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IBC 2019: MESA Members to Showcase Smart Screen Solutions

From platforms that allow media and entertainment companies to get content to every screen, to suites of entertainment data and analytics products that informs video stakeholders of what’s happening on every screen, members of the Media and Entertainment Services Alliance (MESA) will be bringing top smart screen solutions to IBC 2019.

Here’s what Adobe, Applicaster, Bitmax, Deluxe, Dolby, Eurofins Digital Media Services, Gracenote, NAGRA, Prime Focus Technologies, Sony, Technicolor, Verizon Digital Media Services and ZOO Digital have on tap.


As part of IBC 2018, Adobe unleashed a bevy of new Creative Cloud application. Expect big things again this year from the company. Heading into the show, Adobe announced a new
“speed” feature for Premiere Rush, the company’s all-in-one video editing software for online video creators. Speed, a much-requested addition from users that allows Premiere Rush owners to manipulate the speed of footage while still maintaining control over audio pitch, ramp speed, and the duration of the edited clip. Hall 7.B35


Instead of buying apps, why not invest in a everything-you-need platform instead? That’s the idea behind Applicaster, whose platform includes everything needed to prototype, develop, and manage direct-to-consumer apps across phones, tablets, and connected TV devices. Open APIs, extensive partner marketplace, and ability to code custom components are all included, with the platform providing an open, modular plug-in architecture, allowing customers to build and scale their multi-device media app strategy. Hall 14.G05


At IBC, digital media management and licensing company Bitmax will showcase its Maestro content orchestration system, launched at NAB earlier this year.

Maestro offers a seamless process for licensing and selling content across platforms such as iTunes, Prime, Netflix and Vudu. Content owners and distribution partners are able to plan and execute monetization strategies across all OTT platforms including transactional view based SVOD to ad-supported AVOD, create avails, customize and auto ingest asset package elements, process royalties and more.

“We’ve had a great response from content owners and platform partners to our Maestro orchestration system since launching it in April,” said Jim Riley, chief strategy and revenue officer for Bitmax. “The service provides a total monetization approach to managing and delivering content in the complex worlds of AVOD, SVOD and TVOD. We’re excited to show the services to the European market at IBC.” IABM lounge, Hall 4, Level 2.


At IBC, Deluxe will show off Deluxe One, which promises best-in-class services, flexible scale, and capacity to give customers an end-to-end supply chain platform that takes content from the lens to living room, anywhere in the world.

An innovative, cloud-based platform, Deluxe One unifies services from creation and localization to transformation, packaging and delivery of content. The European launch of Deluxe One hit at IBC 2018, and the company has since added automation and AI technologies to make it more efficient and user-friendly. AWS Partner Pavilion, booth 5.C80.

Eurofins Digital Media Services

Eurofins will showcase its newest suite of automated test tools, test services, and cybersecurity services for broadcasters, pay TV service providers, studios and programmers, device and IoT manufacturers, standards organizations, and other industries. Eurofins serves companies including Com Hem, Conax, Freesat, Freeview, Hisense, Kabel Deutschland, KPN, LG, Liberty Global, Panasonic, Sky Deutschland, tivù, Vestel, Vodafone Group, Zenterio, and many others. It is part of the larger Eurofins Group, with an international network of more than 800 laboratories in 47 countries, 45,000 staff members, and sales of more than 3 billion euros. Hall 5.B45


Gracenote will show off its unique suite of entertainment data and analytics products designed to help companies throughout the European video ecosystem increase their search and discovery capabilities, and make smarter content investments. Look for news around how parent company Nielsen is bringing addressable TV advertising capabilities to Europe, how Gracenote is enabling advanced content search and discovery for European providers, and how Gracenote and Nielsen are delivering new content analytics platforms to inform development, licensing and distribution decisions. Hall 14.G29


At IBC, NAGRA will be addressing challenges across the entire content value chain, from content aggregation to service creation, content delivery to content consumption, and featuring the latest solutions in end-to-end content value protection, engaging user experiences and smart business operations.

NAGRA’s IBC 2019 showcase will present all the tools that service providers, broadcasters and content owners can leverage to maximize consumer reach, while addressing different requirements around the world. It addresses direct-to-consumer scenarios, super-aggregation and allows for new routes to the consumer (OpenTV Suite, Conax GO Live) all underpinned by data-driven tools and techniques (NAGRA Insight).

NAGRA’s content protection showcase will demonstrate how operators can address the new security challenges brought on by OTT and consumers’ increasing interaction with IoT devices through scalable solution protection that goes beyond traditional CAS and DRM. Latest enhancements in cloud-based content protection (cloud.SSP, TVkey Cloud) and anti-piracy services and solutions (forensic watermarking) will also be presented. Hall 1.C81

Prime Focus Technologies

Prime Focus Technologies with showcase automation-led solutions, AI-powered micro services and more at IBC, with its flagship product, CLEAR Media ERP, empowering media and entertainment companies to drive automation-led efficiencies and manage end-to-end content operations seamlessly, on display.

“At IBC, M&E enterprises will get a first-hand experience of our transformational Cloud-based solutions that automate the content supply chain. They will get to see how our media recognition AI platform – Vision Cloud – solves real-life M&E business use cases across entertainment and sports,” said Ramki Sankaranarayanan, founder and global CEO of Prime Focus Technologies. “Visitors will also get a glimpse of PFT’s innovative solution for centralization, which eliminates duplication of effort across global content operations, and helps achieve lower Total Cost of Operations (TCOP).” Hall 7.C05


At the Sony booth, learn more about Sony New Media Solutions and how its supporting new cloud-based distribution workflows in the entertainment and sports sectors. Ven.ue, the company’s digital supply chain and OTT/e-commerce solution, will be front and center. Currently, Sony NMS is managing and ingesting content from 435 content providers, handling nearly 90 audio languages and 68 subtitle languages, and serving more than five million streaming video users. Hall 13.A10


Technicolor Connected Home will be the showcase for the company, with Technicolor touting how the division is pushing the boundaries of entertainment. Recently, Technicolor’s Connected Home business passed 4 million units shipped of DOCSIS 3.1 devices to cable providers in the EMEA, APAC, and Americas regions. In North America, the leading cable providers accounted for the deployment of 3 million units, with Latin America and Eurasia shipping an additional 1 million units. Hall15.MS15

Verizon Digital Media Services

Verizon Digital Media Services will use IBC to share how it helps companies deliver TV-like quality video streams that are ultra-personalized; offers a single, efficient workflow that easily encodes and delivers broadcast-quality linear, live, and on-demand video, even in 4K; provides flawless, low latency, uninterrupted streams everywhere in the world on any device; and offers server-side ad insertion to bypass ad blockers, reach larger audiences, and generate more revenue. Hall 5.B64

ZOO Digital

At IBC, localization provider ZOO Digital will share how it’s helping service providers deliver seamless, collaborative services to localize and distribute huge volumes of OTT content for audiences around the world. ZOOstudio offers the next step in localization collaboration and management – enabling genuine connections between service providers and delivering full transparency across workflows. As an all-in-one project management system, ZOOstudio empowers content owners to manage all their vendors, projects and end-to-end localization in one central system. Hall 5.B48