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BritBox hires ex-Warner exec as UK MD


The BBC and ITV’s streaming service BritBox has appointed Will Harrison as its new UK managing director.

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BBC director general Tony Hall to step down


Tony Hall will step down from his role of director general of the BBC in the summer, after seven years heading up the British broadcaster.

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CES 2020: Evolution, expectation and innovation


Amelia Kallman reports from CES 2020 on the biggest trends and tech impacting the future of broadcasting.

2019 Top 10's


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Sohonet acquires Exchange


Sohonet has acquired US-based IT and communication services provider Sycamore Communication (Exchange).

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Peacock unveiled: Freemium SVoD and subscription service


NBCUniversal’s streaming service, Peacock will go head to head with Disney, HBO, Netflix and Amazon on 15 July launching with three pricing tiers.

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Industry simplifying UX is “game-changing,” says DPP


The DPP has identified important trends impacting the media and entertainment industry, with simplicity the key to success, according to a new report.

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Viacom adds Endemol Shine channels to My5 offering


My5, the VoD service from Viacom-owned Channel 5, will launch two new channels from Dutch production company Endemol Shine.

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Technology & Engineering Emmy Awards winners announced


The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) has announced the recipients of the 71st Annual Technology & Engineering Emmy Awards.

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NHK to launch simulcast services in April


Japanese public service broadcaster NHK has unveiled plans to conduct simultaneous broadcasting of its television programmes on the internet for 18 hours a day starting in April.

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Broadcaster VOD: Delivering the next-generation of catch-up viewing


Join IBC365 on Thursday 30 January at 2pm GMT to learn how broadcasters with limited budgets build platforms to compete with the global players.

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Fanatiz scores $10m funding & Data reveals Disney+ success


13-17 Jan: Your guide to what’s happened this week in the media, entertainment and technology industry.

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Universal and Warner Bros. propose joint DVD venture


Universal Studios and Warner Bros. have announced a newjoint venture to pool DVD distribution units amidst falling sales.

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Euronews: The transformation of news


Transforming linear and enhancing its digital operations, Euronews boss Michael Peters is looking to reach audiences beyond Europe.

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Telcos launch Future Forum for 5G acceleration


Global 5G leaders including Verizon, Telstra, Vodafone and KT have collaborated on 5G specifications and interoperability to accelerate adoption.

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SMPTE 2020 call for papers now open under new review procedure


SMPTE has opened up entries for technical manuscript proposals for the SMPTE 2020 conference.

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Oscars 2020: A closer look at the Cinematography award nominees


Nostalgia dominates the race for the Cinematography Oscar, with the Irishman, Joker, 1917, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and The Lighthouse all nominated. Adrian Pennington takes a closer look at the nominees.

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Closing the gap between broadcast and OTT

2020-01-16T08:35:00+00:00By Fred Dawson

The OTT and broadcast experience get closer with latest latency and quality tech advances, with the quality of experience gap is closing as needs for faster speeds take hold in sports, gambling and even military video.

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The higher-resolution revolution will be televised


A flurry of 8K TV launches at CES confirmed that resolution continues to exert a profound effect on new product development. But with rotating sets and several other notable concept TVs, it’s hardly the only manifestation of the sector’s current creativity.

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Confronting TV’s mental health crisis


New research shows that people working in the industry experience much higher levels of mental ill-health than the wider population. Why is this – and what can be done about it? Tim Dams reports.


HEVC adds new licencee


Huawei Technologies has joined HEVC Advance, the licensing administrator which leads the development, administration, and management of the HEVC/H.265 patent pool.

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Oscars 2020: A closer look at the Editing nominees


The Irishman and Joker look set to battle it out for the Editing category at the 2020 Academy Awards, writes Adrian Pennington.

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Comcast NBCUniversal launches global tech startup accelerator


Six global sports brands and venture capitals have partnered with Comcast NBCUniversal to launch Sports Tech to champion sports technology startups.


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Delivering solutions that can work effectively across the entire ecosystem of home technologies is going to become even more critical as the voice market evolves.

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Oscars 2020: A closer look at the VFX award nominees


With the 2020 Academy Award nominations now announced, IBC365 looks at who is leading the way for a gong in the VFX category.

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ViacomCBS overhauls management structure


ViacomCBS has restructured its international networks division, with several senior members of its management team taking on new roles.

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China dominates global esports consumption


Nordic countries top Europe and Western markets with one in four internet users choosing esports games over other media, according to research from Ampere Analysis.


Joker and 1917 lead Oscar nominations


The full list of nominees for the 92nd Oscars has been announced with box office hit Joker leading with 11 nominations and Sam Mendes’ first world war drama 1917 following with 10.

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Industry innovators: Garrett Brown


In the latest of our Industry Innovators series looking at those who have had a major impact on the media and broadcast industry, IBC365 speaks with Garrett Brown, the inventor of Steadicam.

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Prosiebensat.1 sets up sustainability department


Prosiebensat.1 has appointed a chief sustainability officer to lead its newly created sustainability department.

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Sinclair launches ATSC 3.0 venture with SK Telecom


A joint-venture between Sinclair Broadcast Group and Korean SK Telecom aims to provide next-generation transmission services for the television industry.

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IABM grows members to 600+ companies


More than 600 broadcast and media technology supplier-based companies have been confirmed as members of the IABM in its drive to represent the global industry.

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Mediaset shareholders back restructure rules change


Mediaset has won approval from shareholders to proceed with a major European restructure, despite a failed last-minute legal bid from Vivendi to block the Media For Europe project.

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Sky names Comcast exec Armstrong as group CFO


Sky has appointed Jason Armstrong as its new group chief financial officer, replacing Andrew Griffith.

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Quibi debuts Turnstyle mobile viewing technology


Short-form streaming service Quibi has unveiled technology that allows viewers to switch between landscape and portrait viewing.

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M&A to top the media and entertainment agenda in 2020


Mergers and acquisitions will be a top focus for M&E executives this year, according to a new report.

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Warner Bros. eyes AI commissioning & Awards season


6-10 Jan: Your guide to what’s happened this week in the media, entertainment and technology industry.


Game of Thrones and The Mandalorian lead VES Awards nominations


The nominees for the 18th Annual Visual Effects Society Awards have been revealed, with five nominations each for Alita: Battle Angel and The Lion King.

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Can NBCUniversal make Peacock fly?


In the final piece of IBC365’s series of reports on the new players launching into the streaming market, Tim Dams examines NBCUniversal’s Peacock offer – and weighs up its chances of success.

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IBC2020 Technical Papers Submission is Now Open


IBC has opened submissions for Technical Papers for the IBC2020 Conference.

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VR market saw 5% growth in 2019 as consumers shift to next gen devices


The virtual reality headset market saw 5% growth in 2019, despite a slowing of sales according to research from Futuresource Consulting.

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Riedel acquires Embrionix for IP expertise


Riedel Communications has acquired Canada-based IP video processing firm Embrionix.

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Joker leads Bafta nominations amid diversity criticism


The Baftas have come under fire for failing to nominate a single non-white star for acting awards in the 2020 nominations, which were released today, with Joker leading the nominations.

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Industry orgs and TV vendors back UHD Alliance’s Filmmaker Mode


CES 2020: The UHD Alliance has received backing for its Filmmaker Mode standard from a number of industry organisations and new vendors.

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ViacomCBS takes a Byte out of in-car entertainment market


ViacomCBS has partnered with electric vehicle startup Byton to bring content to its new range of M­—Byte electric crossover cars which are due to launch later this year.

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Golden Globes: The full list of winners


Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and 1917 were among the winners at last night’s Golden Globes, both picking up awards in the best motion picture category.

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Content security: Keeping one step ahead of the pirates


Restreaming and credential sharing are among the challenges faced by broadcasters and platform owners, ensuring that content and revenue protection remain areas of innovation.

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Samsung and 8K Association launch TV certification scheme


Samsung Electronics has partnered with the 8K Association to launch an 8K TV certification scheme.

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Craft leaders: Rachel Morrison, ASC


The films of Rachel Morrison, the cinematographer best known for Black Panther, are unusually politically charged. She speaks to IBC365 as she embarks on her directorial feature debut.

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Advancing immersive realities


The evolution of immersive content has moved from novelty ideas to realities with live audio streaming, 8K+ rendering and 360-degree video creation as a service explored in IBC technical papers.

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Behind the scenes: Jojo Rabbit


Jojo, a normal kid with a vivid imagination, an absent father and a need to fit in, settles on a pretend friend in the form of Adolf Hitler. In filmmaker Taika Waititi’s World War II satire, this fantasy is experienced as a matter of fact.

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France hits Google with $167M fine for online advertising breach


The French competition watchdog has fined Google $167 million for abusing its power over the treatment of advertisers and its “opaque” business practices.

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BritBox adds distribution partners


ITV and BBC streaming service BritBox is now available on Chromecast as well as Panasonic and Vestel televisions.

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Google buys game developer & NENT inks NBCUniversal content deal


16-20 Dec: Your guide to what’s happened this week in the media, entertainment and technology industry.

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Audiotonix acquired by private equity firm


Private equity firm Ardian has bought a majority stake in Audiotonix, the professional audio mixing console group which includes brands such as Calrec and Allen & Heath.

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Apple, Google & Amazon “Chip” away at smart home standard


Amazon, Apple, Google and the Zigbee Alliance have partnered to develop an open standard for connecting smart home devices.

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TiVo merges with tech firm Xperi in $3bn deal


TiVo is combining with Xperi to create “one of the industry’s largest” consumer and entertainment technology and intellectual property licensing businesses.

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Behind the scenes: 1917


Meticulous military planning was required for Sam Mendes’ clock-ticking ‘one-shot’ war drama. Adrian Pennington talks to cinematographer Roger Deakins and sound mixer Stuart Wilson.

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Top 10: Publish


As the year draws to a close, IBC365 takes a look at some of the most popular news and industry trend articles in our Publish category.


Doing business the right way: Encouraging sustainability and diversity


Sustainability and green issues have dominated the news in 2019. At a recent event, the DPP put ethical broadcasting top of the agenda

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Top 10: Monetise


With 2019 coming to a close, IBC365 casts an eye back over some of the most-read news and industry trend articles in our Monetise category.


Editor’s letter: Season’s Greetings and Happy New Year


As the broadcast and media industry reflects on another year of change, IBC365 wishes its readers Season’s Greetings.

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Top 10: Consume


As the year draws to a close, we take a look at some of the most popular news and industry trend articles in our Consume category.

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Top 10: Manage


As the year draws to a close, IBC365 takes a look at some of the most popular news and industry trend articles in our Manage category.

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Upgrading the user experience as OTT competition intensifies


Delivering more personalised viewing experiences and reducing content discovery times are among the challenges currently being addressed by UI/UX developers, writes David Davies.


Lionsgate strikes content deal with Airtel


India’s Bharti Airtel has inked a deal with Lionsgate and Starzplay to launch Lionsgate Play in India under a new strategic alliance.

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New Zealand delays decision over PSB merger


A decision over the future of public service broadcasting in New Zealand has been delayed as a number of Cabinet ministers requested more detail on proposals to merge RNZ and TVNZ.

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UK TV licence fee could be overhauled under Boris Johnson


The UK government is looking at decriminalising the non-payment of TV licences, a move which would potentially hit BBC funding hard.

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Back to the future: A 2019 technical retrospective


How do you capture a snapshot of the year in technology? It’s impossible to cover everything, especially in a market as diverse and exciting as media and entertainment, but here we cast an eye over some of 2019’s top tech moments.

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Top 10: Create & Produce


As the year draws to a close, we take a look at some of the most popular news and industry trend articles in our Create & Produce category.

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Canal+ inks French distribution deal with Disney+


Canal+ has struck a deal to become the exclusive distribution partner in France for Disney’s new streaming platform.

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Foxtel signs multi-year content deal with Discovery


Australian pay-TV operator Foxtel has signed a multi-year agreement with US factual giant Discovery to bring its premium content down under.


Hulu trials ad insertion for binge viewers


Streaming video platform Hulu has begun to test run commercials targeted at viewers who binge-watching series, inserting ad breaks into the service.

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IBC2020 looks to innovation with new initiatives


IBC calls for submissions for Accelerator Media Innovation programme Accelerators fast-track collaboration and innovation in media tech Innovation will be key theme across 2020 conference, with Technical Paper entries to open in 2020

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Australian government greenlights FAANG regulation


The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s recommendations to regulate and address the impact of digital platforms like Facebook and Google has been welcomed by the Government.


2019 review: The business of creativity


Reflecting on the past twelve months, one clear TV industry trend stands out: the content business has been red hot.

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Martin Sorrell: “Faster, better and cheaper”


Founder and executive chairman of digital advertising and marketing services company S4 Capital, Sir Martin Sorrell spoke to Alana Foster on harnessing digital to grow globally, whilst managing expectations and opportunities.

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Amazon scores Champions League rights & Comcast to spend $2bn on Peacock service


9-13 Dec: Your guide to what’s happened this week in the media, entertainment and technology industry.


Election 2019: How UK broadcasters are covering election night


The UK is holding its first December election in over a century. IBC365 looks at how the UK’s major broadcasters are tackling election night coverage.

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Comcast and NuEyes partner on accessibility for visually impaired


Comcast has partnered with wearable technology startup NuEyes to bring entertainment viewing experiences to visually impaired customers through NuEyes virtual reality technology.


Broadcast Solutions event reflects on remote production and ST 2110


At Broadcast Solutions’ latest Innovation Day, the German company and its partners focussed on IP production, remote production, and the move to the cloud. David Davies was in attendance.

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2019 review: The technology shaping content creation


Interactive drama, games engines, holograms, aerial spectaculars and digital cosmetics showed the blend of content and tech innovation has never been stronger

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Behind the scenes: Cats


From page to stage to screen, how director Tom Hooper and DP Christopher Ross transmogrified the megamusical

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Netflix trials browser-free ‘Watch Now’ streaming experience


Netflix has begun a global test of its latest feature for TV apps, offering users the option to skip browsing and start streaming instantly.

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Netflix dominates Golden Globe nominations


The 77th Golden Globes have been announced with Netflix leading the pack with 17 nominations for The Crown and The Irishman, while shows from HBO, Prime Video and AppleTV+ also made the shortlist.

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MovieLabs publishes new whitepaper on production security


MovieLabs has published a new white paper that lays out security principles for the future of production in the cloud.

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PSBs leading gender-balanced workplaces, finds EBU


Public service broadcasters are at the forefront of gender equality in the workplace and are leading the industry with strong role models for women in media, according to a new report by the European Broadcasting Union.

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Quibi: Assessing the appetite for snackable streaming


A-list talent has flocked to Quibi, lured by its top management team, big budgets and attractive rights offer. But can the premium short-from platform translate pre-launch buzz into paid subscribers? Tim Dams reports, in the latest in IBC365’s series on the new SVOD platforms.

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Manchester United ink content partnership deal with Alibaba Group


Premier League football club Manchester United have announced a new partnership with Alibaba Group to bring the exclusive rights to the club’s content to China.

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IABM 2019 Awards: Winners revealed


The IABM has announced the winners of its annual awards at the organisation’s Annual International Business Conference.

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Verizon and Sony produce 5G live sports demo


Verizon and Sony joined forces with NBC Sports to show the impact of 5G-connected cameras on the way sports broadcasts are captured and produced.

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DFL tests 9:16 format for football broadcast


The German Deutsche Fußball Liga has successfully broadcast for the first time in 9:16 instead of the standard 16:9 picture format.


3SS, Media Distillery and XroadMedia harness AI for personalised TV


The trio has teamed up to create an end-to-end video experience platform which will enable Android TV providers to make linear-on-demand a reality for viewers.

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What’s next for VR?


The uptake of virtual reality technology becomes more mainstream and broadcasters’ experiment with the immersive medium, IBC technical papers from TNO, Philips Group Innovation and NHK offer a glimpse into the future.

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“Record breaking” BBC iPlayer views & Sky studios partners Merman Television


2-6 Dec: Your guide to what’s happened this week in the media, entertainment and technology industry.

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DPP extends IMF adding auxiliary track


The DPP has released two new documents to extend the functionality of the Interoperable Master Format (IMF) with the development of an Auxiliary Image Sequence plug-in.

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Behind the scenes: Motherless Brooklyn


When Edward Norton wanted to convey the loneliness of life in 1950s New York for his noir feature Motherless Brooklyn he turned to cinematographer Dick Pope, BSC.

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Viacom completes CBS merger


Viacom has announced the completion of its merger with CBS Corporation to create “a premium content powerhouse with global scale” set to invest more than $13 billion in annual content.

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Fox inks deal with AWS on cloud video delivery


Amazon Web Services will be employed by Fox to transmit the broadcaster’s sport, news and entertainment content to TV and streaming customers.

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Can Amazon deliver a Premier football experience?


As Amazon kicks off its live coverage of the Premier League, Alana Foster speaks with experts on meeting fan demand and managing the technical challenges.

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Behind the scenes: 6 Underground


6 Underground sees Netflix hand one of its biggest ever budgets to director Michael Bay. Adrian Pennington speaks with cinematographer Bojan Bazelli about creating practical effects for Bay’s new Ryan Reynolds-starring action blockbuster.

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Sky invests £3bn in production at new Elstree studio


Sky Studios has announced it will invest in the UK creative sector with the development of a new TV and film studio creating over 2,000 new jobs.

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Live music broadcasting: the new frontier for next gen audio?


Live production with NGA has been dominated by sports. But could live music be the next opportunity for immersive sound? David Davies investigates.

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HBO Max: Too late to the streaming party?


Despite a powerful programming line-up, the jury is out on whether the costly HBO Max can carve out a space for itself in the crowded streaming market. Tim Dams reports on WarnerMedia’s OTT play in IBC365’s series on new SVOD platforms.

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beIN Sports wins broadcast rights for FIFA Club World Cup


Qatar-based pay-TV broadcaster beIN Sports will exclusively broadcast the next two editions of the FIFA Club World Cup.

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Tories file Ofcom complaint against C4 over election debates


The UK Conservative Party has lodged a complaint with regulator Ofcom over against Channel 4 news over its decision to empty-chair prime minister Boris Johnson for an election debate.


EU online piracy for film and TV falls


Overall access to pirated content in Europe has dropped more than 15% according to a new report by the European Union Intellectual Property Office.

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Democratising solidarity for freedom of the press


The future of freedom of speech is heavily dependent on the power of public service broadcasters, despite the rise of OTT platforms freelance documentary filmmakers agree press freedom requires solidarity, say winners of the Rory Peck Sony Impact Awards

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Creating Spotify for sports to counter piracy


As fast as technology has helped to bring the action of sports closer to fans it has also led to a boom in the presence of piracy as a threat to rights holders and broadcasters.

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ViacomCBS merger finalises, YouTube’s new ad category plus Quibi’s latest departure


25 -29 Nov: Your guide to what’s happened this week in the media, entertainment and technology industry.

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5G: The impact on broadcasting


As 5G deployments gain momentum into 2020, the media and broadcast industry is looking at ways of capitalising on this next-generation mobile tech. Explore how in technical papers from the BBC, KPN, Ericsson, Qualcomm and Nokia.

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The DTG helps with UK Cyber Security legislation


DTG CEO Richard Lindsay-Davies talks cyber security, the move to IP and personalisation.

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ProSiebenSat.1 partners AWS for cloud overhaul


European satellite and cable broadcaster ProSiebenSat.1 Media has announced a significant rollout of cloud services across its businesses.

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Chernobyl wins six RTS Craft and Design Awards


Netflix, BBC, C4 and HBO are among the network winners for the 2019 Royal Television Society Craft and Design Awards.


German SVoD Joyn service goes premium


ProSiebenSat.1 and Discovery’s cross-channel entertainment streaming platform Joyn has expanded its German streaming service with the launch of Joyn Plus+.

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Why going direct doesn’t have to be difficult

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There is a huge amount of interest in the direct to consumer market but there is also a lot of uncertainty as rights holders look at the technical challenges involved, writes Steve Russell.

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Behind the scenes: The Irishman


Martin Scorsese’s new crime drama sees the Goodfellas director reunite with Robert De Niro. Adrian Pennington spoke to Rodrigo Prieto about shooting a tale that spans six decades.

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Weavr project unveils immersive esports experience


The UK government-backed Weavr project has released a new phase of immersive technology aimed at enhancing the esports fan experience.

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Industry innovators: Quantel


In its heyday, Quantel’s tools were the must-have items for finishing houses. In the second of IBC365’s Industry Innovator series, Adrian Pennington looks at how Quantel gave broadcast a quantum leap into the digital era.

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New World Symphony: Orchestral academy gets ready for 4K HDR


The world-renowned Miami classical music institution is approaching the completion of an ambitious multi-year upgrade, writes David Davies.

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Indian regulator calls for streaming players to coexist


The Indian Ministry of Information and Broadcasting is conducting discussions with streaming video services in the region to examine regulatory and best practises.

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BBC Studioworks extends Elstree Studios partnership


The collaboration between BBC Studioworks and Elstree Studios has been extended for another four years until March 2024.

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Sky partners with sign language body for slate of accessible content


Broadcaster Sky has partnered with deaf production charity, the British Sign Language Broadcasting Trust, to develop a slate of content in British Sign Language.

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Ofcom CTO steps down


In a second-high profile executive departure, Ofcom has confirmed its chief technology officer Mansoor Hanif has stepped down from his role.

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Light fields: A bright immersive idea


Light field is seen as the cutting edge of immersive tech and a new industry organisation is looking to standardise the technology. James Pearce speaks to IDEA president Pete Ludé about what light fields bring to VR.

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Google Stadia officially launches & Sonos acquires AI voice startup


18-22 Nov: Your guide to what’s happened this week in the media, entertainment and technology industry.

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Analysis: The evolution of immersive


Several studies have attached massive numbers to the VR and AR sector, but VR, in particular, has suffered a number of setbacks from the likes of Google and the BBC. James Pearce takes a look at the immersive market.

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Journalism under pressure, according to EBU News Xchange panel


Trust in journalism is facing more pressure than ever, with fake news, disconnection from the public, and the polarisation of politics all creating new challenges for the sector.

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Sports: Serving specialist audiences


Sports federations looking to balance digital and broadcast in order to retain global viewership and drive revenue have highlighted aggregation, personalisation and partnerships as key priorities.


Cinema tech: Could improved images & sound bolster fluctuating audiences?


Declining cinema attendance in Europe means that a greater focus on higher-resolution images and immersive technologies is inevitable, writes David Davies.

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Interview: Paul Debevec, Google


In Steven Spielberg’s movie Ready Player One there’s a shot of actor Ty Sheridan putting on virtual reality (VR) headgear which transitions imperceptibly from real to virtual cameras as the shot moves to an extreme close-up. In Gemini Man, Will Smith’s digital double is among the most realistic yet created ...

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BBC CTO reveals changes to red-button and smart TV apps


The BBC has unveiled a number of changes to the interactive services it offers on UK TV which it is set to introduce next year.

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Nordic streamers look local to compete with SVoD giants


As the streaming wars intensify globally, Scandinavian networks are producing local series to compete, according to a new report from Ampere Analysis.

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OTT audience measurement platform launched in India


An audience measurement platform for India’s content creators, platforms, brand owners and media planners has been launched by data insight firm Kantar in partnership with VTION.

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Disney+ subscribers report accounts have been hacked


Hackers have stolen thousands of Disney+ subscribers accounts to sell on the dark web, according to reports, with users remaining without answers.

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Analysis: FCC turns down SES/Intelsat $60bn plan


The FCC has rejected the C-Band Alliance’s plans to repurpose spectrum, leading to a collapse in Intelsat and SES’s share prices. But the battle isn’t over, writes Chris Forrester.

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Understanding immersive realities


VR offers additional experiences and immersion, but the technology should not be used just for the sake of presenting content in VR, writes BBC R&D’s Alia Sheikh.

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ACT launches five-year blueprint for EU media policy


The Association of Commercial Television in Europe (ACT) has launched a five-year blueprint for EU media policy after celebrating 30 years of representing commercial TV interests across the continent.


SPI International and FilmBox expands African distribution


Content provider SPI/FilmBox has announced new content distribution deals to deliver eight of its popular channels across Africa with Azam TV, MTN Group and habeshaview.

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TikTok owner expands into music streaming


Beijing-based ByteDance and creator of social video app TikTok is set to take on Apple Music and Spotify after announcing the launch of its own streaming service.

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London-based streamer Mubi launches in India


Streaming service Mubi has been launched in India, with the aim of developing a niche following in the already competitive market.

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Lionsgate and Amazon UK ink output deal


Amazon has agreed an exclusive output deal with Lionsgate Movies to be the UK’s go-to streaming choice for the studio’s recent releases and upcoming theatrical films.

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Disney+, Cable Europe revamp and OTT market report


11-15 Nov: Your guide to what’s happened this week in the media, entertainment and technology industry.

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Interview: Barbara Lange, SMPTE


The industry is going through a transformation, and so is SMPTE. A year into the 100+ year old Society’s major project, executive director Barbara Lange sits down with James Pearce to discuss its plans.


Behind the scenes: War of the Worlds


The War of the Worlds started on the radio, but the sound is just as important in the latest small screen turn of the HG Wells classic. Adrian Pennington goes behind the scenes of the audio behind the BBC’s new TV adaptation.

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Looking behind live esports production


Delivering live esports production at scale requires seamless technology integration and tight workflows to optimise the operation and produce esports for massive international audiences.

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4K UHD: choice and complexity concerns still shaping global adoption


Multiple HDR formats and concerns about production complexity mean that UHD is still some way off from becoming a default choice, writes David Davies.

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Industry Innovators: Bill Warner, Avid


In the first of this series looking at innovators who have changed the media and broadcast industry, IBC365 speaks to Avid founder Bill Warner about transforming the editing landscape.

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DPP launches industry-wide sustainability initiative


UK media industry business network, the DPP, launched today a new initiative to promote environmentally sustainable practices among suppliers and content providers.

Keeping up with the news

New Zealand government proposes new public media organisation


New Zealand is looking to launch a potential new public media organisation which will replace the state-owner broadcasters TVNZ and RNZ, according to reports.

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Netflix and Nickelodeon enter multi-year film and TV deal


Global streaming giant Netflix has announced a multi-year output deal with Viacom-owned kids’ network Nickelodeon.


Spanish regulator fines Mediaset and Atresdmedia €77m over ad practices


Spain’s regulator CNMC has hit national broadcasters Mediaset and Atresdmedia with fines totalling €77.1 million for anti-competitive practices over TV advertising.

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Disney+ debuts with technical glitches


The anticipated streaming service by Disney has launched in the US and Canada this week with a slate of technical problems which the company blamed on high demand.

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European Commission approves Telia’s Bonnier buy


The European Commission has given approval to Telia’s bid to buy Bonnier Broadcasting, paving the way for the Swedish telecoms operator to complete the $957 million merger.

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DVB approves internet-centric linear TV DVB-I specification


DVB-I standard has been greenlit by an industry-led group, aiming to ensure linear television delivered over the internet is as user-friendly and robust as traditional broadcasting.

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Craft leaders: Peter Greenaway, filmmaker


Cinema should evolve beyond the medium of storytelling. Speaking to IBC365, Peter Greenaway – filmmaker, artist and provocateur - casts his critical eye over Hollywood

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Disney bets big on the streaming revolution


The culmination of years of planning and billions of dollars of investment, Disney+ represents a major pivot by the Walt Disney Company towards the direct-to-consumer, OTT market. Can the House of Mouse pull it off?

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ITV announces new addressable advertising platform Planet V


UK broadcaster ITV announced today the launch of its new addressable advertising platform Planet V which is set to launch early next year.

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Mediaset increases investment in ProSiebenSat.1


Italian Mediaset Group has secured an additional stake in Germany’s ProSiebenSat.1 Media achieving an “important milestone for its pan-European portfolio.”

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Augmenting reality: Creative and commercial opportunities for AR content


Join IBC365 on demand to explore the technology, use cases and business models behind AR.


Globo reorganisation unites production and distribution brands


Globo has announced a reorganisation of the Brazilian media company’s various content creation and distribution arms.

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Sky and BBC partner on tech and content


Sky and the BBC have announced a new partnership which will see the two UK broadcasters collaborate on content and technology.

Week ahead

DPP Tech Leaders’ Briefing & Viacom to announce earnings


11-15 Nov: Your guide to what’s happening this week in the media, entertainment and technology industry.

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Disney unveils European launch dates for Disney+


Disney+ is set to launch in a number of European markets on 31 March, the studio giant confirmed during a results call.

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RTÉ announces job cuts and closures


Irish broadcaster RTÉ has announced plans to cut up to 200 jobs as part of a series of financial measures aimed at reducing costs by €60 million over the next three years.

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Deluxe appoints new CEO


Deluxe has completed a restructure of the business and appointed Eric Cummins to the role of chief executive.

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MovieLabs looks to be the industry’s North Star


In August MovieLabs – made up of five of the biggest Hollywood studios - launched its 10-year vision for the industry. James Pearce spoke with the organisation’s leaders at SMPTE2019 in Los Angeles.

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VFX: De-aging tech


The current crop of films featuring digitally de-aged characters has brought new life to older actors, and now a pioneering example of age regression for a TV series shows just how much the technology is evolving.

Digital digest index

Vivendi's peace talks with Mediaset & Fox strikes deal with Nexstar


4-8 Nov: Your guide to what’s happened this week in the media, entertainment and technology industry.

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Rory Peck Awards honour fearless filmmakers


Freelance journalists covering stories on suicide, war, disease and corruption from Nicaragua, Syria, Sierra Leone and Yemen were celebrated last night at the 2019 Rory Peck Awards.


Chernobyl and Killing Eve lead RTS Craft and Design nominations


The Royal Television Society (RTS) Craft and Design Awards celebrate excellence in broadcast television, aiming to recognise the huge variety of skills and processes involved in programme production across 30 categories.

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Sky launches new immersive VR experience


The Sky premiere of season two of its genre-bending and psychedelic show Britannia airs tonight with the exclusive launch of Britannia VR: Out of Your Mind - a new virtual reality (VR) experience.

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BritBox launches in the UK with C4 deal


UK streaming service BritBox has gone live across the UK today announcing a deal with Channel 4 for British TV box sets and films.

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Technicolor appoints Moat as new CEO


Technicolor has named former Eir boss Richard Moat as its new CEO, replacing Frédéric Rose.

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Craft Leaders: Edward Norton, filmmaker


Edward Norton has planned to adapt Motherless Brooklyn for over 20 years. But the actor, director and producer has been quite busy, he tells Adrian Pennington, as the film hits US screens.

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Esports: Overcoming the pitfalls of production


From measuring audience metrics to platform and tournament sponsorship, monetising esports is not without its challenges. IBC365 speaks with industry experts on tactics for broadcasters to deliver live esports production.

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Red pulls plug on Hydrogen device


Red Digital Cinema has pulled the plug on its Hydrogen device, ending the firm’s foray into mobile phone manufacturing.

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Canal+ Group seeks exclusive Disney+ deal in France


Vivendi’s Canal+ Group is reportedly in advanced talks with Disney to be the exclusive third-party carrier of its upcoming streaming platform Disney+ in France.

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Enabling intelligent media and entertainment

2019-11-06T12:25:00+00:00Brought to you by

Join IBC365 and Microsoft on demand to learn how an intelligent cloud can empower and enable media and entertainment organisations to achieve more.

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Ofcom appoints Oxley as interim chief


Ofcom has named Jonathan Oxley as interim chief executive, as speculation grows about who will replace departing chief Sharon White.

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Behind the scenes: Diego Maradona


Editor Chris King and director Asif Kapadia tackle Argentina’s footballing enigma, Diego Maradona, in this documentary which comes to DVD this month

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Personalising UI with ML and voice


In these technical papers, authors from 3 Screen Solutions, Ruwido and TiVo describe real-word applications of machine learning to customise UI, and improve voice control to enhance personalisation for user experiences.

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Vice Media finalises acquisition of Refinery29


Refinery29 has officially been taken over by Vice Media with the media giant confirmating executive teams will be reshuffled.

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Broadcasters partner to boost disability awareness


ITV, the BBC, Channel 4, Viacom and Sky have partnered to launch an event focussed on disability and the media to mark International Day of People with Disabilities (IDPWD).

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Visual Data buys London content services firm MX1


Visual Data buys London-based MX1 UK from SES Ongoing M&A among the media services sector SES to focus on distribution and content management

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SMPTE and IABM confirm industry membership collaboration


Two leading media and broadcasting organisations have united to pool expertise across their memberships and share knowledge around industry challenges.

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OneWeb to raise $1bn for mega-constellation


Internet satellite company OneWeb is set to seek $1 billion from investors as it prepares its plan to launch hundreds of advanced satellites into orbit from next year.

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Conservatives and Labour pledge free over-75 licence fees ahead of election


The UK’s two largest political parties have vowed to save free TV licences for all over-75s ahead of the upcoming UK general election.

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Comcast-owned Sky boosts UK workforce with 1,000 new roles


Europe’s direct-to-consumer media and entertainment company Sky will grow its engineering and customer service jobs by 5% to meet increasing demands.

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DPP unveils report on localisation


The DPP has released a new report challenging the media and entertainment industry to collaborate more on localisation.

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Charter to launch AMC SVoD and ad-free services


AMC Networks has announced a deal with Charter Communications to boost the distribution for its ad-free AMC Premiere and subscription streaming services.

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Machine learning audio software firm secures $3.3m funding


Audio repair software developer Accusonus has raised $3.3 million in Series A funding.

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Commanding the future with next-generation voice control


Optimising voice control for a seamless and authentic user experience whilst driving new TV revenues is explored in the latest IBC365 webinar, with experts from Liberty Global, BBC and Nuance.

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Interview: Tim Shoulders on Grass Valley’s future


Belden has struggled with the “volatility” of Grass Valley’s broadcast business, but a new owner in the form of a private equity buyer will give the company a chance to invest and ”retrench”.

Digital digest index

Apple TV+ launches 1 Nov & Niantic’s Pokemon Go surpasses $3bn


28 Oct - 1 Nov: Your guide to what’s happened this week in the media, entertainment and technology industry.

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Behind the scenes: His Dark Materials


Any adaptation of Philip Pullman’s multi-layered fantasy His Dark Materials must decide how to represent the cast of animalistic ‘daemons’ which feature constantly throughout the story. Adrian Pennington spoke with key members of the VFX team to find out how.

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Pinewood ends Wales studio deal


Pinewood Group is to end its involvement with the studio complex in Wales as the facilities firm continues to focus on developing its south east England sites.


Haivision to buy LightFlow from Epic Labs


Video steaming solutions provider Haivision has struck a deal to acquire AI and cloud orchestration firm LightFlow from Epic Labs.

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Vivendi readies for DTH launch in Ukraine


French conglomerate Vivendi is preparing to launch its own direct-to-home (DTH) service in Ukraine by signing a preliminary agreement with Eutelsat to provide services for the platform.

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Video did not kill the radio


As the broadcast and media industry evolves digitally and technically, so too does radio. Explore how in technical papers from IRT, Jutel Oy, Rai Italy, VRT and the BBC.

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Apple bites into the streaming market


In the first of series of reports on the new players launching into the streaming market, Tim Dams looks at the Apple TV+ offer – and weighs up its chances of success.

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US DoD partners Verizon to deliver Forces network over IP


The United States Department of Defense has agreed a multi-year partnership with telco giant Verizon and the Defense Media Activity (DMA) to deliver content to overseas service members and their families.

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Belden confirms plans to divest Grass Valley


Belden has announced its plans to sell live media business Grass Valley in a bid to save $40 million annually after strategically reviewing its business portfolio.

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HBO and Sky strike new EU programming deal


Comcast-owned European pay-TV giant Sky and WarnerMedia’s HBO have renewed their long-running output deal.

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Viacom inks short-form content production deal with Facebook


Facebook Watch will showcase a slate of new commissioned short-form content after inking a deal with Viacom Digital Studios “to drive engagement.”

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Sony shutters PlayStation Vue platform amid streaming competition


Sony has scrapped video streaming service PlayStation Vue amid increased competition in the global streaming market.

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The internet of things: The start of a slow revolution


Broadcasters and other content creators will have much more consumer data to draw on as a result of the internet of things. But how to negotiate the new security challenges and avoid the danger of ‘digital fatigue’?

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Netflix responds to viewing speed criticism


Netflix has responded to criticism from filmmakers over a feature it has been testing that allows viewers to vary the speed at which they watch TV and films.


SVoD and pay-TV thrive in Spain


Consumer spend is forecasted to exceed €3 billion in 2019 for the first time in the Spanish entertainment market, according to a report by Futuresource.

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DAZN inks boxing content deal with Snapchat


OTT sports streaming service DAZN has confirmed its partnership with Snapchat including two new series and behind the scenes access, highlights and recaps for boxing fans in the US.

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Delivering live esports production at scale

2019-10-28T15:22:00+00:00Sponsored by

Join IBC365 on demand to go behind the scenes to understand the technology and workflow behind producing live esports events.

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Endemol Shine Group acquired by Banijay


French production group Banijay has acquired global production company Endemol Shine Group to create a worldwide premium player in content production and entertainment.

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NASA and AWS demo astronaut video call


SMPTE 2019: NASA and AWS carried out a live video call from the International Space Station to the SMPTE 2019 conference using cloud data storage and video origination from space.

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Vision mixers: Switching it up


The art of production mixing may not have changed profoundly in recent years, but the call to deliver to extra platforms and satisfy more streamlined productions are among the trends heralding fresh challenges for system developers.

Week ahead

CEBIT Australia showcase & Apple to release earnings


28 Oct - 1 Nov: Your guide to what’s happening this week in the media, entertainment and technology industry.

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NHK to “mass produce” 8K content


SMPTE 2019: NHK developed its own 8K camera system after the Japanese broadcaster decided to shoot upcoming sports broadcasts in the country in the format. At SMPTE 2019, NHK spoke about the key elements of the format.

Digital digest index

Fibre optic arrives in London Underground & Apple TV+ forecasted $9bn revenue


21-25 Oct: Your guide to what’s happened this week in the media, entertainment and technology industry.

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Why productions should focus on security


SMPTE 2019: Security is a key concern for the media industry, but security needs to be integrated into production cycles from the start, according to HBO’s Marc Zorn.

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Esports amalgamation and addressability for advertisers


The business of esports is attracting record-breaking audiences as quickly as it is gaining interest from advertisers, however, the measurement of ad success and audience engagement is as complicated as it is dense with competition.

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Discovery launches AVoD service in UK and Ireland


Discovery has launched dplay, an advertising video-on-demand service combining content for Discovery’s six free-to-air channels for consumers in the UK and Ireland.

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5G Today: Bavaria’s broadcast trials


5G offers great potential for media distribution of media content, with millions of smartphones and tablets as potential TV receivers for live and catch up services. That’s the view of the 5G Today group, which is conducting broadcast trials in Bavaria.

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Behind the scenes: Official Secrets


Telling the story with lighting, Official Secrets cinematographer Florian Hoffmeister BSC speaks to Alana Foster on how he worked with director Gavin Hood to depict the story of one woman’s moral conundrum.


Atomos acquires Timecode Systems


Atomos has acquired Timecode Systems, the UK manufacturer of wireless sync technology.

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Q&A: Matt Hill, Thinkbox


Effective measurement is one of the key challenges faced by the TV ad industry, but moves towards mass addressability will play a key role in its future, says Matt Hill of UK commercial broadcasters marketing body Thinkbox.

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Viasat to merge with Canal Digital


Nordic Entertainment Group (NENT) has proposed to merge its Viasat consumer business with Norwegian operator Telenor’s TV subsidiary Canal Digital.

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RTS opens 2020 Programme Awards


The Royal Television Society (RTS) programme awards are open for applications seeking to recognise extraordinary talent across all genres in British television.

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Addressable advertising: Who’s doing what, and why


Addressable advertising is attracting new businesses of all sizes to the TV space and enabling the likes of Sky and RTL to compete with digital giants. But in the battle to secure a healthy share of digital ad revenues, rival players must partner up, while some regions face legal and ...

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Roku acquires Dataxu to strengthen its advertising arm


Roku has acquired Dataxu in a $150 million deal to accelerate its ad platform and help content partners monetise their inventory.

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Future movie archiving raises ethical questions


SMPTE 2019: New preservation techniques for movies open a range of possibilities for future editing of archived content, but this also opens up a number of ethical considerations, according to speakers at SMPTE 2019.

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SMPTE unveils new partnerships at SMPTE 2019


SMPTE 2019: SMPTE has unveiled a number of new partnerships at SMPTE2019 as the society continues its three-year transformation plan.

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Rory Peck 2019 Awards finalists revealed


Freelance journalists covering stories on suicide, war, disease and corruption from Nicaragua, Syria, Sierra Leone and Yemen have been shortlisted as finalists for the 2019 Rory Peck Awards.

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MovieLabs to focus on security with new whitepaper


SMPTE 2019: MovieLabs is set to launch another white paper focussed on the security needs of the industry, following the successful release of its 2030 vision report in August.

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BBC launches UK’s first voice news service


The BBC has launched the first UK interactive voice news service, reinventing the way news is accessed to audiences and offering faster navigation of complex news stories.


The changing nature of TV

2019-10-22T14:44:00+01:00Brought to you by

Learn about the 3 different types of TV viewing persona, how specialist new entrants are making their mark, and what the key recommendations are for traditional broadcasters and OTT providers.

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Comcast and Viacom join anti-piracy initiative


Comcast and Viacom have joined anti-piracy initiative the Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment (ACE).

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DPP develops IMF for advertising


The Digital Production Partnership (DPP) has developed of a proof of concept to show how component-based workflows using the interoperable master format (IMF) can be applied to advertising.

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IABM opens call for entries for annual awards


The IABM has opened entries for its annual awards which recognise and reward exceptional talent and dedication.

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SMPTE focusses on storytellers at 2019 conference

2019-10-22T10:52:00+01:00By , at SMPTE 2019

SMPTE 2019: Non-profit training and studio organisation Exceptional Minds kicked off SMPTE’s Storytellers agenda at the SMPTE 2019 conference with a discussion about people with autism working in VFX and production.

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Ad management: Broadcast stability versus online chaos


Workflows for TV ads are a model of consistency compared to the wild west of digital, and the approach of traditional TV has a lot to teach the ‘new media’ of online video.


First global women’s SVoD football service unveiled


Wnited, the world’s first global OTT service dedicated to women’s football, has been unveiled by Spring Media at Sportel Monaco.

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France OTT player Salto gains triple investment


France Télévisions, M6 and TF1 are set to triple the investment in jointly backed on-demand service Salto, according to reports.


Localisation firm LyLo acquired by TransPerfect


Brussels-based dubbing, voiceover and access services facilities firm LyLo Media Group has been acquired by TransPerfect.

Week ahead

Nordic TV Summit & Amazon, Comcast and more release earnings


21-25 Oct: Your guide to what’s happening this week in the media, entertainment and technology industry.

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UK culture sec “open” to idea of scrapping BBC licence fee for subscription model


UK culture secretary Nicky Morgan has said she’d be open to the idea of ditching the BBC’s licence fee and replacing it with a subscription service.

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IBC2019 technical papers: Encoding


Encoding was once again high up the agenda in the Technical Paper submissions at IBC2019.

Digital digest index

O2 launches 5G in UK & Quibi adds to content portfolio


14-18 Oct: Your guide to what’s happened this week in the media, entertainment and technology industry.

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Getting the industry to address the EBU Pyramid


Subjecting 32 vendors to 8,000 individual Tests: George Jarrett talks to the EBU and BBC R&D about the JT-NM Tested Program that lit up IBC with green and red.

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Applying automation to high quality/low cost orchestra live streaming

2019-10-17T14:29:00+01:00By D. R. Chalmers

In this paper, BBC Scotland explores the use of robotic pan-tilt-zoom (PTZ) cameras to capture an orchestral concert for live streaming.


Completely new production flow and IP based playout

2019-10-17T14:22:00+01:00By Kjell Ove Skarsbø

In this paper, TV 2 explores a new architecture in IP based playout and workflow.


Live 360° video delivery

2019-10-17T14:14:00+01:00By Olie Baumann

In this paper, MediaKind explores viewport-adaptive 360º video delivery.

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Taking object-based media from the research environment into mainstream production

2019-10-17T14:04:00+01:00By Mike Armstrong, Sally Bowman, Matthew Brooks, Andy Brown, Juliette Carter, Andy Jones, Max Leonard, Thomas Preece

In this paper, BBC R&D explores the design and architecture of Object-Based Media (OBM).


CDNs: Innovation, higher bandwidth and interactivity


The advent of 4K and now 8K, as well as interactive applications that require sub-1 second latency, are obliging CDN service providers to enhance capacity and efficiency, writes David Davies.

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Call of duty


Social media firms report that the use of AI and digital fingerprinting to screen harmful content has led to an increase in its removal as they double down in their efforts to make sites safer – but are they doing enough or will the duty of care soon become a ...

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BBC shuts down VR Hub


The BBC has shut down its VR Hub production and commissioning unit after two years in what could be seen as another blow to the burgeoning VR sector.


Globoplay thumbnails: Using AI to extract the best frame to represent drama series

2019-10-17T11:16:00+01:00By Edmundo Hoyle, Álvaro Antelo, Igor Coutinho

In this paper, GLOBO introduces a novel algorithm responsible for the automatic thumbnail selection of drama series content published on OTT platform Globoplay.


Deep-learning based precoding techniques for next-generation video compression

2019-10-17T11:08:00+01:00By Aaron Chadha, Eirina Bourtsoulatze, Ilya Fadeev, Vasileios Giotsas, Sergio Grce, and Yiannis Andreopoulos

In this paper, iSIZE proposes deep neural networks as precoding components for current and future codec ecosystems.


State-of-the-art of extended reality in 5G networks

2019-10-17T11:02:00+01:00By I.D.D. Curcio, S.N.B. Gunkel, T. Stockhammer

In this paper, Nokia Technologies, 2KPN/TNO, and Qualcomm explore use cases, architectural, protocols and codec aspects for XR systems over 5G networks and their state-of-the-art in 3GPP and MPEG standardization organizations.

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Evaluating the quality of multi-camera video capture and view-point interpolation for 6DoF AR/VR applications

2019-10-17T10:52:00+01:00By Chris Varekamp

In this paper, Philips Group Innovation presents a quality evaluation approach that uses ray-traced images of artificial scenes.

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Lessons learnt during one year of commercial volumetric video production

2019-10-17T10:43:00+01:00By O. Schreer, I. Feldmann, P. Kauff, P. Eisert, D. Tatzelt, C. Hellge, K. Müller, T. Ebner, S. Bliedung

In June 2018, Fraunhofer HHI together with Studio Babelsberg, ARRI, UFA, and Interlake founded the joint venture Volucap GmbH and opened a commercial volumetric video studio on the film campus of Potsdam Babelsberg. After a testing phase, commercial productions started in November 2018. The core technology for volumetric video production ...


HIAR/VR for various viewing styles in the future of broadcasting

2019-10-17T10:31:00+01:00By H. Kawakita, K. Yoshino, D. Koide, K. Hisatomi, Y. Kawamura, and K. Imamura

In this paper, NHK explores how viewing styles will be and what the technology and the R&D strategy is required in the future of broadcasting.


Everyday photo-realistic social VR: Communicate and collaborate with an enhanced co-presence and immersion

2019-10-17T10:18:00+01:00By Simon N.B. Gunkel, Hans Stokking, Tom De Koninck, Omar Niamut

While Virtual Reality (VR) retains industry interest, the overall market adoption of VR is still slow. One problem in VR is the social isolation. Many applications are still single user-driven and VR services that do allow the sharing of virtual experiences with others, mostly focus on representing users as artificial ...


OMAF4CLOUD: Standards-enabled 360° video creation as a service

2019-10-17T10:02:00+01:00By Yu You, Ari Hourunranta, Emre Aksu

In this paper, Nokia Technologies explores OMAF and NBMP standards for an immersive virtual reality experience.


The immersive audience experience evaluation toolkit

2019-10-17T09:52:00+01:00By J. Freeman, J. Lessiter, P. Borden, L. Turner-Brown, L. Kurta & E. Ferrari

In this paper, i2 media research explores a new way to measure audience perceptions of impact and value of different immersive experiences.


Comparative analysis of real-time multi-view reconstruction of a sign language interpreter

2019-10-17T09:07:00+01:00By Andrej Satnik, Robin Ribback, Krishna Chandramouli, Giacomo Inches, Mark Wheatley, Ebroul Izquierdo

In this paper, Finconns Group, SWISS TXT and more explore


4K UHD HDR and immersive audio live streaming 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia for Samsung Smart TVs App

2019-10-17T08:36:00+01:00By L. Carvano, A. T. Gomes, A. S. Murakami

In this paper, Globosat presents the experience, challenges, techniques and results obtained by Globosat, in partnership with Samsung Brazil, with live streaming 56 matches of the 2018 FIFA WORLD CUP in Russia for connected TVs with 4K UHD HDR and immersive audio.


A study on the transmission scheme for the advanced ISDB-T and verification by large-scale field experiments in Japan

2019-10-17T07:00:00+01:00By N. Shirai, S. Kawashima, T. Ijiguchi, A. Sato, H. Miyasaka, S. Asakura, T. Shitomi, T. Takeuchi, M. Nakamura, T. Nakatogawa, M. Okano, K. Tsuchida and M. Takada

In this paper, NHK explores the development of advanced terrestrial broadcasting technology to transmit ultra-high-definition television signals.


Regional contents in a national DVB-T2 SFN: A novel approach based on DVB-SIS

2019-10-17T07:00:00+01:00By V. Mignone, A. Bertella, D. Milanesio, B. Sacco, S. Ripamonti, M. Visintin

In this paper, Rai explores a system configuration that benefits from the multiple Physical Layer Pipes (PLP) of DVB-T2.


5G media streaming architecture

2019-10-17T07:00:00+01:00By F. Gabin, T. Lohmar, G. Heikkilä, L. D'Acunto, T. Stockhammer

In this paper, Ericsson, TNO & KPN and Qualcomm join to explore how the new 3GPP 5G Media Service Architecture (5GMSA) supports unicast downlink media distribution and uplink streaming.


Full duplex docsis & extended spectrum docsis hold hands to form the 10G cable network of the future

2019-10-17T07:00:00+01:00By Frank O’Keeffe, Ayham Al-Banna, Tom Cloonan

In this paper, ARRIS shows how Hybrid Fibre-Coaxial (HFC) networks are complementary in nature and explains how the XSD technology can use the same node technology.


5G for broadcasters – new opportunities for distribution and content

2019-10-17T07:00:00+01:00By A. Murphy, B. Weir, M. Waddell, R. Khokhar

In this paper, the BBC presents the results of the emerging requirements for future 5G deployments.

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Marconi: towards an integrated, intelligent radio production platform

2019-10-17T07:00:00+01:00By Rik Bauwens, Sandy Claes

In this paper, VRT explores integrated tools in audio technology for 21st-century radio production.

Create and produce

Flexible virtualisation of radio production and playout

2019-10-17T07:00:00+01:00By J.E.Kivelä

In this paper, Jutel Oy explores virtual browser-based radio production.


Evolution of radio services in the era of voice-controlled digital assistants

2019-10-17T07:00:00+01:00By P. Casagranda, F. Russo, R. Teraoni Prioletti

In this paper, Rai explores the impact of voice-controlled digital assistants on the evolution of radio services.


DAB over IP

2019-10-17T07:00:00+01:00By Alexander Erk & Fabian Sattler

In this paper, IRT explores DAB and IP as technical solutions for radio streaming.


Advanced video compression and rendering for highly immersive 8K+ applications

2019-10-17T07:00:00+01:00By M. Alvarez-Mesa, S. Sanz-Rodríguez, C. C. Chi, M. Glowiak, R. Haring

In this paper, Spin Digital Video Technologies, PSNC and Ars Electronica Futurelab join to explore a set of tools designed to simplify the distribution, playback and adaptation of high-quality immersive content for new immersive environments.


The emerging MPEG-5 EVC standard - Applications, technology and results

2019-10-17T07:00:00+01:00By Jonatan Samuelsson, Kiho Choi, Jianle Chen, Dmytro Rusanovskyy

In this paper, Divideon, Samsung, Futurewei, Qualcomm all explore the MPEG-5 Essential Video Coding (EVC) standard to facilitate rapid deployment and widespread use of the standard throughout the media industry.


Real-time decoding and AR playback of the emerging MPEG video-based point cloud compression standard

2019-10-17T07:00:00+01:00By S. Schwarz, M. Pesonen

In this paper, Nokia Technologies presents the world’s first implementation of the upcoming MPEG standard for video-based point cloud compression.


Understanding the effect of content type on the value of OTT audiences

2019-10-17T07:00:00+01:00By F. M. Conner

In this paper, Vimeo discusses the ways in which content variation affects key aspects of OTT, including subscriber monetisation, viewership, and content management.


Leveraging acoustic information for enhanced personalisation in the entertainment domain

2019-10-17T07:00:00+01:00By Charlie Bonfield, Manik Malhotra

In this paper, TiVo explores an effective strategy that could be used to enhance the discovery experience for voice remote users.


Networked collaborative recommendation architecture

2019-10-17T07:00:00+01:00By V. Ollikainen

In this paper, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland explores architectural models for a recommendation engine network and a conceptual view of an ecosystem-based on them.


Using machine learning and behavioural analysis for user-tailored viewer experience

2019-10-17T07:00:00+01:00By Peter W. Szabo and Zsolt L. Janosi

In this paper, 3 Screen Solutions showcases the machine learning engine and examines a behavioural mapping technique and the mathematical theory behind it.


User acceptance of emotion-aware mood-improving voice assistants

2019-10-17T07:00:00+01:00By R. Bernhaupt, C. Murko, G. Pottier, A. Battut

In this paper, ruwido explores the potential of voice aware and mood-improving voice assistants.

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IABM’s latest Buying Trends Report sees fall in revenue growth


Despite a noticeable fall in industry revenue, buying confidence remains high according to the IABM’s latest report.

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MESA tackles OTT sport opportunities


MESA’s post IBC2019 review looked at multi-territory OTT sports platforms. George Jarrett reports.

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All3Media launches new prodco with former Field Day exec


All3Media has announced a partnership with Sally Angel to launch a new production company focused on developing factual documentary shows for international broadcasters and platforms.

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Public cloud services are evolving

2019-10-16T09:41:00+01:00Sponsored by

Public cloud services are evolving and so is the adoption of cloud services across major broadcasters and TV production companies. Run any Windows application on any device using a HTML5 browser all powered by cloud services – this is the new normal writes Nutanix senior technologist Ruben Spruijt.

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IABM reveals Skyline upgrade to Platinum membership


The IABM has announced Skyline Communications has become the latest company to upgrade to Platinum membership level.

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BBC Studios agrees Asia distribution deal with Globecast and MEASAT


BBC Studios has struck an agreement to distribute its BBC channels across Asia through Globecast on MEASAT Satellite Systems.

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Analysis: USA 5G reassignment could be worth $30 billion to sat-operators


The clock is ticking for an agreement between the C-Band Alliance and the FCC over repurposing spectrum for 5G. But there are still some complications, writes Chris Forrester.

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Interview: Christophe Poulain, Worldcast Systems

2019-10-14T13:00:00+01:00Brought to you by

Improving user experience and making products that are easier to configure and operate is a priority, says Worldcast Group co-president Christophe Poulain.

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Enhancing content personalisation and confronting ‘viewer churn’

2019-10-14T12:46:00+01:00Brought to you by

AI-driven content personalisation and interactivity for OTT are among the trends to be occupying the attention of Oleg Gubin, R&D director of software development company Oxagile.

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New Zealand Rugby takes 5% stake in Sky NZ in “revolutionary” rights deal


A landmark sports rights deal will see New Zealand Rugby take a 5% stake in Sky New Zealand in exchange for the rights to show All Blacks matches for the next five years.

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ITV unveils technical partners for BritBox


Upcoming UK streaming service BritBox has unveiled a number of the specialist partners who will work with it ahead of its UK launch this quarter.

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Blog: Turning talent on demand


The US streaming giants are growing revenues and eyeballs with a slate of multi-million dollar deals snapping up UK talent. Alana Foster examines the increasingly competitive market.

Week ahead

MIPCOM, Netflix to announce results & Broadcast India Show


14-18 Oct: Your guide to what’s happening this week in the media, entertainment and technology industry.

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Creating brand loyalty and new TV revenues with next-generation voice control

2019-10-11T15:31:00+01:00Sponsored by

Join IBC365 on demand to find out what’s required to take voice engagement to the next level to maximise audience experience and ensure customer retention and revenue growth.

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MPs urge UK government and BBC to rethink over-75’s licence fees


A group of British MPs have challenged the BBC and the government to work together to protect free TV licences for all over-75s.

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ProSiebenSat.1 set for sale of US production business


German broadcaster ProSiebenSat.1 Media wants to sell its US production arm by the end of the year, with bids due by then.

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Verizon Media expands short-form video business


In a dedicated push to accelerate its content library to showcase its 5G network, Verizon Media has launched In the Know Network to expand its short-form video business.

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DPP: Globalising media at an industrial scale


The Digital Production Partnership (DPP) had a three-pronged strategy for IBC fronted by IMF implementation.

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Empowering all to thrive in broadcasting


As head of broadcast and entertainment for the UK & Ireland in Google’s Strategic Partnerships team, Justin Gupta, who is also part of IBC’s Content Steering Group, explains how the group has strived for a better gender balance throughout this year’s conference programme.

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RTS awards 2019 undergraduate bursaries


The Royal Television Society (RTS) has named the recipients for its 2019 undergraduate bursaries, which aim to widen participation in and access to the media industry.

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Digital platforms set to skyrocket women’s sport on screen by 94%


Broadcasters have committed to investing in the creation, production and distribution of women’s sport on screens, according to research by Imagen.

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Challenging media authenticity with diversity


Mainstream media must balance creativity and diversity, with LGBT visibility particularly low across the broadcasting industry, and authenticity key according to TV and radio presenter Stephanie Hirst.

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MGM Studios deploys groundbreaking media distribution technology


Legendary media group MGM has become one of the first major customers of the Eluvio Content Fabric, which bypasses the need for traditional CDNs.

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EU warns of 5G cybersecurity & tech giants face tax crackdown


7 - 11 Oct: Your guide to what’s happened this week in the media, entertainment and technology industry.

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Italy to launch “web tax” in 2020 targeting digital giants


Italy has confirmed that it will implement a 3% web tax on large-scale web-based activity from big digital companies starting next year.

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Liberty LATAM spends $1.95bn on AT&T operations


AT&T’s businesses in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands have been acquired by Liberty Latin America in a strategic move to create an integrated consumer and B2B communication and entertainment provider.

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India approves foreign broadcaster technology collaborations


India’s cabinet has rubber-stamped a memorandum of understanding signed between India and foreign broadcasters for the exchange of technical expertise in the radio and TV sectors.

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Rise partners BT Sport and Sky to launch education programme ‘Rise-Up’


Gender diversity advocacy group Rise has launched a new schools outreach programme aimed at educating children about opportunities in the broadcast and media space.

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Skill sets: Transitioning to data science and analytics


Are we ever going to plunge into being simply an IT industry? George Jarrett looks at the radical changes in skill sets needed as the industry transitions away from the linear broadcast model.

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Broadcast and media technology market in Europe

2019-10-09T15:33:00+01:00By Riikka Koponen

Europe’s Pay-TV market is fragmented, but it continues to be the most common way of receiving TV, according to an IABM snapshot of the market.

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Behind the scenes: Le Mans ‘66


James Mangold’s Le Mans ’66 - also known as Ford v Ferrari - looks at the iconic 24 Hours of Le Mans race. Cinematographer Phedon Papamichael talks about shooting emotion in the cold metal of motorsports

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Mediaset and Netflix announce partnership


Mediaset has officially unveiled its co-production partnership with Netflix, which is set to see the development of seven new films spanning historical romance, teen dramas and sport.

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Reach and relevance drives revenue


Audience loyalty has been the success to the longevity of Refinery29’s global reach; international president Kate Ward tells IBC365 about the triumphs of growing a digital brand beyond audience eyeballs.

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Enthusiasm of 8K


At IBC2019 there were several announcements about the 8K future. Chris Forrester looks at some of the enthusiasm around 8K.

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5G-MAG promises a multicast layer cake


IBC’s rich history as a launch pad for major industry initiatives takes another giant step today with the official launch of the 5G Media Action Group.

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Arqiva sells telecoms business for £2bn


Arqiva has sold its telecoms division for £2bn as part of its strategy to focus on broadcast infrastructure and connectivity for TV and radio.

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MediaKind appoints Allen Broome as CTO


Former Comcast executive Allen Broome has been appointed to the newly created role of chief technology officer at MediaKind.

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Facebook agrees $40m settlement over ad engagement lawsuit


Facebook has agreed to pay advertisers $40 million to settle a class-action suit which accused the media giant of exaggerating video ad engagement metrics.

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Dish TV India partners with Amazon Prime Video


Indian satellite operator Dish TV has collaborated with Amazon Prime Video to bring the Prime Video app to TV and direct-to-home subscribers for its upcoming hybrid set-top box.

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RTS opens entries for the Television Journalism Awards 2020


The Royal Television Society has launched the 2020 edition of the RTS Television Journalism Awards.

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Evolution not revolution

2019-10-07T16:07:00+01:00By Elliot Herman

While it was obvious that it’s evolution, rather than revolution, which took a front seat throughout Halls 10 and 11, it was just as clear that new technologies are leading the industry forward.

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June Sarpong appointed BBC diversity lead


Broadcaster, writer and campaigner June Sarpong has been named as the BBC’s new director of creative diversity.

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Netflix banned from advertising on Disney channels


Walt Disney has stopped airing ads from the streaming giant Netflix on its entertainment networks after changing its advertising policy ahead of pushing into the streaming world.

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Deluxe files for bankruptcy


Deluxe Entertainment Services Group insists that it is business as usual for the post-production company despite filing for bankruptcy.

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BBC unveils major revamp of iPlayer


The BBC has unveiled its biggest ever overhaul of on-demand platform iPlayer as it looks to compete with OTT providers such as Netflix and Amazon Prime Video.

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New broadcasters: Zeitgeist of our time


Global digital media publishers are defining broadcasting with 80% of audiences opting for video, according to Vice and Refinery29 executives who discussed the power of harnessing platforms and chasing niche audiences.

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Sky News broadcasts live on Amazon’s Twitch


Live streaming video platform Twitch, a subsidiary of Amazon, hosted Sky News in the broadcaster’s first live stream of the UK Conservative party conference in a bid to tap into younger audiences.

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All3Media forms finance fund with Cinetic Media


All3Media America has joined forces with financing and distribution firm Cinetic Media to establish an original content development fund.

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Amazon spat with Disney over Amazon Fire TV ad sales


Amazon’s Fire TV might not carry the new Disney+ service as the two corporate behemoths are locked in a dispute over the terms of advertising.

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EBU calls for more broadcaster involvement in 5G


The European Broadcast Union (EBU) has called for the creation of “5G broadcast” with public services broadcaster offering free-to-air services to mobiles across 5G networks.

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IABM: Three IBC 2019 takeaways


As media companies face unprecedented challenges, IABM’s Lorenzo Zanni looks at the key themes from IBC2019: Transformation, collaboration, and aggregation

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Video: Jaunt XR’s Mitzi Reaugh talks isolation of media tech


Media and technology can isolate people, meaning the industry needs to rethink inclusivity, according to Jaunt XR CEO Mitzi Reaugh.

Digital digest index

Amazon’s Disney dispute, Prime Video pushes into Poland & Netflix UK profits soar


30 Sep-4 Oct: Your guide to what’s happened this week in the media, entertainment and technology industry.

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Embracing the journey to IP


At IBC2019, Halls 1, 4, 5 and 6 provided a fascinating insight into the state of the industry. It’s not just that it’s changing – it’s the pace of change that is startling, driven by the opportunity that IP offers.


Behind the scenes: Joker


Production designer Mark Friedberg and editor Jeff Groth explain how they mapped Manhattan to fit the warped and rotting mind of the clown’s alter ego.

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Tencent joins AV1 codec group Alliance for Open Media


Tencent has joined the Alliance for Open Media, the organisation responsible for AV1, the royalty-free, open-source codec for delivering video over the web.

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Vice Media acquires Refinery29 in $400m deal


Vice Media has agreed on a deal to buy Refinery 29 in a major consolidation which will see the two firms will be rebranded as Vice Media Group.

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Ethiopia switches on dedicated direct TV platform


The Association of Ethiopian Broadcasters (AEB) and the Ethiopian Broadcasting Corporation (EBC) have launched the first dedicated Ethiopian TV platform to host local channels.

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Italy launches Netflix tax evasion probe


Italian prosecutors are probing Netflix over alleged undeclared taxes in Italy for media products sold to Italian viewers, according to reports.

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Is IP delivery the future for broadcasting esports?


Rethinking the production workflow of esports tournaments, industry leaders explained the benefits of moving towards remote and cloud production and the importance of harnessing data during an IBC2019 panel.


NATO takes the lead for digital cinema standards


Movie theatre owners will test evolving digital cinema technologies to set the best practise in new technology adoption set out by the National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO).

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Disney inks Amazon Prime streaming deal for LATAM


Amazon Prime has licensed a selection of Disney titles to exclusively stream in Latin America in line with the first slate of territories where Disney+ will roll out next month.

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Esports audiences “the Holy Grail” for ad revenue


Return on investment is not just about cash, explained esports expert Michiel Bakker and chief executive of Ginx Esports TV, with esports audiences the new currency for revenue success.

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How to tell a better story


Sound should be used to help editors tell the story. Sound editor Tormod Ringnes speaks to Carolyn Giardina about the impact of immersive sound technology.

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‘Our customers are looking to redefine the viewer experience’

2019-10-01T14:23:00+01:00Brought to you by

Bitmovin CEO and co-founder Stefan Lederer reflects on the implications of a growing trend towards selecting ‘the right codec for the right job’.

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Verizon buys assets from Jaunt XR


US telco Verizon Communications has agreed to purchase the software, technology and a number of other assets from immersive technology company Jaunt XR.

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Canal+ wins battle against Polish pirates


The owner of Pirate streaming site has been imprisoned after the site was found to have illegally distributed Canal+ original TV broadcasts.

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Vidgo and Kiswe launch new social TV experience


Designed for interactivity on sports, entertainment, family and Latino programming a new app is a “world-first” according to the two companies delivering the live social-streaming experience.

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UK pledges additional £5bn for 5G and full-fibre


The UK government has pledged to invest a further £5 billion in 5G and full-fibre deployments in order to boost connectivity in the country.

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Jane Turton appointed chair of RTS board of trustees


The Royal Television Society (RTS) has appointed All3Media chief executive Jane Turton as Chair of the organisation’s board of trustees.

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Content Everywhere: Cloud, low-latency and 5G

2019-09-30T16:05:00+01:00By Anne Morris

Cloud and cloud transformation were among the dominant themes in Hall 14 at IBC2019, particularly as operators and service providers work out how to bridge the gap between broadcast and broadband.


Locast launches countersuit against US broadcasters


Non-profit streaming service Locast has issued ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC with a countersuit accusing the four US broadcasters of engaging in antitrust conduct.

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Broadcasters look to optimise workflow costs as storage models evolve


Security, cost-efficiency and the sheer volume of content are becoming increasingly critical as customers adopt more varied storage patterns, writes David Davies.

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BritBox announces distribution deals


UK streaming service BritBox has announced distribution deals with Samsung, Freeview, and YouView.

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Zwift inks deal for UCI esports championships


The International Cycling Union will host the first cycling esports world championships next year which the sport’s world governing body announced as a “milestone” moment.

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Cinema before streaming says Apple


Apple is eying partnerships with cinemas to run its feature-length productions as extended theatrical releases before they become available on its upcoming streaming service.

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Islamic TV joint venture to be ‘modelled on BBC’ says Pakistan PM


An international Islamic TV channel to be launched as a joint venture by Pakistan, Turkey and Malaysia will be modelled on the BBC and will aim to fight Islamophobia.

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Virgin Media wades into RTÉ funding debate


Virgin Media has warned the Irish government against “pandering yet again to RTÉ” amid debate over funding of the public service broadcaster.

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Lean machine learning

2019-09-27T15:18:00+01:00By Lorcan Archer

Threatened by a public referendum and squeezed for talent, Léonard Bouchet of RTS delivered revelatory tools while establishing a better work culture, all by embracing data-driven principles.

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Dish loses Fox over contract dispute


Dish Network’s customers have lost access to Fox channels as the two companies go head-to-head in the latest carriage dispute.

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Politics live: Hansard of the airwaves or reality TV car crash?


The live broadcast of the UK’s Parliament is proving increasingly popular with British viewers as debates over Brexit and legal challenges intensify. Adrian Pennington looks at how Parliament is broadcast.

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Alchimie acquires UK’s TV Player


International content aggregation firm Alchimie is set to take over the UK-based OTT provider TV Player in a move to accelerate its entry into the UK market.

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Comment: Our pick of the best of IBC2019

2019-09-27T11:22:00+01:00By , ,

With IBC2019 now behind us, the IBC365 editorial team – editor George Bevir, deputy editor James Pearce and staff writer Alana Foster – looks back at the highlights from this year’s show.

Digital digest index

Channel 5 and Comedy Central to join BritBox & Disney+ takes US pre orders


23-27 Sept: Your guide to what’s happened this week in the media, entertainment and technology industry.

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The AI/ML effect


The growth of artificial intelligence and machine learning is examined in this session, which was chaired by Lorenzo Zanni, head of insight and analysis, IABM with contributions from Léonard Bouchet of RTS Radio Télévision Suisse and Carlos Octavio, TV Globo.

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Moving online has given the SCTE an edge in broadband training


IBC2019: The SCTE used part of its IBC2019 sessions to discuss the future of training and the benefits of online training platforms in a changing industry.

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OTT tops the IBC2019 agenda


The impact of OTT services dominated discussions at IBC2019 with panels focussed on SVoD vs AVoD, niche content and how streaming is driving a golden era of creation.

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India’s TRAI to govern broadcasters’ interconnections


The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India is seeking input from broadcasters into its regulatory review of the provisions of interconnection and carriage fees.

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MovieLabs to address the evolution of media creation in SMPTE 2019 keynote


SMPTE has announced that Jim Helman, chief technology officer at Motion Pictures Laboratories (MovieLabs), will present a keynote titled “The Future of Media Creation” at SMPTE 2019.


RTS opens student TV awards


Celebrating the best audio-visual work created by students across the UK, the Royal Television Society has launched the RTS Student Television Awards for 2020.

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Diversity: IBC2019 Sees it differently


Diversity was a key topic at the IBC2019 Lounge Talks as speakers looked at gender equality, LGBT representation and neurodiversity.

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Broadcasters’ battle to stay relevant as content production evolves

2019-09-25T11:17:00+01:00Brought to you by

Enabling real-time conversation during broadcasting of content is an essential element in connecting with digital audiences, says head of Kiswe Mobile Europe Jorre Belpaire.

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Amazon Studios inks exclusive deal with Phoebe Waller-Bridge


Killing Eve and Fleabag creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge has been signed to Amazon Studios to create and produce new TV content for the technology giant’s video streaming platform.

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BBC to commercialise new voice assistant Beeb


The BBC’s recently announced voice assistant Beeb will be available internationally and be commercialised outside the UK.

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BBC Studioworks unveils Moultrie as new CEO


BBC Studioworks has named BBC Studios UK MD, consumer products and publishing, Andrew Moultrie as its new CEO.

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Sovereignty and scale key to digital success says New York Times boss


The case for public intervention in media is stronger than ever, according to New York Times CEO and former BBC director general Mark Thompson.

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Behind the scenes: The Goldfinch


Complex, dense and 800 pages long, the 2014 Pulitzer Prize-winning bestseller The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt has become this year’s prestige cinematic literary adaptation.

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Pebble Beach partners with Vizrt

2019-09-24T13:02:00+01:00By Mark Hallinger

The company has announced that it has partnered with graphics specialist Vizrt to integrate the Viz Engine into its Dolphin and Orca integrated playout solutions.

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Extreme content watchdog to be independent body funded by tech giants


The Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism will become an independent organisation funded by Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Microsoft.

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IP delivery and its role in the rise of multiscreen and hybrid services


Adopting a hybrid approach – whereby satellite and terrestrial IP networks are combined – is allowing an increasing number of broadcasters to respond flexibly to evolving market conditions, writes David Davies.

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CJ leads next-gen cinema experiences with 4DX


Cinema technology company CJ 4DPlex has committed to develop multisensory cinema technology to offer next-generation cinema experiences.


SVoD service iwonder launches in South East Asia


Singapore-based documentary streamer iwonder has expanded its service across Southeast Asia after its successfully launched in Singapore, Australia and New Zealand earlier this year.

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YouTube launches new ad service using AI to simplify video marketing


YouTube has pitched the benefits of AI for advertising campaigns with the launch of its new Video Reach campaigns platform.

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RTS Cambridge Convention 2019 round up

2019-09-23T16:07:00+01:00By ,

Trust, diversity and content investment are key priorities for leading TV executives from Netflix, Sky, UK, C4, ITV and BBC who spoke during the RTS Cambridge Convention last week.

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Fleabag and Game of Thrones win big at Emmy Awards


The 71st Primetime Emmy Awards last night celebrated excellence in programming and individual achievements for the 2018 to 2019 television season.


Vivendi retains Mediaset stake ahead of wider legal battle, according to reports


Vivendi has opted to hold on to its stake in Mediaset after a deadline to liquidate its 29% shareholding in the Italian broadcaster expired over the weekend.

Week ahead

South Africa and US each to host radio industry events


23-27 Sept: Your guide to what’s happening this week in the media, entertainment and technology industry.

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GatesAir unveils extended low-power TV range

2019-09-21T17:13:00+01:00By Mark Hallinger

At IBC, GatesAir unveiled a wider family of TV transmitters resulting from the company’s recent acquisition of ONEtastic, known henceforward as GatesAir S.r.l.

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Stage Tec highlights IP-based Nexus interconnections

2019-09-21T17:09:00+01:00By Mark Hallinger

The Nexus audio network was previously designed exclusively for networking using a proprietary fibre optic cable protocol.

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New agreements hit the hot spot for Arabsat


Arab Satellite Communications Organization (Arabsat) used IBC to discuss with visitors the latest developments in its business.

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Apple and Microsoft join Academy Software Foundation


IBC2019: Apple and Microsoft have joined the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Academy Software Foundation, bringing its membership to 27 companies.

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WorldDAB sees connections grow


IBC2019: The world is adopting digital radio, according to Graham Dixon, head of radio at the EBU, who spoke at IBC2019.

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“Pleasure” is key reason viewers tune into TV, say researchers


“Pleasure” is the dominant reason that viewers tune into television, according to new ITV research.

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Sky looks to build Studios division via acquisitions and deals


Sky group chief executive Jeremy Darroch has spelt out some of the ways that the company plans to build up its new Sky Studios production division.

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BBC director general Tony Hall sets out “total TV” vision for iPlayer


BBC “iPlayer is going to be total TV”, said BBC director general Tony Hall today, spelling out his plans for how the corporation can meet the challenge from the streaming platforms.

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Interview: Soumya Sriraman, BritBox


Soumya Sriraman has pushed the SVoD service BritBox to early success across North America. Now as the service owned by the BBC and ITV prepares to launch in its home market, she gives Chris Forrester some insight into how she meets the needs of subscribers.

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Netflix chief Hastings pledges increased investment in UK content


Netflix CEO Reed Hastings said today that the streamer would step up its spend in the UK, its biggest production market outside the US.

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Channel 4 boss Alex Mahon hits out at streamers


Channel 4 chief executive Alex Mahon took a swipe at global streaming services at this week’s RTS Cambridge Convention, accusing them of profiting from “trans-territory filler work”

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Top women’s sports events should be free to air, says UK Culture Secretary


Culture Secretary Nicky Morgan has called for the biggest events in women’s sport to become ‘listed events’ on free-to-air TV in the UK so that mass audiences can watch them.

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Channel 5 and Comedy Central join BritBox


Channel 5 and Comedy Central join upcoming SVoD service BritBox C5 box-sets to appear on BritBox following 30 days on My5  BritBox co-founder ITV says discussions taking place with other partners

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Streaming, 8K and AR: How bringing production in-house will transform Rugby World Cup 2019

2019-09-20T09:48:00+01:00By Steve McCaskill

The Rugby World Cup has brought production in-house for the 2019 World Cup. As the tournament kicks off in Japan, Steve McCaskill finds out what innovations will feature at RWC2019.

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BritBox “not a threat” to the BBC says Ofcom & NBC Universal unveils SVoD service


16-20 Sep: Your guide to what’s happened this week in the media, entertainment and technology industry.

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Comcast inks distribution deal with DAZN


Media and communications giant Comcast Corp has struck a distribution deal with digital global sports provider DAZN Group,  blurring the line between traditional television operators and streaming services.

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Diversity of UK TV industry not improving fast enough, says Ofcom chief


Ofcom CEO Sharon White has called for more concerted leadership from UK broadcasters and production companies to improve diversity in the TV industry.

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“Trust” is key for ITV, says McCall


ITV chief Carolyn McCall opened today’s RTS Cambridge Convention by arguing that one of the broadcaster’s greatest assets at a time of political upheaval and digital disruption is the trust the public has in its news and current affairs.

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Media companies need authenticity to attract Gen Z


IBC2019: Generation Z viewers are more demanding and clearer on what they want from content, with less loyalty to individual brands or platforms than previous generations.

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Broadcasters encouraged to tackle esports opportunity


IBC2019: With its rapidly expanding fanbase of young, digital-first viewers, esports is a sector the broadcaster industry should invest in while they still can, according to Prosieben’s eSports head, Henrik Nyhuis.


4K encoder for live contributions new from Zycast


Professional broadcast equipment manufacturer ZyCast showcased a number of its latest solutions, including its 4K encoder, at IBC2019.

Aldrey: Building lasting connections with technical partners

MediaKind launches Universal Alliance


In support of the company’s goal to ignite the industrialisation of broadcast-quality streaming, MediaKind launched the MediaKind Universe Alliance at IBC.


Content and technology leaders combine to create an outstanding IBC experience


IBC2019 has been hailed a celebration of industry insights and excellence, with the world’s media, entertainment and technology industry once again gathering in Amsterdam to do business and forge connections.

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NEP invests in Merging Anubis

2019-09-17T15:58:00+01:00By Mark Hallinger

The technical management team at NEP has ordered 50 Merging Technologies Anubis audio interface desktop units, which the vendor refers to as the “Swiss army knife,” of audio.

(L-R) Eirik Nakken, director of technology for NEP Norway, and Jarle Felin, VP of Northern European operations for Lawo

NEP Norway taps Lawo for core upgrade

2019-09-17T15:58:00+01:00By Mark Hallinger

NEP Norway will be using Lawo as equipment provider as it replaces the baseband video and audio infrastructure of its Oslo Broadcast Centre’s master control room.

Remote codecs can be controlled from any internet connection

Audio codec fleet control from Tieline

2019-09-17T15:58:00+01:00By Mark Hallinger

The Cloud Codec Controller software tool was shown at IBC last year, and now it has been released.

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Hydraulic Press Channel invests in Kron Chronos 1.4


A total of 72 Kron Technologies Chronos 1.4 high-speed cameras were taken to Finland recently, where they were put through their paces by the Hydraulic Press Channel.

Atto’s Tim Klein shows off the new ThunderLink adapter

Facilis and Atto unite on Thunderbolt


Atto and Facilis have partnered to integrate Atto’s ThunderLink NS 3252 Thunderbolt 3 to 25GbE adapters within the new Facilis Hub shared storage platform.

ETV Bharat uses using Aveco’s news automation solutions for all 24 of ETV’s OTT news channels.

India automation project lands Aveco an IBC award


Automation specialist Aveco celebrated its involvement in a project that won the Innovation, Content Everywhere category at the IBC2019 Awards on Sunday.

The X20 is said to be ideal for VAR

AppearTV updates X-Series


At IBC, updates to AppearTV’s X-Series Platform were demonstrated.

(L-R): Yves Morrier, EVS, Luc Antoine Charial, HBS, Ekta Hutton, Broadcast Academy, Ni-colas Bourdon,EVS, and Olivier Meaux Saint Marc, HBS

EVS X-One simulator enhances sports training

2019-09-17T15:49:00+01:00By Mark Hallinger

The Broadcast Academy, the training and legacy unit of host broadcast specialist HBS, has deployed a new live TV simulator based on EVS’ X-One unified live production system.

Jaume Miró in among the Brainstorm graphics on the Panasonic stand

Panasonic focuses on PTZ for AR and VR


Panasonic has partnered with 3D graphics specialist Brainstorm to develop PTZF (pan, tilt, zoom and focus) tracking data for its AW-UE150 camera to provide augmented reality content.


VBox to ship affordable Android TV STB


Due to be made available in the coming weeks, the VBox Communications Android TV Gateway is a versatile hybrid set-top-box (STB).

Si: The company said YES can handle IP-based workflows, SDI or hybrid

YES: SI Media presents real virtualised platform

2019-09-17T12:59:00+01:00By Mark Hallinger

The company is presenting YES, a brand new Windows or Linux web-based suite.

Capable: The new module can manage several different PTP applications

Handling PTP signals with Plura

2019-09-17T12:53:00+01:00By Mark Hallinger

The company has added capabilities to the new C3 IEEE 1588-2008 PTP V2 module, which is part of the integrated Rubidium modular system family.

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Facebook: Serendipitous value for video


IBC2019: Combining the reach of Facebook with its mix of content from publishers, creators and media partners from around the world, broadcasters were called to “optimise” and add value by incorporating the Facebook Watch ecosystem.

Maier: “The search for natural surfaces is growing in our digital world”

New remote set in stone


With the company’s reputation for innovative, sophisticated design, it comes as little surprise that ruwido has taken the opportunity presented by IBC to launch a new remote that is partially finished in natural marble.

Jeromy Young with the Ninja V-equipped Panasonic and Nikon cameras

Atomos Ninja V exhibits its Raw power


Atomos has announced upgrades to its Ninja V recorder/monitor to handle Raw 6K and 4K video over HDMI from Panasonic’s Lumix S1H and Nikon’s Z7 or Z6 full-frame mirrorless cameras.

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Recruit with neurodiversity in mind, says Microsoft


IBC2019: Diversity of thought in the media and tech fields is becoming increasingly valued according to Monday’s session on neurodiversity – but employers need to reassess their work practices if they want to benefit.

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Adopt voice technology or miss out warns Alexa’s Amordeluso

2019-09-17T10:55:00+01:00By David Wood

IBC2019: Amazon’s Max Amordeluso has implored media brands to make use of voice technology such as Amazon Alexa or ‘be left behind in the voice revolution’.

Sam Orton-Jay of V-Nova at IBC, revealing that P+ will support a new MVMO streaming service in Africa

V-Nova partners with Aviwest, Simplestream

2019-09-17T10:53:00+01:00By Anne Morris

Video compression software specialist V-Nova unveiled a couple of new partnerships to coincide with IBC2019, including a new agreement with video contribution systems provider Aviwest.

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IABM awards show vendors to be exceeding user demands


IBC2019: The nine categories of the IABM BaM Awards, mirroring the elements of the BaM Content Chain that runs from creator to consumer, produced a mix of big and small vendor names.

Ingest, editing, automated news creation, playout, archiving and more are supported

Perspectiva promotes Russian equipment

2019-09-17T10:50:00+01:00By Mark Hallinger

The organisation is attending IBC2019 in its role as a promoter of Russian-made equipment.

If you think that cyclorama looks RealGreen – it does…

VR given an added dose of Reality by Zero Density


Zero Density has introduced Reality Hub, a platform that integrates its Reality Engine virtual studio production system, with newsroom and MCR systems, studio automation, social media and any external data such as weather forecasts through its module host service.

Virtual: Glass LXE is studio-ready as a standalone UI into WheatNet-IP

Glass LXE standalone virtual console new from Wheatstone

2019-09-17T10:01:00+01:00By Mark Hallinger

New at IBC is Wheatstone’s Glass LXE virtual console for its established WheatNet-IP audio network.

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Video Panel Interview: Max Métral, Damien Cullen, George Aivazoglou and Simon Eicher


IBC2019: Experts from the FA, F1, ESL and Eurosport discuss using data in sport broadcasting

Validation, correction and editing of recorded material takes one step

jobDB and mediaARC new from NOA

2019-09-17T09:31:00+01:00By Mark Hallinger

The QualityChecker for jobDB and mediARC is on showcase.

Full: Remote control and monitoring at all sites is possible

ROWATCHNeo on show at Promax Electronica stand

2019-09-17T08:56:00+01:00By Mark Hallinger

The PROWATCHNeo is a monitoring system oriented to supervise radio and TV broadcasting, cable TV and satellite TV networks in the 5 to 2500MHz frequency band.

Getting a handle on things: (from left) Paul Nigro and Jaycee Indiviglio

IndiPro introduce BMPCC4K battery adaptor plate

2019-09-17T08:37:00+01:00By Elliot Herman

Power cables, battery adaptors and batteries are the heroes at the stand of IndiPro Tools, who are new to the IBC show this year.

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BT: Once stable, 5G will be “superior to satellite”


At IBC2019, BT Sport has demonstrated what it claims to be Europe’s first multi-location 5G-enabled remote production.


The IBC Daily 2019: Day 5


The final edition of the IBC Daily 2019 is available to read now.

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5G to unleash new era of in-stadium sports coverage to under-served fans

2019-09-17T07:26:00+01:00By David Wood

IBC2019: 5G will be a gamechanger opening up a new era of in stadium sports coverage.

Sports: The new replay controller is designed for use with sports of all levels

X-keys XKE-64 USB controller revealed

2019-09-17T07:10:00+01:00By Mark Hallinger

A new X-keys USB controller designed specifically for instant replay has been released.

The product can analyse a range of video formats, along with DAB

Promax Electronica highlights RANGERNeo 4 reference monitor

2019-09-17T07:04:00+01:00By Mark Hallinger

On showcase from Promax Electronica S.L. is the RANGERNeo 4 reference monitor.

The MS Swift’s bendability is useful for carrying

Swift Multi Slider new from Waterbird Systems


The new MS Swift is Waterbird’s latest bendable Multi Slider, this time designed for high-speed use.

The S500m launched earlier this year

SSL previews audio production platform developments

2019-09-16T17:22:00+01:00By Mark Hallinger

The company is using IBC to preview ongoing developments across its System T broadcast audio production platform.

Choice: The product offers seven IP interface options

New module for Tieline wireless remotes

2019-09-16T17:22:00+01:00By Mark Hallinger

The company has developed a new Dual Active SIM internal module for the ViA remote codec supporting two active cellular connections.

AoIP control, SIP connectivity and codec bandwidth optimisation remove barriers

Wheatstone showcases AoIP appliance for connecting studios

2019-09-16T17:21:00+01:00By Mark Hallinger

New this IBC is an AoIP appliance that removes the barriers to seamlessly sharing studio operation and high-quality programming between facilities, sports venues, and other sites in separate locations.

Nugen’s Netflix-compliant products have been popular

Netflix-ready loudness toolkit from Nugen

2019-09-16T16:44:00+01:00By Mark Hallinger

The company’s Netflix compliance is on showcase.

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Long-live terrestrial broadcasting


IBC2019: Paper authors at an IBC Tech Talk presented research on why 3GPP has created a new media streaming architecture for 5G, new innovation in 4K and UHDTV delivery and regional programme variations in a Single Frequency Network (SFN).

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Interactivity creating new levels of audience engagement

2019-09-16T16:28:00+01:00By David Wood

IBC2019: IBC Conference sessions focusing on interactivity have updated delegates on the latest advances in interactive entertainment.

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Big Screen examines potential of direct view cinema screens, assistive devices


How is the audience experience evolving? The IBC Big Screen programme asked this question on Monday, focused on the potential of direct view screens.

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Consumer is king, but long live content


IBC2019: “There is no limit to the appetite for audiences wanting to consume content and today they appreciate the convenience of seeing it anywhere and want to see it everywhere.”

ENG: The compressed air lens clearing system is now available for smaller cameras

Klover delivers Klear Shot - FP

2019-09-16T15:47:00+01:00By Mark Hallinger

At IBC2018 Klover displayed a device called the Klear Shot, which uses compressed gas to blow rain and other debris from a camera lens without actually contacting the surface of the lens.

CEO Alan Hoggarth said Alto ARX ticks a lot of boxes at a reasonable cost for a small-er application

Disk Archive showcases Alto ARX

2019-09-16T15:00:00+01:00By Mark Hallinger

The company is showing its Alto ARX, a standalone archive aimed at smaller workgroups or those taking their first step towards a proper enterprise workgroup.

Olivier Thrivolet, business development director at NXP

NXP: powering the smart home

2019-09-16T15:00:00+01:00By Steve Fairclough

At IBC NXP is showing how its broadband, audio and smart voice solutions help to power the intelligence behind smart home and WiFi technologies and devices.

Provys marketing director Martin Junek introduces the newly rebranded Provys Everywhere software

New-look for Provys broadcast management software


Broadcast management software specialist Provys has announced a new look to its product range with four packages aimed at different tiers and levels of requirement.

Automation across the workflow is integral to the new Amagi monitoring facility in India

Amagi opens massive broadcast monitoring facility


A new broadcast monitoring facility in New Delhi, India, has been opened by Amagi.

Aperi CEO Joop Janssen reflects on the opportunities opened up by the firm’s new cash injection

Aperi hails new funding


Virtualised media production company Aperi is showcasing its latest innovations at IBC2019 in the wake of securing more than $10m in additional funding.

IQ Sports Producer now features multi-camera functionality features

Mobile Viewpoint enables enhanced sports coverage

2019-09-16T15:00:00+01:00By Anne Morris

IP contribution services specialist Mobile Viewpoint is showcasing new multi-camera functionality features for its IQ Sports Producer all-in-one production suite in Hall 14.

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IBC2019 Preview: Tuesday


IBC2019: Highlights from across the conference and exhibition including the closing keynote and the Esports showcase.

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Cracking the African market: Dice, slice and then price your content


IBC2019: How do you crack the burgeoning Sub Saharan African TV market? By making it accessible and affordable, according to Clare Kandola, chief executive of content consultancy the Vidya Collective.

Seeder’s latest S260VR-2C-PT40 VR head

VR encoder head on show at Seeder


Seeder’s new S260VR-2C-PT40 is a virtual reality encoder head, with PT40 pedestal, that can carry up to 26kg, including teleprompter.

Audio files can be turned in to timed text in as many 122 languages

Speechmatics agrees partnership with Limecraft

2019-09-16T14:29:00+01:00By Mark Hallinger

The company has announced a partnership with cloud-based video production workflow provider Limecraft to allow producers and distributors to create closed captions and translated subtitles more economically.

Transvideo’s 8in CinemonitorHD X-SBL SuperBright (up to 2500Nits) monitor

Aaton adds to monitor offering


Transvideo has added the StarliteUltra 7in monitor to its line up and upgraded others.

STV’s new HD OB and support vehicle built by TVC

STV’s new OB built by TVC


STV, one of three national TV channels in Belarus, has taken delivery of a new HD OB, plus a support vehicle, built by TVC and on show in the Outside Exhibit area at IBC.

Ashkenazi : ProtectMyApp truly changes how developers of all sizes can approach protection

Verimatrix focuses on ProtectMyApp


Designed to bring cost-effective mobile application security to developers, Verimatrix is showcasing its recently-announced ProtectMyApp.

Robotics on track for the stars

Vinten’s new FH-155 and FHR-155 heavy-duty pan-and-tilt heads


The new Vinten FH-155 is a robotic/manual pan-and-tilt head designed to support payloads of up to 70kg with accurate, smooth and quiet movements.

Full-screen 8K graphics from a single system using KarismaCG 8K

Real-time 8K 3D graphics with Visual Research’s Karisma


Visual Research has unveiled KarismaCG 8K, a real-time 3D graphics system that uses the entire 8K range - 16 times the resolution of HD.

The new CallMe-T USB interface for audio and keypad control

Vortex adds SmartStream to CallMe-T


The CallMe-T IP audio codec now has SmartStream multi-destination audio streaming providing a new way to connect IP audio.

wTVision demos integration from sports production to control rooms

wTVision demos integration from sports production to control rooms


Integrated workflows and the capacity to cover all the major software necessities of a broadcasting operation are the main themes on the wTVision stand. Demonstrations include its sports systems: sports scouting and on-air graphics controller (SportStats Suite) and virtual graphics (AR³ Football).

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Forensic discussion of the Mindhunter workflow


IBC2019: DoP Erik Messerschmidt and colorist Eric Weidt gave IBC attendees a behind the scenes look at the production of Netflix’s crime thriller Mindhunter during Sunday’s Big Screen programme.

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Pixar remastering 16 titles for Disney + and UHD


IBC2019: Pixar Animation Studio has outlined how it has revisited and remastered 16 of its titles using new technologies such as UHD and Dolby Atmos.


IBC2019 Keynote: Cinematic trailblazer Andy Serkis


IBC2019: Actor and director Andy Serkis discusses his journey into performance capture and the ethics of capturing actors’ likenesses in his IBC2019 Keynote session.

Great Atmos-phere: The main audio desk in the new Spiritland One

Megahertz supplies OB truck for Spiritland


Audio specialist Spiritland Productions has taken delivery of a new 18-tonne bespoke IP-based OB truck built by Megahertz and on show on its stand in Hall 12.

Miller Tripods’ new CiNX 7 caters for a wide range of payloads

CiNX cinema fluid heads launched by Miller


Available in three variations, the lightweight, durable fluid heads are feature packed to meet cinematographers’ needs at an affordable price.

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Global Gamechangers: Creative challenges and digital giants


IBC2019: All3Media chief executive Jane Turton and BBC Studios UK Production managing director Lisa Opie join Claire Hungate on the Global Gamechangers stage to discuss changes to the rules of production resulting from investment from Silicon Valley’s digital giants.

The new Baselight Two HDR grading suite at Nebras Films

Nebras Films buys first Baselight Two in Saudi Arabia


Following the lifting of a 35-year ban on cinema in Saudi Arabia, Nebras Films has established the first full production and post facility in Riyadh.

The ManPakT series of lightweight, flyaway products includes 13 tripod terminals

Antennas, terminals and more courtesy of General Dynamics SATCOM Technologies


Product areas on show on the General Dynamics SATCOM Technologies stand range from its new EcoForce compact amplifiers, flyaway and small deployable antennas, to antenna control systems and GaN-based electronic products.

Walker: Globecast supplies an end-to-end solution

Globcast MCN new for IBC2019


New at IBC this year is Globecast Managed Cloud Network (Globecast MCN).

Al Haj: Gulfsat is in the satellite business - but we are also in the media business

Gulfsat establishes new business unit


Having begun life as a pure VSAT operator, working only with data and voice, Gulfsat’s business has continuously evolved.

Protection: Zhiyun’s Crane 3 Lab stabiliser and HPRC2600W case

HPRC2600W case designed to protect Crane 3 Lab gimbal


Any camera stabiliser owners who have Zhiyun’s flagship Crane 3 Lab gimbal might be interested in the new HPRC2600W case designed specifically for it.

The new 150mm T3.0 Macro is just the first Irix Cine lens

Irix releases first cine lens


The Swiss/Korean lens maker, Irix, has released its first cine lens: the Cine 150mm T3.0 Macro 1:1.

Shotgun alternative: The smallest model provides a more focused pickup, a longer range, and is more wind resistant than a shotgun mic

Klover highlights parabolic mics

2019-09-16T13:13:00+01:00By Mark Hallinger

Parabolic microphones provide a great deal of amplification, or gain, when capturing audio from a great distance, explained Paul Terpstra, one of the founders of the company.

LiteGear’s new LiteMat Spectrum makes cinematic colour mixing simpler

LiteGear launches LiteMat Spectrum


The new LiteMat Spectrum offers an expanded Kelvin range with the ability to add accent colour through its patented colour mixing process.

Park life: Project Parking supports Avid’s new OP1A workflows

Latest version of Project Parking on show by Marquis


Marquis Broadcast’s Avid-certified Project Parking tool is an industry standard for Avid storage management and project portability, providing project analytics, visualisation and archiving.

Going swimmingly: Egripment’s G-Track system set up poolside

ARC Compensation hardware and software boosts Egripment telescoping crane


Egripment has introduced new ARC Compensation hardware and software for its Xtreme T10 telescoping crane, while its entire line of remote dolly systems now supports VR, AR and manual control.

Search and you shall find: Vidrovr is now on LogServer

Mediaproxy LogServer enhanced with Vidrovr video search


Mediaproxy has integrated the Vidrovr enterprise video search platform into its LogServer IP-based logging, monitoring and analysis software.


IBC2019 Panel Interview: Jorma Kivela, Rik Bauwens and Paolo Casagranda


IBCTV casts an ear to advances in the radio market

Beaudouin: All-in-one approach directly translates into lower opex and capex

New features for ATEME’s Titan


Dedicating its IBC booth to the company’s offering for broadcast, cable, DTH, IPTV and OTT is ATEME with its TITAN platform.

Le Mancq: showcasing innovative use cases and new business opportunities for mABR for satellite

Broadpeak optimises video quality over 5G


According to exhibitor Broadpeak, the company has taken an active role in providing solutions to optimise video delivery over 5G for use cases that include local caching, cell congestion management, and service routing.

Camgear’s Elite 20 EFP fluid head with carbon fibre tripod

Camgear sets tripods at ease with better counterbalance and fewer screw ups


Anyone working with tripod heads knows that counterbalance is vital to smooth operating.

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LGBT community calls for more industry diversity

2019-09-16T11:07:00+01:00By David Wood

IBC2019: Many media technology companies are still too straight and male and should follow the example of broadcasters such as Channel 4, by setting up corporate LGBT networking groups to encourage diversity.

Emmy-award winning camera operator Deena Sheldon using the Cartoni S200 with Magnum head at the Kentucky Derby

Cartoni Sport 200 tripod legs are set for sports


Cartoni’s new Sport 200 (S200) tripod legs are designed specifically to meet the rigorous demands of sports and OB production.

Wohnoutka: “We continue to make significant investments to scale our Vyvx network”

CenturyLink/Grass Valley bandwidth test up for discussion


At IBC, CenturyLink is talking to visitors to its stand about the demonstration it carried out with Grass Valley in June

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EA and esports: building an in-house revenue feedback loop

2019-09-16T10:35:00+01:00By Lorcan Archer

As the world of esports streaks ahead, Joe Lynch of EA looks to maximise the storytelling and get the most out of in-house broadcasting.

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IBC2019 Conference Keynote: Cultural capital, consumers & creativity


Universal Music’s Olivier Robert-Murphy discusses staying culturally relevant In a digital world where consumers are “always on”  and have higher demands

The new Taurus line was designed for reliability, efficiency, high performance

Compact SSPAs and BUCs from Advantech


A new line of solid state power amplifiers and block up converters that are said to offer the highest power density and smallest form factor in the industry is on show on the Advantech stand.

Görsjö: AI and machine learning can be applied to video service assurance

Agama: Identifying patterns in service delivery


To deliver video services that meet or exceed customer expectations, service providers must act quickly when quality and usage KPIs deviate from their normal range, IBC2019 exhibitor Agama Technologies believes.

Bob Boster: FreeSpeak Edge offers audio which is good enough to use on air

Clear-Com launches FreeSpeak Edge

2019-09-16T10:00:00+01:00By Elliot Herman

FreeSpeak Edge is the latest addition to the Clear-Com’s family of digital wireless intercom solutions.

John Driver: “copper can no longer cope”

Canford: Copper can’t cope

2019-09-16T09:56:00+01:00By Elliot Herman

Canford is renowned for, as product development manager John Driver told the IBC Daily, “providing the glue – the interconnectors which makes the equipment work”.

Jaume Miró in among the Brainstorm graphics on the Panasonic stand

New focus on PTZ for AR and VR from Panasonic


Panasonic has partnered with 3D graphics specialist Brainstorm to develop PTZF (pan, tilt, zoom and focus) tracking data for its AW-UE150 camera to provide augmented reality content.

Pixellot’s Alon Werber and NEP Group’s Reto Osterwalder shake on the new AI partnership

AI initiative for Swiss sports leagues


Body Copy: AI sports production technology specialist Pixellot and live sports production leader NEP Switzerland (part of the NEP Group) have confirmed a new partnership to bring AI production technology to multiple Swiss sports leagues.

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IBC2019 Interview: Rich Berger, MovieLabs

2019-09-16T09:47:00+01:00By James Pearce

MovieLabs CEO Rich Berger gives IBCTV insight into a collaboration between Hollywood Studios.

(L-R): Yves Morrier, EVS, Luc Antoine Charial, HBS, Ekta Hutton, Broadcast Academy, Ni-colas Bourdon,EVS, and Olivier Meaux Saint Marc, HBS

X marks the spot for sports training

2019-09-16T09:40:00+01:00By Mark Hallinger

The Broadcast Academy, the training and legacy unit of host broadcast specialist HBS, has deployed a new live TV simulator based on EVS’ X-One unified live production system.

Atto’s Tim Klein shows off the new ThunderLink adapter

ThunderLink adds to Hub connectivity


Atto and Facilis have partnered to integrate Atto’s ThunderLink NS 3252 Thunderbolt 3 to 25GbE adapters within the new Facilis Hub shared storage platform.

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Video: Mike Zink and Maria Rua Aguete


IBC2019: Consumers want more than just extra pixels, industry experts tell IBCTV

Telemetrics’ Sergio Penetra shows off the new RoboEye 2

Telemetrics launches RoboEye 2 and PT-CP-S5 robotic heads


Telemetrics has launched two new robotic heads at IBC.

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Hollywood takes cloud-based leap of faith


IBC2019: At the IBC Conference session, ‘Hollywood’s vision for the future of production in 2030’, session, tech bosses from the big studios gathered to discuss MovieLabs’ whitepaper aimed at rethinking production workflows.

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The IBC Daily 2019: Day 4


Read the latest issue of the IBC Daily online now.

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Content marketing: Authenticity is key


IBC2019: A supermarket retailer who released its own take on the BLT sandwich ahead of London’s Gay Pride weekend (the LGBLT) was used as an example of how not to market content to consumers during Sunday Morning’s Business of Marketing Content session.

Ceccherini: “We have multiple solutions oriented to the telecom and broadcaster media domain”

Hewlett Packard Enterprise engages the audience

2019-09-16T07:53:00+01:00By Steve Fairclough

The Media Workflow Manager is a keystone of the Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) stand this year.

LTN’s Khan (left) and Make.TV’s Jacobi join forces at IBC

Make.TV and LTN enjoy symbiotic relationship

2019-09-16T07:52:00+01:00By Anne Morris

Malik Khan, CEO of LTN Global, and Andreas Jacobi, CEO of Make.TV, are presenting a united front in Hall 14 following LTN’s acquisition of the Cologne-based company, which took place only days before IBC2019 opened its doors.

McCarthy (left): “Speed is one of our key design requirements”

Content metadata platform showcased


AWS partner Meta is showcasing its content metadata platform and API gateway for the media and entertainment industries.

Panasonic’s Stefan Hoffman with the new 8K organic sensor camera

Panasonic 8K camera sensors target Tokyo Olympics


Panasonic is showing a new 8K camera based on organic sensor technology that it maintains is the future of camera sensors.

Feel the buzz: Red Bee’s Stephen Penny is with Ben Leaver, Pixit Media’s CEO

Red Bee picks PixStor for secure storage


Red Bee Media has sealed a strategic partnership with Pixit Media at IBC to deliver high-performance storage with secure data segregation for international managed playout services.

The HDCE-TX30 adapter transforms SDI cameras into IP cameras

Sony’s IP Live Production System expands

2019-09-16T07:51:00+01:00By Steve Fairclough

At IBC Sony is showcasing its latest line-up of IP Live production solutions, including two IP extension adapters – the HDCE-TX30 for cameras and the HDCE-RX30 for camera control units.

Erik Hauters in front of a Tinkerlist demonstration

Tinkerlist platform demoed

2019-09-16T07:45:00+01:00By Elliot Herman

Scripting and programme planning is made easier with the Tinkerlist online platform, which is being demonstrated on one corner of the Belgian company’s stand this year.

Peter Schut: “Our products are so reliable”

Axon Digital Cerebrum updated

2019-09-16T07:44:00+01:00By Elliot Herman

A new version of the Axon Digital Cerebrum Control and Monitoring system is being launched at IBC2019.

(L-R) Tijen Armagan, CEO, Zero Density, discusses the strategic partnership with Antti Lau-rila, global sales director, Broadcast Solutions

Zero Density partners with Broadcast Solutions

2019-09-16T07:44:00+01:00By Mark Hallinger

More European broadcasters and content creators will have access to Zero Density’s virtual production with real-time VFX technology after the company entered into a strategic partnership with system integrations company Broadcast Solutions.

(L-R):Ben Murphy, Rene Heuber and Alan Henry with the LDX-86N camera

Biggest order yet for Grass Valley LDX-86N UHD cameras


ES Broadcast has bought 151 Grass Valley LDX-86N UHD cameras at the show, along with 15 Kahuna switchers, all of which will be used next Summer in Tokyo.

New lens maker aims for prime time

New 20mm and three 85mm f1.8 lenses from Viltrox


Viltrox, which makes LED lights, LCD monitors and lens adapters, has released its first prime lenses, for Sony FE-mount, Nikon Z-mount and Fuji X-mount cameras.

Control: Improved network predictability, reliability and performance is promised

Managing high traffic IP networks with SDNsquare

2019-09-15T17:24:00+01:00By Mark Hallinger

At IBC2019 Belgian media IP-networking and storage company SDNsquare is showcasing its growing range of products for optimising the predictability, performance and management of high-traffic IP networks.

Hidden gem: Paintable cables and small size work their magic

Shure introduces TwinPlex mics

2019-09-15T17:24:00+01:00By Mark Hallinger

TwinPlex is Shure’s new line of premium subminiature (5mm) omnidirectional lavalier and headset microphones that are designed to manage tough conditions.

The Vocas Five-Axis Diopter Holder

Making a pitch (roll and yaw) for diopter holders


The new Vocas Five-Axis Diopter Holder has been designed to take advantage of an increasing variety of diopters from manufacturers like Tiffen, and the many creative choices available.

For run-and-gun shooting grab a Go-Panel

Zylight’s launches Go-Panel with electronic Active Diffusion


For broadcast news and other run-and-gun shooting situations, Zylight has introduced the Go-Panel, a bi-colour 100W LED panel light with IP65 weather protection and Active Diffusion technology for electronic filter adjustments.

A 24mm Spirit Lab prime lens on a Sony camera

Spirit Lab extends full-frame prime family


Spirit Lab has added to its range of full-frame prime lenses with two new models: the 15mm and 100mm, which join its existing 24, 35, 50, 85 and 135mm lenses, with their distinctive purple banding.


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IBC2019: Actor/director Andy Serkis was among those recognised at the 2019 IBC Awards, which also saw new awards launched honouring Young Pioneers and Social Impact

Wooden Camera’s new Dual Director’s Monitor Cage V3

Director’s Monitor Cage redesigned


The Director’s Monitor Cage v3, from Wooden Camera, has been redesigned to be a third lighter, and is universally compatible with any monitor up to nine inches, attaching via mountings at the top, bottom or rear.

Rehoused: Neo Super Baltar, Leica Noctilux and Zeiss B Speed lenses

Bringing new style to old lenses


TLS, which specialises in rehousing old lenses to add modern functionality, has turned its attention to three additional lines of vintage-style lenses: Neo Super Baltars; Leica Noctilux; and Zeiss B Speeds.

Infrared LEDs tie objects to graphics for natural feel

Stype Follower is a leader for intelligent AR and VR


Stype’s new Follower is an AR/VR system aimed at bridging the gap between virtual graphics and people, in that it enables presenters and actors to interact with the graphics, and even take graphics in their hands and play with them as if they were real.

(L)Frédéric Brochard, CTO of France Télévisions, and Trevor Spielmann, head of sales – newsroom solutions for Scisys, celebrate the newsroom systems deal at IBC2019

France Télévisions commits to Scisys newsroom system


Scisys Media Solutions has been discussing the details of its recently announced deal with France Télévisions at IBC2019.

Speechmatics said it had developed the first scaled-up punctuation model on the market

Speechmatics develops Advanced Punctuation

2019-09-15T15:57:00+01:00By Mark Hallinger

The company has developed Advanced Punctuation, delivering highly accurate placement of full stops, commas, question marks, exclamation marks and enhancing capitalisation, transforming blocks of text into legible, comprehensible sentences.

Both sides of Kvm-tec’s new media4Kconnect 4K DisplayPort 1.2 extender

Kvm-tec media4Kconnect extends DisplayPort over IP


The new Kvm-tec media4Kconnect extender is a 4K DisplayPort 1.2 extender over IP in fibre with a range of 300m at a resolution of up to 4096x2160@60Hz with colour coding at 4:4:4@8bit per colour.

R-J Huijsman and Adrien Sicart, co-founders of Tracis, with the scanner

Tracis, Vocas and Camalot collaborate on lens damage system


Silicon Valley start-up Tracis has partnered with manufacturer Vocas and Amsterdam rental house Camalot to develop an automated lens damage assessment system.

The new OuterLoop Bluetooth Intercom Beltpack with choice of headset sockets

JK Audio OuterLoop connects intercom to phones via Bluetooth


The new OuterLoop Bluetooth Intercom Beltpack is the latest in JK Audio’s range of broadcast wireless audio interfaces.

The new MS XL Multi Slider is ideal for PTZ cameras

Waterbird’s XL Multi Slider is heavyweight contender


Multi slider manufacturer Waterbird has brought out a studio version that can carry a payload of 15kg, such as PTZ cameras or professional film equipment.

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Quality of user experience drives EBU platforms project


IBC2019: The EBU has called for more collaboration across European broadcasters.

OTT Forum D3 SR

Why it’s nice to be Niche


IBC2019: Content owners looking to exploit IP, reach new audiences and expand globally are going niche, according to the IBC Conference session ‘Competing in OTT - Beyond the big brands’ at the Forum.

The 10K115 multi-channel encoder is said to have latency of less than 100ms

Multi-channel encoder highlighted by Sumavision


On show on the Sumavision stand is the company’s 10K115 multi-channel encoder.

Viable: The technology allows new business models

Transmission site in one device with Telsat

2019-09-15T15:41:00+01:00By Mark Hallinger

The manufacturer – thanks to a partnership with TRX Innovate and Plisch – said that all the hardware of a complete transmission site can now be integrated into one device.

The 0.75 metre antenna can be erected in three minutes

Probecom antenna will travel in the hold


With a product range that includes satellite communication antennae, receive only antennae on C, Ku, Ka, S, X, L bands from 2.4 metre to 16 metre; manual or motorised carbon fibre/fibre glass flyaway antennae from 0.55 metre to 2.4 metre, exhibitor Probecom’s range could be described as extensive.

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Innovations like Filmmaker Mode vital to deliver benefits of 4K and beyond

2019-09-15T15:08:00+01:00By David Wood

IBC2019: Mike Zink says innovations such as the UHD Alliance’s latest Filmmaker Mode are vital to delivering the benefits of UHD, 4K and other higher resolution formats to consumers.

Christopher J Shaw, EVP for sales & marketing, Cobalt Digital with the 9971 multiviewer

Focus on HEVC for Cobalt Digital

2019-09-15T15:00:00+01:00By Elliot Herman

Earlier this year, Cobalt Digital was one of several companies to receive an Emmy Award for its collaborative work on ARQ, the underlying technology powering RIST (Reliable Internet Stream Transport).

Bridging the gap between tape and cloud

Bridging the gap between tape and cloud


Cloud storage and data management specialist, Tiger Technology, is demonstrating how its systems can help customers migrate legacy archive content from tape to cloud or hybrid cloud systems, particularly using Amazon Web Services.

Card sharp: Dell Technologies’ resident magician amuses Alex Timbs

Dell delivers Clarity to the storage market


Helping to add structure to unstructured data is one of the most important things storage management can offer, according to Alex Timbs, Dell Technologies’ senior business development manager for M&E.

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Andy Serkis: Immortalising characters with technology


IBC2019: Celebrated actor, producer, director and studio head Andy Serkis took to the IBC2019 mainstage this afternoon to share the highlights of his career, the power of motion capture, performance technology and the epiphanies which transformed his craft.

On its rocker: GFM’s latest GF-Low Rocker mount with base plate

Grip factory updates GF-Slider


Grip Factory Munich has updated its GF-Slider system, with a new version of its GF-Low Rocker, which is designed for stable, low-level camera pan and tilt movements or rigging a solid camera mount for securing the camera in fixed positions (such as on a camera car).

GB Labs’s new Dynamic Bandwidth Control

GB Labs’ Dynamic Bandwidth Control gives priority to users


GB Labs has introduced Dynamic Bandwidth Control, which enables its storage clients to prioritise the use and capacity of available bandwidth, so that the entire system operates at peak performance at all times.

Massart: The key to both OTT and all-IP newsgathering is successful transmission

Newtec supports mobile journalism


Showcasing how the company says it is addressing the future of broadcasting, Newtec is demonstrating its solutions for the growing OTT market and all-IP newsgathering applications.

Four becomes eight

SAPEC Laguna Media Processor now supports eight SD/HD channels


The 4-channel encoder presented by SAPEC at IBC last year has been upgraded, and is centre stage on the company’s stand. It now features eight SD/HD channels supporting H.264 and MPEG-2, while up to four SD/HD channels provide support for HEVC.

The Inca ABR Transcoder 3840 is a carrier-grade adaptive bitrate transcoder

WISI transcoder now features redundancy


The Inca ABR Transcoder 3840 being showcased on the WISI stand is described as a carrier-grade adaptive bitrate transcoder built for rapid deployment and reliable OTT video delivery.

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IBC2019 Preview: Monday


IBC2019: Highlights from across the conference and exhibition including the content everywhere hall and hub and the Monday mega movie showcasing Toy Story 4.

Searching via the spoken word

Trint Player: Upping online video discoverability

2019-09-15T14:14:00+01:00By Mark Hallinger

Automated transcription services provider Trint is showcasing its Trint Player at IBC, just a few months after it was first unveiled.

Two Varsa Bi-Color fixtures on location

Nila bi-colour LEDs offer Precision Colortune


Nila’s new Zaila Bi-Color and Varsa Bi-Color are the first professional LED fixtures to offer its Precision Colortune system.

The new Mini PAGlink MPL50G battery

Mini PAGlink MPL50G new for IBC


The new Mini PAGlink MPL50G provides the benefits of PAG’s established battery linking technology in a more compact, lightweight format.

Connect and Discover are both cloud-based

“Leadership in IMF workflows” from Ownzones


It looks as if IMF – the Interoperable Master Format – will rapidly establish itself as the industry standard, allowing a single collection of content to be transformed into multiple versions, while sharing the same material.


Video: Dominique Delport, Vice Media


IBC2019: Vice’s Dominique Delport talks growth opportunities, empowering youth and Bruce Lee in this IBCTV interview

Avod Forum D3 (1) SR IBC2019

On demand faces disruption as platforms bid to convert customers from AVoD to SVoD

2019-09-15T13:21:00+01:00By David Wood

IBC2019: The pace of the OTT market is set to increase over the next few years with companies such as Amazon TV, Disney and Apple TV best placed to win out.


Video: Claudia Vaccarone, EBU


IBC2019: EBU’s Claudia Vaccarone talks to IBCTV about the IBC2019 Awards

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A 10-year vision for the future of media production


Major challenges in the production and distribution workflow could hamper innovation, and that is why non-profit technology research lab MovieLabs has been working with its members on how best to integrate new technologies, writes Richard Berger, MovieLabs.

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“Urgent need” for digital cinema standards


IBC2019: There’s an “urgent need for standards in a number of areas” of digital cinema, the IBC2019 audience heard during a Big Screen panel.

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NLZIET head: Collaborate or face extinction


IBC2019: Linear broadcasters must think globally and collaborate or face extinction: that’s the warning from Niels Baas managing director NLZIET to linear broadcasters.

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Video: Steve Beres and Greg Spence, Game of Thrones


IBC2019: Game of Thrones The Long Night was on the Big Screen at IBC2019. Steve Beres and Greg Spence talk about the challenges and technologies involved in creating the season 8 episode

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Is this the end of broadcast?


IBC2019: Consumers have a wide range of services available to them, from traditional providers of broadcast services over-the-air, cable, satellite or IPTV, as well as via internet distributed services on all types of devices beyond the TV screen. Ian Nock considers what impact this will have.

Getting a handle on things: (from left) Paul Nigro and Jaycee Indiviglio

Indipro Tools reaches out to Europe

2019-09-15T11:00:00+01:00By Elliot Herman

Power cables, battery adaptors and batteries are the heroes at the stand of IndiPro Tools, who are new to the IBC show this year.

Rotolight founder Rod Gammons and CEO Rod Aaron Gammons with the new Titan X2

Titan shines brightly on Rotolight stand


The new Titan X2 LED soft light is claimed to be “the brightest 2x1 soft light ever made,” delivering up to “twice the output of comparable LED lights with none of the added weight”.

Compelling: Kazuhiro Yamada, drone business development group, NTT Docomo explains the display to a visitor

NTT Docomo display drone seen around IBC

2019-09-15T10:24:00+01:00By Mark Hallinger

The Spherical Drone Display, which was first shown in Europe at IBC last year, is now available.

Diversity Forum D3 SR IBC2019

Solving diversity beyond the tick boxes


IBC2019: Driving innovation in creativity, business advertising and technology are linked directly with diverse workplaces and leadership teams, required for a sustainable future.

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“We need to at least double our screen count”


IBC2019: India’s robust film industry is “heavily underscreened” the IBC2019 audience heard.

Peter Schut: “Our products are so reliable”

Axon adds to Cerebrum system

2019-09-15T09:18:00+01:00By Elliot Herman

A new version of the Axon Digital Cerebrum Control and Monitoring system is being launched at IBC2019.

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IBC2019 Panel Interview: Noel Curran, Dee Forbes and Martijn van Dam


IBC2019: Broadcasters speak to IBCTV following their Global Gamechangers panels

Robert Morgan-Males and Rodrigo Thomaz of Audio-Technica Europe with the Honda Repsol bike of Marc Marquez, who’s currently leading the Moto GP series

Audio-Technica named as official mic services provider to MotoGP

2019-09-15T08:36:00+01:00By Mark Hallinger

The Japanese audio company has announced its appointment as official microphone services provider for MotoGP, the Grand Prix motorcycle racing Championship which holds 19 events at race circuits around the world every year.

The HDCE-TX30 adapter transforms SDI cameras into IP cameras

Sony’s IP Live Production System expands

2019-09-15T08:36:00+01:00By Steve Fairclough

At IBC Sony is showcasing its latest line-up of IP Live production solutions, including two IP extension adapters – the HDCE-TX30 for cameras and the HDCE-RX30 for camera control units.

(L-R): Red Bee Media’s Margaret Davies, David Travis and Steve Nylund after the live TV event at IBC

Remote control goes OTT

2019-09-15T08:36:00+01:00By Anne Morris

Ericsson-owned Red Bee Media went to some lengths to demonstrate its end-to-end managed services capabilities across the content chain during IBC2019: the company organised its own football match in London and broadcast it live to attendees at its stand in Hall 14.

Padrines: ‘Content is king, but the user experience is queen’

Synamedia – bringing together broadcast and OTT

2019-09-15T08:36:00+01:00By Anne Morris

What a difference a year makes: at IBC2018, Synamedia emerged as a new company with a new name following Permira’s acquisition of Cisco Systems’ Service Provider Video Software Solutions (SPVSS) unit, which largely comprised the NDS business that Cisco acquired in 2012.

Videomenthe’s Eolementhe media tool box includes a three-pane view option

Videomenthe enhances collaborative media system


Media processing specialist Videomenthe is using IBC2019 to present the latest features included in V6 of its Eolementhe collaborative media toolbox.

Telestream’s Alistair Butler with Kevin Khoo (head of APAC sales)

Chunghwa Telecom seeks Vantage point for 4K


Taiwan’s leading commercial broadcaster Chunghwa Telecom has signed a deal with Telestream for QoE assurance and 4K media processing requirements.

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Compact Kula AV new from Grass Valley


Kula AV is a new multiformat all-in-one production switcher that mixes video and digital or analogue audio, includes full clip-store integration to graphics creation and editing, and provides multiviewer capability.

Net effect: Oliver Gappa with the SpycerNode Ethernet storage

Ethernet overtakes Fibre Channel for media storage


High-speed Ethernet is rapidly replacing Fibre Channel for media storage, according to Rohde & Schwarz.

Enjoying a Kumulative effect: Masstech’s George Kilpatrick

Masstech launches Kumulate for streamlined storage management


Kumulate is a new intelligent storage and asset lifecycle management platform that promises media and entertainment users a route through the many industry transitions in storage, media and workflow.

Canon’s Stephen Hart Dyke shows off the new CJ15ex4.3B lens

Wide-ranging UHD zoom lens launched by Canon


The new CJ15ex4.3B is a lightweight UHD ENG-style zoom lens boasting class-leading magnification and wide-angle focal length.

Looking Sharp: Cinegy’s Jan Weigner with the new 8K camera

Cinegy displays real-time 8K on display


Cinegy is showing real-time 8K video editing and display capabilities using the new Sharp 8M-B80AX1E 8K display, the first 80in 7680x4320 professional display to be mass produced.

Montanari in the spacious OBX gallery

‘Best OB truck in Europe’ among IBC’s outside exhibits


Anyone whose experience of OB trucks has been too little space, too many people, will be attracted to the biggest truck in IBC’s outside exhibits area, OBX, which has been built by Chromaline for Italy’s Videe.

Tomlin (left): M&E businesses can discover data they did not know they had

Diving into data with IMES

2019-09-15T07:23:00+01:00By Anne Morris

Content services platform Iron Mountain InSight is being showcased for the first time at IBC following its launch earlier in 2019.


The IBC Daily 2019: Day 3


Today’s issue of the IBC Daily is available to read online now.

Brickmeier: “We’ve built in substantial customisation such that unique needs can be easily accommodated.”

Customisation key for Velocix


With a customer list that includes Liberty Global, Sky, Telefónica, T-Mobile and Vodafone, it’s clear that Velocix knows its target market.

Exalux’s new Ledzep LED light and Ledmaster Neo dimmer

Ledzep light Punches above its weight


The new Exalux Ledzep range of thin, robust and efficient LED lighting fixtures comes in two versions, and four sizes.

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Video: Maria Norman, Rachel Butler and Colin Jackson, BBC Studios


IBC2019: BBC’s NHU unveils tech behind its biggest nature documentaries

The product seeks to lessen the hours that are spent distributing content

Synq Media: Automating and optimising distribution

2019-09-14T15:13:00+01:00By Mark Hallinger

The company is showing its software, which aims to help content providers automate and optimise the process of transferring their video assets and metadata to distributors.

The Dominion KXIV-101 provides unblocked, out-of-band BIOS-level access

Raritan introduces new KVM-over-IP switch


First-time exhibitor Raritan is showcasing its Dominion KX IV-101 KVM-over-IP switch.

The AIO RX decoder converts live NDI streams for connection to baseband devices

Lower cost SDI into IP from Magewell

2019-09-14T15:12:00+01:00By Mark Hallinger

Three new models in Magewell’s Pro Convert family of standalone NDI hardware converters are making their European debut at IBC2019: the Pro Convert HDMI TX and Pro Convert SDI TX dedicated NDI encoders, and the Pro Convert AIO RX NDI decoder.

The compact new travelMate 360 camera case

camRade travelMate can pack it in


Three new bags have been added to camRade’s travelMate series, all of which have been designed to maintain compactness while offering enough space for camera accessories and a laptop.

The Switch’s Burbank, California facility has been expanded

The Switch launches at-home/remote production facility


At IBC, The Switch is discussing with visitors its August announcement that it has expanded its The Switch At-Home service with the launch of an additional at-home/remote production facility in Burbank, California.

Prugnaud: “All the components have already been integrated and tested to work together”

Transition made easier with Anevia’s Flamingo


Designed to provide high quality, live and on-demand multiscreen TV services over any network, Anevia’s Flamingo IPTV head-end was on show at IBC.

Six models are available with a choice of three sizes

Latest auto-acquire manpacks demonstrated by C-COM


Fully motorised and described by the company as robust and lightweight, C-COM is demonstrating its latest auto-acquire manpacks.

The DEV 6871 DOCSIS 3.1 Remote-MACPHY system found to be interoperable

DEV passes DOCSIS 3.1 test


On the company’s stand at IBC, DEV Systemtechnik is talking to visitors about how it has successfully tested its DEV 6871 DOCSIS 3.1 Remote-MACPHY system with a wide range of DOCSIS 3.1 modems in an interoperability test session hosted by Excentis in Ghent, Belgium.

LED line up: K5600’s new Alpha 300, ballasts, splitter and Joker 300

K5600 Joker joins the LED lighting pack


Over the last decade, K5600 held off the introduction of its own LEDs because output and quality did not meet its standards. Now they do.

The COR screen contains a matrix which makes it simple to to set up I/O

New output routing option for iAM from Wohler

2019-09-14T15:10:00+01:00By Mark Hallinger

The company is showcasing a new output routing option for its iAM-Mix products.

The playout engine load is reduced without compromising quality, says Stuart Wood of Pebble Beach

Pebble Beach offers simpler, cheaper graphics

2019-09-14T15:00:00+01:00By Mark Hallinger

The company is demonstrating a new Adobe After Effects integration, incorporating a plug-in and pre-render workflow designed to simplify graphics and promo production.

AoIP refreshed: Marty Sacks, VP of sales, support and marketing at The Telos Alliance, announces the premiere

Sixth-gen AoIP console new from Telos

2019-09-14T15:00:00+01:00By Mark Hallinger

The company introduced the Axia Quasar 6th-generation AoIP console. Marty Sacks, VP of sales, support and marketing at The Telos Alliance, said that Axia’s new flagship console draws upon Telos’ rich history in AoIP for broadcast, with more than 9700 AoIP consoles and more than 100,000 connected devices on-air worldwide.

Telestream’s Alistair Butler with Kevin Khoo (head of APAC sales)

Chunghwa Telecom seeks Vantage point for 4K


Taiwan’s leading commercial broadcaster Chunghwa Telecom has signed a deal with Telestream for QoE assurance and 4K media processing requirements.

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Lion King team looked to Attenborough documentaries


IBC2019:The Lion King cinematographer Caleb Deschanel has revealed that the BBC’s blockbuster natural history series Planet Earth 2 played a huge influence in the way that Disney’s all digital photorealistic remake was shot.

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IBC2019 Preview: Sunday


IBC2019: What to see and expect at the conference and exhibition today, finishing with the prestigious IBC Awards ceremony.

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Video: Android TV outlines entertainment’s tech-driven future

2019-09-14T14:36:00+01:00By David Wood

IBC2019: Voice could play a key role in shaping the future of the global entertainment, according to Android TV senior director Shalini Govil-Pai who gave IBC delegates a glimpse of the future during a Keynote session.

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Rise recognises outstanding women


IBC2019: Gender diversity advocacy group Rise held its inaugural awards ceremony at IBC today.

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Video: Global Gamechangers - Where’s the money coming from?


IBC2019: Speakers from Vice, Pluto TV and Bauer Media dicussed business models in the digital age.

The software takes out a lot of the manual work of network analysis and planning

Progira software enables simpler broadcast network planning

2019-09-14T14:02:00+01:00By Mark Hallinger

The established Progira plan software which enables users to plan, evaluate and optimise broadcast networks accurately, has been joined by Progira plan for Server.

An actual in-house digitisation factory can be found on stand

Noa demonstrates benefits of in-house digitisation

2019-09-14T14:01:00+01:00By Mark Hallinger

At IBC2019 the company is encouraging visitors to gain some first-hand experience on what industrial digitisation entails: The company has brought an in-house digitisation factory to its stand.

Flow: Aristo allows tasks to be virtually wired together to create processing pipelines

On-Hertz ups the audio workflow

2019-09-14T13:23:00+01:00By Mark Hallinger

Virtual audio specialist On-Hertz is using IBC2019 to launch its Artisto software audio engine, which is designed to automate sound workflows.

Team building: Viz Engine 4 render creates easy-to-use augmented reality

Connecting Storytelling with AR and IP


Vizrt has introduced Viz Engine 4 for live media, the cornerstone render engine for its future media workflows.

Search and you shall find: Vidrovr is now on LogServer

Mediaproxy LogServer enhanced with Vidrovr video search


Mediaproxy has integrated the Vidrovr enterprise video search platform into its LogServer IP-based logging, monitoring and analysis software.

On schedule, but not on dedicated equipment: MAM4Pro’s media scheduler

MAM4Pro virtually offers performance bonus


MAM4Pro is an enterprise system for managing and executing all media operations - record, ingest, play, stream, encode, transcode and decode – in a professional production and post-production ecosystem, without the need for dedicated equipment.

Compact: The mixer is equally at home over-the-shoulder or in a mobile rig

High horsepower portable mixer-recorder new from Sound Devices

2019-09-14T13:11:00+01:00By Mark Hallinger

Scorpio, a 32-channel, 36-track portable mixer-recorder, is making its IBC debut and is the “most powerful product” so far designed by Sound Devices.

Postflux aids archiving, security, performance and sharing of Adobe projects

Marquis Postflux platform protects Premiere Pro projects


Postflux is a new platform that improves the archiving, versioning, integrity, security, performance and sharing of Adobe projects in extended workflows.

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Interview: Marion Ranchet, Roku


The ability of aggregated TV services to target specific audiences and measure their response combines the beauty of TV with the brains of digital, says Roku’s Marion Ranchet.

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It’s time to collaborate


IBC2019: In this complex and rapidly evolving industry, close relationships between media firms and their suppliers are essential, and IBC2019 is the place to forge those ties, writes Peter White.

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Video: HbbTV and ATSC 3.0 sees broadcasters striking back


IBC2019: Where would IBC be without a panel looking at ‘Next Generation TV’ and the threat to conventional broadcasting?  IBC 2019 is no different, and this year’s session compared and contrasted HbbTV (Hybrid Broadcast Broadband TV) and the USA’s ATSC 3.0.

Big ten: multiple KVM cards can fit in a single 2RU chassis

Apantac KVM over IP for openGear

2019-09-14T12:57:00+01:00By Mark Hallinger

The new OG-KVM-IP-Tx card for the openGear chassis is on display.

ProRes Raw power: The new Atomos Neon 8K line up

8K ProRes Raw recording reaches Neon heights


The recently released Atomos Neon Cinema Series can now be upgraded to 8K with the new 8K Master Control Unit.

The headend devices now available for organisations with DVB-C/T/T2 modulation

Axing demonstrates IP/DVB modulators


According to Axing, its new MIE 8-/16-/32-00 units are cost-effective, compact and modular IP to DVB-C/T modulators, on show with the new MIE 4-/8-02 IP-to-DVB-T2 modulators.

Presenters are rendered as a 3D element in InfinitySet

InfinitySet 3D integration is Unreal – with added Unity


Brainstorm has improved the integration of the Unreal Engine from Epic Games into InfinitySet, giving it “the best integration in the marketplace”, according to commercial director David Alexander.

Mirco Stalder from TPC with CyanView remote control on an SRF motorbike

4G remote camera control unveiled by CyanView

2019-09-14T12:56:00+01:00By Elliot Herman

The Cy-Stem range by CyanView is pushing the bounds of camera control to deliver compelling, engaging viewer experiences, according to the company.

Polatis optical switches monitor and control the signals

High fibre connectivity from Huber + Suhner


For the broadcast market, Huber + Suhner believes it is able to provide support with a wide range of connectivity solutions – notably, its RF-over-fibre distribution system, which it is demonstrating at IBC.

The technologies in the Jade STB aim to deliver better WiFi video

Technicolor announces new STB

2019-09-14T12:56:00+01:00By Steve Fairclough

Jade is a new set-top box from Technicolor, which is designed to improve the performance of video over in-home WiFi networks where computers, mobiles, laptops and other wi-fi devices are taking up bandwidth space.

UHD multichannel encoding on the cards: Vitec’s new MGW Diamond OG

Diamond polished for openGear encoding


The new MGW Diamond OG is a 4K/multichannel HEVC encoder in an openGear (OG) card format.

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What do consumers expect from 5G entertainment?

2019-09-14T12:37:00+01:00Brought to you by

Internet technologies have resulted in a proliferation of streaming video platforms, offering consumers an alternative to broadcast and cable TV and posing a major threat to those traditional industries, writes IBM Institute for Business Value Telecommunications, Media and Entertainment global industry leader Rob van den Dam.

Canon’s Paul Atkinson shows off the new C500 Mark II and accessories

Canon C500 Mark II on show


Canon’s new 5.9K full-frame Cinema EOS system camera, the C500 Mark II is on show at IBC.

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Global Gamechanger: Gary Shapiro


IBC2019: Gary Shapiro, President/CEO at the Consumer Technology Association and a IBC keynote speaker on Friday, told delegates that technology is a global gamechanger.

Lens flair: Carey Duffy with Cooke’s new 40mm full-frame anamorphic

Consolidation for Cooke Optics


2019 is “a year of consolidation” for Cooke, according to its European director of sales, Carey Duffy.

Adam Fry, vice president of Sony Professional Solutions Europe, introduces the Sony press conference at IBC2019

Sony focuses on quality content creation

2019-09-14T10:38:00+01:00By Steve Fairclough

In a press conference early on the opening day of IBC2019, Sony reaffirmed its commitment to helping content creators to realise their visions and unveiled its flagship PXW-FX9 camcorder, which features a newly developed 6K full-frame sensor.

Fish and chips: IngeSTore is available free with 4K Supernova S+ I/O cards

IngeSTore gets Edit-While-Record and all the REST


The IngeSTore multi-channel ingest tool has been updated with added codecs, Edit-While-Record capabilities and enhanced remote control.

SilhouetteFX was heavily used by Weta Digital on Avengers: End Game

Boris buys SilhouetteFX and Digital Film Tools


Boris FX has acquired SilhouetteFX (SFX) and Digital Film Tools (DFT), two companies that have developed tools used on Hollywood’s biggest blockbusters and used by high-profile VFX studios including Weta Digital, Framestore, Technicolor and Deluxe.

Ship shape: The new BR Remote AC180 remote PTZ camera

BR Remote PTZ ball camera makes a splash


BR Remote’s new AC180 is a multi-function remote pan/tilt/zoom camera for use outdoors and on water, as it is built to withstand high pressure water jets and full immersion in the sea.

Frostad: “The VB440 represents an entirely future-proof solution”

8KoIP demonstrated by Bridge Technologies


IBC this year sees Bridge Technologies in pole position on the corner of Hall 1, where the company is demonstrating its VB440 IP network probe operating in an 8K environment.

LED engines fired up: The Creamsource SpaceX

SpaceX LED gets European debut


Creamsource is showing its powerful SpaceX LED light for the first time in Europe, along with new lighting effects for its Micro Colour fixture.

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Dejero EnGo updated

2019-09-14T10:36:00+01:00By Elliot Herman

Connectivity specialist Dejero revealed the latest generation of its EnGo mobile transmitter at IBC on Friday.

The combined Griiip and LiveU motorsports media solutions platform

Griip and LiveU extend partnership


Griiip and LiveU have revealed details of an extended partnership revolving around the integration of complementary racing content solutions for broadcasters and streaming services.

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State of the streaming TV industry

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With streaming skyrocketing, discover the latest on ad placement, length, and buffering, device share and quality, the growth of social video and more.

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Global players back the “golden era” of creativity


Leaders of the most influential content studios address the liberties of production amid the burgeoning digital landscape and the challenges to the craft of television.

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IBC2019 Opening Keynote: Cécile Frot-Coutaz, YouTube


YouTube’s Cécile Frot-Coutaz opened the conference talking about the platform’s relationship with Pay-TV providers and audiences


DAB+: A new generation of efficient, cost-effective transmitters

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The early noughties were supposed to witness a revolution in radio broadcasting. The introduction of DAB radio was likened to the digital revolution that has taken place in television with analogue TV making way for ever more sophisticated digital TV formats from standard to high definition, 4K and beyond.

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Becoming a next gen standards body


IBC2019: As the technologies, workflows and business models of our industry evolve so too must SMPTE, writes Barbara Lange.

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EBU says “time to regulate the FAANGs”


IBC2019: Regulators need to respond faster to changing viewer habits and the rise of the FAANGs, according to European broadcasting chiefs.

Live switching, replays, highlights, and more are possible

EVS X-One enables lean production

2019-09-14T07:45:00+01:00By Mark Hallinger

One theme at the EVS stand is ‘lean production,’ and the company said that the latest version of its X-One unified multicamera live production system aims to bring high-level live production to smaller operations.

The commentary box can manage daily commentary situations

Compact Express IP Mini new from Glensound

2019-09-14T07:45:00+01:00By Mark Hallinger

Glensound has said that its decades of expertise in designing and manufacturing commentary boxes has resulted in its Express IP Mini, a compact and simple-to-operate two-user network audio commentary box.

The product targets educational and other organisations beyond media

Cloud-native media recording from Insys

2019-09-14T07:44:00+01:00By Mark Hallinger

The company is unveiling a new cloud-based video recording system that expands the scope of Insys’ offerings beyond commercial OTT media services into broader applications and markets.

The product is based on the ContentServer technology of Fraunhofer IIS

IZT focuses on DAB+ at IBC2019

2019-09-14T07:43:00+01:00By Mark Hallinger

The DAB ContentServer from IZT is a professional encoder and multiplexer system for the infrastructure of digital broadcast transmitter networks.

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IBC2019 Tech Talk: Lebanon’s labour of love


IBC2019: Kicking off IBC2019’s Tech Talks in the Forum’s Lounge area was a presentation from Mike Haroun who talked of the challenges involved in restoring over 180 locally produced classic films dating from the 1940s to 1990s.

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The IBC Daily 2019: Day 2


Read Saturday’s edition of the IBC Daily online now.

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Video: Interview with Soumya Sriraman, Britbox


IBC2019: Britbox president Soumya talks to IBCTV about the future of the ITV/BBC JV which is set to launch in the UK.

Portable: The Iqoya Talk comes in a hard case or in a backpack

Reliability and audio quality in remotes

2019-09-13T15:45:00+01:00By Mark Hallinger

The Iqoya Talk portable codec, which is built for live remote broadcasting operations that require high reliability and audio quality, is on show at Digigram’s stand.

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Blockchain: Ushering the next generation of M&E

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The media & entertainment industry is undergoing a shift with increasing number of viewers migrating from the ‘linear’ broadcast services to over-the-top (OTT) services including Netflix, HBO Go and Roku, which are based on subscription driven AOD (audio on demand) and VOD (video on demand) models.

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6K camera from Blackmagic


The recently launched Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K, a handheld digital camera that offers a 6144 x 3456 Super 35-size 6K HDR image sensor, is featured on the Blackmagic Design stand.

Nikhil Malhotra, global head of innovation at Tech Mahindra

Tech Mahindra helping content make money

2019-09-13T15:00:00+01:00By Steve Fairclough

Throughout IBC2019 in Hall 15, Tech Mahindra is showcasing its range of solutions to help telco and media companies add value to their content creation.

Protect and serve: A new, more resilient Lightspeed Live in use

Lightspeed up to speed for live capture and streaming


Telestream’s Lightspeed Live Capture and Lightspeed Live Stream platforms now have added resilience, plus dual encoding and publishing, as part of a new live platform containing eight 3G-SDI I/O ports.

Systems integrated: Laurent Mairet, Stefan Breder, Munzer Rushdi and Nicolas Hans

Broadcast Solutions buys Videlio Middle-East


Videlio Middle-East, the Dubai-based subsidiary of Videlio group, has been acquired by systems integrator Broadcast Solutions, to accelerate its operations in the Arab world and Africa.

Managed sports services are enabling better communications across sports and e-sports

Comms is key for Riedel

2019-09-13T15:00:00+01:00By Elliot Herman

Communications is key the running of any successful event, and Riedel’s managed sports services division is enabling that success.

European office manager Stanislaw Mendyk in the back of the cable repair ambulance

Canare ready for any emergency

2019-09-13T15:00:00+01:00By Elliot Herman

Japanese cable manufacturer Canare’s stand has an ambulance on it – complete with flashing lights and siren – so that president and CEO Jun-ichiro Ohno and his team can attend to cable emergencies without delay.

Director of Marketing and Communications Andreas Hilmer introduced the latest V__matrix features and a new low noise frame at IBC2019

Lawo enhances V__matrix

2019-09-13T15:00:00+01:00By Mark Hallinger

Significant new features have been announced for V__matrix, Lawo’s software-defined IP core routing and processing platform.

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Broadcasters called to make sustainability cool


IBC2019: Building a positive environmental movement to educate and empower audiences and activate global change lies with broadcasters, a panel agree during the IBC Lounge Talk.

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The keys to success in a digital age

2019-09-13T14:21:00+01:00By David Wood

IBC2019: Senior figures from some of the world’s leading digital content brands have outlined some of the key features of media brands that will make them successful in the future.

Future: Signum is set for today and tomorrow’s radio distribution

Compact, reliable IRD from Elber

2019-09-13T14:11:00+01:00By Mark Hallinger

Signum is a compact IRD designed for the high-end radio distribution market that Elber is showcasing at IBC2019.

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enCaption for radio debuted

2019-09-13T14:10:00+01:00By Mark Hallinger

ENCO comes to IBC with new features for its enCaption automated captioning systems, including a version designed for radio that is making its European debut.

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IBC2019 Preview: Saturday


IBC2019: Highlights from across the conference and exhibition including the content everywhere hall and hub and the Saturday night mega movie showcasing The Lion King.

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YouTube “essential” for pay-TV operators says head of EMEA


IBC2019: Opening the IBC2019 conference, YouTube’s head of content EMEA Cécile Frot-Coutaz urged media companies to harness the Google-owned platform to reach new audiences and engage with communities.

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Video: IBC2019 panel interview with Jane Turton, James Baker and Jane Millichip

2019-09-13T13:55:00+01:00By James Pearce

In this IBCTV panel interview, industry experts look at the issue of funding new content in an OTT world.


Ownzones appoints former Google Cloud COO


Cloud computing pioneer and tech visionary Diane M Bryant has been appointed to the advisory board at Ownzones Entertainment Technologies.

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FreeSpeak Edge crosses intercom frontier


FreeSpeak Edge is being launched by Clear-Com at IBC2019, the latest addition to the FreeSpeak range of digital wireless intercom systems.

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BBC NHU: “The pace of change is crazy”


IBC2019: Colin Jackson, senior innovation producer at BBC Studios, and heading up a team at its Bristol Natural History Unit (NHU), wowed delegates at IBC’s Big Screen session ‘Planet innovation: A BBC Studios natural history showcase’.

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Interview: Michael Zink, Warner Bros.


Michael Zink of Warner Bros. tells Paul Bray about some of the emerging technologies that are making waves in the media industry, and reveals why he’s excited by the prospect of autonomous vehicles.

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BT Sport switches focus to remote production


IBC2019: With remote production set to be a hot topic at IBC2019, Paolo Pescatore takes a look at BT Sport’s plans for the new technology.

Generation Z

Influencing the influencer


IBC2019: Digital natives are the leading catalysts for disrupting the way content is consumed and created. Alana Foster speaks with Generation Z experts to debunk the challenges and explore the opportunities offered by this market.