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August 20, 2012

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3, 2, 1 … Blast-off! Counting down the days to IBC 2012

It’s that time of year again … here in the western United States, the temperature (and humidity!) is soaring, and the school bells are finally beginning to ring again, much to the relief of harried parents. Here at Verimatrix, we have another reason to be excited: we are eagerly anticipating the kick-off of IBC 2012 in Amsterdam. While we typically have a very strong presence at this important show, we are particularly excited for this year’s event for several reasons, including the fact that we are hosting the next installment of our successful Multi-network Solutions in the Real World Forum Series at the event. With a delegation full of industry leaders and visionaries, IBC is the perfect venue for our breakfast Forum, as the series has built a reputation for generating thought-provoking conversations that are helping redefine the landscape of pay-TV today.

A consensus has risen out of the last several forums that while early incarnations of multi-network architectures were primarily focused on combining managed IP networks with traditional cable and satellite networks, the focus is now largely on combinations of services over DVB broadcast and unmanaged (over-the-top) networks. This combination of multi-network – a.k.a. hybrid – deployments is perhaps the most pervasive in today’s pay-TV environment. Operators can leverage their existing DVB networks, whether satellite, cable or terrestrial, and add OTT functionality through the consumer’s own broadband links. Thus a new breed of multi-network architecture has been born. It is simple in concept, yet quite complex in practice. At our IBC Forum, Verimatrix, together with our co-sponsors, will share real-world examples of DVB + OTT video rollouts from across Europe.  If you are attending IBC, we invite you to join us for a complimentary breakfast (with the always popular bacon sandwiches!) on Saturday, September 8, at 8:30 as panelists from Decipher, Divitel, RGB Networks and Verimatrix, break down the technical and business challenges that operators face with multi-network services. The Forum will be hosted on-site during IBC 2012, conveniently located in room G102-G103 at the RAI Convention Centre. To reserve your spot for the complimentary forum, please sign up at http://www.verimatrix.com/ibcforum2012. We look forward to seeing you in Amsterdam in just a few short weeks!

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