BroadbandTV Corp

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BroadbandTV Corporation
Private
IndustryInternet Video
Founded2005
FounderShahrzad Rafati
Headquarters
1205 Melville Street Vancouver, British Columbia
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Key people
Shahrzad Rafati - (CEO)
OwnerRTL Group (51%)
Websitewww.bbtv.com

BroadbandTV Corporation is a Canadian digital entertainment company founded by CEO Shahrzad Rafati in 2005. The company is the third largest video property in the world behind Google and Facebook,[1] with head offices in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

In addition to its network, the company provides end-to-end channel management and technology solutions for independent content creators and media companies to grow their presence on YouTube. Current clients include the NBA, FremantleMedia, and Sony Pictures.

History[edit]

Origins[edit]

BBTV was founded as an OTT set-top box company in 2005, but Rafati quickly turned to developing software and solutions in the digital video sphere. Her idea was to create software which would change how companies approached piracy, resulting in technology which enabled companies to claim and monetize content uploaded by fans.[2]

In 2009, the NBA became a client of BBTV's and success monetizing NBA footage in fan videos had A&E and Sony Pictures quickly signing up.[3] With these larger deals came a new opportunity: individual YouTube channels also wanted to monetize their content and work with professionals to drive success. BBTV once again expanded in order to develop this new business opportunity.[4]

2010 - 2016[edit]

European media group RTL bought 51% of BBTV in 2013 for $36M USD.[5][6]

In fall 2014, BBTV opened offices in New York City, to host the company's branded entertainment division, which brokers deals between content creators and brands.[7] Further expansion has seen offices open in Brazil, India, France, and Japan.[8]

By December 2015 BBTV had become the number one MCN globally, outperforming Disney's Maker Studios.[9] With this milestone the company expanded its scope yet again and began creating more content in-house and repositioning the BBTV as a "fully rounded digital entertainment company".[10]

2016 to Present[edit]

In 2016, BBTV moved its Vancouver office to a bigger space.[11]

It expanded on its working relationship with Sony Pictures in 2018 by co-releasing the official Breaking Bad YouTube channel.[12] BBTV's further expansion has also been announced with opportunities in APAC regions, including Singapore, Malaysia, Taiwan, South Korea, Vietnam, Saudi Arabia, UAE, and Egypt.[13]

Founder and CEO Information[edit]

Shahrzad Rafati founded BBTV in 2005, while completing her BSc in computer science at the University of British Columbia.[14]

In 2017 Rafati joined the board of Hootsuite.[15]

In addition to her company's achievements, Rafati is a co-founder of Chopra Yoga, in partnership with Dr. Deepak Chopra.[16]

Rafati has been a regular speaker at international tech conferences since 2015, including CES, VidCon, BC Tech Summit, Dreamforce, and Web Summit.[17][18][19] In 2017, The Hollywood Reporter named Rafati in their list of 25 Most Powerful Women in Global Television.[20] That same year, Rafati was included in Canada 150 Women, a book celebrating 150 of the brightest female minds in Canada.[21]

Investments, Partnerships & Acquisitions[edit]

Outspeak[edit]

In June 2015, BroadbandTV partnered with The Huffington Post to create a network of citizen video journalists called Outspeak. The new network combined BBTV's 24.4 billion monthly views and The Huffington Post's 214 million monthly unique visitors.[22] Partners are eligible to have their content distributed across The Huffington Post's site and YouTube channel and select creators will have the opportunity to develop their channels into original content series on Outspeak.[23]

YoBoHo[edit]

In April 2015, BroadbandTV acquired YoBoHo, which operates the HooplaKidz children's brand on YouTube, along with their 8,000 video library generating over 3 billion YouTube views annually. HooplaKidz is the largest preschool and K-12 educational digital-first producer on YouTube with more than 1.5 million subscribers. All 55 YoBoHo employees joined BroadbandTV.[24]

SocialBlade[edit]

In summer 2015, BroadbandTV partnered with leading YouTube analytics website SocialBlade "to supply data and services to its community of users".[25] SocialBlade previously offered partnership through Maker Studios' entry-level partnership program, Maker Gen.[26]

FremantleMedia[edit]

TV production firm FremantleMedia partnered with BroadbandTV to identify and manage user-uploaded content on YouTube for more than 200 shows, including American Idol, The Price Is Right, America's Got Talent, Baywatch, and The X Factor.[27] In September 2014, BBTV signed a multi-year original content agreement with FremantleMedia North America's digital studio, Tiny Riot "to produce original programming in the entertainment, gaming, and music genres."[28]

The NBA[edit]

In August 2014, BBTV renewed its existing YouTube rights-management deal with the NBA to manage fan-uploaded content on the site.[29] The NBA channel is the largest professional sports channel on YouTube, boasting over 5.6 million subscribers and more than 2.2 billion page views at the time of the renewal.[30] In 2016, BBTV and The NBA also launched NBA Playmakers, a new digital entertainment brand focused around basketball culture.[31]

RTL Group[edit]

In June 2013, BroadbandTV received a $36 million private placement from RTL Group. At the time, this marked the largest private placement into an internet media company in Canada since 2007.[32][33]

Network Brands[edit]

Affiliate Brands[edit]

  • TCN - automotive YouTube network.[37]

Technology Brands[edit]

BroadbandTV's suite of VISO technology for online video includes:

References[edit]

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  21. ^ unknown. "Meet the Women" Canada 150 Women
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  37. ^ TCN. "BroadbandTV collaborates to launch TCN; one of BBTV's first sub-networks." Peter Danihel
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