will go to market as Grass Valley.

Grass Valley will continue to be headquartered in Montreal, Canada under the leadership of Tim Shoulders, Grass Valley's president. Eric Cooney, former president and CEO of SAM stays on an advisory role and will be part of the integration team to ensure a smooth combination of the two companies. Tim Shoulders is to relocate to Montreal.

The SAM brand will be retired although many of the well-known and familiar product brands may be retained.

With broadcasters facing an everchanging business environment, and with increasing competition from the OTTs, they have been looking to equipment vendor to provide solutions that can assist them with new delivery mechanisms, and improve efficiencies across the board. From acquisition to delivery the shift to software products running on commercial off-the-shelf hardware, and the move to an all-IP interconnection fabric, has increased the pace of technological change.

The acquisition by Belden aims to improve Grass Valley's ability to serve their customers in this time of great business and technology evolution. The increased scale of the combined businesses should also allow the company to offer better support across all regions of the globe.

The details of the acquisition will not be released until more information is available. There is to be an agressive external communications program at and prior to the 2018 NAB Show to detail changes to the product portfolio. At the show the combined company wil exhibit on a single booth in the lower South Hall.

Let us know what you think…

Log-in or Register for free to post comments…

You might also like...

Video Batteries - Keys to Top Performance

As any photographer or camera assistant will confess, a dead or dying battery during production quickly becomes a crisis. To avoid the predicament and maintain top performance from your kit of batteries here are some tips.

Articles You May Have Missed – February 7, 2018

For Super Bowl fans, the big game action is over, but broadcast and production crews always want to know how the program feed was accomplished. To showcase the game and halftime production, we highlight the behind-the-scenes technology used to produce…

Canon Compact Zoom: 18-80mm and 70-200mm

Canon’s new Cine-Servo 17-120 T2.95-39 compact lenses are parfocal lenses. Once focus is achieved, focus will be held at all focal lengths. However, when you need auto-focus, the parfocal design is a perfect match to the Canon’s Dua…

2017: A Major Trend Toward Miniaturization

When I look back on 2017, one word jumps out when I think of audio, video and associated gear: Miniaturization. Yes, everything — and I mean virtually all of it — is getting smaller, lighter and more compact while the quality gets better.

Articles You May Have Missed – December 27, 2017

Did you miss these two important articles from The Broadcast Bridge? The first of two articles presents a white paper examining how software-centric T&M can help keep test equipment up-to-date on the latest standards and technologies. The second…