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Vidiom Cuts US Staff

Vidiom Systems Inc. , a unit of set-top box maker Advanced Digital Broadcast (ADB) that's focused on pre-integrated video systems for Tier 2/3 operators, has laid off most, if not all, of its U.S. staff, Light Reading Cable has learned.

Industry sources say the layoffs affect about 10 employees who are based in Broomfield, Colo. It was not immediately known if the staffing decisions were extended to any of Vidiom's other regional offices in Poland and Taiwan. ADB was not immediately available for comment.

However the decision to cut back in the U.S. comes about a month after the company posted its full-year results for 2010, noting that its plan for 2011 was to include "certain reorganization, reduction of operating costs (including staff costs) and further unification of the technology base."

[Ed. note: Big changes at ADB are occurring on both sides of the pond. ADB announced earlier this week that ADB CEO and ADB Group Deputy CEO Francois Pagodalla left the company on March 14 "by mutual agreement." Andrew Rybicki, the CEO and chairman of ADB Group, is taking over Pagodalla's responsibilities on an interim basis.]

The cuts also come about five months after Vidiom introduced a "turnkey" IP video platform for small- and mid-sized cable MSOs. That pre-integrated system involves equipment and content from several vendor partners, including Verimatrix Inc. , BigBand Networks Inc. (Nasdaq: BBND) and Avail-TVN . (See Vidiom Pitches Prepackaged Cable IPTV .)

Vidiom, meanwhile, contributed elements such as its management control server to handle tasks like set-top provisioning and the interfacing to MSO billing, conditional access and video-on-demand platforms. Although corporate cousin ADB makes set-tops, Vidiom was open to letting MSOs integrate and deploy IPTV boxes from other suppliers. Vidiom hasn't announced any domestic deals for its prepackaged IPTV system.

ADB acquired Vidiom in 2006 to help kick-start its North American cable strategy. In 2008, several founders of Vidiom bought the engineering and testing service contracts from Vidiom and started up an interactive TV services and software firm called enableTV Inc. (See Vidiom Founders Launch iTV Startup .)

Update: The company confirmed the personnel move Friday morning, and supplied this statement from Tina Nyfors, SVP of ADB Group:
This is part of the company restructuring that we announced during our 2010 earnings release on February 23rd. We are streamlining the organization and consequently reducing some staff positions. This is a process that takes place throughout the entire organization, and has started already in February. This is part of our strategy in bringing our new broadband business seamlessly into our group while remaining nimble.

— Jeff Baumgartner, Site Editor, Light Reading Cable

Jeff Baumgartner 12/5/2012 | 5:10:05 PM
re: Vidiom Cuts US Staff

Thanks for bringing that to my attention.  I would say that's definitely related. Looks like there are some big changes going on there on both sides of the pond.  We'll be sure to add that to the story now since it's been corroborated in several places.



EuroCableGuy 12/5/2012 | 5:10:05 PM
re: Vidiom Cuts US Staff

The "part of the company restructuring" seems rather extensive:

"ADB chief executive Francois Pogodalla is to leave the company with immediate effect.

In a statement issued by the Geneva-based set-top box developer today (Monday), the company said Pogodalla’s departure was by mutual agreement. Andrew Rybicki, ADB Group CEO, will take on the responsibilities on an interim basis."

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