Topics

  • The Context

    Today, authoring, production, digital facilities and rights owners are expected to provide content into an environment that is increasingly difficult to satisfy. The living room TV is no longer the lone device, content is consumed everywhere. How to cope?

     

    On the display front, content needs to reach standard-definition, HDTV displays, PC and laptops, as well as a variety of non-compatible tablets and smartphones in an optimised format. To increase the complexity, 3D makes inroads and 4K is visible on the far horizon. With transmission, content is tributary to broadband speed, optical fiber, satellite, over-the-air networks and delivery now encompasses DVD, Blu-ray,counterfeit discs, VOD and online services.

    The economics of this scenario are also more complex. Models range from licence-fee, subscription, pay-per-view, advertiser-supported and hard-to-compete piracy. As for consumption, content is seen in the living room, on the desk, on the move, shared, swapped, and soon with or without 3D glasses ...

    In a nutshell, facilities houses have the challenging task of meeting an ever widening range of technical and creative requirements each with their pricetags, margins and delivery timetables. They also need to accommodate the expectations of both consumers and right holders.

  • Digital Copy and the Cloud - a silver lining?

    While cloud-based digital access service UltraViolet is making inroads in the US, it is on the starting-block in Europe. But here, there is resistance in some quarters who believe the case for UV has yet to be made convincingly. And what is a Digital Copy?

    Cloud-based digital access services are elbowing their way into an already crowded market of content delivery options to the home and beyond. Answers by DECE (UltraViolet progenitor) to key questions have left many observers wanting.

    Until now, that is. Jim Taylor, DECE's Head of Technology and Product Development - and the brain behind UltraViolet - will be here speaking, demonstrating and answering questions. No stone will be unturned.

    What does UV-compatible services and equipment mean? How easy is it to sign up? With whom, how much and how long the contract? What about security and geographical restrictions?

    After all, Digital Copy is already with us, on an increasing number of Blu-ray discs. But, how cross-platform and cross-format compatible is a digital copy? What license is required and how much does it cost? And now, with Disc-to-Digital applications, consumers can put their DVD/BD collection onto the cloud, but whose cloud? And what about streaming costs? And, fundamentally, what is a Digital Copy?

  • 3D - Quo vadis?

    3D Blu-ray titles crop up and those facilities houses geared to service this market are beginning to see orders coming in. Publishers and distributors ponder if, or when, it's time to dip their toes into the 3D arena.

    With varying expectations of success, 3D has entered cinemas and is now appearing in the home. Prices of 3D-enabled TVs and compatible Blu-ray players are falling.

    There are important questions with which professionals wrestle: Is 2D-to-3D conversion good enough, for whom and for what? And how good is it today? What are examples of best practice? What does it take for 3D content to be distributed across platforms? What are the implications of the different 3D systems (different 3D glasses) on the production side? Is it worth waiting for glasses-free 3D display?

    This session will offer a status report from frontline practitioners on the various facets of 3D that are directly relevant to facilities houses and content publishers. And, of course, being at the 3D-equipped BFI Southbank cinema, 3D material will be screened - glasses provided!

  • Apps, Second screen and other animals on parade

    This session is devoted to demonstrating many of the applications, products and services behind acronyms such as DVD2app, PocketBlu, Shazam-enabled BD, Micro-publishing, Smartphone-controled video distribution, Augmented Reality and others.

    If a picture is worth thousand words, surely a live demonstration is worth a photo album. The stage will also welcome anyone who has developed novel solutions and applications that help push the creative boundaries. Facility houses will thus be able to show their clients the services they can offer, and clients will experience first-hand the potential benefits they can bring.

  • PROGRAMME DETAILS

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    08:15 Registration opens

    09:00 Welcome Jean-Luc Renaud Publisher, DVD Intelligence

    09:10 UltraViolet: The Cloud - a silver lining?

    While cloud-based digital access service UltraViolet is making inroads in the US, it is on the starting-block in Europe. It is elbowing its way into an already crowded market of content delivery options. There is scepticism in some quarters that the case for UV has yet to be made convincingly. What does UV-compatible services and equipment mean? How easy is it to sign up? With whom, how much and how long the contract? What about security and geographic restrictions?

    Jim Taylor Head of Technology & Product Development, DECE
    Lesley Johnson Head of Production, BBC Worldwide Consumer Products
    Maria Ingold CEO, mireality
    Bob Auger President, Newmérique

    10:40 Coffee break

    11:10 Behind Digital Copy

    Digital Copy is already with us, on an increasing number of Blu-ray discs. But, how cross-platform and cross-format compatible is a digital copy? What license is required and how much does it cost? The session examines Channel 4's recent The Inbetweeners Movie as a case study on the challenges of handling a Digital Copy on a disc.

    Andy Evans MD, The Pavement
    Edward Hall Operations Manager, Channel 4
    Volkmar Breitfeld MD, Protect Software

    12:00 Apps, Second screen and other animals - Part 1

    If a picture is worth thousand words, a live demonstration is surely worth a photo album. The stage is given to developers of novel solutions and applications that help push the creative boundaries. Facility houses will thus be able to show their clients the services they can offer, and clients will experience first-hand the potential benefits they can bring.

    - Mobile content Hiroshi Uchikoga CEO, Veam Inc
    - Micropublishing Laurent Villaume CEO, QOL Group

    12:45 Lunch

    13:50 3D - Quo Vadis?

    3D Blu-ray titles crop up and those facilities houses geared to service this market are beginning to see orders coming in. Publishers and distributors ponder if, or when, it's time to dip their toes into the 3D arena. This session will offer a status report from frontline practitioners on the various facets of 3D. A leading developer of auto-stereoscopic 3D content will speculate on where the glasses-free 3D road is heading. And, of course, being at the 3D-equipped BFI Southbank cinema, 3D material will be screened - glasses provided!

    Steve Dann MD, Berwick Post
    Vicki Betihavas Director, Nineteen Fifteen
    Fabien Remblier MD, BeeFree Production
    Olivier Lauchenauer MD, Pogo Films
    Ari Jacobs President, Hyperscopic

    15:20 Tea break

    15:45 Apps, Second screen and other animals - Part 2

    More developers will present other apps and services that will expand post-production houses' own knowledge of the range of options they could offer their clients to enhance the customer experience.

    - Shazam-enabled BD Miles Lewis VP Advertising Sales, Shazam
    - Advanced PocketBlu Mazin Al-Jumaili MD, Deluxe Digital Studios (UK)
    - DVD2app, FlickRocket John Newman Associate, Flux Digital Media
    - Augmented Reality Andrew Elia MD, Arishi Media Technology

    17:10 Conclusion

    17:20 End of proceedings To the boat (departs 18:00!)