Every year, members of the broadcast industry converge on Amsterdam for the International Broadcasting Convention, where all the latest broadcast equipment is displayed, and there is a six-day conference where experts discuss the latest developments in TV, radio and film. Two members of the Rough House team, Graeme Bowd and Rob Curling, have just returned after producing and presenting the convention’s own daily news programme. What were the hot topics this year? Over to Graeme.
This was the buzzword at IBC 2011. Not very sexy but hugely significant. Connectivity is about new viewing platforms like smartphones and tablet devices and how viewers are using them to see content on the move. It’s also about new ways of delivering programmes to conventional televisions.
At the moment the only way to watch live programmes in full broadcast quality is to tune in to a broadcast station. But within a few years all TVs will come with an internet connection and that raises some intriguing possibilities. What will happen, for example, if the Football Association decides to send live matches to subscribers at HD quality via the internet, cutting out broadcasters altogether? Would Sky see its business model collapse?All that’s needed to make this happen is a faster internet, that’s not far away. Experts at the IBC conference acknowledged that the next few years will bring huge changes to the industry. No-one can yet be sure how the cards will fall. And it’s all to do with connectivity.
Super Hi Vision
At last year’s IBC it was clear that the push towards 3D is gathering pace. That remains so, but there’s another new kid on the block and it’s called Super Hi-Vision. SHV is being developed by Japan’s state broadcaster NHK in conjunction with the BBC. The pictures are 16 times the resolution of HD and they are absolutely stunning. NHK had a big screen showing of the final space shuttle launch. SHV comes with 22-channel surround sound so it was a thunderous experience. Some events from next year’s Olympics will be shown live in SHV at a handful of cinemas around the UK. If you’ve missed out on tickets, it’ll be the next best thing.
Directing James Cameron
The great film-maker rarely gives interviews, but he was visiting IBC and agreed to come on our show to be grilled by Rob. His PR people had told us he only would only answer questions about a new company he was setting up and they wanted to impose all sorts of conditions. But as so often happens, the man himself was far more forthcoming and gave us a fascinating insight into his current project, the re-mastering of Titanic in 3D.Afterwards I took him to the reception desk to film him collecting his IBC pass. We shot it from three different angles and Cameron was a dream to direct. Without being asked (would I dare to ask?) his movements were exactly the same each time, maintaining continuity and making for an easy edit. Now there’s someone who doesn’t need media training!by