IBC '09 Day 4: LIVE FROM THE SHOWFLOOR

    Action on the showfloor shows no signs of abating on day four.
    SPECIAL REPORTS, Exhibitions coverage, IBC 2009

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    09:45 IBC Innovation award-winners Newtec, Arabsat and the ASBU take pride of place on the front page of the show daily.

    10:20 Megahertz Broadcast Systems MD Greg Hoskin said that although the decision process among its Middle East customers had lengthened during the past 12 months, the company was still seeing a sustained level of interest.
    “People are certainly being a little more cautious in the region but they are very much continuing their investment,” said Hoskin. “Nine months is a long time in this industry and in some cases this has benefitted the customers as they’ve been able to alter their plans to incorporate newer technologies and, ultimately get a better result.”

    11:05 JVC’s new GY-HM100 and -700 cameras have been attracting a lot of attention on the stand but it is the company’s 3D booth that could be the most significant in the long term. A 2D to 3D convertor box was on show and produced results almost as good as the flagship 3D display. The convertor uses a colour and motion tracking algorithm to create the effect of a left- and right-eye image. The drawback is that this method means the still images do not appear in three dimensions. The boxes aren’t shipping yet a JVC booth staff member claimed they could have sold dozens during the show.
    JVC also received an award yesterday taking home an IABM excellence trophy for the GY-HM100 and -700 cameras.

    11:47 The show seems almost as busy as yesterday. A number of exhibitors had been predicting a post-weekend drop off in traffic but to be honest, it hasn’t really materialised.

    12:20 Content security developer SecureMedia make a return to IBC in the new look IPTV zone. The company has signed some major carrier deals in several markets of late. More details will be made available in the near future.

    13:45 Netia has enjoyed a successful period of activity in the MENA region of late with a number of high profile jobs in Saudi Arabia and North Africa. The company’s headline product at the show is the Netia Workflow Engine.
    “It lets our customers focus on the content and not have to worry about unnecessary technical details,” said Mus Rezzoug, director of products at Netia.

    15:30 Vislink has had a busy 2009. The Advent, MRC and Link subsidies have were integrated at the turn of the year adding to the uncertainty created by the economic situation.
    “Despite the reorganisation within the company and the problems in the wider economy we have had a successful year,” said James Wilcox, marketing director.
    “The Middle East sales in particular have grown by 25 percent across all product lines and we have responded in kind by adding to our team in Dubai. Mather Al Ali our regional manager for MENA now has an additional salesman, admin staff and a systems engineer working with him.”

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