The ones to watch at IBC '09

    DPme.com presents a who's who of IBC 2009 exhibitors.
    Harris Broadcast president Tim Thorsteinson.
    Harris Broadcast president Tim Thorsteinson.
    The Rohde & Schwarz BBA100 Amplifier.
    The Rohde & Schwarz BBA100 Amplifier.
    The RTW SurroundControl 31900 series.
    The RTW SurroundControl 31900 series.
    Verimatrix's Steve Oetegenn.
    Verimatrix's Steve Oetegenn.
    Steve Canepa, VP, IBM media & enter'ment.
    Steve Canepa, VP, IBM media & enter'ment.
    Khalid Balkheyour, CEO, Arabsat.
    Khalid Balkheyour, CEO, Arabsat.
    The Omnibus iTX automation platform.
    The Omnibus iTX automation platform.
    NETIA CEO Christophe Carniel (pictured left) and GlobeCast CEO Christian Pinon.
    NETIA CEO Christophe Carniel (pictured left) and GlobeCast CEO Christian Pinon.
    Pixel Power MD James Gilbert.
    Pixel Power MD James Gilbert.
    Bridge Technology's microVB monitor unit.
    Bridge Technology's microVB monitor unit.

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    Digital Broadcast presents a who’s who of IBC exhibitors, from industry giants to up and coming innovators.

    Harris, Hall 7, Stand 7.G20

    Following the success of its NAB Online initiative, Harris will launch the Harris Virtual World at IBC.

    Those unable to attend the show will be offered a virtual online recreation of the company’s IBC presence.

    The portal will remain open well into 2010, providing an overview of the company in its entirety.

    “A lot has changed in our market since last IBC, and broadcasters will be coming to this year’s show looking for much more than simply a first glimpse of the latest gadgets,” said Tim Thorsteinson, president of Harris Broadcast Communications.

    Harris will be addressing questions surrounding HD infrastructure and multiplatform delivery at the show.

    Ross Video, Hall 9, Stand 9.D30

    Ross Video will debut several new products at this year’s IBC including a 3Gb/s openGear fibre line.

    The main attraction will be the Vision Octane production switcher, which is available in five to eight MLEs. Vision Octane offers 35 full screen HD animation stores, 24 channels of 3D DVE with warp capability, 96 inputs, 48 outputs, 32 full keyers, 12 keyers on the aux bus outputs and a further 12 DVE key combiners giving what the company describes as an “unprecedented” total of 56 keyers.

    RTW, Hall 8, stand 8.E76

    Broadcast audio specialist RTW will be showing a range of surround sound products at IBC.

    With many broadcasters looking to complement high definition pictures with surround sound, the market for audio monitoring products and other associated technologies is likely to expand.

    Product highlights at the show will include the SurroundControl 31900SD, which offers an eight-channel surround monitoring controller with a downmix matrix as well as the company’s Surround Sound Analyzer.

    Rohde & Schwarz, Hall 8, Stand 8.D35

    Rohde & Schwarz will place the DVB-T2 standard at the heart of its IBC activities this year.

    The company will be demonstrating test and measurement equipment as well as transmitters, as the next stage in digital terrestrial broadcasting begins to establish itself.

    DVB-T2 provides a 30 percent capacity increase compared to DVB-T, making space for more channels and enabling the introduction of more HD signals to the airwaves.

    In addition to the activities on its own stand, the company will also be taking part in demonstrations on the DVB project booth.

    Digital Rapids, Hall 7, Stand 7.G41

    Digital Rapids will be located in the main exhibition halls, the IPTV Zone and will also be offering free educational sessions at the IBC Training Zone.

    Digital Rapids has also been selected to power the encoding and mobile delivery for the IBC TV News website, for the sixth consecutive year.

    The company offers ingest, encoding and transcoding products across a number of platforms and recently announced compatibility with Microsoft’s Silverlight 3.0 streaming technology.

    Verimatrix, Hall 5, Stand 5.B45

    Showcasing its VCAS content security system, Verimatrix will also discuss how to expand this concept beyond content security alone and towards the broader goal of revenue security.

    Multi-device solutions including adaptive rate streaming. DRM standards-support will also be in the spotlight, with the company’s MultiRights DRM management solution leading the way.

    Verimatrix’s chief sales and marketing officer Steve Oetegenn will also be taking part in the Content Security conference stream on September 11 at 3.45pm.

    IBM, Hall 2, Stand 2.A30 and 2.A31

    One of the first IT giants to recognise the potential of the broadcast and media markets, IBM boasts a dedicated media and entertainment division offering tailored business and technology services.

    The company’s IBC assault will be firmly focused on efficiency improvements, collaborative solutions and production workflows. Executives from the company will also be heading up four conference sessions including a seminar titled Fragmentation & Innovation in the Changing Media Landscape, which will be delivered by Steve Canepa, vice president, IBM media & entertainment.

    Middle East Exhibitor

    KIT Digital, Hall 3, Stand 3.B60

    Middle East IP video company KIT Digital will also be exhibiting at IBC.

    KIT has made several acquisitions and strategic partnerships in recent years expanding its services into content syndication and web TV platform development. The company recently helped launch an Arabic language over-the-top TV service in the US.

    GlobeCast, Hall 1, Stand 1.B40

    GlobeCast will showcase its content delivery solutions ahead of a busy sporting year for broadcasters in 2010.

    The company will be offering services for rights-holders and non-rightsholders at events such as the FIFA World Cup in South Africa, the Vancouver Winter Olympics, Asian Games in China and the Commonwealth Games in Delhi.

    GlobeCast will also turn the spotlight on the extension of its fibre ring into Jordan Media City in Amman.

    The company has also boosted its Middle East capabilities with the availability of a DTH service hosted on ASIASAT 3S.

    Net Insight, Hall 1, Stand 1.B27

    Sweden’s Net Insight will be demonstrating some of the new modules available for its Nimbra video transport platform at this year’s IBC.

    The company recently announced its first major order in the Middle East. Net Insight will provide a TV production and contribution network for an as of yet undisclosed broadcaster. The deal is worth US$1.4 million.

    Middle East Exhibitor

    Arabsat, Hall 5, Stand 5.A19

    Arabsat is the largest satellite operator in the Middle East and the tenth largest operator in the world according to a recent Euroconsult report.

    The company is currently undergoing an expansion that will see a new satellite join the fleet each year until 2012.

    Arabsat serves more than 164 million people located in 21 Arab countries and also offers broadcasters access to 100 territories in total within Africa, Europe and the Middle East.

    The company is jointly nominated for an IBC innovation award for its work on the MENOS project.

    Middle East Exhibitor

    YahLive@ SES Astra, Hall 1, Stand 1.B51

    YahLive will be at IBC on partner SES Astra’s stand. The company is a collaboration between Abu Dhabi-based satellite operator Yahsat and SES Astra.

    The first DTH services will be launched next year with YahLive currently offering broadcasters early-bird rates for capacity on its maiden satellite.

    Omnibus, Hall 8, Stand 8.D41

    Omnibus will debut its new iTX News system at IBC. The multi-format news production system includes ingest, editing and playout functionalities.

    The system also includes 3D graphics options that can be rendered live to aid quick turnaround times in news and sports operations.

    A further iteration of the company’s iTX software developed for internet TV and video streaming services will also be on show.

    The system includes video/audio transitions, logo insertions, voice-overs and 2D DVE moves. It is compatible with QuickTime and MXF as well as MPEG-2, MPEG-4 and Windows Media.

    Irdeto, Hall 1, Stand 1.D51

    Conditional access technology developer Irdeto will be on home turf at IBC. The company has dual corporate headquarters in Amsterdam and Beijing as well as several smaller offices, including a Middle East branch in Dubai. Irdeto has had clients in the region for a number of years including ART and Showtime.

    The company will celebrate its 40th anniversary at this year’s IBC.

    Pixel Power, Hall 7, Stand 7.B30

    IBC ‘09 marks the European debut of Pixel Power’s ‘revolutionary’ branding switcher.

    The BrandMaster integrates broadcast graphics with a master control switcher for channel branding.

    Pixel Power announced plans to establish a Middle East base of operations in Dubai earlier this year with the company’s managing director James Gilbert saying the company had settled on the UAE as the location of a new regional office ahead of emerging markets such as China and Russia.

    Quantel, Hall 7, Stand 7.A21

    Quantel will be displaying a range of broadcast and production systems on its stand including its Stereo3D products.

    The company will also be pushing the benefits of virtualisation for broadcast file-based workflows, which the company says can tackle issues such as latency and managing ‘versions’.

    Bridge Technologies, Hall 1, Stand 1.A30

    Bridge Technologies will demonstrate a miniaturised remote monitoring tool for IPTV applications. The microVB can be delivered to customers in the mail and self installed removing the need for costly technician visits. Once installed the microVB automatically locates an appropriate server and begins monitoring the quality of the signal received by the set top box. The device reports on quality of experience parameters, allowing remote monitoring and analytics.

    Kroma Telecom, Hall 10, Stand 10.A20

    Kroma Telecom will make its tenth appearance at IBC in 2009. In addition to its full range of monitors the company will also display its new hybrid matrix. The TH5048 is 1 RU high and incorporates 28 IP ports, 16 digital ports and 4 analogue ports. Kroma has expanded its Middle East operations winning a large contract earlier this year with Qatar TV.

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