New Technology Campus offers broadcasters glimpse of the future

Technological breakthroughs for broadcasters from around the world will take center stage at IBC2004’s New Technology Campus.

With an emphasis on working demonstrations, exhibits at the New Technology Campus offer broadcasters the opportunity to get a hands-on demonstration of the latest emerging technologies that promise to transform the industry.

This year’s campus offers exhibits from Canada, Russia, Germany, Korea, Japan and the UK. This edition of IBC Update focuses on four: the Video Services Forum, RFFTV, the Grid Project and TV Anytime. The rest of the New Technology Campus exhibits will be covered in the next edition.

  • Video Services Forum at stand 6.001: Sponsored by the Pro-MPEG Forum, the focus of this forum is professional video over IP networks. Demonstrations include codes and practices in equipment, forward error correction and using operating points for interoperability testing.
  • RPPTV at stand 6.003: Softel, Logitec Solutions and BBBusiness have developed RPPTV to capture and process audio and video material, which is automatically indexed as low-res files on servers with time code. Material is searchable from large databases and can be assembled and edited into program material. Low-resolution material can be downloaded for off-line editing or auto assembled for conforming of high-res copies later.
  • Grid Project at stand 6.005: Fast network connections joining computers is the focus of grid computing. This stand will examine research into connectivity, controls and protocols that facilitate this co-operative processing. The architecture calls on services that exist at many places on the grid. For broadcasting, grid computing could provide an architecture for computing tasks such as ingest, asset management and special effects.
  • TV Anytime at stand 6.007: TV Anytime provides an open standard for PVR connectivity, reliability and efficiency. In fall 2003, it addressed content-referencing, attractor and segmentation metadata and rights signaling to consumers in its first phase of standardization. Following subsequent work, the forum will freeze its second, final phase of work covering the need to locate, record and playback content packages, including targeted advertising and rights management of content shared over a user’s personal domain.

Visit IBC to learn more details about the New Technology Forum.

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