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Trade shows and their role in the wired world
Richard Baker Historically trade shows afforded an opportunity to collect the latest brochures relevant to the visitor's chosen industry or career path. Today there seems little reason to store data of any kind, let alone paper brochures, when information is so easily accessible online. Brochure back-packing at exhibitions has become a rare sight, rarer still since the security clampdown on visitor luggage at exhibitions. Today's efficient show delegate need only carry a mobile phone and, in deference to tradition, a bundle of business cards. The phone doubles as a snapshot camera, video camera, dictaphone, email reader, internet browser, Skype communicator, and so on.
Tags: iss133 | finepoint | ibc | nab | kitplus show | bve | Richard Baker
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How todays technology platforms can make AMAZING seem mundane
Bruce Devlin - new Some things never change. It's September and it's time for another IBC. Maybe I'm getting old and maybe I have selective memory about the past, but recently there hasn't been the buzz of years gone by. Sure, as you wander around the vast halls there will be lots of enthusiastic sales people trying to give you the best demo possible, but something has changed and to survive, I believe that vendors and customers need to change too.
Tags: iss133 | ibc | class | vulture | imf user group | Bruce Devlin - new
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Ride along on the Tour de Tech at IBC
Lorna Garrett Finding your way through the halls and aisles of the massive IBC can feel a bit like attempting to complete all 21 stages of the Tour de France — but in far fewer days. But have no fear; your team at Garland is all geared up and ready to show you the best on show at this year's exhibition.
Tags: iss133 | garland | liveu | lu600 | media excel | teracue | wisi | broadcast wireless systems | bws | artel | ibc | Lorna Garrett
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Why are trade shows still important
Mike Crimp First, the disclaimer: as the CEO of a rather large trade show, my opinion is likely to be skewed. However, I wouldn’t be here – now in my eighth year at IBC - if I didn’t truly believe that well-curated trade shows like IBC are a hugely important resource for our industry.
Tags: iss133 | ibc | innovation award | Mike Crimp
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IBC in a post Brexit world
Peter Savage 2 Cast your mind forward and we are not in 2018 but next year and, yes, it’s you and me walking to the departure lounge to catch the plane to IBC just as I, and perhaps also you, have done for the last 25 years. (By the way, where is my long service award – and perhaps a new pair of shoes as I must, surely, have walked the equivalent of five Caminos covering the 12 halls in the Rai). We are at the gate and my imagination kicks in as I hypothesize on what the trip might look like next year. I leave it to you to decide which is closest to what might be to come.
Tags: iss133 | azule | brexit | ibc | finance | Peter Savage 2
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State of the Nation
Dick Hobbs - new

I am writing this in the middle of a record-breaking heatwave in southern England. Yet it is time to be thinking about the mists and mellow fruitfulness of autumn, or at least the predictably damp and chilly Amsterdam when IBC hits town.

What will be the hot talking points of IBC this year? I am not in a position to talk about what the big vendors will be showing: I have so far received just the one preview press release (take a bow, Calrec).

Tags: iss132 | ibc | ibm | watson | ai | Dick Hobbs - new
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State of the Nation - Telling Imaginary Stories
Dick Hobbs - new In mid-October, Nokia issued a press release from its headquarters in Finland, announcing a refocusing of its business, with a growing emphasis on digital health. Read on a few paragraphs, though, and you find this statement....
Tags: iss128 | samsung | ozo | vr | nokia | ibc | david attenborough | Dick Hobbs - new
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Looking back at IBC 2017
Duncan Payne IBC feels like a bit of a dim and damp memory now, but a few over-riding memories do remain however, not least of which was the Arri party to celebrate its 100th year. It was like an old-school manufacturers IBC/NAB party, back when manufacturers had marketing budgets, and lots of sales people. It got IBC off to a great start; thanks Arri.
Tags: iss128 | ibc | arri | red | panasonic | adamantean | sony | eva | nokia | ozo | Duncan Payne
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50 years in and the show must go on
John Smith -new At IBC we always look forward to meeting old faces and new. For those more recently acquainted with the broadcast industry, you may not realise IBC was born half a century ago in London. In 1967 the show, held at the Royal Lancaster Hotel, attracted just 32 exhibitors and 500 delegates. However, its popularity grew and the exhibition quickly upgraded with a move to the Grosvenor House Hotel in London, followed by the Wembley Conference Centre, before moving to Brighton.
Tags: iss127 | medialinks | ibc | amsterdam | John Smith -new
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State of the Nation - part 2
Dick Hobbs - new This is, of course, the IBC issue of this splendid magazine. Much of the rest of its pages are filled with what you will see there, or (in some cases) what vendors and their marketing communications agencies want you to see there.
Tags: iss127 | ibc | 5g | dejero | liveu | Dick Hobbs - new
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Plan to be smart at IBC
Peter Savage 2 While chatting with a good friend last week, he told me he was full of foreboding about the coming IBC. It needs no introduction: this conference/exhibition is the largest gathering of broadcast professionals in Europe, and the second largest in the world, and everyone in our world knows about it. Ill give you some statistics later but, for now, lets look at why my friend was dreading it.
Tags: iss127 | azule | finance | ibc | planning | Peter Savage 2
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Top Tips on becoming an IBC Jedi
Aaron Dunleavy IBC is upon us once more. The doors of the RAI will open for the European electronic media and entertainment industry to scrum together to gather inspiration, keep abreast of developments in tech, and generally take the temperature of the industry. 
Tags: iss127 | ibc | mtf | lenses | adapters | Aaron Dunleavy
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Driving the Bandwidth Conundrum
Dick Hobbs - new At the time of writing, there is a story on the IBC website with the headline "In five years the problem won't be bandwidth, but knowing what to do with it". That seemed to me to be an interesting assertion, so I read on.
Tags: iss123 | dick hobbs | bandwidth | ibc | ngmn | Dick Hobbs - new
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IBC - how was it you
Duncan Payne IBC 2016 was very much a launching show, with more new products and updates than in many recent IBC's or NAB's. With so many of these announcements directly in the remit of a cameraman, blink and you'd miss the next big thing in camera and lenses news. With this in mind, this review focuses on camera and lenses only.
Tags: iss118 | azule finance | ibc review | panasonic | canon | arri | red | codex | jvc | zeiss | Duncan Payne
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10 Ways to make your trade show booth stand out
Candice Cowan With 15 halls and over 1600 exhibitors, there's little chance of seeing every stand at the IBC trade show - but this year I gave it a good try and racked up an impressive number of daily steps to prove it! Unlike most show visitors, however, I wasn't looking for the latest bit of tech or next product to purchase, instead I was focussed on how IBC exhibitors use stand design and trade show marketing techniques on the show floor to attract the attention of exhibition visitors.
Tags: iss118 | ibc | trade show | marketing | Candice Cowan
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Dick looks at the faster future
Dick Hobbs. I really enjoyed IBC this year. The fact that I barely set foot on the show floor is, of course, entirely coincidental, and I should take this opportunity to apologise to all those people I did not see in Amsterdam.
Tags: iss118 | nasa | ang lee | ibc | dick hobbs | Dick Hobbs.
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Make sure you are connected. The writing is on the wall
John Bozza SIS LIVE has a long history of providing OB technology for horse and dog racing, our traditional link to sports. So you can rightly deduce that we're not what could be considered a more generic OB company. Racing is our heritage and is something we continue to support.
Tags: iss117 | sis live | ibc | anylive | John Bozza
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IBC with the BBC
Jon Page IBC is an exciting opportunity for us in BBC R&D to share with the world the work we've been doing on a range of technologies. Those attending the conference will be able see much of the work we are doing on new forms of content and workflows and get an understanding of the object based principles for broadcasting which we are working towards, enabled by Internet Protocol (IP).
Tags: iss117 | bbc | ibc | ip | Jon Page
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Dick puts it all together
Dick Hobbs. Many of you will be reading this as you prepare for IBC. Some may even be reading it on the train/plane/ship to Amsterdam. I want to take a couple of minutes of your time to look at a last minute addition to IBC. It concerns IP, but trust me: this is good news so please do not stop reading just yet.
Tags: iss117 | aims | smpte | ibc | iabm | dick hobbs | Dick Hobbs.
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Are you female and going to IBC
Sadie Groom Trade shows within this industry can be hard enough to survive for anyone, let alone as a woman when women make up less than 10% of the general populace. There are undoubtedly some benefits to being the minority (as there are with many things); I've never had to queue for the toilets for a start. However, feedback we have collated from our FBI database on the female experience at trade shows suggests there is still some way to go for gender equality and having an equivalent presence as a woman on the show floor.
Tags: iss116 | females in broadcast | fbi | ibc show | Sadie Groom
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A brief history of time
Dick Hobbs. And another IBC is written into the annals of history. Another week in Amsterdam, sharing knowledge and experience. Say what you like about IBC: it is a great chance to meet, talk and learn.
Tags: iss106 | ibc 2015 | television | time | delay | live | ip signal | dick hobbs | Dick Hobbs.
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Stop, collaborate and listen
[author] Fresh from his trip to Amsterdam, Azule chairman Peter Savage relives what he saw at IBC by highlighting a very welcome industry trend: equipment manufacturers are finally talking to each other.
Tags: iss106 | ibc 2015 | trade show | convention | communication | highlights | review | [author]
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5 broadcast trends at IBC 2015
[author] Azule CEO Peter Savage gazes into his crystal ball to make predictions about the technology trends that could emerge from IBC 2015.
Tags: iss105 | IBC 2015 | LEDs | 4k | acquisition | HEVC | hd | ultra hd | ip | [author]
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7 must sees at IBC 2015
Beth Zarkhosh IBC, the annual broadcasting event that brings professionals in the media industry together has been running since 1967. Each year brings new excitement and innovation to the event held in Amsterdam.
Tags: iss105 | IBC 2015 | grass valley | evertz | hitachi | editshare | newtek | drone zone | panasonic | Beth Zarkhosh
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Top Five most viewed interviews at IBC 2014
KitPlus See who got the most views...
Tags: iss096 | kitplus | ibc 2014 | video | interview | jvc | blackmagic | telestream | sony | fs7 | KitPlus
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Exposed to ideas
Dick Hobbs. I did not get the chance to attend much of the IBC conference this year. But I did make sure I was there for the interview with Professor Brian Cox, which was excellent.
Tags: iss094 | brian cox | ibc | dick hobbs | hadron collider | Dick Hobbs.
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Suriving IBC
Larry Jordan# Larry Jordan gives us his IBC survival guide
Tags: iss093 | IBC | Larry Jordan#
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Swiss Role
Dick Hobbs. More from the Cutting Room and Dick Hobbs
Tags: iss093 | ibc | swiss | dick hobbs | Dick Hobbs.
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Product Spotlighting
KitPlus Introducing the Rotolight NEO
Tags: iss093 | Rotolight | NEO | IBC | KitPlus
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The BroadcastShow Tour: a visitors view
Derek Halls It's that time of year again and BroadcastShow-the tour registration is now open and I shall certainly be attending.
Tags: iss086 | broadcastshow | Derek Halls | DHP Digital Video | Pinewood Studios | Phillip Bloom | Gearhouse Broadcast | PAG | Holdan | G-Technology | Atomos | H Preston | IBC | Hitachi | Canon | Derek Halls
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Lighting our way at IBC
Simon Tillyer One of our duties at trade shows is rolling a camera rig around the various halls whether it be Las Vegas, London or Amsterdam and interviewing exhibitors.
Tags: iss082 | minima 30 | ianiro | broadcastshow | interviews | lighting | camera top | trade shows | ibc | minima | Simon Tillyer
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QOS - Its time to take a more objective approach
Simen Frostad Digital media businesses are very definitely competing in a market where the customer can switch quickly if not satisfied, so it is vital for providers to know when their customers are getting a satisfactory service, and when they are not.
Tags: iss083 | bridge technologies | quality of service | connected tv | ibc 2013 | digital media | service | quality | Simen Frostad
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Bob Pank looks at shooting 4K TV
Bob Pank# Not unexpectedly IBC was full of buzz and products for 4K the new image format for television.
Tags: iss082 | 4K | TV | IBC | HDTV | 1920 | 1080 | guide | explained | article | 2004 | format | television | Bob Pank#
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New Blueshape products
KitPlus Cache Media, exclusive distributor for the UK and Ireland for Blueshape Battery Systems, has announced the arrival in stock of two new product ranges.
Tags: iss082 | blueshape | products | cache media | batteries | range | stock | new | release | ibc | battery | systems | KitPlus
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Will Strauss rounds up IBC 2013
Will Strauss# From a handheld stabilized camera gimbal to an egg-shaped QC booth, IBC 2013 was awash with new, and often strangely shaped, innovations. Will Strauss picks his favourites.
Tags: iss082 | ibc | 2013 | amsterdam | broadcast | technology | round up | review | main kit | equipment | picks | quantel | calrec | vision research | tsl | egg | Will Strauss#
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Dick Hobbs going large
Dick Hobbs. I have to report that big data principles were everywhere at IBC this year, and infinitely more interesting than the headline news about 4K.
Tags: iss082 | going large | big data | ibc | 4K | a day in big data | samples | article | dick hobbs | Dick Hobbs.
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Den Lennie talks to Nigel Wilkes from Panasonic
Den Lennie Den hosted a half-hour live show from our studio at IBC in Amsterdam where he talked to Nigel about the latest developments from Panasonic.
Tags: iss082 | den lennie | ibc | teradek | cube | live | broadcastshow | interview | panasonic | nigel wilkes | amsterdam | cameras | 200 | megabits | Den Lennie
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A flys view of IBC
Robin Palmer At IBC 2013 there were a number of new technologies to be seen amongst all the hype of 4K this and all that.
Tags: iss082 | a flys view | ibc | 2013 | overview | 4K | technology | broadcast | Robin Palmer
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Peter Savage looks at what IBC may have in store for us
[author] The broadcast industrys shows are so much more than whats on show and, yes, it is worth spending time in the bars as Peter Savage explains.
Tags: iss081 | azule finance | ibc 2013 | ibc | amsterdam | preview | look forward | [author]
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Rotolight expand new range of award winning Anova flood lights
KitPlus Following the successful launch of the award winning ANOVA LED Floodlight last year, IBC 2013 sees the release of the ANOVA EcoFlood Version 2 (Bi-Colour LED system) and the ANOVA SOLO Single Colour Flood lights available in 5600K (daylight) or 3200K (tungsten).
Tags: iss081 | rotolight | anova | floodlight | led | ibc | release | bi colour | solo | single colour | daylight | tungsten | KitPlus
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Dick Hobbs gets up to speed with ESOMPS
Dick Hobbs. The UK communications regulator Ofcom has issued a consultation document on the prospects for a technology called Earth Stations on Mobile Platforms, or ESOMPs. My first response to the consultation is that they should get a better acronym.
Tags: iss081 | esomps | flight | aircraft | wifi | in the air | wifi on planes | charge | cost | ibc | mobile platforms | earth stations | dick hobbs | Dick Hobbs.
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High speed camera system technology
Steve Cotterill Say you want to enhance your live TV coverage of a sporting event with slow motion. For some time now, the only alternative to standard 25fps based replays would have been replays from supermotion 75fps cameras manufactured by Sony or Philips.
Tags: iss081 | high speed | imovix | editec | x10 | ibc | sports | camera | system | technology | slow motion | super | Steve Cotterill
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A preview of this years IBC with Will Strauss
Will Strauss# IBC 2013 will be bristling with talk of 4k, the Cloud, IP networking and Immersive Audio, predicts Will Strauss.
Tags: iss080 | ibc preview | predictions | technology | release | 2013 | sony f55 | 4k blackmagic | axon | rts omneo | creative cloud | avb | quantel pablo rio | matrox mojito | Will Strauss#
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Evolutions in the media cloud with Bob Pank
Bob Pank# Years ago my boss, the sales director, warned me that talk of technical revolutions was not good. After all, a revolution ends up where it started. On the other hand evolutions were much better. Of course he was right.
Tags: iss080 | cloud | evolution | nab | internet of frames | storage | data | ibc | 3D | autostereoscopic | Bob Pank#
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4K is bigger than size alone
Bob Pank# It seems that numbers are a great eye-catcher and 4K was everywhere at NAB, and will be at IBC too. Here, of course, we are talking about a TV system with four times number of pixels of HD, namely a picture area of 3840x2160 for TV, or for cinema 4096x2160.
Tags: iss079 | bob pank | tvbay | 4k | size | video | resolutions | nab | ibc | milan krsljanin | arri | interview | domestic use | Bob Pank#
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Ubiquitous Cloud at IBC
Bob Pank# It was one of those IBCs that was more consolidation than innovation. There wasnt any one product or technology that stood out as a game changer. There was more evidence of 4K being pushed as a more realistic alternative to 8K and more of the must-have 84-inch 4K TV screens.
Tags: iss070 | cloud | ibc 2012 | ibc | harmonic promedia suite | nagra medialive | mpeg-dash | evs | a-frame | Bob Pank#
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Business travel
N/A Talking to people in the broadcast industry, it is clear that travelling to shows, exhibitions or to visiting customers and suppliers is still part and parcel of the trade we are in. As the saying goes, people buy from people.
Tags: iss068 | EF Travel | exhibition travel | bve | ibc | nab | N/A
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Silly Plugger
N/A Exhibitions are generally noisy, uncomfortable places where the chances of learning something interesting are widely variable. NAB and IBC are must-sees, of course, but otherwise I am not a great fan of exhibitions.
Tags: iss064 | mobile world congree | exhibitions | douglas adams | ibc | nab | N/A
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Top ten from a top gun
N/A Another IBC has come and gone. I peaked early: for me the highlight came before we even set out for Amsterdam when, as I wrote here last month, I met Sir David Attenborough, winner of the International Honour for Excellence.
Tags: william h roedy | mtv | ibc2011 | topten | iss058 | N/A
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Soooooo. IBC
N/A For those of you who don't know (and obviously only read tv-bay for my column) IBC is the world's second largest broadcast convention, held in Amsterdam. As previously mentioned in last months' column, I went with tv-bay.
Tags: ibc | ibc2011 | production assistant | broadcastshow | iss058 | N/A
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