New TV tech brings record crowds to IBC, UHD HDR a major talking point for content professional

posted on Wednesday, 16th September 2015 by Steve May

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Broadcast technology expo IBC 2015 has announced its largest ever attendance. 55,128 industry professionals attended this year’s show. 1,800 companies exhibited products and technologies, from UHD cameras to high efficiency codecs. 

“The media industry today is radically different from where we were even five years ago,” said Michael Crimp, CEO of IBC. “We have gone from an industry that was defined by technology to one where we demand new functionality from our vendors; from an industry where broadcasters told us what we were going to watch to one where consumers call for content wherever and whenever they want. All that inevitably brings seismic shifts on every level,” he said. 

HDR was a huge subject of debate at this year's show. Satellite operator SES demonstrated Ultra HD High Dynamic Range and Wide Colour Gamut (WCG) contrast, in partnership with LG, providing many delegates with the first opportunity to see SMPTE 2084 (HDR) and BT.2020 (WCG) standards live. A similar demo was conducted at IFA.

SES also partnered with Dolby Laboratories to broadcast Ultra HD content using Dolby Vision HDR, said to be backwards compatible with existing UHD 1 Phase 1 TVs. On the show floor, the IBC Big Screen Experience hosted demonstrations, conference sessions and two movie screenings. Audiences enjoyed Fantastic Four and Inside Out using the high brightness Christie 6p laser projector. Inside Out was seen in a specially-created version for IBC which emphasised the full capabilities of an extended colour gamut.

Steve May

Steve is a veteran of the UK consumer electronics industry, having covered it for
various media outlets for more than 20 years.

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