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Three awards will be presented for the most innovative projects in Content Creation, Content Distribution and Content Everywhere

IBC2017 Innovation Awards Shortlist Announced: eSports, OTT, IP-OB trucks, and Content Delivered on High Speed Trains amongst Industry Trends Tackled by Entrants

20 Jun 2017


(ME NewsWire)-- IBC announces today the shortlist for the IBC2017 Innovation Awards. Demonstrating a breadth of innovation in the electronic media, entertainment and technology industry, the international judging panel reviewed an array of compelling entries, settling on 11 finalists from around the world, all offering very different solutions.

The shortlist covers everything from a major football final to e-sports; from virtual studios to channel marketing; from mobile OTT on a massive scale to seamless content delivery on high speed trains. Taking to the stage during IBC Awards Ceremony on Sunday 17 September will be representatives from Toronto to Singapore, the UK to India, and Spain to the USA.

For 2017, IBC’s 50th anniversary year, categories in the Innovation Awards were updated to reflect and respond to the shifting industry landscape. Three awards will be presented for the most innovative projects in Content Creation, Content Distribution and Content Everywhere. What has not changed is the emphasis on collaborative work to tackle a real challenge, and the trophies are taken home not by the technology partners but by the broadcasters, media enterprises and service providers who commissioned the project.

“I was astounded by the quantity, and most important the quality, of entries this year,” said Michael Lumley, chair of the judging panel. “It took a lot of intense discussion to get down to 11 finalists – it was a very tough task and there were many excellent projects which did not make the shortlist, often by a very fine margin.”

“The international spread of 2017 finalists reflects the global reach of IBC, and the global significance of these most highly-coveted awards,” Lumley added. “I look forward to congratulating all the finalists and hearing the winners announced on Sunday night at IBC.”

Content Creation – three finalists

  • ITV in the UK has been shortlisted for its Project Phoenix. The broadcaster needed to develop a system which managed the production of promos and trailers from commissioning to transmission. The result creates more than 1,000 marketing assets every month, with almost all versioning carried out automatically. Technology partners alongside ITV were 100 Shapes, Cantemo, Codemill, NMR, Pixel Power and Vidispine.
  • Leading broadcaster Mediacorp made the shortlist for implementing a service-oriented architecture to break down silos across its global campuses and create a seamless production and delivery environment. Its new centre includes a 3,000 square metre newsroom producing online, television and radio news in four languages, together with six studios and a large theatre, more than 100 edit suites and OTT and broadcast delivery. Systems integrator Qvest Media brought in an enormous number of technology partners, including Actus, Adobe, ATCI, Autoscript, Avid, Axon, Baton, Blackmagic Design, Cisco, Dalet, DHD audio, EVS, Fairlight, Grass Valley, Harmonic, Hitachi, HP, IBM, Ihse, Lawo, Lund Halsey, Netia, Octopus, Oracle, Raritan, RCS, SAM, Scheduall, Shotoku, Sony, ST Electronics, Telestream, TriplePlay, TSL and Vizrt.
  • Groupe Média TFO has transformed itself from a small, French language broadcaster in Ontario, Canada, into a major online presence producing much-loved children’s programming. Its Laboratoire d’univers virtuels, or LUV, took a fresh approach to virtual sets, using the power and cost-effectiveness of the Unreal games engine from Epic Games. Today TFO produces as many as 40 short videos, in real time, each day, from a single studio. As well as Epic, technology partners were CEV, stYpe and Zero Density.

Content Distribution – four finalists

  • Arena Television is a UK-based outside broadcast provider, and led the industry in Europe with its first all-IP truck. It is regularly used to originate BT Sport’s 4k Ultra HD coverage of the English Premier League. Technology partners for this pioneering truck (and a second which is now also in service) were Cisco, Grass Valley, Lawo and Videlio Video Solutions.
  • Dutch media company DMC has migrated from broadcast playout centre to comprehensive media logistics service. As part of this it has migrated to a fully virtualised private broadcast cloud that provides DMC’s clients with the asset management, publishing and distribution services they need, linking international content owners with 700 million European viewers. The new platform was developed with Cisco, Equinix, Pebble Beach Systems, Red Hat, Super Micro and VMware.
  • Sinclair Broadcast Group operates 233 television stations in 108 US markets. As part of its programme to provide a common platform for on air and online services, it has developed a revolutionary approach to terrestrial transmission. The usual American model is “high tower, high power”: a single mast and transmitter. The new approach – developed by TeamCast and ONE Media for Sinclair – takes a cellular approach, using mini-transmitters just where they are needed in a large single frequency network.
  • Viacom 18 is a joint venture in India between media giant Viacom and local service provider Network 18, running a multi-channel OTT network called VOOT. Faced with the prospect of delivering content to the 300 million smartphones in India, across networks which are often crowded and at high data costs, it took a fresh approach, developing a progressive web service that delivered high performance without taking valuable memory space. Within just a few days VOOT saw a 77% increase in conversion from visitor to video viewer and a 39% increase in session time per user. Google provided technology support.

Content Everywhere – four finalists

  • BT Sport was host broadcaster for the 2017 Champions League Final in Cardiff, Wales, and went all in to engage with as many people as possible, in as many ways as possible. Separate trucks covered the game in HD and in 4k Ultra HD with Dolby Atmos sound – using the Arena truck nominated for the content distribution award. A unique 12 camera VR operation provided a rich 360˚ feed, including in-vision graphics, live replays and a separate commentary. The content was available online to all platforms as well as broadcast. Technology partners included Dolby, Ericsson, Moov, SAM, Sony, Telegenic and Timeline.
  • ESL, the Electronic Sports League, is an eSports company that organises gaming competitions worldwide. For the finals of the 2017 Intel Extreme Masters tournament, held in Poland, it needed to find a delivery partner that could deliver live feeds to 13 broadcasters in multiple regions, with additional OTT and digital cinema delivery to some territories. ESL partnered with Deluxe to enable the delivery of live ESL broadcast feeds over the public internet. The eSports tournament reached more than 46 million viewers.
  • For a decade Google Earth has given us the ability to explore the world using just the internet. Now we can immerse ourselves in its wonders using Google Earth VR. The new app uses touch, sight and sound to engage the viewer and to receive control feedback. New techniques render imagery smoothly, maintaining the immersion without confusion or motion sickness. Technology partners were Ant Food, Even/Odd, Joshua Moshier and Richard Devine.
  • The final project on this year’s shortlist is a real content everywhere application - ensuring consistent media delivery on trains travelling in excess of 300km an hour. Renfe, Spain’s national railway operator, worked with Telefonica to ensure its 19 million high speed rail passengers can access premium content and live sports on trains and at stations as if they were at home. The project was led by Telefonica, with technology partners including Accedo, Cires21, Cisco, Hispasat, Iecisa, Indra, Nagra, Signiant and Teldat.

IBC2017 Awards Ceremony

The winners of these three awards will be announced during the IBC2017 Awards Ceremony, at 18:30 on Sunday 17 September, in the RAI Auditorium. Special guest host for the evening is scientist and broadcaster Dr Helen Czerski.

As well as the Innovation Awards, the ceremony will see the announcement of the Judges’ Prize, also in the gift of the same panel of international editors and consultants who have judged the Innovation Awards. Other awards to be presented during the ceremony include the IBC International Honour for Excellence, IBC’s highest award.

The ceremony is free for all IBC attendees.

Notes to Editors:

About IBC

IBC is the world’s leading media, entertainment and technology show. It attracts 55,000+ attendees from more than 170 countries and combines a highly respected and peer-reviewed conference with an exhibition that showcases more than 1,700 leading suppliers of state of the art electronic media and entertainment technology.

IBC2017 Dates

Conference: 14 – 18 September 2017

Exhibition: 15 – 19 September 2017

For more information about IBC2017 visit: https://show.ibc.org/

The current crisis around Qatar was a long time coming and will not be resolved gently, writesMohamed El-Said Idris

The current crisis around Qatar was a long time coming and will not be resolved gently, writesMohamed El-Said Idris

The Qatari revolt against the established principles of mutual relations within the framework of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), as manifested in its actions following the US president’s visit to Riyadh and the summit meetings in which Qatar also took part, did not come out of the blue. It has deep roots that have expressed themselves on numerous occasions as the result of a number of economic, political and security-related obsessions that Qatar has with respect to the other GCC countries and Saudi Arabia and Bahrain above all. Its disputes with fellow GCC members extended to the UAE, as occurred in the 2013 crisis, which continued to seethe until 2014, culminating in an important resolution that was set down in the Saudi, Emirati and Bahraini joint foreign ministerial declaration of 5 March 2014 in accordance with which these countries recalled their ambassadors from Doha. Occurring just three months after an agreement signed between Riyadh and Doha in the presence of the Emir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmed Al-Sabah, the 5 March 2014 action marked a major precedent in GCC relations at this level.

In its explanation as to why these countries had decided to recall their ambassadors, the tripartite ministerial declaration stated that the GCC had exerted immense efforts to communicate with Qatar at all levels in the hope of reaching an agreement on a mode of behaviour that would make it possible to proceed within a unified political framework for GCC countries based on the principles laid out in the GCC charter and the agreements signed between state parties, including security agreements. Chief among the principles upheld in these documents are non-intervention directly or indirectly in the domestic affairs of any member of the GCC; the need to refrain from support of any individuals or organisations that work to threaten the security and stability of GCC states, whether by means of direct security sabotage or through political influence; and the cessation of all support for hostile media.

Qatar did not abide by any of these commitments to which it had pledged itself when signing what has become known as the Riyadh Agreement of 23 November 2013. This is why the three countries moved to recall their ambassadors in March 2014, an action that Riyadh followed through on with a strong package of measures which included a decree that entered the Muslim Brotherhood and other jihadist and takfiri groups into the list of terrorist organisations. This aggravated the crisis with Qatar which may have relinquished its support for terrorism and terrorist groups in GCC countries but which had expanded and deepened its involvement with such groups in Iraq, Syria, Libya, Yemen and Egypt, whether through direct material support by means of funding, arms and intelligence or through moral and political support by means of the Qatari media apparatus. Qatar paraded such measures beneath the misleading banner of “support for the jihad and jihadist organisations” within the framework of the role incumbent on Qatar in face of the so-called “Arab Spring” scheme.

The Qatari role has been most pronounced and extensive in its support for the Muslim Brotherhood coup against the 25 January Revolution in Egypt. Qatar was crucial to the process of Muslim Brotherhood “empowerment” in Egypt. By promoting this organisation’s success in hijacking the revolution and imposing its rule over the country, Qatar hoped to secure an influential and strategically situated platform for the pursuit of the designs to create a crescent of Muslim Brotherhood rule stretching from Syria through Jordan and Egypt to Libya. Qatar believed that through its alliance with Turkey it would be able to ensure the success of these designs. However, the Egyptian grassroots uprising on 30 June 2013 put paid to such schemes, sparking a delirious and implacable fury in Ankara and Doha against Egypt, against the people’s revolution against Muslim Brotherhood rule and against the army that stepped in to support the people. At this point, Qatar with Turkish support launched a new scheme, which was to undermine the 30 June Revolution and to force the reinstatement of Muslim Brotherhood rule in Egypt.

Qatar based its anti-30 June discourse on two false premises and their corollaries. The first held that the revolution was a “coup against legitimacy” that had to be reversed through the reinstatement of the dismissed president Mohammed Morsi, the release of Muslim Brotherhood leaders whom it termed “political detainees”, reversion to the 2012 constitution, the reinstatement of the dissolved People’s Assembly and the end to the “roadmap” that had been announced by Abdel-Fattah Al-Sisi in his capacity, at the time, of commander-general of the Egyptian Armed Forces and that was approved by the people in a referendum on 3 July 2013 that took the form of a march in which Egyptians in their millions rallied in the country’s central squares to reiterate their resolve in their revolution and to appeal to the army to intervene to safeguard Egypt and its people. On 26 July 2013, the people would stage another millions-strong march to give the army a mandate to protect the country from terrorism.

The second falsehood entailed portraying Egypt as gripped by a “power crisis” that jeopardised regional and international peace and security and therefore necessitated outside intervention. The purpose was to generate conditions of chaos and reproduce the Syrian crisis in Egypt. 

It was on the basis of these two premises that Qatar increased its support for the terrorist Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and offered shelter to Brotherhood leaders in Qatar so that they could continue to conspire against Egypt in collusion with terrorist organisations in Sinai affiliated with the Islamic State (IS) and with IS-related cells elsewhere in Egypt. Qatar simultaneously funded terrorist groups and activities in Libya, steering some of these in the direction of Egypt with the purpose of undermining Egyptian security. However, more dangerous yet, at present, is the support Qatar is lending to promote the linkage (or fusion) between Al-Qaeda and IS groups in Libya with an eye to turning Libya into an alternative base for terrorism after the fall of IS in Iraq and Syria and to placing Egypt directly in the crosshairs as the prime terrorist target.

In turning against the resolutions of the Arab-Islamic-American Summit, resuming links with Iran and encouraging Hamas to rush back to its Iranian ally, Qatar has signalled that it is determined to become a base for the support of terrorism against Arab countries.


Pour M. Macron, le Maroc est un « pays ami et un partenaire stratégique pour la France »FranceWebSharing & MyNewsCenterNavigator


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Le développement de l’Afrique, un défi conjoint pour Rabat et Paris (Macron)

Lors d'une conférence de presse, tenue mercredi à Rabat à l'occasion de sa visite d'amitié et de travail au Maroc, le chef de l'Etat français a proposé de « conjuguer les politiques » des deux pays en matière de développement dans divers domaines liés aux infrastructures, au secteur privé et aux entrepreneurs.

« La France est présente en Afrique (car) elle stabilise », a-t-il dit. « Il faut que notre stratégie (conjointe) soit cohérente et harmonieuse », a-t-il déclaré.

Le chef de l'Etat français s'est félicité à cet égard du retour du Maroc à l'Union Africaine et bientôt à la Communauté Economique des Etats de l'Afrique de l'Ouest (CEDEAO).

Le président Macron a rappelé que la France jouait « un rôle stabilisateur », notamment au Sahel. « Notre volonté consiste à développer la croissance » en Afrique et « agir de concert », a-t-il affirmé.

La crise dans le Golfe, marquée par la rupture des relations entre l'Arabie Saoudite et le Qatar, a aussi été évoquée lors de ce premier déplacement du président Macron au Maroc depuis qu'il a été élu en mai dernier. « Nous n'avons pas d'intérêt qu'une tension existe entre l'Arabie saoudite et le Qatar », a-t-il précisé, formant le voeu de « réussir à conjuguer nos intérêts pour éviter l'escalade ».

Emmanuel Macron a annoncé qu'il recevrait la semaine prochaine, à l'Elysée, l'Emir du Qatar pour « une clarification de positions ».

Le chef de l'Etat français s'est attardé sur les relations maroco-françaises, affirmant que le Maroc était un « pays ami stratégique pour la France ».

 « Cette visite au Maroc est à la ressemblance des relations entre nos deux pays, fondées sur une vision commune et une volonté de poursuivre nos intérêts conjoints non seulement au Maroc mais également dans la région et en Afrique », a-t-il dit.

Pour M. Macron, le Maroc est un « pays ami et un partenaire stratégique pour la France », réaffirmant la volonté de la France d'accompagner les réformes ambitieuses menées par le Royaume.

Le chef de l’Etat français a cité dans ce cadre la modernisation des institutions avec la mise en oeuvre de la réforme institutionnelle décidée en 2011, l'émergence économique avec l'insertion du Maroc dans les réseaux et la mondialisation et enfin le développement social et territorial avec le programme de lutte contre les inégalités et l'initiative de la régionalisation avancée.

Le président Macron a indiqué que les entretiens qu’il a eus avec le Souverain marocain ont porté sur plusieurs sujets d'intérêt commun.


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