IBC2019 kicked off with the IBC Executive Forums, bringing together top executives from across the industry to debate core issues behind closed doors. Dick Hobbs looks at some of the topics on the agenda.
As streaming video on-demand services gain traction with global audiences and media giants segueing into the market, Alana Foster looks at the state of the OTT landscape.
IBC and the TM Forum have brought technology and media companies together to develop innovative answers to some pressing problems, benefiting consumers as well as businesses.
With the VoD market about to go into overdrive, the fundamental building blocks of OTT service provision have to match or exceed that of pay-TV.
Broadcasters and platform operators are employing artificial intelligence to engage audiences, grow revenues and deliver personalised content guides.
We are currently in a transition from 1080p to UHD, so why is the industry intent on pushing 8K?
With 5G promising very high capacity broadband and low costs to the consumer, Europe needs to devise, assess and demonstrate a 5G network architecture for large scale immersive media delivery, says EBU’s Antonio Arcidiacono
Turkey’s RTÜK has announced new rules around online content services, raising censorship fears, and prompting questions about how to regulate OTTs.
As more content moves to OTT, we’re seeing an explosion in data, but the challenge is in how to deliver it effectively. James Pearce reports on Akamai’s Edge World 2019.
All four UK operators will have launched 5G networks by the end of this year, but the UK government has yet to rule on Huawei’s role in 5G deployments.
With their business model being rapidly disrupted by the streamers, can traditional free-to-air broadcasters hold on to viewers and advertisers? Tim Dams reports
What really matters to video audiences today? What are their preferred devices, patforms or approaches to ads? Grabyo’s Global Video Trends report tries to answer some of these key industry questions
IBC365 looks at how the OTT landscape impacting the strategy of broadcasters worldwide.
With a $1bn programming budget, Jeffrey Katzenberg and Meg Whitman’s premium short form platform Quibi has attracted a raft top talent to create shows. But can it persuade mobile viewers to part with their cash? Tim Dams reports.
An ever-escalating number of services and the high bandwidth requirements of UHD are among the developments driving the use of satellite to deliver OTT content, discovers David Davies.
The rapid growth of OTT media services may be offering more choice for consumers and more opportunities for content producers, but is it harming the planet in the process?
Esports is emerging as an exciting new market bringing together players from the broadcasting, gaming and sports industries, writes Ian Volans.
How can AI, big data and machine learning be used to help improve the user experience?
IBC365 speaks with three user experience designers working for the BBC, RTE and BluTV on the challenges and changes to creating and evolving user interfaces for modern audiences.
What is the point in offering thousands of hours of content if you can’t find where it is?
Tesla and SpaceX founder Elon Musk and Amazon boss Jeff Bezos have launched their own rocket companies as they seek to tap into the planet’s ever-increasing demand for broadband connectivity. Chris Forrester assesses their chances.
From asset management to content analysis, artificial intelligence is being built into a host of media tools.
The Long Night, Game of Thrones’ biggest, most expensive, and longest episode to date, has been dogged by complaints of murky pictures and difficult to see action. What, if anything, went wrong?
Huawei’s involvement in the rollout of 5G infrastructure has dominated recent headlines, but it is AI and cloud that represent key avenues of future growth for the firm, writes Paolo Pescatore.
From the creation of content in the cloud to the delivery of content to mobile devices, NAB 2019 was awash with innovation that suggests an even closer relationship between the media and telco industries.
SAT>IP technology – whereby antenna signals can be converted into IP for distribution around a house or commercial facility – is beginning to achieve global traction.
Can the streaming service planned by the BBC and ITV compete with the might of Netflix and Amazon, plus upcoming offerings from Apple, Disney and AT&T?
The cloud allows for revolutionary gains in speed, flexibility, and collaboration, with the industry on a fast track to deploying workflows with Google, Microsoft and Amazon. So it’s little wonder that NAB has been awash with new launches based on cloud technology.
Viacom is championing audiences and its flagship channels with traditional distribution and over-the-top models to enhance value beyond its core offerings, according to SVP Dan Fahy.
In a golden era of storytelling, Apple has turned its attention to reinventing TV and adding healthy competition to the ecosystem, writes Paolo Pescatore
Director of post-production at Fox Sports Brandon Potter explains how the broadcaster worked with some key vendors to deliver footage of the Russia World Cup and the lessons it learnt.
As interest in object-based audio (OBA) continues to grow, new production tools are being developed by research institutions, broadcasters and vendors to make it happen
The Berlin Philharmonic’s decision to stream its concerts in high-quality audio and video has seen it push both technical as well as creative boundaries, writes David Davies.
This year’s MWC event will be remembered for the arrival of 5G, the emergence of foldable devices. And beyond the usual calls for lighter regulation and greater cooperation, the realisation of one smarter converged network is coming to fruition.
MWC19: Telecom operators are nervous about the level of investment required for 5G, but video will be the “killer app” to support the consumer business case, according to Liberty Global chief executive Mike Fries.
Amazon is keen to sign up telcos to its partner distribution programme in a bid to overcome the “big problem” of reaching viewers without credit cards.
Powerful capabilities and functionalities powered by 5G will not only change the media and entertainment industry but revolutionise global economies, according to industry leaders speaking at Mobile World Congress.
The benefits of 5G won’t be realised unless governments pull back from treating the auction of valuable spectrum as a “golden goose”, according to telecom leaders speaking at Mobile World Congress.
MWC19: Senior leaders from leading telco and media & entertainment companies gathered in Barcelona on Sunday ahead of Mobile World Congress 2019 to enjoy an evening of networking.
Is cloud an M&E cure-all? Can it be cost-efficient whilst protective of mission-critical assets and operations? Telestream embarked upon a targeted research and development initiative to find answers.
As telcos gear up for 5G mobile networks and continue to roll-out broadband fibre connections, they are faced with the challenge of increasing revenue so they can support their investment in new infrastructure. George Malim examines the strategies of Verizon, BT and Globe to assess what makes a winning content ...
Broadcasters in the UK face an uncertain future, with the deadline for Brexit looming and the prospect of no deal with the European Union jeopardising the country’s position as an international hub for TV.
Professional audio visual show Integrated Systems Europe exhibits a market rocketing upwards on video tech.
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.
The fight against FAANG, the rise of niche OTT disruptors and the potential of 5G were among the most-read Delivery articles in 2018.
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.
Ahead of the launch of the world’s first 8K channel in December, Japanese broadcaster NHK has been filming dedicated 8K programmes in major European cities.
Esports is pioneering workflows that could be picked up by mainstream sports coverage, and with rising interest and growing prize pots, the influence of esports looks set to increase.
In a world first, BT Sport and EE will use 5G remote production to broadcast the EE Wembley Cup on Sunday to showcase the next generation technology.
US telcos are anxious to get their hands on 5G spectrum, but where will it come from, and who will benefit from the auction?
With streaming services absorbing increasing amounts of bandwidth opportunities are bound for both telcos and satellite providers, writes Chris Forrester.
Legacy media and telecom players have been busy bulking up, but how will they capitalise on their scale to attract and retain more customers?
Just two years old, DAZN has spent hundreds of millions acquiring sports rights in a bid to win subscribers to its subscription streaming service. But will its big spending ways pay off? Ross Biddiscombe profiles the OTT platform that’s disrupting the sports broadcasting industry.
IMG’s entry into the OTT marketplace with its new Serie A service has ramped up the battle for sports audiences on digital platforms after a couple of years of cautious rights buying by the likes of Amazon and Facebook.
Broadcasters, mobile operators, software vendors and technical suppliers are set to unite to capitlise on the expanding opportunities in the media-telecom value chain.
The war between pirates and the media industry continues, particularly in the field of illegal satellite distribution.
Satellite has a vital role to play in the distribution of UHD programming, especially the delivery of high-value live content to large audiences.
Four major satellite operators have created a US-based consortium to manage the transition of their valuable C-band frequencies for 5G use by US telcos. It could result in a windfall of tens of billions of dollars.
From the adoption of IP to the uptake of UHD, advances in technology are leading to fragmentation, writes IBC Daily reporter Elliot Herman.
Over the past several months, it has become clear that, in many ways, far from being a distinct sector, the satellite industry is a microcosm of the larger broadcast industry in which it operates.
Advances in 4K and UHD live production, fresh solutions for OTT content, an array of cloud-based ‘big data’ workflow sharing solutions and remote collaboration tools were the main themes in Halls 9, 13 and 15.
The desire to bring more content of higher quality to more people has been driving, and will continue to drive, activity in the satellite industry.
It was very apparent at IBC2018 that the broadcast industry continues to be in a state of flux. Ian McMurray finds that satellite operators and suppliers are no less affected by pervasive and disruptive change.
OneWeb has some hefty backers but how will the scheme to provide broadband coverage to millions cope with moving from idea to implementation?
Competition to deliver content to airline passengers is ramping up, writes Chris Forrester.
Cloud-based platforms haven’t lost their steam, artificial intelligence continues to smarten workflows and manufacturers making mighty machines in smaller sizes were recurring themes in Halls 2 and 3 this year, writes IBC Daily reporter Erica Basnicki.
Is OTT going to take over broadcasting? It’s the ever-present question for broadcasters, to which the simple answer is no, they must do both, writes Peter MacAvock, EBU and DVB.
The epochal industry trend toward the use of IP is of course quite advanced on the audio side, and thus seen across the aisles of Hall 8 in a big way, writes IBC Daily reporter Mark Hallinger.
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.
IBC2018: With content hailed as the ‘killer app’ for 5G, further consolidation between telcos and media firms is inevitable, attendees of the Telco & Media Innovation Forum were told.
Hall 14 continues to expand and mature into one of the most exciting and interesting spaces at IBC, writes IBC Daily reporter Anne Morris.
IP-enabled kit and the implementation of AI were among the trends in halls 1, 4 and 5, writes IBC Daily reporter Ian McMurray.
IBC2018: The state of scripted, the future of linear TV and the effectiveness of digital advertising were all topics of debate at a session devoted to debunking received wisdom in TV.
IBC2018: In a session devoted to eye-catching innovation at IBC, Accedo’s Fredrik Andersson highlights Android TV and Roku as well as other ground breaking products.
IBC2018: Broadcaster plans to develop a global lifestyle platform around golf, followings its acquisition of rights to the PGA Tour.
IBC2018: Lily Cole and Kwame Ferreira’s business incubator looks to support technology companies focused on sustainability.
IBC2018: Reliance Jio has disrupted the Indian mobile market, adding a staggering 215m customers within 21 months of launch.
IBC is benefiting from the convergence of technology, says Chief Executive Michael Crimp.
IBC2018: Telcos debate how best to take advantage of the forthcoming roll out of 5G services.
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: Key to success for specialist OTT platforms is to pitch yourself as a ‘delicatessen’ compared to ‘supermarkets’ like Netflix and Amazon, IBC delegates told.
IBC2018: Senior execs from companies such as Avid, AWS, NEP and ITV debate the state of the industry at IABM Business Breakfast.
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: The Chief Product Officer of YouTube, Neil Mohan, tells IBC audience that European Union’s recently approved Copyright Directive will “impact the creative ecosystem.”
Striking partnership deals with pay-TV and telco operators has helped Netflix take its subscriber numbers “to the next level”, says Maria Ferreras, Vice President of Business Development EMEA.
The trend for subscribers to dump pay TV services is gathering pace in the face of OTT growth.
The newly named company, which is being acquired from Cisco, looks to tap into content boom and mulls a possible IPO in a few years
Team behind new Netflix sci-fi drama The Innocents reveal how it was produced in HDR.
IBC2018: Growth of the British creative industries will be hit by Brexit, agree executives at an IBC session.
IBC2018: UHD screens will be in every third home in the US and every sixth home in Europe by the end of this year, says satellite operator
IBC2018: Netflix and YouTube employ thousands of engineers, giving them a huge technical advantage over public service broadcasting rivals
IBC2018: Discovery is differentiating itself from the likes of Netflix and Amazon by offering targeted services in sports and local European markets, says DNI President Jean-Briac Perrette
IBC2018: Broadcasters should face up to the onslaught of the digital giants by focusing on distinctiveness and innovation, argued Keith Underwood, Guest Chair of the Conference.
The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE), which has led the development of industry standards and progressive work in HD, Ultra HD, 4K and 8K for the advancement of the moving image, will be out in force at IBC.
8K, in the shape of NHK’s Super Hi-Vision, has been an important part of the IBC Future Zone for years. This year, however, it’s breaking out to the rest of the show. How long, then, before 8K starts to go mainstream?
Econet has been recognised for its positive social impact and innovation in employing new technology to connect southern African audiences with global content.
Digigram’s IQOYA Call IP audio codec and IQOYA Cloud management system are helping Danish radio station DR make a controlled shift toward audio over IP, enabling the public broadcaster to address the gradual extinction of ISDN connections and making it easy for staff to realise the cost and quality benefits ...
In the first instalment of a two-part feature, we speak with three startups companies transforming the industry.
An in-depth look at how M2A Media worked with ITV and the BBC to offer a service to live stream the Royal Wedding to the US on Britbox.
With the barriers to entry to launching an OTT service coming down all the time, David Wood finds out how producers are going direct to market with niche offerings such as True Royalty.
What is the key to creating an economically-viable, niche OTT subscription service? Execs behind OTT services such as DAZN and Britbox through to gardening channel Inside Out and guitar service All Guitar explain.
IP is steadily gaining traction around the world with IBC2018 a forum to boost education and discussion about interoperability and the ramifications of SMPTE 2110.
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.
Ultra High Definition (UHD) and High Dynamic Range (HDR) are set to be two of the hottest topics at IBC2018.
The Content Everywhere Hub at IBC2018 will showcase and explore new media production, devices, apps and the digital transformations that are shaping the OTT domain.
The potential for 5G to revolutionise the media and entertainment industries is now being tested by sports producers and broadcasters.
With telcos struggling to boost revenues, they’re focusing on video content as one way to drive growth. But their strategies for content differ from market to market and company to company.
There’s a profound change in viewing habits taking place, with subscriptions to streaming services surging to 15.4m in the UK and young viewers deserting traditional TV, according to new research by media regulator Ofcom.
Viewer demand for multiplatform content delivery looks set to continue to grow with 56.9% of respondents in the second annual Avid Customer Association (ACA) vote agreeing that the trend will continue to dominate the industry.
After years of false starts, national broadcasters are now racing to create joint streaming platforms. But are they too late to take on Netflix and Amazon?
There was a social media meltdown early in the World Cup as Australian fans damned an OTT service provider for failing to adequately stream matches. So how should OTT providers ensure that streaming of high-demand live events keeps the fans happy?
Disney launches its own OTT service next year into a market where Netflix has spent its way to the top. Will Disney’s offer be too little too late to catch up? Or is there room for another big OTT player?
The media industry is at an inflection point, one in which we have no clear view as to where we’ll end up, or who the winners will be.
Competition around the world is ramping up for the OTT leaders from other big tech firms, local specialists, traditional channels and pay-TV operators.
With increased competition the distinct advantages enjoyed by OTT providers in the battle for audience attention are wearing a bit thin. Now they must innovate to thrive.
UHD, HDR, AI, VR and social media expansion make debut for FIFA’s World Cup.
Discovery’s $2 billion purchase for all non-US television and digital rights of golf’s PGA Tour tournaments could create the largest single sport OTT offering, but why has the broadcaster decided to invest so much in the sport?
The proliferation of devices and platforms has meant that younger audiences are changing their viewing patterns, which in turn is shaping broadcaster and IP owners’ content strategies for a new generation of children.
IBC2018: Smart connectivity, 5G and media innovation will feature at the IBC Show with a focus on the convergence between the telco and media industries.
TV will evolve into a more immersive, personalised and interactive medium exclusively delivered over the internet in the not too distant future, predicted Matthew Postgate.
Leading media executives from NBC Universal, Havas Group and Endemol Shine will deliver exclusive insight into the changing media landscape.
Women’s sport may be one of the best opportunities for broadcasting and sponsorship, but is it riddled with too many problems of awareness and underfunding?
Leading executives discuss the gender pay disparity across the broadcasting industry, impactful legislation and changing the system of inequality.
The unfolding drama involving three of the world’s largest media groups has all the ingredients of an Oscar-winning script, writes Ray Snoddy.
In this second part of our look at gender disparity in broadcasting, IBC365 turns the spotlight on the vendors.
The launch of F1 TV this weekend marks the motorsport’s biggest investment in its digital transformation to date. Few see it as a risk.
Delivering new methods and codecs for working with large-scale data, particularly VR and HDR, is high priority for the media and entertainment industry.
Direct view LED displays promise greater luminosity and lower running costs, but will the high cost of installation and audience appetite for crisper images support rollout of the Samsung and Sony-backed technology?
Established content providers should be agile, innovative and willing to adopt new technologies if they want to take on the digital giants, says Channel 4’s Keith Underwood.
BBC Studios Chief Executive Tim Davie, Discovery Networks International President and Chief Executive Jean-Briac ‘JB’ Perrette and YouTube Chief Product Officer Neal Mohan are to deliver keynotes at the IBC2018 Conference.
With Brazil, Mexico & Argentina leading development in Latin America, the IABM has produced a regional report on the area.
As the media technology industry gathered in Las Vegas for NAB, the IABM produced a regional report on one of the world’s largest broadcast and media markets.
NAB 2018: The Ultra HD Forum has released its Phase B guidelines demonstrating at the Las Vegas trade show the developments of UHD and HDR formats to enhance viewing experiences.
The Cannes MIPtv programming market in April will see plenty of 4K/UHD programming available. IBC365 looks at some of the anticipated highlights.
Facebook’s reputation may have taken a battering over the past few days, but the lure of online persists.
TV Fights Back: The European Broadcaster Exchange is the first significant move by leading European commercial broadcasters against Google and Facebook’s dominance in the online advertising market.
TV Fights Back: The UK’s leading commercial broadcasters have joined forces to extol the virtues of television to media planners in a bid to challenge the digital newcomers, writes Ray Snoddy.
A drop in Oscars viewing figures and broadcasters’ plans for Paralympics coverage.
A new codec designed for delivering OTT content that is backed by the likes of Amazon, Netflix and Google, threatens to challenge the dominance of HEVC.
The Royal Television Society (RTS) took the lilt and inference of the property and design franchise show Love It or List It for an evening panel session on the stark implications of eye-catching buy-outs in the media markets.
The BBC won 11 of the Royal Television Society television journalism awards for 2018, with Sky News and CNN recognised for creative and excellent journalism.
Fuelled by 5G, massive IoT adoption is expected to interconnect media across devices, connected cars and into smart cities, with a host of vendors and telecom operators showcasing their IoT offerings at Mobile World Congress.
Mobile subscribers to soar by 2025, the “fearsome seven” technology companies taking over the world and 4G coverage on the moon.
Senior executives from BT and iFlix hailed the power of content to transform “transactional” brands and create an emotional connection with customers.
Nokia, Ericsson, Huawei and Cisco are among the many manufacturers to announce major deployments and advances for 5G at Mobile World Congress.
The way we shoot and deliver TV and film may have changed, but despite the constant cycle of change, cinema and TV is still in good health, says John Maxwell Hobbs.
Channel 4 Director of Strategy and Technology Keith Underwood has taken on the newly-created role of Guest Chair of the IBC2018 Conference.
Channel 4 is renewing its Viewer Promise, while broadcasters in Germany are joining forces to create a universal log-in – but is either enough to accommodate the EU’s stringent new data protection laws?
5G and its associated use cases are expected to take centre stage in Barcelona, while discussions will also turn to the potential of artificial intelligence (AI) to overhaul network management and customer service.
In 2018 in western economies there is an estimated $1 trillion of private funds looking for a home, and much of that money is looking for a berth in media technology companies.
Belden has completed its acquisition of SAM (Snell Advanced Media), which it will now merge with Grass Valley.
Over-the-air (OTA) TV, higher definition content and immersive experiences were top of the agenda during the conference sessions at CES.
PyeongChang is shaping up to be the most innovative Olympics ever, with advances in 8K and 5G production and an avalanche of OTT content.
Last week it emerged that Sky is intending to move more aggressively into online delivery of its content. But is it wise for satellite broadcasters to ditch the dish?
The UK has fallen behind other countries in protecting assets stored in the cloud, according to a study conducted by digital security company Gemalto.
The concept of “net neutrality” has captivated the attention of the general public thanks in part to a decision in the US to scrap rules that prevent broadband providers charging to deliver certain content.
With many in the broadcast equipment sector flocking to Dubai for CABSAT, the IABM has produced a regional report on the Middle East and Africa.
Japanese telco and serial investor SoftBank wants to use its investment in OneWeb to help it deliver a smarter, interconnected, and automated world.
Grass Valley has appointed Timothy Shoulders as President of the live production, news, content delivery and networking equipment manufacturer.
The changing broadcasting landscape, the rise of OTT, content piracy and the role of satellites were among 2017’s most-read articles.
YouTube has been called out as an unorthodox player within the broadcasting ecosystem, Google’s Matt Brittin defended its position on regulating content and harbouring advertising money from traditional broadcasters.
In this exclusive report, we examine how some of this year’s key trends are likely to evolve in 2018.
In the third and final part of a series of articles on the innovative ways in which broadband access is being rolled out around the world we examine how unused broadcast frequency could be repurposed to provide internet access.
The availability of BBC natural history series Blue Planet II in UHD HDR has been one of the more high profile recent HDR releases, but have the variety of industry standards and approaches hampered rollout?
In the second of a three-part series on broadband connectivity, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg’s scheme to replace satellites with high-flying airships that beam extra bandwidth.
IP and cloud featured in the IBC2017 technical papers agenda with BBC R&D, Discovery and Suitcase TV exploring the promise of flexible, scalable and cost effective solutions.
The introduction of 360-degree video and 8K broadcasting was on the agenda of the technical papers at IBC2017 proving there is an increasing demand for diversifying content.
In the first of three articles on global broadband access, billionaire and visionary Elon Musk has a plan to supply a global satellite system for the planet’s ever-hungry broadband connectivity.
From the adoption of IP infrastructure, demand for UHD and HDR delivery and the provision of OTT services, CTOs reveal their priorities.
Brexit poses a “massive risk” to the UK’s film and TV industries which must fight to make sure the government safeguards their interests, according to former Minister of State for Culture and the Digital Economy Ed Vaizey MP.
The use of 5G for live production and some cutting-edge OTT platforms were among the topics covered in this year’s technical papers.
Cloud technology has the ability to transform the media content supply chain, promising more effective and efficient processes.
Broadcasters must be bold and braced for failure if they want to make a success of the shift to IP, writes John Maxell Hobbs.
Papers on ultra high definition (UHD), high dynamic range (HDR) and wide colour gamut (WCG) featured prominently at this year’s show.
The cost of online piracy will hit $52 billion by the year 2022, according to a report by Digital TV Research.
The use of cloud-based services are helping VFX firms deliver higher resolution content and cope with the rising costs of running a post-production facility.
Amazon has been touted as a potential bidder for Premier League football rights, but how likely is such a move? And how would the online giant benefit from showing live football?
CBC Radio Canada wants to reduce the barriers to entry for smaller software developers and boost interoperability.
IBC Innovation Awards winner VOOT on the successful delivery of multi-channeled OTT content to 300 million smartphones across India.
The rise, relaunch and redemption of traditional broadcast TV alongside digital players in the OTT world was a popular theme discussed during IBC2017.
From SDI to IP, HEVC and the cloud, and the adoption of VR, conversations were diverse but focused on one goal: moving the industry forward with practical product releases.
IBC2017: Deep dive into a new generation of audio, better HDR and HFR were on the agenda when executives assembled during the Ultra HD Forum Masterclass.
In the latest installment in a series of articles that roundup the main themes and talking points from the IBC2017 Exhibition, Anne Morris summarises the key trends from Hall 14.
IBC2017: Sporting rights owners are increasingly keen to take on the role of media distributor in order to gain new data, heard IBC delegates
IBC2017: The incoming ATSC standard increases flexibility and accommodates business cases, but may create regulatory hurdles, according to an expert panel.
NBC has said that it is excited about the potential of 5G to offer its sports fans a better user experience over mobile.
Industry excellence and thoughtful design were recognised at the IBC Innovation Awards at the RAI Auditorium on Sunday evening.
There’s no doubt that the roll out of UHD services has been slower than the adoption of HD. IBC held a conference session on UHD to allow senior figures from Sky, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Netflix, Ericsson and Molinare to air the reasons why.
It might be thought that Netflix and Amazon Video are the only kids in town as far as OTT is concerned, but there are interesting variations in how some smaller operators are competing.
IBC2017: A high-calibre panel was asked by moderator Mike Grant (founder/CEO at Caru Ventures) to say who was making money out of VOD, and how hard was it to set up a service?
IBC2017: Greater personalisation and segmentation are among the main priorities for pay TV services.
IBC2017: NBCUniversal today revealed plans to roll out its Hayu SVOD service to the Nordics, as delegates at IBC were told that future of TV is in platforms.
TV is here to stay forever and those who predicted its downfall are wrong, according TF1’s distribution head Fabrice Mollier.
IBC2017: ITV and C4 executives explained their business strategies driving audience engagement in an OTT dominated world.
IBC2017: The ongoing industry collaboration to bring the benefits of IP real time signal flows is demonstrated in the IP Showcase.
Discovery Communications has collaborated with Equinix to implement an Interconnection Oriented Architecture™ (IOA™) that will enable the company to transform its digital business to a fully cloud-based, distributed model.
The transition to HD has been one of the most important media technology spending drivers in Europe in the last decade.
IBC2017: The Startup Forum will host startup companies to meet with venture capitalists and media investors as part of the new initiative.
The many and varied requirements of broadcasters have created demand for flexible solutions from the providers of playout systems.
With Disney, Turner, Telefonica and Facebook launching their own streaming services what are the implications for the industry?
Earlier this week, Liberty Media-backed Formula 1 announced its entry into the esports arena, following hot on the heels of other traditional sports firms and established broadcasters which are all looking to capitalise on high levels of audience engagement.
Digital competition is spurring media consolidation, with Discovery Communication’s proposed $14.6bn acquisition of Scripps Networks Interactive the latest in a series of acquisitions on the demand-side of the media technology industry.
The European Digital Cinema Forum-led session at IBC will provide delegates with an update on all of the latest business and technology developments taking place in the world of cinema, writes John Graham.
The Alliance for IP Media Solutions (AIMS) will demonstrate the industry’s progression towards IP adoption at IBC.
Advances in display technology are providing cinema goers with sharper images and even greater dynamic range.
Eutelsat’s latest industry survey focuses on Ultra HD, with an in-depth, across the board examination of how key players see this innovative broadcasting format evolving. Eutelsat Head of Market Research and Customer Experience Claudia Vaccarone discusses the report.
In the era of multiplatform, time-shifted and on-demand viewing, working out who has watched what is no easy task.
The range of threats faced by broadcasters are more varied than ever before, but there are steps that can be taken to mitigate the risks, writes Spencer Stephens.
If the threat of a cyber-attack is not yet keeping you awake at night, it is already a major concern for many broadcasters and media companies.
As OTT content grows in popularity, the challenge is to adopt models and tools that provide revenue in keeping – or outpacing – traditional delivery methods.
The world’s most pirated TV series, Game of Thrones, is back. As viewers prepare to watch season 7 of the fantasy series, we ask what can be done to stop the wider illegal distribution of content?
The IT industry’s ‘one best way’ approach isn’t always compatible with the media industry, writes John Maxwell Hobbs.
SMPTE has joined forces with Digital Production Partnership (DPP) on pilot specification project to create an Interoperable Master Format (IMF) specification for broadcast and online.
The growing importance – and complexity – of VoD platforms has required vendors and service providers to provide sophisticated solutions.
UK is reported to have the fastest mobile connectivity worldwide according to the Akamai ’State of the Internet’ report for the first quarter (Q1) of 2017.
In this exclusive article for IBC365, IABM Research Analyst Lorenzo Zanni examines the results of the organisation’s latest survey.
IBC has launched the C-Tech Forum, a series of exclusive invitation-only micro events for C-level executives.
Subscription and pay per view (PPV) revenues for 522 operators around the world will remain flat at around $185 billion, despite the addition of 120 million subs between 2016 and 2022.
IBC has launched the IBC2017 Leaders’ Summit, an invitation-only event that combines insights from influential speakers with facilitated networking.
The total number of Netflix subscribers will increase from 89 million in 2016 to 128 million by 2022, according to a report by Digital TV Research.
On Thursday last week the planned merger between satellite giant Intelsat and Jersey-based OneWeb collapsed.
Executives at the DTG Summit agreed the future of broadcasting will be led by technology and innovation.
Netflix and Amazon Prime Video continue to dazzle Hollywood – and viewers – with their offering of impressive quarter-year results and new subscriber growth.
Commercial TV across Europe is having a hard time holding onto its key clients, who are not viewers but advertisers.
The continued need for multiplatform content delivery is placing ever greater pressures on operations.
Broadcaster and journalist Andrew Neil spoke to delegates at the Digital TV Group (DTG) Summit in London where he delivered a stark warning to British broadcasters.
Facebook looks set for a move into original content, with reports suggesting that the social media giant has already begun commissioning longform and shortform content.
In the search for the next big thing after HD, first came 4K. It was a simple concept to grasp: four times as many pixels must give a much better picture, surely?
No longer just a support function, enterprise IT in broadcasting now sits at the strategic centre
Carriers are investing in network infrastructure – both fixed-line and mobile - to support the seemingly unquenchable consumer thirst for video.
There’s a high degree of uncertainty amongst most of the world’s satellite operators that their – to date – highly lucrative transponder capacity rental business may not simply be maturing, but be in decline.
Will the move to OTT streaming by satellite channels gather momentum? Does it always make business sense?
A research centre, broadcaster and supplier partnership has provided sample live internet streams demonstrating the potential benefit of the emerging Common Media Application Format (CMAF).
Haivision, Intel and Nokia joined forces in a collaborative demonstration of a live VR workflow complete with the 4K 3D 360 OZO camera, OZO Live for real-time stereoscopic 360 stitching and advanced streaming format playback powered by the OZO Player SDK.
Snell Advanced Media’s (SAM) Digital Fact Book has been used to create a new industry-wide glossary by the IABM.
Dolby and the BBC have led the development of two very different standards for creating an HDR image.
IPTV (Internet Protocol Television) is diversifying but not threatening traditional broadcasters, according to panelists at the recent TV Connect conference.
One of the big questions broadcasters must answer is whether or not to opt for a commercial CDN or create their own private network.
The Digital Production Partnership (DPP) has released a report outlining how broadcasters, producers and suppliers might gain by committing to IP-based production.
Interoperable signals and network standardisation have evolved and fundamentally revolutionised the way the technology industry streams through a professional domain.
Existing marketing trends are changing with the escalation of millennial viewing culture. This proved to be a reoccurring theme throughout the two days at Cable Congress 2017.
In 2016 the smart home appliances sector gathered pace as global shipments grew to 247 million refrigeration and laundry units, a 4% increase on the previous year.
Typically, the world’s main satellite operators launch about 20 communications spacecraft into orbit each year. Some are placed to capture new business, while others replace satellites that have reached their ‘end of life’.
The Asia Pacific region will receive more content from EBU members thanks to an extension of Eurovision’s deal with AsiaSat
The growing popularity of original video content and an increasing number of consumers paying for multiple streaming services are the central findings in the quarterly Voice of the Connected User Landscape (VoCUL) survey from 451 Research.
The top 10 television service providers in the United States lost 937,000 television customers in 2016.