What do Discovery Networks, the BBC, VICE Media, Fox Sports, Sky, and Formula One group all have in common? Apart from producing a wide range of exciting content, all of these corporations are now utilising the cloud for major components in their workflow. 3 years ago, this would have seemed improbable and challenging. 6 years
BT’s Adastral Park has just played host to BCi Digital and the 4th Tommy Flowers Institute conference, this time with the theme being “The Future of TV”. The event showcased 16 insightful speakers across two days, covering everything from the state of viewer habits, to the applications of artificial intelligence. In addition, many demonstrations took
The ExCel Centre London has just hosted the 2018 Broadcast Video Expo, an event that soldiered on despite the inclement weather, and with huge importance for the UK media and entertainment industry. Over 300 vendors and organisations showcased their latest technology, and business leaders provided their unique insight on technology and business trends. A number
Foreword The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) have just released formal publication of their latest suite of standards. ST 2110 is a suite of standards, which arguably present the industry with the biggest change since the standard to high definition revolution of the mid-late 2000’s. ST 2110 is the enabler for end-to-end
One of the greatest challenges facing any technology business is ‘technical debt’, technical debt is a metaphor that equates legacy or outdated technology to financial debt. When businesses start, they invest in core infrastructure which is easy to implement in the short run instead of applying the best overall solution. As the business grows and
A cloud based accelerated approach to Digital Cinema Packaging and Screening Distribution Despite movies such as Christopher Nolan’s 2014 blockbuster Interstellar being available on 35mm film, over the last couple of years cinemas have transitioned almost completely to digital projection. Digital cinema offers content encryption protection, allowing
Internet of ‘Thing’ Blog by Geoff Routledge Introduction In the IoT space we often see the generic IoT architecture described as multiple layers mapping the function of various components all the way from sensors and actuators, through the various connectivity and network layers and up into the cloud where use can be made of the
I note with interest that EU negotiators have agreed new rules to allow European viewers to use online subscriptions to movies, sports and music when travelling around the European Union. Is this the first step on the road to fully mandated portability of purchased rights? The concept of “buy to keep” is increasing in popularity.
As part of its growth ambition in the Media, Broadcast and IoT Professional Services market, BCi Digital, UK based experts in risk reduction for complex technology integration, analysis and delivery, is taking some major steps forward in its internal organisation as well as appointing Eric Baron as a Board Advisor. BCi Digital have decades of
More and more providers are offering ‘Buy and Keep’ services on their platforms from traditional on-demand providers such as Amazon and Netflix to more conventional broadcasters such as Sky. At present, with the exception of Sky, a purchase on these platforms is ‘yours forever’ with the proviso that you remain a subscriber of that provider
Charity Quiz Night BCi Digital recently joint sponsored a fundraising quiz night with Broadcast Services at Sky to raise money for the Birmingham Children’s Hospital. The event was a great success and we are delighted to announce over £1400 was raised in total. The Birmingham Children’s Hospital is a fundraising hospital and they aim to
It’s just a matter of plugging it in and off it goes… right? This is the perception of some in the industry of how easy it should be to introduce additional equipment and functionality onto an existing platform. To some extent we agree – it should be that simple. In a perfect world where all
When will we get UHD TV and HDR? The move from SD to HD was a major leap for the TV and broadcast industries. For many consumers, used to good quality SD programming the move to HD was somewhat disappointing (at least in the early days), with more hype than true benefit. For others, especially
What exactly is HDR? There has been a lot of talk about HDR as 4k TVs are rolled out. For me the prospect of HDR is far more appealing than the big push a few years back for 3D TV. For those who are not so sure what HDR is all about, it all started in photography.
Piracy is widespread but it’s not time to give up just yet Film and TV piracy has long been following a similar trend to the music industry, primarily enabled by high bandwidth internet connections that support the download of large files in reasonable time-scales. It is widely reported in industry press and many reports detail