2019 is the year that will see AI’s broadcast industry journey from arcane, cutting-edge buzzword to being productised and commonplace completed.
There is an increasing trend among those who create and distribute content to build their own systems and solutions.
IABM Lead Research Analyst Lorenzo Zanni takes an in-depth look at how increases in processing power and storage capabilities are broadening Artificial Intelligence applications throughout the broadcast, media and entertainment industry.
Metadata has evolved dramatically in recent years, from straightforward descriptions to supporting complex usage in today’s asset management systems. Now AI promises a great leap forwards.
The battle for codecs intensified and dominated the most-read content management articles along with cyber security and interviews with 21CF and Aljazeera executives.
At IBC2018, Rohde & Schwarz introduced a new multi-user shared access storage system: R&S SpycerNode. In this article, we take a closer look at SpycerNode to see how its approach differs and where this might add value to broadcasters, content owners and facilities.
In the second part of our 2018 review we look back at the milestones, mergers, deals and innovations that dominated the second half of the year.
From the auction of Sky, to the rising interest in 5G and growing adoption of AI, IBC’s owners share their highlights and reflections of the last 12 months.
The first instalment of a two-part round-up of the main talking points of 2018 includes the battle for net neutrality, 5G advances at the Winter Olympics, the Premier League rights battle and a Facebook scandal that still haunts the social media giant.
As 2018 draws to a close, it’s time to look ahead – and try to pick out some of the likely themes and trends for 2019 in the broadcast and production sectors.
How did ITV manage to relocate post and production departments out of its South Bank HQ on Friday and into the new one on the following Monday?
IBC365 takes an in-depth look at an increasingly popular choice for acquisition, with new methods trading cumbersome, data heavy workflows for virtually identical image fidelity but at lower data rates and file sizes.
BBC, Discovery and ITV amongst first adopters of cloud solutions choosing Amazon ahead of Google and Microsoft.
The huge physical infrastructure and connectivity investments made by the big cloud platforms are creating strategic options for all broadcast and media workloads, but with a plethora of options, how best to choose the right partner?
From playout to post, the cloud is upending business models – but the most quantum leap is still to come.
The esports business is on track to be a billion dollar industry, with millions of participants and viewers, but industry leaders have called for more partnerships and government investment.
The rapid development of LEDs is now leading to a greater quest for consistency and improved colour rendition during production. David Fox reports for IBC365.
It’s been a full year since allegations were first made against film mogul Harvey Weinstein, giving rise to the #MeToo movement against sexual harassment and assault, but have opportunities for women in the industry improved?
As well as overhauling its editorial offer and commissioning framework, Animal Planet is getting a change of identity, Global President Susanna Dinnage told the Wildscreen Festival this month.
Alliance for Open Media spokesman Matt Frost on the rollout of AV1 and the creation of another delivery codec.
SMPTE has elected a host of new officers for 2019-2020, while Dolby Vice President Patrick Griffis is set to take on the role of President from January.
IBC was one huge media factory, structured on multiple technology collaboration efforts, writes IBC Daily reporter George Jarrett.
Influential and visionary executives from across the industry united at the IBC2018 Executive Forums to discuss key trends, opportunities and disruptors to shape future strategy.
Read technical papers from Ateme, BBC R&D and Divideon lifting the lid on serious disquiet in the world of video compression and watch experts recent progress and predict future performance gains.
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.
IBC2018: Lily Cole and Kwame Ferreira’s business incubator looks to support technology companies focused on sustainability.
IBC is benefiting from the convergence of technology, says Chief Executive Michael Crimp.
IBC2018: Money raised by the 4K 4Charity Fun Run will go to organisations focused on increasing diversity and inclusion in media and entertainment industry
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.
IBC2018: Growth of the British creative industries will be hit by Brexit, agree executives at an IBC session.
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.
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.
In the first instalment of a two-part feature, we speak with three startups companies transforming the industry.
Is ditching a legacy brand name a good idea – and, if so, how should you go about successfully rebranding a company?
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?
Former CBS Senior Vice President and television icon of innovation for HDTV and offline videotape editing, Dr Joseph Flaherty has died age 87.
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.
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.
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.
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?
Ericsson Media Solutions has been rebranded MediaKind, following the sale of the division to private equity firm One Equity Partners.
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 ...
Competing cloud computing platforms are seeking to exploit what each sees as its key differentiator for the broadcast space.
Disconnected, disillusioned or indifferent to cyber warfare? IBC365 speaks to Tony Gee about ethical hacking and how broadcasters can defend against cyber security attacks.
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.
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.
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
Metadata is crucial as an enabler of automated production and targeted content. Would a standard help?
In this second part of our look at gender disparity in broadcasting, IBC365 turns the spotlight on the vendors.
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
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.
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.
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.
NAB 2018: If there was a single phrase that swept the show floor in Las Vegas, it surely has to be artificial intelligence.
NAB 2018: The Digital Production Partnership has released its new guide on the advantages of adopting the Interoperable Master Format (IMF).
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.
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.
Jeff Rosica has been appointed Chief Executive of Avid after Louis Hernandez was sacked “due to violations of company policies related to workplace conduct”.
Object-based audio promises immersion, accessibility, personalisation and interactivity, but fears of a format war persist.
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?
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?
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.
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.
Deep learning, metadata and digital transmission were among the research areas explored across the IBC2017 technical papers.
The maturation of the broadcast industry and advances in technology have allowed media firms to concentrate on the essentials, writes John Maxwell Hobbs.
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.
Charlie Vogt has stepped down as Chief Executive of Imagine Communications.
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?
Media technology buyers look poised to increase their spending over the next 12 months as part of wider efforts to boost efficiency and agility.
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.
The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) has elected its new officers and governors for the 2018-2019 term.
A review of the themes and trends that emerged from the 1,700 exhibitors spread across the 15 halls of IBC2017.
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.
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.
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.
The software companies that manage ingest through production and on to playout arguably provided the most impactful news at IBC2017.
IBC2017: The year’s IBC has underlined that the broadcast is poised on the verge of a pivotal transformation.
A roundup of some IP-related news and talking points from this year’s show.
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.
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).
Industry excellence and thoughtful design were recognised at the IBC Innovation Awards at the RAI Auditorium on Sunday evening.
Industry leaders hail “huge progress” made by vendors and standards bodies working towards IP adoption
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.
IBC2017: The IABM breakfast session was dominated by the word ‘consolidation’ and quirky research contradictions.
IBC2017: Among the guests at a reception to mark IBC’s 50th anniversary were two very special guests.
The Leaders’ Summit, IBC’s behind-closed-doors conference for CEOs, has its sights set firmly on the future.
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.
A slew of new technologies and a reduced refresh cycle has had a profound effect on Chief Technology Officers’ list of priorities.
In the age of IP, never has continued professional development been so important for engineers and technicians, writes Stan Moote.
Industry mourns the loss of Sam Blackman, the ”passionate, visionary and humble leader” of AWS Elemental who has died suddenly aged 41.
IBC2017: The Business Transformation track hosts industry leaders to debate and discuss the operational and technical changes for the broadcast and media industry.
Analysts forecast Discovery pending acquisition of Scripps Networks will be the first of many as businesses scale up to remain competitive.
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.
The cloud promises flexibility but are concerns about price a barrier to adoption?
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).
IBC2017: The conference aims to excite, entertain and equip delegates with knowledge, information and expertise from industry leaders.
Amid all the excitement surrounding the rapid transition to software-based, IP-connected media infrastructures, analysts are now raising a note of caution.
A new generation of innovative post-production providers is embracing cloud, virtualisation and remote working to deliver services with a radically-new business model.
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.
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.
The broadcast and media technology market global revenue grew in 2016, with products and services reaching $50.97 billion.
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.
Former Tandberg Television Chief Executive Eric Cooney has replaced Tim Thorsteinson as President and CEO of SAM (Snell Advanced Media).
The European Broadcast Union (EBU) has appointed Noel Curran to the role of Director General replacing Ingrid Deltenre.
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.
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.
Broadcasters and media organisations’ desire for greater agility to launch new channels and platforms has fuelled demand for pay-by-the-minute services.
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.
A consortium of European technology firms demonstrated a working prototype of a video analysis system at NAB.
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.
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.
The immediate barriers to unfettered production in the cloud are bandwidth, the compression required to shrink bit rates, transport, discovery and security.
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.
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.
Audience analytics are driving content creators to manipulate content to suit relevant audiences across various social media platforms.
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.