Friday, May 26, 2006

BroadcastAsia2006 June 19-23

SINGAPORE – May 26 - BroadcastAsia2006 organizors tell Digital Broadcasters Vendor News that Asia’s leading broadcasting and multimedia technology event themed “Digital: The Journey Forward,” BroadcastAsia2006 will not only reflect the growing industry trend towards all things digital but is also in line with Singapore’s vision to become Asia’s media marketplace and digital content hub.

”BroadcastAsia is the region’s most established industry event and the government’s boost to the media industry certainly enhances its relevance and importance,” said Jackson Yeoh, Project Director with organiser Singapore Exhibition Services.

Major digital TV vendors to the broadcasters related market already commited to the Exhibition and/or Conference include: Tandberg Television, Nokia, Panasonic, Thomson, Harris Corporation, Snell & Wilcox, Co-ship, Scopus Network Technologies, Sennheiser, DVB – Digital Video Broadcasting, Barco, Quantel, Qualcomm and Conax. More industry players are expected to come on board in the next month, with the positive outlook in the international entertainment and multimedia industry.

This year’s show also boasts a strong international showing and nine group pavilions from countries such as China, France, Germany, Italy, Korea, Spain, Singapore, the UK and the USA having confirmed their presence at the show.

“BroadcastAsia is not just a place where companies showcase their latest technologies but also serves as a platform where the brightest minds in the industry come together to exchange ideas and views on the issues facing the industry,” he added. “This year’s International Conference will feature individuals of the highest calibre and will act as a springboard for the advancement of the digital media industry in the region“, added Mr Yeoh.

This year’s exhibitors will feature the latest in Broadcasting to Handhelds, Internet Protocol Television (IPTV), Video on Demand, Personal Video Recording, Digital Audio Broadcasting (DAB), Computer Graphics and Animation, Conditional Access Control, and High- Definition (HDTV) technology.

Interesting innovations and highlights include:

[Innoxius Technologies], the local Singapore aspirant, will launch the region’s first multi-standard and multi-band Mobile Digital TV (MDTV) SDIO receiver which will turn your PDA into a multi-system mobile digital TV receiver, supporting DVB-H, DVB-T, T-DMB, DAB and Enhanced Packet Mode DAB standards, in various spectrum ranges. Innoxius will also feature their DVB-H base-station. Quite possibly the first of its kind, this is a complete DVB-H headend and transmission system in a compact chassis.

[Nokia] will be showcasing the Nokia N92, the world’s first integrated DVB-H mobile device for watching and recording broadcast TV programmes. Nokia will be having Live digital TV simulcast demonstrations at their Mobile TV booth.

[ST Electronics] will feature their Media Magik IPTV solution consisting of Headend equipment, Decoding devices and ST’s IP Set top Box - MaxboxT IP Set Top Box. MaxBoxT is a plug-n-play device used to deliver digital content on television for IPTV implementation. MaxboxT’s unique identity allows targeted messaging and advertising; facilitating service providers with easy billing and statistical information. This dynamic system does not need software requirements from any third party to form a complete content delivery network.

ST Electronics has been able to achieve seamless streaming qualities such as “Trick Mode” functions (Rewind, Fast forward, Stop etc.) with Quality of Service Guarantees on Public Internet Networks; thus, opening up multiple avenues for interested organisations willing to be a part of the content distribution domain without the actual ownership of networks. End users can also enjoy watching their favourite videos at full screen resolutions at as low as 600 Kbps.

Other companies featuring IPTV solutions include "Scopus Video Network", "Tandberg TV", "Irdeto Access", "Conax", "Optibase", and "UDcast".

High Definition (HDTV)

[Chyron Corporation] is launching its Gold Standard character generator Duet HyperX. Utilizing Chyron Lyric and Lyric Pro creation and playout software; HyperX incorporates Chyron’s latest interFuse Technology into its robust system and packs a punch with exceptional capabilities such as advanced 3D, compressed real-time dip player and easy migration path from SD to HD.

[Benchmark Systems] will be launching the RT.X2 designed primarily for real-time native HDV and DV editing. It will be running a special promotion for the RX.T2 to be held for the duration of the show. Benchmark will also be showcasing an integrated, networked, broadcast system of the future.

Other exhibiting companies featuring HD solutions include "Ikegami", "Daxco Digital", "Miranda", "Snell & Wilcox (HK)", and "Enesys" (France).

Computer Graphics and Animation

The specialist segment of BroadcastAsia2006 - ComGraphics&Animation2006 - will feature the latest hardware, software and services designed especially for the computer graphics and animation industry, film and motion picture industry, as well as for major broadcasters worldwide.

Companies that will feature their graphic and animation solutions include "Click Grafix", "Techtel", "Vizrt", "Quantel", "Da Vinci", "Benchmark" (Matrox) and "Hybrid MC" (France).

BroadcastAsia2006 International Conference

Held concurrently with the exhibition, the BroadcastAsia2006 International Conference promises valuable insights from the most renowned and experienced personalities in the electronic media industry, who will address the broad spectrum of issues facing the broadcasting industry today.

Remember that BroadcastAsia2006 is being moved from Singapore Expo’s Halls 1 and 2 to Halls 7 and 8 - a shorter walk to connect to transport services, and therefore greater conveneience.

Don't forget that BroadcastAsia2006 is also a specialist digital broadcasting segmenm\t of the much larger telecomms show with CommunicAsia2006 and EnterpriseIT2006.

Anyway, all you wish to know on this year's show can be found at http://www.broadcast-asia.com where you can review what your competitors will be launching.

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