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09.11.2003
Originally featured on BroadcastEngineering.com
IBC set to open amid revolutionary changes in television industry

On the eve of the opening of IBC2003, more than 40,000 broadcasters, post-production professionals, and new media gurus from around the world are preparing to descend upon Amsterdam's RAI convention center to participate in one of the most important broadcasting conferences in years.



On the convention floor, those attending IBC will find more than 1,000 vendors with products, technologies and solutions for everything from content management to digital transmission.

With the television industry undergoing rapid changes in transmission schemes, services offered, new production and post-production methods and digital content management, those attending this year’s IBC will find a wealth of resources to help ease the transition in the conference program and on the exhibit floor.

Among the topics to be highlighted in conference sessions are: “Delivering the Goods,” technology, applications and business models; “Digital Lifestyles,” media and technology converge; “Production,” planning, workflow and implementation; “The Business of Archives – Preservation and Exploitation;” “D-Cinema and Alternative Programming,” the future of out-of-home entertainment; and “Breaking with Tradition,” the radio interaction.

On the convention floor, those attending IBC will find more than 1,000 vendors with products, technologies and solutions for everything from content management to digital transmission.

The exhibit area includes separate halls for creation, management and delivery as well as an outdoor area for OB technology. Other areas of interest on the floor include the IBC D-Cinema, iTV Digital Lifestyles Lounge, New Technology Campus and the IBC training zone.

To assist attendees, IBC has released a digital conference schedule, floor plan and exhibitors list that can be downloaded onto a PDA for convenient access to show information. Download IBC information for the PDA from https://my.avantgo.com/browse/search/0/3242.

As the show prepares to open, IBC has announced it has honored Hollywood film director and screenwriter James Cameron with the IBC2003 International Honor of Excellence award.

Chaired by Peter Owen of the IBC, and international jury selected Cameron to recognize his “continuing enthusiasm for embracing technological innovation” which has engaged audiences in exciting, moving and informative productions.

The IBC International Honor for Excellence, formerly known as the IBC John Tucker Award, is given annually to an individual, group or organization that demonstrates excellence of innovation, furtherance or application of media technology.

For more information, please visit www.ibc.org.

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