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IBC2016 Triumphs in Transformation

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50,000 attendees from 160 countries converge in Amsterdam for the biggest broadcast  show this side of the globe.

From a record attendance to the first standing ovation for an award winner, IBC2016 was a great success by any measure. In the opening keynote session Dominique Delport of Havas Media warned the audience that “the 50 year party is over”, but underlying IBC’s global theme of transformation, he – and every delegate and visitor – found much to be optimistic about.

The headline attendance figure for IBC2016 was 55,796 over the six days of the conference and exhibition. This is the number of attendees not registrations – the people who were actually on site, who came from more than 160 countries.

“IBC really is the only forum that attracts a global audience, the most comprehensive exhibition, and the best thought-leaders to spark the debate,” said Michael Crimp, CEO of IBC. “This year they included Sir Martin Sorrell on the global future for advertising, Erik Huggers on online broadcasting, and Mr Ang Lee on the new realism that the latest technology brings movie-makers.”

“But IBC, above all else, is about bringing people together to share knowledge and to do business,” Crimp added. “It is clear, from the buzz around the whole show, that this has been a great year.”

 The exhibition featured over 1,800 exhibitors, including 249 companies at their first IBC. One important addition to the feature areas in the exhibition was the IBC IP Interoperability Zone, an initiative to push forward open standards in new connectivity. Supported by AIMS and the IABM and working with AES, AMWA, the EBU, SMPTE and VSF, IBC created a dedicated exhibit which demonstrated verified technical progress in IP interoperability and featured the award-winning VRT-EBU LiveIP studio which was used for IBCTV’s production at this year’s show.

Reflecting the state of the industry, the conference took transformation as its theme. That was also reflected in the IBC Leaders’ Summit, the behind-closed-doors programme for 150 C-level Executives. The conference programme was reorganised this year to provide a clearer, more readily navigated structure and a focus on the content value chain. Across the five days, 435 speakers took part in more than 100 sessions.

One of the most popular sessions featured Ang Lee talking about – and demonstrating – how he has employed remarkable technology to create a strong sense of engagement in his new movie, Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk. Specially created for IBC, the clip from the forthcoming movie was projected at 120 frames per second in 4K 3D, using Christie’s 6P laser projection and Dolby Atmos. He was also the recipient this year of IBC’s highest award, the International Honour for Excellence, and his charming, funny, self-deprecating acceptance speech earned him a standing ovation from the packed Auditorium.

The audience also saw the most unusual acceptance speech yet at an IBC Awards Ceremony. NASA received the Judges’ Prize, and IBC was thanked in a special message from astronaut Kate Rubins in the International Space Station.

At the Two movie screenings were done, both using Dolby Vision HDR and Dolby Atmos. The Jungle Book in 3D courtesy of Walt Disney Company and the harrowing 19th century saga The Revenant provided by 20th Century Fox. 

“The continuing success of IBC is down to the hard work of a lot of people, staging an event that is relevant and engaging across the whole of our transforming industry,” concluded Michael Crimp. “We continue to evolve, and I am confident that next year’s IBC – our 50th anniversary edition – will be even better. I look forward to welcoming you back to Amsterdam, 14 to 19 September 2017.”

Cable Quest is associated as a media partner of IBC for the last many years bringing the latest information on technology and trends to its readers in India.

Some of the products launched at IBC 2016 are given as below.

Enensys’ Launch of Dttcaster Provides Cost-effective Regional Retransmission

 Enensys, designers and manufacturers of digital TV transmission technologies, announced the launch of DTTCaster at IBC 2016. This provides highly cost-effective off-air reception and retransmission of DTT signals at transmitter sites where other connectivity isn’t possible or is cost-prohibitive.

  DTTCaster, allows highly cost-effective retransmission of DTT networks at regional/local transmitter sites where IP (microwave, fibre and so on) or satellite connectivity isn’t possible or is too expensive. In terms of the former, this is usually down to either geography or cost or a combination of the two. C-band satellite reception at local transmitter sites isn’t always possible either as the dishes are very large and there’s surrounding infrastructure required too. Of course with satellite there are also capacity costs to consider.

 DTTCaster allows reception of network content using a simple antenna then re-generates that content on another frequency. This provides low-cost, high-quality retransmission of a network. With DVB-T2, ENENSYS has developed an innovative and fully standards-compliant solution that allows the rebroadcasting of Single Frequency Network content in both single PLP and multiple PLP mode. 

Simplified IPTV connected security, unified broadcast and multi-DRM content protection from Conax

Conax, part of the Kudelski Group and a leader in total service protection for digital entertainment services worldwide via broadcast, broadband and connected devices, showcased at  IBC Expo 2016 , a series of new innovations enabling operators to profit on content delivery strategies. Highlights include the recently launched Contego-as-a-Service cloud-based content protection platform unifying broadcast and TV everywhere service protection across devices, technologies and content types. Also featured were key advancements for simplified IPTV connected security, multi-DRM deployments and fast-time-to-market solutions for TV everywhere content delivery; all based on the benchmark Conax Contego unified security back-end.  

Multi-DRM made easy: Conax provides the ultimate flexibility in securing content across technologies and multiscreen devices - all based on a single unified security hub. With support for Common Encryption and MPEG DASH, Conax’ unique back-end simplifies content protection of TV everywhere services with market-leading DRM technologies (including Widevine, PlayReady, FairPlay Streaming and NAGRA PRM) without compromising usability for end users.

Fast-time-to-market, secure OTT content delivery: Featuring the award-winning Conax GO Live  entry level, end-to-end solution for dramatically reducing complexity and time-to-market for operators experience in launching a secure OTT service.

Nagra secure delivery of pay-tv directly to connected stbs and TVs

NAGRA, a digital TV division of the Kudelski Group and the world's leading independent provider of content protection and multiscreen television solutions, and MStar Semiconductor, Inc., a leading global semiconductor company for display and digital home solutions, showcased the completion of integration of NAGRA’s NOCS3 hardware security technologies directly into MStar’s System-On-Chips (SoCs) for connected STBs and Connected TVs. This gives pay-TV operators superior security for high-value pay-TV services and enables them to license 4K-UHD and HDR content from all major Hollywood studios.

 NAGRA NOCS3 and anyCAST CONNECT converged CAS/DRM client are now directly integrated into MStar chipsets and the MStar Trusted Execution Environment (TEE). The joint STB solution integrates NAGRA’s NOCS3 technology with MStar’s K6 and K7Plus chipsets, enabling two-way cable operators and telcos to deploy advanced boxes supporting connected broadcast, IPTV, operator OTT and third-party OTT services like Netflix, and in-home content distribution, all secured by a single CONNECT client. 

The MStar EMC5 television SoC integration enables pay-TV service providers to deliver high-value premium content directly to supported TVs without a set-top box while still meeting strict MovieLabs standards for Enhanced Content Protection. Service providers can implement their own Electronic Program Guide using the TV manufacturer’s SDK or the HbbTV standard.

Agama presented full coverage OTT assurance

The Agama solution for OTT services delivers complete end-to-end coverage of all stages of the service delivery chain - from ingest to edge cache and all the way to the consumption device. It offers comprehensive support for player devices, from phones and tablets, smart TVs and game consoles to set-top boxes and HTML5 players, enabling the solution to be used in the most diverse deployments. It also provides support for common formats and codecs and smoothly integrates with access control and authentication systems.

Signiant Innovations Enable Smooth Transitions to Next-Generation Technology 

At the IBC 2016 Conference and Exhibition, Signiant Inc, demonstrated product enhancements across its accelerated file transfer portfolio, all designed to support Media & Entertainment companies’ imperative to leverage new technologies and respond to a rapidly changing business environment.  Signiant accelerated file transfer solutions make it possible for any organization to send, share, and automate the movement of large media files over IP networks – between people, systems and the cloud. 

Viaccess-Orca demonstrated Adaptive sentinel, a cardless CAS

Viaccess-Orca, a global leader in the protection and enhancement of content services, demonstrated company's Adaptive Sentinel dual card and cardless conditional access system (CAS) at IBC 2016. Adaptive Sentinel ensures best-in-class software and hardware security for cardless and card-based environments.  Adaptive Sentinel employs CAS and DRM agents for live and VoD content, as well as the proprietary Viaccess-Orca Security Environment executed in the trusted zone of the chipset, ensuring the highest level of security required for UHD content. Adaptive Sentinel meets the requirement of all  pay-TV operators for a cost-effective, reliable, and flexible security method that can adapt easily to the rapidly shifting piracy landscape.

Genius Digital showcased New Multiscreen Insights Service that enables operators to have a single source with which to measure and analyse consumption across their network

Genius Digital, the experts in audience analytics, demonstrated its brand new Multiscreen Insights service at Verimatrix stand at IBC.  Integrating seamlessly with the existing Genius Digital Insight Platform, Multiscreen Insights enables operators to have a single source with which to measure and analyse consumption from all of the devices in their network.

 For cable, satellite, IPTV and OTT operators, multiscreen is now a vital aspect to any service offering, not simply an added extra. As such it is important that operators have parity of measurement and analytics across all devices in order to best gain a holistic view of its customers. Through using the Multiscreen Insights Service, operators can make the most of Genius Digital’s multiscreen libraries to help them grow revenues, reduce cost and solve their most pressing business issues.

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