IBC 2017: 8K on the horizon, AI and security everywhere

Here are some key take-aways from IBC 2017.

8K approaches normalization
The security of 4K UHD content is currently high on the agenda of content owners everywhere and 8K is already coming into view on the horizon. After more than a decade of development and regular appearances in IBC’s Future Zone, NHK is approaching the finishing line with its 8K broadcasting system.

Pay TV success should make a virtue of simplicity

Contrary to popular belief, pay TV remains remarkably robust across Europe and, according to analysts Futuresource Consulting, the reason why is the user experience.

In its latest ‘Living With Digital’ consumer research report, Futuresource states that across all major European territories, the most important reason given for continuing with a pay TV subscription was ease of use and a wide range of channels.

2 sides of forensic watermarking

Forensic watermarking is an essential part of any anti-piracy program. The best approach is an end-2-end solution, combining watermarking technology with proactive detection and enforcement services. Yet we’re seeing a distinct split in how watermarking is implemented. Content owners and pay-media providers sometimes see things differently.

Both sides
Let’s start with the product.

Maintaining control in an unmanaged world

New content protection requirements around premium content are upping the ante for delivery to unmanaged devices. Many of these requirements we’ve come to expect in managed devices, but with the emergence of OTT services the requirements have softened to accommodate the app on CE device consumption model.

Ultimately many of these security components including hardware root of trust or hardware decode pipeline exist on most CE devices.

Don’t get left behind with 4K readiness

Over the last couple of months I’ve been surprised by how few pay-TV operators have concrete 4K plans in place. Other issues are their priority. But I wonder will they get left behind as a result?

Adoption will be quicker
Earlier this year, Business Insider forecasted that 4K will roll out much faster than industry analysts predict. This echoes what we see in the adoption rates.

Turning 4K impacts into opportunities for pay-TV operators

As you know from my earlier post, the inevitable march toward 4K has begun. And yes, with any new technology there will be challenges. But based on my discussions with studios and operators it’s clear that for well-prepared pay-TV operators, 4K could in fact bring opportunities.

Let me share some insights from recent conversations with studios and operators.