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IBC: “The centre of our changing community”

2018-09-16T08:06:00+01:00By

IBC is benefiting from the convergence of technology, says Chief Executive Michael Crimp.

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Fun run at IBC raises over $65k for charity

2018-09-15T15:27:00+01:00By Tim Dams

IBC2018: Money raised by the 4K 4Charity Fun Run will go to organisations focused on increasing diversity and inclusion in media and entertainment industry

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Race to the finish line: AV1, H.264, HEVC, VP9 & VVC

2018-09-21T10:41:00+01:00By

IBC2018: The video industry will have to learn to juggle between AV1, H.264, HEVC and VP9 and future codecs like VVC. That’s the lesson from IBC where warring factions in the codec wars came to trade blows without landing a palpable hit.

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Impossible seeks start ups with ‘planet centric’ design ideas

2018-09-17T12:35:00+01:00By

IBC2018: Lily Cole and Kwame Ferreira’s business incubator looks to support technology companies focused on sustainability.

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Monitoring the codec wars

2018-09-16T13:56:00+01:00By

IBC2018: Expert IBC panel weighs up competing codec technologies.

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Boosting diversity is ‘a commercial benefit’

2018-09-15T10:18:00+01:00By

IBC2018: Companies in the broadcasting industry will be more successful if they improve on- and off-screen diversity, delegates at IBC sessions on diversity and gender equality are told.

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Weighing up the impact of Brexit

2018-09-14T12:11:00+01:00By

IBC2018: Growth of the British creative industries will be hit by Brexit, agree executives at an IBC session.

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Broadcasters are ‘particular targets’ for hackers

2018-09-13T16:33:00+01:00By

IBC2018: “Brutally frank conversations” are needed inside broadcasting organisations about the scale of the cyber security threat they all face, lBC’s Cyber Security Forum hears.

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HEVC, AV1, VVC and XVC: The codec battle intensifies

2018-09-07T11:16:00+01:00By

The world of codecs will be one of the big talking points at IBC this month, as the industry weighs up a raft of new, more efficient video compression techniques like AV1, VVC and XVC.

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Branding: What's in a name?

2018-08-31T11:06:00+01:00By

Is ditching a legacy brand name a good idea – and, if so, how should you go about successfully rebranding a company?

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BAT vs FAANG: The battle for digital dominance

2018-08-21T10:45:00+01:00By Andy Fry

Can China’s fast-growing and deep-pocketed BAT – Baidu, Alibaba and Tencent – compete effectively in the international arena with the likes of FAANG – Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Netflix and Google?

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Obituary: Dr Joseph Flaherty

2018-08-13T09:16:00+01:00By

Former CBS Senior Vice President and television icon of innovation for HDTV and offline videotape editing, Dr Joseph Flaherty has died age 87.

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How media and broadcast can encourage diversity

2018-08-10T11:07:00+01:00By

Gender diversity remains a vital issue across the media, entertainment and technology industry. During this IBC365 discussion, awareness and accountability were highlighted as important elements to drive change.

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Welcome to Insight: Your guide to IBC2018

2018-08-10T10:50:00+01:00By

Welcome to this first edition of Insight, your new guide to this year’s show and conference. The aim of this magazine is to introduce you to the technology trends, industry themes and keynote speakers that will shape IBC2018.

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The vital job of protecting content

2018-07-19T08:46:00+01:00By

Technology is the driving force behind creative content production and new business efficiencies but remaining at the cutting edge while guarding against a security breach remains a top priority for technology heads.

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Having a vision to tackle the hackers

2018-07-17T15:40:00+01:00By Andy Stout

As the world gets ever more connected and still more vulnerabilities open up, how can broadcasters and suppliers work together to prepare for and combat threats?

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Ericsson Media Solutions rebrands as MediaKind

2018-07-13T10:33:00+01:00

Ericsson Media Solutions has been rebranded MediaKind, following the sale of the division to private equity firm One Equity Partners.

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Surfing the AI wave

2018-07-06T10:29:00+01:00By

In this second part of an IBC365 focus on becoming cloud - and micro services - native, we follow on from what vendors Grass Valley and Avid said in part one, and look to the umbrella under which all broadcasters gather to resolve the great technology issues – the European ...

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Cloud competition building around broadcast

2018-06-27T10:43:00+01:00By

Competing cloud computing platforms are seeking to exploit what each sees as its key differentiator for the broadcast space.

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Q&A: Ethical hacker, Tony Gee

2018-06-22T10:04:00+01:00By

Disconnected, disillusioned or indifferent to cyber warfare? IBC365 speaks to Tony Gee about ethical hacking and how broadcasters can defend against cyber security attacks.

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How to guard against cyber attacks

2018-06-21T10:35:00+01:00By

Experts from 21st Century Fox, Perform Group, the DPP and Ascot Barclay discuss cyber threats to the media industry and how to handle a security breach.

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Piracy didn’t fade, it just got cleverer

2018-06-21T09:13:00+01:00By

Galvanised into action the media industry can claim some success in reducing incidents of illegal streaming. But the threat remains high as pirates turn to more sophisticated methods of attack.

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Vendors cast a critical eye on the private cloud

2018-06-05T14:44:00+01:00By

Migrating broadcast operations to private cloud environments is increasingly popular, but for reasons of agility, efficiency and even creativity, but the future model may lie more in the direction of micro-services and the public cloud, according to the big broadcasting vendors

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How more standards could help the move to Media 4.0

2018-05-16T10:40:00+01:00By

Metadata is crucial as an enabler of automated production and targeted content. Would a standard help?

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Opening doors for women in broadcast technology

2018-05-14T15:51:00+01:00By

In this second part of our look at gender disparity in broadcasting, IBC365 turns the spotlight on the vendors.

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On a mission to master

2018-05-11T10:22:00+01:00By

Work on the standard mastering format for B2B content distribution across the digital landscape has been a long process, but a gathering of the leading cheerleaders for IMF at NAB in Las Vegas may indicate that consensus is closer than ever

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From encryption to consumption: the tools for protecting content

2018-04-25T08:26:00+01:00By

IP connectivity and the cloud means that both the intellectual property and the infrastructure of broadcast and media companies is now at risk of cyber attack.

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NAB 2018: “Incredible interest” shown in AV1

2018-04-20T08:46:00+01:00By

Some of the leading exponents of AV1 speak with IBC365 about the origins of AV1, the industry’s reaction to the codec, and how it is likely to evolve.

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IABM launches BaM industry model

2018-04-18T07:14:00+01:00By

NAB 2018: The IABM has introduced the BaM Content Chain: from Creator to Consumer industry model offering technology buyers, end users and vendors a 360-degree view of the industry.

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Vendors double down on AI in Las Vegas

2018-04-13T11:39:00+01:00By

NAB 2018: If there was a single phrase that swept the show floor in Las Vegas, it surely has to be artificial intelligence.

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What are the business benefits of IMF?

2018-04-12T21:37:00+01:00By

NAB 2018: The Digital Production Partnership has released its new guide on the advantages of adopting the Interoperable Master Format (IMF).

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What will be big at NAB 2018?

2018-03-27T15:02:00+01:00By

From AI to M&A, Dick Hobbs picks his way through the marketing buzz to predict what visitors might be talking about at NAB 2018.

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IMF: DPP and SMPTE explain the spec

2018-03-23T11:35:00+00:00By

SMPTE and DPP explain why they are working together on the creation of an Interoperable Master Format (IMF) specification for broadcast and online and what progress has been made so far.

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Avid CEO Hernandez sacked for workplace misconduct

2018-03-02T10:53:00+00:00By

Jeff Rosica has been appointed Chief Executive of Avid after Louis Hernandez was sacked “due to violations of company policies related to workplace conduct”.

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Object-based audio: Slicing and dicing sound for broadcast

2018-02-26T07:00:00+00:00By Kevin Hilton

Object-based audio promises immersion, accessibility, personalisation and interactivity, but fears of a format war persist.

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Grass Valley and SAM: The challenges and benefits of consolidation

2018-02-19T16:44:00+00:00By

Belden’s decision to buy SAM and combine it with Grass Valley continues a long history of acquisitions for both companies, but what are the challenges in merging the firms and what does the deal mean for the wider industry?

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Protecting assets from creation to consumption

2018-02-02T09:24:00+00:00By

Pirating and the illicit redistribution of premium content is a growing concern for content owners and platforms. What are the tools for dealing with the threat?

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Plotting a course through 2018: The vendors' view

2018-01-03T11:21:00+00:00By

What will be the hot topics in 2018? What will lead the debate on IBC365? And what are we likely to be talking about when we all meet in September in Amsterdam? Manufacturers and vendors offer their views.

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Top 10 most-read Content Management articles

2017-12-19T12:38:00+00:00By

Articles featuring the adoption of cloud, transition to IP, converting assets to HDR and SMPTE ST 2110 approval were among the most-read Content Management articles of 2017.

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IBC2017 technical papers: Metadata and transmitting

2017-12-14T16:08:00+00:00

Deep learning, metadata and digital transmission were among the research areas explored across the IBC2017 technical papers.

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Focusing on the core: the importance of outsourcing

2017-12-08T10:26:00+00:00By

The maturation of the broadcast industry and advances in technology have allowed media firms to concentrate on the essentials, writes John Maxwell Hobbs.

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AIMS and NABA forge partnership for IP technology roadmap

2017-12-07T10:44:00+00:00By

The Alliance for IP Media Solutions (AIMS) has entered into a formal agreement with the North American Broadcasters Association (NABA) on the technology roadmap for IP.

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Imagine Communications replaces CEO

2017-12-06T15:05:00+00:00By

Charlie Vogt has stepped down as Chief Executive of Imagine Communications.

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Transcoding in the cloud

2017-11-10T12:22:00+00:00By

In the era of multiplatform delivery the ability to create many formats at speed is vital, but where does the cloud fit in a broadcaster’s transcoding strategy?

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IABM End-User Survey shows shift in buyer demands

2017-11-10T11:46:00+00:00By Lorenzo Zanni Research Analyst IABM

Media technology buyers look poised to increase their spending over the next 12 months as part of wider efforts to boost efficiency and agility.

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Keeping on top of streaming assets

2017-10-27T11:09:00+01:00By

The use of the internet to deliver live content and VOD is growing as fast as new platforms arise to view it on, but there are challenges facing broadcasters and content owners wishing to get onboard.

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SMPTE Elects Officers and Governors for 2018-2019 Term

2017-10-06T08:27:00+01:00

The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) has elected its new officers and governors for the 2018-2019 term.

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IBC2017 Exhibition round-up: Halls 1-15

2017-10-05T11:52:00+01:00

A review of the themes and trends that emerged from the 1,700 exhibitors spread across the 15 halls of IBC2017.

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IP: Have we made a terrible mistake?

2017-10-03T14:06:00+01:00By

IP has brought innovation to programme makers and viewers, but do the benefits outweigh concerns about the effort required to make a broadcast-ready network, asks regular IBC365 columnist John Maxwell Hobbs.

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IBC2017 round-up: Halls 6 and 7

2017-09-29T09:49:00+01:00

Tools for creating enhanced and immersive TV, film and commercials in the form of HDR, VR and 360-degree content were on display across the halls 6 and 7.

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IBC2017 round-up: Trade bodies and industry alliances

2017-09-28T14:37:00+01:00By

The broadcast and media industry’s trade bodies were out in force at this year’s IBC, demonstrating technology advances, forging alliances and showcasing their standards work.

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IBC2017 round-up: Hall 8

2017-09-27T14:11:00+01:00By Mark Hallinger

The software companies that manage ingest through production and on to playout arguably provided the most impactful news at IBC2017.

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Pace of change quickens across the industry

2017-09-25T13:34:00+01:00By David Wood

IBC2017: The year’s IBC has underlined that the broadcast is poised on the verge of a pivotal transformation.

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In case you missed it...IP at IBC2017

2017-09-22T14:12:00+01:00

A roundup of some IP-related news and talking points from this year’s show.

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IBC2017 round-up: Halls 1, 4 and 5

2017-09-22T13:50:00+01:00

In the first of a series of articles that distil the main themes and talking points from the IBC2017 Exhibition, Ian McMurray summarises the key trends from Halls 1, 4 and 5.

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SMPTE approves ST 2110 standards suite for IP

2017-09-18T14:38:00+01:00By

SMPTE has announced at IBC the approval of the first standards within SMPTE ST 2110, the standards suite for carrying content over internet protocol (IP).

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In pictures: IBC Innovation Awards

2017-09-18T11:26:00+01:00

Industry excellence and thoughtful design were recognised at the IBC Innovation Awards at the RAI Auditorium on Sunday evening.

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Industry advances towards IP adoption

2017-09-18T08:05:00+01:00By Mark Mayne

Industry leaders hail “huge progress” made by vendors and standards bodies working towards IP adoption

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​DPP launches cyber security programme

2017-09-17T10:46:00+01:00By

IBC2017: The Digital Production Partnership has unveiled a new cyber security programme which enables UK broadcasters and their suppliers to self-assess against a number of key security criteria.

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IABM research: IP interoperability “vital” to users

2017-09-17T08:52:00+01:00By

IBC2017: The IABM breakfast session was dominated by the word ‘consolidation’ and quirky research contradictions.

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IBC show celebrates 50 years

2017-09-16T07:43:00+01:00By

IBC2017: Among the guests at a reception to mark IBC’s 50th anniversary were two very special guests.

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Leaders look to the future

2017-09-15T12:53:00+01:00By

The Leaders’ Summit, IBC’s behind-closed-doors conference for CEOs, has its sights set firmly on the future.

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Making the case for investment in an IP world

2017-09-08T09:26:00+01:00By

Making a solid business case to justify capex spend in broadcasting has always been a difficult undertaking, and the shift to IP has made even trickier, writes John Maxwell Hobbs.

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The CTO's roadmap: People and platforms

2017-09-05T11:21:00+01:00By

A slew of new technologies and a reduced refresh cycle has had a profound effect on Chief Technology Officers’ list of priorities.

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Blog: Properly skilled staff equals solid growth

2017-09-01T10:48:00+01:00By Stan Moote CTO IABM

In the age of IP, never has continued professional development been so important for engineers and technicians, writes Stan Moote.

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Obituary: Sam Blackman, AWS Elemental

2017-08-29T13:51:00+01:00By

Industry mourns the loss of Sam Blackman, the ”passionate, visionary and humble leader” of AWS Elemental who has died suddenly aged 41.

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Video: John Ive on Business Transformation

2017-08-27T08:00:00+01:00

IBC2017: The Business Transformation track hosts industry leaders to debate and discuss the operational and technical changes for the broadcast and media industry.

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$14.6bn entertainment empire emerges

2017-08-18T10:17:00+01:00By

Analysts forecast Discovery pending acquisition of Scripps Networks will be the first of many as businesses scale up to remain competitive.

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Obituary: Adrian Scott

2017-08-01T12:08:00+01:00By

Many in the broadcast and media industry, in all parts of the world, will be saddened at the death of Adrian Scott, writes Dick Hobbs.

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Invisible assets: managing content in the cloud

2017-07-26T15:08:00+01:00By

The cloud promises flexibility but are concerns about price a barrier to adoption?

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DPP predicts where next for the broadcast industry

2017-07-25T15:36:00+01:00By

Getting ready for the cloud will be the most important task for broadcast businesses over the next couple of years, according to the Digital Production Partnership (DPP).

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Video: What's on the agenda at the IBC2017 Conference?

2017-07-25T10:15:00+01:00

IBC2017: The conference aims to excite, entertain and equip delegates with knowledge, information and expertise from industry leaders.

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Cyber security: developing secure best practices

2017-07-18T09:10:00+01:00By

Amid all the excitement surrounding the rapid transition to software-based, IP-connected media infrastructures, analysts are now raising a note of caution.

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Shifting post-production to the cloud

2017-07-14T10:53:00+01:00By Robert Ambrose

A new generation of innovative post-production providers is embracing cloud, virtualisation and remote working to deliver services with a radically-new business model.

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New colours from old: converting assets to HDR

2017-06-26T09:03:00+01:00By

The technology to support end-to-end production of high dynamic range (HDR) and wide colour gamut (WCG) content is now proven and readily available.

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VR of low strategic importance, according to Avid survey

2017-06-23T14:57:00+01:00By

Fewer than one in five respondents to an Avid Customer Association (ACA) survey consider virtual and augmented reality to be important to their strategic growth plans, with more than 80% still pondering business models for adopting the nascent technology.

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Global media technology revenue stabilises

2017-06-21T13:34:00+01:00By

The broadcast and media technology market global revenue grew in 2016, with products and services reaching $50.97 billion.

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IP is key to format flexibility and future-proofing

2017-06-14T09:16:00+01:00By

IP-based solutions for broadcasters are paving the way for flexibility in business models with new capabilities and transparent workflows, said AIMS Chairman Mike Cronk.

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Cooney replaces Thorsteinson as SAM CEO

2017-06-12T16:28:00+01:00By

Former Tandberg Television Chief Executive Eric Cooney has replaced Tim Thorsteinson as President and CEO of SAM (Snell Advanced Media).

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EBU appoints new Director General

2017-05-31T11:43:00+01:00By

The European Broadcast Union (EBU) has appointed Noel Curran to the role of Director General replacing Ingrid Deltenre.

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IMF for TV: the solution to versioning woes?

2017-05-31T09:00:00+01:00By

When Hollywood finally had its Interoperable Master Format (IMF) standardised by SMPTE back in 2013, there were already murmurings about a possible broadcast version of the format.

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The cloud will kill half of us… and save the rest

2017-05-19T11:02:00+01:00By Robert Ambrose

With 85% of media and broadcast industry buyers planning to deploy cloud technology within the next three years - according to the latest IABM End-User Survey - the pressure is on vendors and technology suppliers to embrace cloud and as-a-service solutions and business models.

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Small is beautiful: the increasing importance of microservices

2017-05-05T12:37:00+01:00By

Broadcasters and media organisations’ desire for greater agility to launch new channels and platforms has fuelled demand for pay-by-the-minute services.

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IP interoperability at NAB: the debate continues

2017-05-04T15:50:00+01:00By

Following the lead of IBC in 2016, the recent NAB exhibition included a demonstration of IP interoperability. Once again, more than 30 vendors showed streams passing seamlessly between different products.

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European tech firms unite to develop video analysis software

2017-04-28T15:55:00+01:00By

A consortium of European technology firms demonstrated a working prototype of a video analysis system at NAB.

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Securing the creative industries from cyberattacks

2017-04-23T20:41:00+01:00By

The devastating cyberattack that hit Sony Pictures Entertainment at the end of 2014 caused some consternation in the upper reaches of the UK government as well as in the boardrooms of companies in the creative industries.

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Making a return on IP investments

2017-04-18T11:00:00+01:00By

As the commercial pressures tighten on traditional and new media companies, finance directors want to know that investment will make a business more efficient and successful.

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Moving production to the cloud

2017-04-18T10:00:00+01:00By

The immediate barriers to unfettered production in the cloud are bandwidth, the compression required to shrink bit rates, transport, discovery and security.

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The engineering skills shortage

2017-04-18T09:00:00+01:00By

In November 2014 I organised, on behalf of the IABM Educational Foundation and EBU, a conference in Geneva on the engineering skills shortage facing the electronic media industry.

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Could JPEG2000 be the future of compression?

2017-04-18T08:30:00+01:00By

Digital video, and the benefit of compression, is so ubiquitous that we no longer think about it, but it is worth considering that every time we process a video signal we are making a compromise.

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How to create shareable content for social media

2017-04-03T10:30:00+01:00By

Audience analytics are driving content creators to manipulate content to suit relevant audiences across various social media platforms.

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DVB approves UHD and HDR spec

2017-04-02T10:30:00+01:00By

Digital Video Broadcasting (DVB) has published phase one of the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) new video and audio coding specification enhancing future interoperability for UHD TV broadcasters with HDR.

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