IBC Exhibitors R – S



Stand 1.D69

At IBC 2018 ruwido will demonstrate its ‘convenient home’ solution to give consumers control over their technology.

Based on ruwido’s award-winning TICTACTILE. system, its new convenient home solution is designed to give users control over their devices using the same intuitive interaction mechanisms they use to interact with the TV. By designing a solution with consistent interaction and design, ruwido has created a seamless experience for the user that will appear to both the visual tactile senses while at the same time regulating automated interaction between machines so they can be secure in the home.

With a transparent display with the same pattern structure as the TICTACTILE. system, ruwido’s convenient home solution enables users to easily navigate the interface wherever they are in the home. And when returning to the TV which, according to ruwido’s extensive consumer research has become the virtual campfire for the modern family, users will be able to find their favorite shows using the same interaction methods.

At the IBC conference Regina Bernhaupt, head of scientific research, is also looking at the future of personalization and media consumption, and will be chairing a session on Saturday, September 15 at IBC from 4:15-5:30pm in E102.

“IBC is an opportunity for ruwido to demonstrate the importance of the convenient home where the user is in control, not the technology,” says Ferdinand Maier, CEO, ruwido. “While the TV and living room has become the campfire for the modern family, technology innovation means there are now an unprecedented number of devices that can be controlled in the home, but that isn’t necessarily a good thing, especially with ambient voice recognition services.”

“The home should be a safe cocoon for the family, not somewhere that can be potentially insecure with machines controlling interactions. By giving user back that control, ruwido has developed a unique, adaptable and premium service that will enable our operator customers to offer quality propositions to consumers.”


Shotoku Broadcast Systems
Stand 12.E42

Shotoku Broadcast Systems, the well-established international manufacturer of advanced Robotic and Manual camera support and AR/VR tracking systems is maintaining its leadership role in the industry by bringing a mix of traditional favorites,  products upgraded with technology-rich features and a new manual tripod series to IBC 2018.

Highlights of the line-up in Stand 12.E42 will include SmartPed, the world’s most advanced fully robotic pedestal; SmartRail, Shotoku’s popular rail based system; an upgraded TR-XT remote camera control system with an enhanced External Control Automation Interface (ECI); Free-d2 absolute tracking system; and the introduction of the Company’s SD and SE Manual Tripod Series.


Stand 14.H18

Simplestream, the leaders in live, live-2-VOD and on-demand OTT services, today announced that IBC will see it demonstrate services and platforms that ensure broadcasters and sports rights holders can launch next generation services on time and on budget (stand 14.H18).

The solutions demonstrated at IBC will include:

VOD-in-a-Box: an award winning solution includes everything required to launch a global, on-demand service in under six weeks. It helps supersize content owners and passion brands, enabling them to break into the market, scale-up and reach audiences with meaningful and relevant content with unprecedented agility across multiple platforms. It includes flexible billing, customer data analytics, powerful CMS and unified brand management across multiple platforms.

Cloud TV Platform: an end-to-end, white label solution that enables broadcasters, platform operators, sports rights holders and distributors to rapidly deploy next-generation TV Everywhere services across multiple screens and territories. Including support for unlimited live channels, automated catch-up with backwards scrolling EPG, and comprehensive user and entitlement management. It is built on a suite of core modules which provide unrivalled flexibility and power across the entire delivery workflow

Live-2-VOD: an automated solution fully optimised for the sports, teleshopping and entertainment industries, enabling broadcasters to make video content instantly available for on-demand viewing across multiple platforms and screens. It enables broadcasters to create new revenue streams from instantly available catch-up highlights and on-demand content from live. This solution can take a video feed from a live linear stream, EPG channel or data source and supports DRM to ensure content rights are respected.

Hybrid TV: a solution that Increases a channel’s exposure by leveraging the increased interactivity available with the advanced IP-based capabilities of a range of hybrid TV platforms.  This solution enables UK channel owners to extend reach on Freeview Play, YouView, Freesat & EE TV over IP. The solution provides an HbbTV-compliant, white-label HTML-5 applications, content metadata submission and the end-to-end video workflow needed to provide live streaming, automated catch-up TV and rich VOD experiences cross-platform.

“With the constant changing of the TV and video landscape, we’re helping many broadcasters and sports rights holders to launch advanced OTT services on-time and on-budget,” said Dan Finch, CCO, Simplestream. “Our experience of launching services globally and at scale for channels of all sizes means that we know what broadcasters need and sometimes even more importantly what they don’t need. IBC sees us show our full portfolio of services and solutions that enable providers of all sizes to deliver a wide range of OTT services from one unified cloud-based platform, generating returns at a fraction of the costs associated with traditional broadcast methods of delivery. If speed-to-market and your margin matters, visit us at IBC!” concluded Finch.


Stand 1.b24

DataMiner AI-powered Augmented Operation will be on show at IBC 2018. Based on sophisticated and fully integrated real-time AI technology, DataMiner is now set to be the industry’s very first end-to-end network management platform enabling operators to manage the most complex operational ecosystems in ways that previously couldn’t be imagined. It will allow broadcast, media and service providers to tackle the new operational challenges they are facing in the all-IP and virtualized era all the more effectively.

Other show highlights:

Multi-domain Service Orchestration: first-rate from the first time

To turn new business ideas into services as quickly as possible, far-reaching automation and service orchestration are indispensable. Combining numerous DataMiner capabilities, the DataMiner Service & Resource Manager (SRM) suite takes care of all aspects of automation, orchestration and service performance monitoring. It provides accelerated service design, delivery and assurance with simplified, consistent and predictable operation during the entire service life cycle.

How can you achieve 360° visibility, control and automation in a Media Data Center?

In a media data center, broadcast teams meet IT teams and vice versa. The multi-layered hosting of media functions on virtualized and containerized infrastructures results in big challenges for operations teams. Very often, operators have to take care of end-to-end orchestration, monitoring and capacity planning, since the media functions come as loose functions rather than managed appliances. DataMiner manages both the media and the IT workflows with a single platform, thereby delivering a unique solution to orchestrate, monitor and manage capacity in complex multi-vendor media data centers for OTT, IPTV, and any other distribution format.

How can you successfully monitor, orchestrate and perform service assurance in complex all-IP infrastructures?

The ongoing migration towards a flexible and UHD-ready all-IP infrastructure brings tremendous new business opportunities with it, but also gives rise to new challenges. Media companies cannot profit from the benefits without overcoming the operational issues. The added complexity in all-IP infrastructures forces them to redefine the operational practices and explore business models that were out of reach before. DataMiner allows your media company to run successfully in the all-IP world by orchestrating your entire production media center end to end. The platform proactively tests and verifies your operation and takes care of your provisioning.


Stand 8.B40

On its booth at IBC 2018,  slomo.tv, a leading international supplier of cost-effective, high performance server-based video recording and replay systems, will introduce a complete integrated video assistant referee (VAR) system based on the latest generation of its videoReferee FC. The system, which has been used for many years across sports such as ice hockey, basketball and handball has now been adapted to accommodate soccer’s recently introduced FIFA obligatory requirements.

Designated videoReferee FC, the compact 4U video server records up to 24 3G/HD channels and has four graphics outputs. It has a separate multi-viewer for all channels capable of displaying live and delayed video. 

The system provides two fully functional and independent work places working with live, delayed for 2 seconds or recorded video.  Using the system, sports referees can analyze in-play action frame-by-frame, simultaneously viewing the action from several different camera angles.

Video inputs can be displayed from a single camera, in Quad view (four cameras) or in multi-viewer format for off-site situations. Also, it is possible to quickly perform and prepare analysis of an on-pitch incident at the assistant’s work place (AVAR) and transfer it to the main on-pitch (VAR) system for referees to review during the match.

The videoReferee based VAR system setup includes:
  Touch-screen monitors.
  Interfaces for integration with Vokkero Intercom system.
  Back-lit red and green buttons for simple event marking and controlling intercom with the referee on the field.
  vR-Keypad, which enables the assistant to intuitively mark and label in-play incidents for subsequent or immediate search.
  SDI output for integration within a stadium’s broadcast network.

“As we witnessed at the recent FIFA World Cup Finals, VAR technology can revolutionize live sports, taking a lot of pressure from the referees who operate in extremely stressful environments,” commented Michael Gilman, CEO of slomo.tv. “Our new version of videoReferee is already creating interest in the world of soccer and we believe it will interest numerous other sports administrators and broadcasters.”


Stand 14.B35

SpotX is the leading global video advertising platform that enables media owners and publishers to monetize premium content across all devices.

As part of the RTL Group, SpotX is currently combining its business with smartclip for the total video experience. The modern ad server offers monetization solutions for OTT, outstream, and Addressable TV, invented by smartclip. smartclip’s Addressable TV platform brings digital advertising and analytic solutions to linear TV. With technology purpose-built for video, SpotX’s holistic, brand-safe solution is employed by some of the largest media owners and publishers worldwide.

Headquartered in Denver, SpotX has 24 offices worldwide.


Stand 8.A59

The upcoming IBC2018 exhibition will provide the backdrop for the European debut of new audio transcription features in the SGrecast live stream repurposing, rebroadcasting and podcast management system from streaming solutions pioneer StreamGuys. Powered by the patented enCaption4 cloud-based, automated captioning technology from ENCO, the new capabilities enable fast, effortless generation of exceptionally accurate transcriptions and captions from recordings and uploaded files. StreamGuys will co-exhibit with ENCO in stand 8.A59 at the show.

The SaaS-based SGrecast offers broadcasters a comprehensive platform for recording live streams and transforming them into revenue-expanding side channels and podcasts. The new enhancements enable users to automatically generate transcriptions of new or existing recordings, and to caption pre-recorded, archived files for web and mobile streaming. The resulting captions can be exported as SRT, WebVTT or JSON files, while complete transcripts can be saved for later use.

SGrecast’s new transcription abilities bring benefits to both content producers and their audiences. The cloud-based solution’s highly-granular search functionality can leverage the transcripts and captions to help operators find exactly the content they need in just seconds. Search precision is further empowered by enCaption4’s remarkably high accuracy, made possible by ENCO’s deep neural network approach to voice recognition. Individual speakers can also be identified and labelled to enhance subsequent searching. Content providers can effortlessly publish feature-rich media players with captions, bolstering accessibility for hearing-impaired viewers while also supporting multi-lingual applications.

SGrecast’s enCaption-powered speech-to-text capabilities further deepen StreamGuys’ already-extensive portfolio of podcast production, monetization and management tools. In addition to the SGrecast platform, StreamGuys offers podcast hosting, dynamic advertising insertion and a robust, cloud-based delivery infrastructure that together form an end-to-end podcasting system spanning content creation through distribution.

StreamGuys director of technology Eduardo Martinez will also share insights and expertise with IBC conference-goers in the session “Power of the podcast: How to reach new audiences through audio,” taking place Friday, September 14 from 2:45pm to 3:30pm CEST. Eduardo will join expert co-panelists from The New York Times and ITV in exploring the latest podcasting business models and monetization opportunities.

“The new automated transcription capabilities continue SGrecast’s hallmarks of enabling customers to unlock the full potential of their podcast content while minimizing manual effort and costs,” said Martinez. “ENCO’s enCaption4 engine ensures that transcripts and captions are created with exceptional speed and accuracy, and combines with the robust content management and search features of SGrecast to help customers find and repurpose content with captions faster and more easily than ever before.”

The integration of SGrecast and enCaption4 is the latest step in the strong partnership between StreamGuys and ENCO, which aims to seamlessly bring together streaming and automation workflows for the production and delivery of TV and radio programming including Visual Radio. StreamGuys multi-format encoding services help broadcasters deliver ENCO-driven program content to web, mobile and OTT devices, while SGrecast lets operators easily convert live streams into podcasts and launch new streams within ENCO’s DAD (radio), MOM (TV) or Visual Radio systems.


Stand 1.A71

The new company to be formed from the sale of Cisco’s Service Provider Video Software Solutions (SPVSS) business to a company backed by the Permira funds has been unveiled as Synamedia. The company’s ambition to bring together broadcast and OTT media services and enable clients to deliver exceptional customer experiences.

With the transaction expected to close in the first half of Cisco’s FY19, Synamedia’s executive team will outline the new company’s vision and plans at IBC 2018. The emphasis will be on continuing to provide the world’s most complete, secure and advanced end-to-end open video delivery solution.

New and enhanced video solutions from Cisco SPVSS’s portfolio that will move to Synamedia will be showcased at IBC on the Cisco stand (1.A71). They all reflect Synamedia’s singular focus: to empower telcos, media, and pay-TV providers to optimize their current infrastructure and capitalize on OTT distribution to expand consumer choice and convenience, secure their revenue streams, and develop new offerings.

Highlights include:

  • Fighting illegal streaming

Enhancements to VideoGuard include a forthcoming anti-piracy service for rapid detection of, and response to, illegal streaming. Other new offerings include VideoGuard Everywhere and VideoGuard Server support for Android devices.

  • A boost to Evo middleware investment

A renewed investment in Evo will be a key strand in Synamedia’s R&D plans. In an industry first, Evo now supports both one-way and one and a half-way connected devices, offering DTH customers in emerging markets an easy transition path to an environment where they can manage and monetize premium experiences on connected set-top boxes (STBs) – including Android TV.

  • Android TV everywhere and RDK for Infinite Video Platform

With Android TV gaining traction among large pay-TV providers, Infinite Video Platform customers now have the choice of Android TV and RDK solutions for hybrid broadcast/IP services on multiple devices including STBs.

Offering the choice of Evo, Android TV and RDK allows customers to select the option best suited to their strategy.

  • Cloud DVR

Already live with many large pay-TV operators, and now supporting more than 10 million subscribers worldwide, the Cloud DVR solution provides the scalability and resilience required by customers. Since the start of 2018, five new operators – including Malaysian operator Astro, whose demo will be on the stand – have chosen to deploy Cloud DVR.

Cisco will demonstrate the benefits of its cloud-first microservices-based architecture in a multi-cloud environment. This lets customers combine public and on-premise cloud storage to enhance delivery and comply with content licensing agreements. It also provides the scalability needed for operators in those countries where it is a legal requirement to store a private/unique copy of content.

Multi-cloud for Disaster Recovery (DR) is becoming a must-have because of its cost-effectiveness and flexibility. The first tier one operator is now live with this service, enabling them to build a cloud-backup on the fly.

  • Multicast-ABR (Adaptive Bit Rate) streaming

The demo will show how pay-TV providers’ unicast streams can be converted to multicast ABR streams, enabling large-scale OTT streaming on in-home devices while benefiting from broadcast-efficient distribution. Integrating transparently with existing ABR delivery systems, the solution has been deployed by a tier one pay-TV operator.

  • Broadcast-equivalent streaming latency

A new side-by-side demo at IBC will highlight industry-leading success in reducing streaming latency on a STB down to six seconds – comparable to a live broadcast. This low latency figure is achieved through enhancements to the end-to-end video delivery architecture. This is far lower than traditional streaming technologies, where latency can be as high as 40 to 90 seconds for end-to-end video delivery to receiving devices.

“Synamedia enters the market at a time when the TV landscape is being redrawn. Building on a 30-year heritage in the pay-TV industry, a market leadership position, and an unrivalled reputation for innovation, we will hit the ground running as a private, independent entity committed to help customers boost engagement and revenues by capitalising on the myriad opportunities that IP distribution and cloud-based services bring,” said Dr. Abe Peled, incoming chairman of Synamedia.

“From day one we will be the vendor with the ability to deliver products on a global scale while also offering the flexibility required for market localization,” said Yves Padrines, incoming CEO for Synamedia and currently vice president of Global Service Provider for Europe, Middle East and Africa at Cisco. “We will intensify our focus on innovation, building even closer links with our customers and ensuring that we continue to provide the world’s most complete, secure and advanced end-to-end video delivery solution.”