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EBU BroadThinking 2016 – The Year When Broadcasters Became Multidisciplinary Scientists // DAY 1 Report

EBU’s BroadThinking conference is always a good spot to prepare a downstream NAB, IBC or HbbTV Symposium later in the year, as this conference allows spotting the challenges, the limitations and the false promises of the never ending video technology shift. When you arrive in Vegas straight after a BroadThinking like the 2016 one, you're obviously excited as there's a lot of interesting new stuff emerging - but you're also warned that only a few of these shiny new technologies will be deployed on the short term because of complexity, maturity or even relevance reasons. Passing through BroadThinking's X-Ray, innovation gets slimmer, but also safer for early implementers, as the complexity is tamed a bit via knowledge sharing and guild discussions. But this year though, we conscientized t

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Open Media day @ FOSDEM’16

You might have wondered if I disappeared from Earth for the last 16 months. Well, not exactly. I was quite busy writing articles for Streaming Media, which you probably read, and I hope you found useful insights in it. Today I'm officially reopening the Eltrovemo blog space after this long editorial break - and it's starting straight with a teaser: my next Streaming Media article after the "State of DASH 2016" will be about the role of Open Source in the video ecosystem. A major role, powered by dedicated people deserving our respect and gratitude. Here is an appetitizer :-) For those who don't know it, FOSDEM is one of the legendary European events of the open source community, where free beer meets lightning talks, tech lectures and hacking sessions. It's a crowdy 2-days event in ...

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EBU BroadThinking 2014: Forget Multiscreen, We Are Heading Towards ONE Screen

This year the EBU BroadThinking Conference was sounding like a holistic swirl, a milestone in the trend of technology to define sets that are greater than the sum of their parts, through creative evolution. « Where Broadcast Meets BroadBand », you get some interesting fusion effect occurring and diluting the traditional boundaries of the screens, with the handheld devices being part of the big screen experience or extending it rather than trying to scalp it, in an environment where all the devices converge towards a restricted set of standards rather than tracing their own line.   While we by default think that standardization kills creativity, events like BroadThinking show that it's the opposite: if we gather energies to solve common problems together, we can both come up with

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EBU BroadThinking 2013 – the state of the art rendezvous for OTT and Hybrid TV // DAY 2 & DEMOS Report

  Nothing was more welcome after day 1 of EBU BroadThinking 2013 than a good night of sleep, in order to reset the tech hype counters and make some mental room for two new sessions on broadcasters' CDNs and the latest advances of hybrid platforms. What would be the best broadcasters' CDN architectures today, what would be their smartest (green) evolutions, would CDN-Federation standards finally bring interop reality over hopes, what would be the most advanced deployments and future of HbbTV, how it compares with YouView in the UK : day 2 agenda was looking quite attractive - and indeed the presentations were packed with valuable informations and experience feedbacks.   So here is the recap of the most interesting DAY 2 presentations and a short report on some insightful de...

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EBU BroadThinking 2013 – the state of the art rendezvous for OTT and Hybrid TV // DAY 1 Report

Geneva in late March doesn't feel as wild as a Las Vegas boulevard, but still there was a reasonable amount of gaming excitement at the EBU headquarters, where several events were following each other, beginning with a DASH Interoperability Forum meeting which was closely followed by the BroadThinking event, where industry actors and broadcasters come to show off their latest implementations advances and/or share the results of their real-life deployments or research studies. A good way of managing the transition between TV Connect and NAB...   Where Broadcast meets Broadband : that's the promise of the EBU's hybrid event which flies between industry competition, standardization efforts and broadcasters' realpolitik - all wrapped in a warm and funny ambiance provided by the vari

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DIY BROADCAST : How to build your own Internet TV Channel with Open-Source & other goodies

Here is our scenario : you are the technical director of a web startup, already having proven your talents with your thematic VOD streaming channel - and your boss suddenly thinks you're a grown enough company to jump on the broadcast wagon and manage your own 24/7 live TV channel, targeting IPTV and multiplatform OTT, with a mix of some live studio shows and mainly pre-recorded programs. And of course readify it for later iTV DTT distribution. Quite an exciting challenge ! But once you passed the wow effect, you just realize that despite his high expectations for the TV channel, your boss has got just a web budget - which is close to 0$ - and of course a tight launch schedule. Therefore, your first duty is to be creative on how to build the platform for the lowest possible cost : that's

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