Today the annual IBC ( International Broadcasting Conference ) starts in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Hundreds of broadcasters, content providers, equipment manufacturers and professionals will meet and discuss the future of tv. Among them are well-known names such as Adobe, Vitalstream, ON2 and Brightcove ( the new company of former Macromedia CEO Jeremy Allaire ).
I will be there this weekend so if you want to meetup and say hi, leave a comment or shoot me an email. Press release after the jump.
Link: IBC 2006
The IBC2006 conference kicked off yesterday with a series of busy sessions themed around multimedia in the home and the conference continues today with the focus switching to HD.
“We believe we have all the hot topics covered again in this year’s programme. Saturday will focus on media on the move; Sunday is content production day and also has a number of sessions on IPTV. Once again Monday is D-cinema day at IBC.”
“Running alongside the peer-reviewed conference we have a wealth of high quality free sessions ranging from mobile business briefings to content showcases from Aardman Animations and the team behind the FIFA World Cup. Visitors can extract even greater value from their trip to IBC,” said Conference Chairman Martin Salter.
The IBC exhibition, which opens at 12.00 today, continues to attract ever increasing levels of exhibition stand space this year and pre- registration is running well ahead of last year.
“We believe that this will be the best ever IBC. If you are a professional involved in the creation, management and delivery of entertainment and news content IBC is the only place to be this week. Where else can you see everything from mobile technology to 3-D movies under one roof,” said Michael Crimp, IBC’s Marketing and Business Development Director.
Media on the Move
Saturday's Conference Theme is Media on the Move. Technical sessions will include a panel session on the smart use of spectrum in the all-digital future and papers on how the broadcasting landscape is changing as the use of the tape disappears into history. Content Management is also on the agenda on Saturday with a very timely tutorial on the tricky business of broadcast rights.
Alongside the Media on the Move theme day within the conference are a series of business briefings linked to the Mobile Zone, running throughout Sunday and on Monday morning. These feature some of the key Mobile Zone exhibitors, sharing their perspectives and offering solutions from their experiences as early entrants in this emerging market.
The Content Production sessions look at new ways to produce content that may well need to be repurposed across a number of platforms at a number of resolutions. That is extended in the afternoon to a detailed look at how the intellectual property in that content can be protected while allowing the end user the freedom to view it on whatever platform is appropriate.
One other highlight in a crowded day is the masterclass with leading Hollywood cinematographer David Stump ASC, who will be talking about how the all-digital movie has come of age.
IBC Awards Ceremony
Join us for the new-look IBC Awards Ceremony designed to reward excellence in all areas of the IBC event and the industry it serves. The IBC Awards Ceremony, presented by Rob Curling, will take place at 18:30 on Sunday evening in the Park Foyer (near hall 8). Entrance is free, and the evening starts with a champagne reception at 18.15.
Movies at IBC2006
A well-established IBC tradition is the chance to watch great movies in the finest possible viewing conditions. The IBC Big Screen features excellent 5.1 surround sound as well as the finest digital projection.
On Sunday night we are showing 'Pirates of the Caribbean – Dead Man’s Chest', one of the year’s blockbuster movies and starring Johnny Depp, Keira Knightley, Orlando Bloom and Jonathan Pryce. Prepare to be blown out of the water!
Join us on Monday evening for 'Monster House', a new animation from Sony Pictures. One reviewer said “The zest for which the characters jump into your lap (figuratively and literally) makes this a fun ride through a house of horrors” – you have been warned!
The movies start at 18.30 and are FREE to all, but seats are limited so don't be late.
Still time to pre-register
It's not too late to pre-register online for IBC2006.
All registrations include free entry to top attractions including IBC Training Zone, added value sessions, Mobile Zone and the IBC Big Screen Experience, as well as a 5-day travel pass.
You can also register for the conference or pick particular theme days -we have a registration package to suit everyone. Pre-register online and you will can join a fast track queue to collect your badge onsite.
Hotel and Travel
Are your hotel and travel arrangements completed? A bustling IBC means Amsterdam hotels will be full. If you do not have a reservation, you should contact the RAI Hotel Service, our preferred supplier, which has the best stock of rooms available at our specially negotiated prices.