New Technology Campus points way to future of broadcast

Working demonstrations of the technologies that will help to shape the broadcast industry over the next several years will be the focus of the New Technology Campus at IBC2004. This year’s campus offers exhibits from Canada, Russia, Germany, Korea, Japan and the UK.

In last week’s edition of "IBC Update," the details of exhibits planned for the Video Services Forum, RFFTV, the Grid Project and TV Anytime were discussed. In this week’s edition, the spotlight shifts to the remaining New Technology Campus exhibits from the Korean Broadcasting System, the Fraunhofer Institute, Fuji Television Network, the Communications Research Centre and the DVT Project. These exhibits will include:

  • Character retrieval system using face recognition at stand 6.002: Sponsored by the Korean Broadcasting System, this exhibit will demonstrate a system for retrieving characters based on automatically generated metadata about the appearance of characters in television shows.
  • KBS watermarking for digital television at stand 6.002: The South Korean broadcast network also will show its watermarking system designed to protect copyrighted SD and HD material for DTV broadcast.
  • Fraunhofer IIS Spatial Audio Coding Solutions and DSL-TV at stand 6.004: Among the applications for spatial audio coding to be demonstrated at the exhibit will be the use of Fraunhofer’s HE-AAC Surround spatial audio codec with the MPEG-4 AVC video codec to enable VOD services, a.k.a. DSL-TV-services, with surround sound at a 500kb/s bit rate.
  • Music Eraser: Giving new life to archives at stand 6.006: Fuji Television Network will show a technology to solve the rights issue associated with music beds on television programs that must be cleared before they can be eligible for secondary usage through services like VOD. Fuji Television’s Music Eraser eliminates just the music for program audio mixes where dialog and sound effects are mixed in so original non-copyrighted music can be inserted.
  • Multiple exhibits for the Communications Research Center at stand 6.008:
  • A prototype DAB receiver using a COFDM demodulation technique that eliminates Eureka 147 DAB’s sensitivity to Doppler spread;
  • Results of a DAB receiver project;
  • CRC testing results on ATSC DTV to evaluate coverage of single frequency networks’
  • Presentation of a new concept to use DTV for two-way broadband access;
  • Video frame rate conversion;
  • Advanced wavelet-based image compression.
  • The Digital Video Test Project for St. Petersburg, Russia at stand 6.010: DVT partners Research Institute, MART Company, IMOS Company, Telecom Company (Moscow), University of Film and Television and University of Telecommunications will present their latest techniques and products for measuring, testing and monitoring digital television systems as well as information on the proposed Russian national standard for digital television.

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