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THE 16th INTERNATIONAL FORUM CSTB’2014
MIDEXPO Exhibition Company is delighted to announce the “Call for Contributions” for the forthcoming CSTB'2014 Forum, which will be held in Moscow between the 28th and 30th January 2014 at Crocus Expo (Pavilion 1).
It is anticipated that the Forum CSTB’2014 will cover topics across the full spectrum of media production and delivery, extending from cable and satellite to terrestrial television and multimedia delivery. CSTB’2014 Forum will pay particular attention to the rapidly growing requirement to deliver content to the many alternative delivery platforms that are now established, with particular attention to the rapidly rising application of these devices as a second screen to augment the user’s media consumption experience. The forum will cover all aspects from technology with a particular focus on emerging technologies that will include consideration of 4K production and delivery.
The internet has already established itself as the driver of new opportunities and these will feature strongly in sessions specific to “Connected TV”, “OTT” and “IPTV”.
As is traditional for the CSTB Forum, current developments and advances in satellite delivery and satellite deployment will be debated by industry experts.
Finally, tying all these technologies together and into a commercial environment, a session will be devoted to the “Business of Broadcasting”
All sessions with an international content will be simultaneously translated English-Russian-English as appropriate.
Please find the submission form for your abstract and biography here Closing date for receipt of Abstracts/Offers is 15th October, however, please note that speaking opportunities are limited and are eagerly sought after, so early submission is strongly recommended.
The following describes the intent and scope of each of the proposed sessions for CSTB 2014. The descriptions do not attempt to be prescriptive of exact content but rather to illustrate the considerations, legal, business and technology that combine to achieve a solution that is attractive in both terms of consumer value and makes a sound business model viable. Contributions are invited from qualified speakers who believe that that have experience and knowledge to share that would be of value to the audience of professional television operators, technologist and business executives.
The gathering momentum of those migrating from regular linear TV has strengthened significantly in recent years. These subscribers wish to use the interactive functions and services that are available to IPTV subscribers. The IPTV services generally have better image quality when compared with traditional terrestrial analogue TV and they also include additional control options - a powerful driver for the growth of the subscriber's base and the overall IPTV market development.
The CSTB trade show presents a wide range of companies providing services, content delivery and equipment supporting IPTV. This session sets the agenda where business aspects of IPTV and the most topical issues of the industry are discussed and are critically directed at the IP&TV Forum's Target Audience that includes IPTV operators, service providers, STB manufacturers, vendors and conventional access system developers.
Among others, the key topics for discussion will include the latest innovations and thinking on aspects of Multi-functional digital IPTV set-top-boxes and systems of content protection for IPTV providers, to which will be added issues of acquiring and securing the rights to video content for IPTV networks.
Mobile Multimedia & Multiscreen Forum
Today, we are realizing the benefits of the rapid cross- penetration of industry sectors such as multimedia services and television (broadcast and interactive) on the one hand and mobile technologies on the other.
Since the main drivers for the growth of modern telecommunication technologies are video services, the transformation of traditional broadcasted TV channel technology into the mobile one as well as the delivery of the paid video services by the mobile operators are the natural outcomes of these developments.
The Communications sector is, today, the most dynamic and vibrant sector of the global economy whilst mobile communication technologies are the most actively developing area. For this reason, the Tradeshow and the Forum CSTB'2014 will pay special attention to mobile technologies.
Leading players from all sides of the industry will contribute to this “must attend” session, where delegates can expect to learn of the latest technological developments and the underlying business strategies that place the mobile networks and the “smart” handheld devices as an essential part of the ever growing and ever tighter integrated media distribution channel.
Future (Emerging) Technologies
The pace of innovation in the field of electronic media continues to accelerate with new technologies and applications emerging faster than ever before, with last year’s newest “must have” products or services now either well established or in some cases long forgotten.
Therefore, it is not surprising that this session, “Future Technologies”, will be one of the hottest and must attend sessions of CSTB 2014 as it is here that the latest innovations that are set to become the accepted solutions of tomorrow or the near future will be revealed, discussed and reviewed.
Already, what were just dreams of just a few years ago are now practical realities that are, in turn, creating their own opportunities for innovation. Among these is the remarkable progression of 4K and 8K television from a laboratory “novelty” to practical deployment, the most recent being broadcasting of events from the London Olympic Games with outstanding resolution and reality. Among the many facets of Ultra High Definition that are expected to be presented are the technologies and products that make capture and production at 4K or 8K possible. These, in turn, have led to remarkable developments in compression, delivery and consumer display products.
This forward looking session will also explore the new opportunities presented by DVB-S2 and, indeed, the remarkable achievements of the entire DVB family. Expect also to learn more of the benefits and opportunities that are provided by the rapidly deploying Ka-Band satellite delivery systems.
It is also anticipated that growing exploitation of the “cloud” as a key element of production will feature and explore, in depth, the collaborative production opportunities that this presents, whilst, at the same time, addressing concerns that have been expressed of security of high value projects against piracy or disruption.
Connected TV & Second Screen
The era of the television receiver as a passive device that delivers linear programming has long past
and now the television display is being ever tighter integrated, not only with other visual media services, but also with other displays found within the home environment. It is these developments that this session will examine in depth.
The application and value of the second screen is very much dependent upon the broadcaster’s “vision” of how this can add value to their primary service. The operators will have the opportunity in this session to discuss the benefits of an additional “channel” to augment the primary programme, what challenges this provides and further to consider the production issues that this imposes.
At the same time, the “connected” TV offers both the operator and the consumer many new and exciting dimensions to expand the experience that the consumer can enjoy. This extends from additional and reacted information concerning the programme, the availability of APPS and the valuable added services that a return channel can provide.
The session will address these and related issues that include examination of the seemingly “walled garden” approach of the TV receiver manufactures to the apparently less restricted approach of the Set Top Box manufacturers. Discussion will include the urgent need for standards to be developed and agreed. Participation of receiver and set top box manufacturers is anticipated, together with views from operators and network/distribution companies, of how profitable business models can be established from the unique prospects afforded by Connected TV and Second Screen developments.
Already well-established as a delivery channel, the internet has now matured and is accepted as an essential tool in the distribution of audio/video media and associated supporting services. Perhaps the most notable of these has been the rapid uptake of the internet, by multiple operators, to provide VOD services.
Operators, broadcasters and service providers are increasingly offering mainstream video packages as part of their diverse offerings, all of which have vastly extended the possibilities and commercial opportunities for the TV –Channels.
These and other aspects of Internet-delivery will be addressed and debated by speakers representing all aspects and interests of the industry, from manufacturers, through operators to representatives of content aggregators and delivery channels.
The Business of Broadcasting
Globally, over more than half a century, television has progressed from being the prerogative of a service that only the state could affords to provide to one now, where the cost and complexity of entry is now affordable and achievable by a far wider spectrum of media companies. This has, however, brought with it the reality of fierce competition between providers, not only for the viewers but also for the essential advertisers that in most cases support the commercial operations of the media company.
Among the challenges and tools that are presented to the “media entrepreneur” are establishing the role of Big Data in creating a new advertising paradigm, mining that data to extract every last commercial opportunity and competitive advantage.
Added to this is the realization that the “Social TV revolution”, that includes associated Social Web sites and Second Screen service, also presents commercial prospects that can offer further associated opportunities. How to monetize the social TV revolution whilst at the same time creating targeted advertising experiences are not only essential but also require care and a full understanding of the audience that is being served at any time of the day.
It is these issues of enhancing the multiplatform experience, along with the paramount requirement of managing quality and improving service experience, that will be addressed in this session with views of operators, content providers and the business community representing both Russian and international perspectives, all of whom are focused on the primary business role of satisfying the connected consumer.
Reaching all places … Satellites are the solution
The significance of satellite technology in Russia can hardly be overestimated. It will continue being vitally important for the telecom industry in the foreseeable future. The business plans of the operators that use the satellite delivery channels largely depend on the satellite group development in a particular country.
The session is dedicated to the current status of the Russian satellite group and potential developments such as the current and future launches, parameters of the existing and future satellites together with satellite operator's associated services.
There will also be a discussion on the new and developing satellites of the international operators working on the Russian satellite market.
The operators will be able to tell about the new capacities for Russia and CIS markets as well as the new services enabled by their satellites.
The session will also dwell upon the situation with VSAT in Russia as well as the prospects of the private satellite Internet access and the implementation of new services by the VSAT operators. There will also be a discussion on the regulatory issues concerning VSAT market and the development of K-band services in Russia.
Last but not least, the participants of the session will be encouraged to share their experience of implementing new services and technologies. DTH and VSAT operators will have an opportunity to talk about the specific technical approaches they deploy.
THE FINAL SCHEDULE OF ALL THE PAPERS WILL BE PLACED ON THE WEBSITE AT THE END OF DECEMBER!
ADMITTANCE FOR THE CONFERENCE SESSIONS IS FREE OF CHARGE FOR ALL THE VISITORS!
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IPTV solution was deployed for a telco in Kursk Region.
Signal, the leading communications operator in Zheleznogorsk town Kursk region, and Netris, the leader in software development for content delivery, announced about IPTV deployment based on Netris iVision Middleware.
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