It’s almost that time of year again where more than 55,000 professionals from 170 different countries attend the world class IBC. Hosted at the outstanding Amsterdam RAI, the top electronic media and entertainment companies unveil their newest innovatives to the world.
IBC has evolved a lot since 1967. Since it was held in Brighton, the birth place of ICP Search, the conference has grown bigger and bigger each year. This year sees the brand new ‘Rising Stars’ programme where professionals who are new to content and media technology can learn more about the industry, and the invite only Leaders’ Summit. This exclusive event sees 150 of the top leaders within the industry discuss and influence the future strategy of the market.
ICP Search has been attending IBC for the past 10 years. Being one of the biggest conferences within the media space on the planet, it’s the perfect place for us to meet new and existing clients to discuss future plans for their businesses. From the hundreds of businesses attending this year, we have handpicked 15 to look out for.
TV App based company 24i based in the Netherlands uses their unique technology framework to create and deploy TV apps for every screen. They have recently joined forces with Isobar and Carat to create and put into operation addressable TV for SBS Broadcasting. Earlier in the year they also unveiled cutting edge CMS for VOD, SmartODD Backstage. Their CEO Martijn van Horssen, has grand plans for the world of TV. They have also attracted top talent recently from Accedo and Xstream to help increase the brand and take it to the next level
Fastly is a CDN platform designed to help improve the overall performance of websites. Pinterest, The New York Times & BuzzFeed are just a couple of their impressive portfolio. It’s safe to say that Fastly’s growth in this ecosystem has been unprecedented. They recently announced a brand new integration with giants Google BigQuery. The integration combines the benefits of edge computing with BigQuery’s big data analytics platform.
The main message Edgeware is pushing at the moment is ‘how can we make TV amazing again?, a powerful statement which means a lot of work behind the scenes is being done to achieve this. The plan for Edgeware is to create a purpose built TV CDN that delivers the TV content. At IBC they are going to be showcasing their latest research into content owners and online TV distributors and how they should consider ceasing CDN rental and build their very own infrastructure. Edgeware is giving market leaders a run for their money with their impressive expansion into the LATAM & APAC markets
Sysyem73 are the new kids on the block. The solution they have created is unique and an exciting product for the world of TV and we can’t wait to see what happens with it. We love System73’s opening statement ‘we didn’t invent the internet; we just make it better’. They offer a unique setup; a tree-based peer-to-peer overlay network which is powered by AI. System73 allows operators and broadcasters to stream live video with the reliability of a fully managed network.
SeaChange, the multiscreen video software innovators are starting to make more noise within the industry. With a recent turnaround, it feels like SeaChange has been reborn, revitalised and have a new lease of life. After appointing a new COO Jonathan Rider back in February, the company’s focus is to allow even more service providers, broadcasters, content owners and brand advertisers to entertain audiences, engage consumers and expand business opportunities. SeaChange is back, watch this space!
It’s safe to say that everyone knows who Harmonic is the long standing industry veterans and the go-to company globally for encoding/ transcoding. Harmonic prides itself on ‘We Are Video Delivery Infrastructure’. This year at IBC they are planning to unveil their vision on monetising and delivering broadcast-grade OTT services and being able to engage with viewers which have never been done before. A bold statement which we can’t wait to hear more about and find out more about their new solution.
Opera TV is the market leader when it comes to enabling OTT and is definitely a brand to look out for at IBC. They recently partnered up with Ali Corporation to integrate their TV solution into Ali Corps Set-Top Boxes. Earlier on this year they also unveiled a joint project with the BBC which makes viewing OTT content even easier by letting them use another smart device to play alternative audio. The stand-alone company have been doing great things and we are looking forward to seeing them flourish across the globe.
Media Broadcast is Germany’s biggest service provider in the broadcast and media industry. Freenet TV has been the talk of Germany this year; going mobile and brand new content. They are also planning their expansion of the nationwide digital radio network. We can’t wait to see Media Broadcast at IBC this year and find out even more about the new ventures.
Based in Dubai, North Telecom is a leading global satellite service provider and ICT service both on land and at sea. Within a very short period, they have grown into one of the most remarkable networking and satellite services. They recently acquired ScopeTel, the Malaysian based Telecommunication Company. This agreement with ScopeTel further strengthens North Telecom’s position in the APAC market.
Speedcast continues to make lots of noise in the satellite network space. After acquiring over 10 companies including the likes of Ultisat, HCC and Hermes Datacomms over the last few years, and expanding contracts with Airbus, as well as becoming the first Tampnet Partner for 4G/LTE Service in the Gulf of Mexico…you can see why. With over 5,000 links on land and at sea supporting mission critical applications, Speedcast has distinguished itself with very strong operational expertise and a highly efficient supporting organization.
SES focuses on value-added, end-to-end solutions in two key business units: SES Video and SES Networks. Being a world leading satellite operator, they are the first to deliver a differentiated and scalable GEO-MEO offering worldwide. After the recent purchase of O3B Networks, the company has been split into SES Video & SES Networks. With the added purchase of MX1 to compliment SES Video, it’s exciting to see what solutions they will unveil in the coming months. This is the first year SES Video will be a separate entity at IBC.
SatixFy has only been around since 2012. The company was set up by entrepreneurs in the satellite communication industry and are now revolutionizing the industry with their chipset technologies. With their products increasing the performance of user-terminals, payloads and gateway equipment, it’s a very exciting time for Satxfy.
Mobile satellite communication (MOST)
MOST has been around for over a decade. They specialise in developing and manufacturing mobile satellite solutions. They have been developing and manufacturing advanced and reliable high-end products and systems, demonstrating quick response capabilities, long-term stability and, above all, excellent product and customer support.
We will be attending IBC for the entire duration of the conference. If you are attending, we would love to meet you and explain a little about our expertise and how we can help your organisation.