IBC: More about brands, less about content

2012/09/07 | By Stéphanie Maude Savard | No Comments | Filed in: Television, TV.

I guess that I am a bit like the proverbial frog not realizing that the water has warmed up. Being in the TV business for 30 years, I have been immersed in it and did not realize truly how much it changed. With the changing landscape of more channel, more ways to watch TV, the • Read More »

IBC: First morning of the exhibition

2012/09/07 | By Stéphanie Maude Savard | No Comments | Filed in: Television, TV.

It’s by a sunny morning that the IBC 2012 exhibition did open this morning. After an early uninspiring conference session on “second screen” potential revenue, I decided to begin the visit of a few Halls. IBC is bigger than ever this year with a couple of temporary halls that are setup outside. I did a • Read More »

Trend at IBC 2012: Solutions

2012/09/06 | By Stéphanie Maude Savard | No Comments | Filed in: Television, TV.

The sun has shown up in Amsterdam and although it definitively feels like autumn, it is now very nice. I had to go in Amsterdam “centrum” for two press event tonight; Harris and Harmonics. One common theme to both is the emphasis on providing complete solutions. It’s not really new to Harris as it has • Read More »

IBC: The obligatory connected TV theme

2012/09/06 | By Stéphanie Maude Savard | No Comments | Filed in: Television, TV.

Titled “The Evolution of connected TV platform” this session on the first morning of IBC 2012 is the mandatory session around the connected TV theme. First speaker was TIVO’s CEO Tom Rogers with a dreadful presentation based on the Clint Eastwood interview of a chair presenting how wise it is for cable operator to use • Read More »

IBC 2012 conference opens

2012/09/06 | By Stéphanie Maude Savard | No Comments | Filed in: Television, TV.

It’s by a “de rigeur” grey sky that the IBC 2012 conference opens this morning in Amterdam. The keynote session is called “The rise and rise of broadcasting? The Next Chapter…” and I am still unsure what to make of it. Representatives from the BBC, Disney, Discovery and Sky seemed to all try to convinced • Read More »

Travel Day

2012/09/04 | By Stéphanie Maude Savard | No Comments | Filed in: Technology, TV.

The sky was grey over New Jersey this morning but it was not a big issue since the plane quickly left Newark airport (apparently it DOES happen some time) and we met the blue sky soon. This is travel day, IBC 2012 for me begins on Thursday with the conference program so I have to • Read More »

3DTV: The Olympics were no “Avatar”

2012/08/14 | By Stéphanie Maude Savard | 8 Comments | Filed in: CBS, Technology, Television, TV.

Almost a year ago Panasonic hosted a large press event to tell the press how great was 3DTV and how the 2012 London’s Olympics would be it’s “Avatar”. Now that the Olympics are done, I see no parallels at all! The event was held one night during the IBC 2011 (International Broadcasting Convention) in Amsterdam • Read More »

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Do broadcasters understand 3D?

2012/04/17 | By Stéphanie Maude Savard | No Comments | Filed in: CBS, NAB, Technology, TV.

Let’s be honest, broadcasters are not the most agile and the fastest to adopt new technology. Generally, they will stick to old workflows, old ways of doing things until they have no choices. At this year’s NAB in Las Vegas, I have the feeling that a large part of the broadcast community still don’t understand • Read More »

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NAB 2012 Sunday: Press events marathon

2012/04/16 | By Stéphanie Maude Savard | No Comments | Filed in: NAB, TV.

“Press events” remains a tradition at the annual National Association of Broadcasters convention. It’s not a place where you actually learn a lot. Today with the Internet, it’s easy enough to get all the PR material (press releases, brochures, video) and know all about the announcements. In the past, when communication was harder, it was • Read More »

Is that a laser in your projector?

2012/04/15 | By Stéphanie Maude Savard | No Comments | Filed in: CBS, NAB, Technology, TV.

For the majority, NAB is a large trade show that will begin this Monday. However, the root of the “National Association of Broadcasters” annual convention are the conferences and that started today (on Saturday). Part of the program is called the “Technology Summit on Cinema” organized in collaboration with SMPTE and as you may imagine, • Read More »