IBC 2019 Recap

IBC 2019 has been and gone and this year it was quite the show, with truly innovative software, faster and even more reliable hardware the tradeshow was a thirst of knowledge for the broadcast industry.  

We have caught up with team leaders of EMEA and APAC, Mike Forbes and Oscar Nulty for their personal experiences, what they thought of the show and anything upcoming which is exciting for their industry, as well as including the 2019 IBC photo album of the fun and shenanigans the team got up to. 

Mike Forbes - Regional Manager (EMEA)

“This was my 7th IBC and it didn't disappoint. Artificial Intelligence was the hot topic at the show, the ability to really get to know the end consumers habits, likes and needs to drive the the right content, at the right time. It was great to bring the growing Venator Broadcast team to the best trade show in Europe. They had a amazing few days and I can only thank everyone who spared the time to meet with them. For me, it's always a pleasure to catch up with some familiar faces to discuss current trends in the market and to share a beer or two. Also some great new contacts who I hope to collaborate with in the very near future.”

Oscar Nulty - Team Leader (APAC)

“Back to the office after another excellent IBC! Yet to see 2019’s attendance figures, but it felt like a buzzing show for the first half and over the weekend as a whole, we were able to have some great meetings with existing customers, as well as new ones, who are looking to scale and upgrade their teams with the help of Venator Broadcast. 

There were a lot of exciting announcements made across the industry, new and enhanced products for many; Vizrt alone launching a whole new line-up of software-defined automation solutions for Live production workflows. As well as partnerships, Avid & Microsoft partnering with Walt Disney Studios to move more content production workflows to the Cloud with Azure. Then of course, merger and acquisition news, in which, moving away from OEM’s for a moment, the Canal+ acquisition of M7 stands out as another example of a large PayTV operator attempting to grow and solidify their subscriber base in the face of the upcoming ‘streaming wars’. 

The technology trends of IBC 2019 are hard to sum-up in a catch-all phrase, but I did enjoy this acronym from a contact of mine who’s an industry veteran compared with my own experience, neatly summing-up with: A-A-A-3-4-5 or AI-Analytics-AR-360-4K-5G!”

So there you have it, a round up of what went down at IBC this year. Our team had a great time attending the show and also getting to explore Amsterdam. Take a scroll through the images below and look at some of the best snaps the team took on their travels and we will see you next year IBC…


Alex Bonnet