If last years theme was OTT (after a Multi-Screen show in 2010), how are we going to put 2012 into a nice neat box?
I'll gamble on the 2012 theme being something like "IPTV is dead long live OTT!"
I doubt the never-ending rumor mill on AppleTV will have an impact yet in 2012, so Apple Google & Microsoft will wait for 2013 to be main themes...
Back to the present: see you here in a few weeks to find out if I was right for 2012 at least.
2012 is set to be a very full and well attended event judging by the number of people I know that will be there. The conference tracks have become so dense that you need a day to study the program before deciding where to go. I'll just play it by ear on the day. The number of companies to see on the exhibition floor is so big anyway, that I might not be able to attend much.
IPTV has grown into a big show so there are getting to be more parties and extra add-on events.
I’ll be going to the Verimatrix "English Breakfast" on the first day which has a mini-conference on advanced video deployment (but at least I admit it it’s the English sausages that attract me).
Mariner Partner are a Canadian IPTV quality-monitoring specialist. They have a drinks party just after the first day, this year I won’t need to gate-crash as I was actually invited.
The Red Bull event later in the evening will probably be packed as usual and I’ve only got one of the tickets that are valid “until capacity is reached”, so maybe not…
On day two Irdeto is hosting a morning OTT strategy event. But I probably won’t make that one, not least because they didn’t invite me )-:
Of course day two wraps up with the glitzy prizes, this year at the London Film Museum. I went to the first 3 events as a judge, but there’s no way I will fork out £300 needed when you don’t have an invite.
I’m sure there are many more events but that’s what I’ve spotted so far.
From the list of speakers and potential prize-winners, it is clear that there will be plenty of Operators in London.
I’ll be looking to catch up with some news from Malaysia Telecom that are one of the first Huawei IPTV customers outside of China.
There’s a wrath of interesting people from Orange so I’ll be looking to get the latest form some ex-colleagues there. Also from France, I’ll try to catch up with Bouygues Telecom, which has had an amazing success story as a mobile challenger getting towards a million subs in three years. Swisscom is one of the European Telcos that is still happy with the Microsoft’s IPTV solution so I’ll tray and get some of the story there.
Paul Berriman, the veteran CTO of PCCW who launched one of the worlds first IPTV deployments in Hong Kong will be there too and it's a while since I've caught up with him.
From the trade floor my selection of vendors whose product demos I want to see include:
- Whoever has cool Android boxes to show (Echostar who impressed in last year don't seem to be present).
- Then Harmonic & Envivio to try and really understand how they differ.
- Rovi, to actually see the demos of what I’ve been talking about for a while.
- Then there is Siemens, where I want to see how their video flicking solution has fared in the market.
- Zappware is a middleware alternative to NDS & Nagra. As I missed the later two at IBC I’ll try to see those demos that everyone was raving about in 2011.
- Red Bee have acquired TV Genius since last year so I’ll try and find out how that’s going. There is also a new kid on the block from what I gather with Shazam moving into TV recommendation also.
- I haven’t been to see Cisco in a while and they seem to have their house in order with Videoscape now so I’ll try and get an update on that too.
- Ineoquest were talking a lot about ABR for OTT last year, before any of the other monitoring companies and I’d like to learn if they’ve had any success with that (as usual I, then you, will have to read between the lines because they won’t actually say directly).
- I need an update on the chip maker's roadmap and ambitions in the STB space so I’ll be visiting one or more of Intel, Sigma Designs & / or STM.
- I suppose you can’t blog on an event like this without talking to some of the connected TV app developers like WizzTivi.
- The OTT market is already showing some results in the diaspora market so I’ll also catch up with Live Asia TV if possible.
- Finally I’m due for an update on what SoftAtHome are doing.
I have some catching up, discovering to do with people that will be there without a booth. I hope to meet MediaMelon a US based CDN supplier specialized in OTT and my friends from 3 Vision, thebrainbehind, MediaTVCom, OnCubed, AppMarket.tv, etc.
Now I need to go to sleep for a couple of days, to charge up the batteries so I will actually be able to get through at least some of that ... report coming soon.