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August 21, 2011

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Looking Ahead: Thoughts and Themes for IBC 2011

As IBC draws closer, we find ourselves reflecting on the trends that have been reinforced since IBC 2010, and anticipating the prevailing themes of the conversations at IBC 2011. Since last year’s show, it seems the digital TV industry has entered a new period of pragmatism and commercial maturity. This feels like a welcome period of stabilization after the recent cycles of hype following OTT’s emergence as a viable new technical option for service delivery. The commercial and technical communities are now clearly rethinking some early bets. And we would argue that the tendency to give services and content away for free, or for minimal ROI, just because they represent new and flashy beachheads for promotion, is increasingly being eclipsed by the trend to include Internet delivery options as a component of existing video service relationships. Yes, there are some pure play OTT providers on the scene that have certainly been aggressive and innovative. But as the dust settles, we anticipate that they may be increasingly been seen as complementary or niche service options among a field of competitive options led primarily by established service brands. At IBC 2011, we expect to see the growth of content delivery over the Internet as a parallel and complementary component of pay-TV services, simply using a different technology base from the other components of the service delivered using traditional managed networks.  I expect that the two will look increasingly similar or highly merged as far as business models and key players are concerned. From our perspective, Verimatrix is highly visible at IBC 2011 as a key independent player in the world of revenue and content security, offering a flexible and comprehensive set of solutions to multi-network, multi-screen video business delivery challenges.  Being independent has proven to be an increasingly valuable differentiator for us as it has provided us with the flexibility and means to focus solely on content security.

Drop by our booth (#4.B54) at the show, to learn more about:

  • Enhancements to our OTT security solution, VCAS for Internet TV, and the rationale for investing in these areas. As the global footprint for OTT services grows, we are adding captioning support for multilingual programming, on-screen display (OSD) fingerprinting, dynamic copy control directives and more. Find out why.
  •  The competitive advantage generated for our customers by the integration of Verimatrix IP technology and the mature DVB technology we acquired earlier in the year. One of the clear benefits is a common rights management approach and an architecture for hybrid client devices that enables dynamic dual network functionality for combinations of DVB and intermittent IP delivery networks.
  • The alignment of our current products and development directions with the support for new technical and commercial standards that will serve to rationalize the industry moving forward, including DECE, MPEG-DASH and Open IPTV Forum.
  • Our vision of the “new reality of multiplatform video distribution.” As multi-screen business models are being explored, the challenges of content licensing and rights becoming more apparent. Operators are faced with determining and managing a fast-growing set of rights. We’d love to share our current thoughts and experience on these issues.
  •  The latest on our new watermarking solution, StreamMark.

We will also have several partner and customer stories to share, along with demonstrations that illustrate our multi-network, multi-screen security solutions – a space where we are unique in our ability to support the vision of the world’s most ambitious operators. We are also delighted to announce that VCAS for Internet TV has been shortlisted for a CSI Award in the best content protection technology category.  A much appreciated nod, and a great way to kick off what we anticipate will be a very successful (and busy!) conference. So if you’re in Amsterdam next month, drop by our stand, say hello and share your thoughts with us on the trends here and at @verimatrixinc that will define IBC 2011 and pave the way for the IBC 2012.


 
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