DPme.com's roving reporter John Parnell reports live from IBC 2009.
    SPECIAL REPORTS, Exhibitions coverage, IBC 2009


    09:00 The conference sessions kick off with the vendors industry body the IABM hosting a session on the changing purchasing parameters of the big broadcast clients.

    11:17 Some exhibitors are grumbling that the event is too quiet and there are very few visitors, the show doesn’t officially open for another 43 minutes.

    12:00 The 2009 edition of IBC opens to the public in possibly the most challenging economic conditions in its history, despite this, the show floor seems to fill up quickly dispelling any earlier concerns.

    13:06 Eutelsat demonstrates its live 3D transmission technology. As well as showing a live basketball match in 3D by satellite (over a 12 Mb/s connection) the demo also displays the capabilities of the signal over a 10 Mb/s connection. Eutelsat intends to push this technology hard in the digital cinema sector with live events such as music concerts and sports providing the content. A vast number of European cinema chains have already signed up to screen 3D content on the Eutelsat Open Sky platform.

    14:30 Gearhouse Broadcast discusses its recent integration deal with a high profile mosque in Qatar. Although details have only been made public recently, the company has in fact been working on the project for the past nine months, highlighting the scale of the task at hand.

    15:36 Content delivery service provider GlobeCast reveals it has enjoyed a busy period in the Middle East of late. A number of clients at Jordan Media City have taken advantage of the recently installed POP according to regional account manager Giorgio Giacomini.

    16:04 Several pigeons manage to find there way into Hall 7 causing some mild amusement until business turns back to the matter at hand. The showfloor is now buzzing allaying earlier fears among exhibitors.

    16:37 Gaming processor manufacturer Nvidia is making its first appearance at the show. The manufacturer is promoting its hardware as an alternative to CPUs for intensive video processing work. One demonstration on the stand sees the rendering period for a project cut from 24 hours to an incredible 40 minutes. The manufacturer is hoping that its new approach can shake up the broadcast industry and improve standards along the way.

    16:59 The IPV Teragator makes its debut on the international broadcast industry scene. The relational search engine allows content owners to delve deeper into their own archives and libraries and presents the results in a visual way. The “tree” of search results encourages users to investigate new relationships between material and can also be shaped by users to produce relevant results.

    17:16 Barix tells DPME.com of its ambitions for the Middle East. The IP specialist is looking to expand on its current work in the region with a renewed focus on voice and data networks within broadcast facilities and as continue delivery networks. The company is also hoping to expand its business in the AV integration markets, particularly in the PA and security system sectors for venues and houses of worship.

    18:00 The Tannoy announces the end of what has been a pleasantly busy first day leaving the industry with an optimistic outlook for the week ahead.

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