The IBC exhibition had recorded 49,808 people through the door at 10.30 this morning, which IBC CEO Michael Crimp said was comparable with last year’s 50,462 and up on 2010. Crimp said that registrations had fallen a little behind on last year over the Olympics period, but had recovered ahead of the show. “At the end of the day we didn’t seem to be impacted by the Olympics,” he said. “However, it explains why we had a different pattern of registrations.”Crimp said that record space had been sold to exhibitors this year, which saw the introduction of a new hall, Hall 14, outside the Rai building. This introduced 6,000 sq. metres of additional space. IBC had sold 20,000 sq. metres of space for next year’s show as of last night, he said.Referring to the introduction of recording artist and Intel creative director will.i.am as a conference speaker at this year’s event, Crimp said that his session had attracted 500 viewers, filling the main conference Forum space. This year’s IBC marked the second year of the Leaders’ Summit, a closed session for media leaders, this year featuring FremantleMedia CEO Gary Carter as an after-dinner speaker.A ‘Rising Stars’ event for new entrants to the industry and students attracted 120 attendees, while the Innovation Awards had attracted a significant number of nominations from end users as well as vendors, said Crimp.Phil White, director of technology and events, highlighted Japanese broadcaster NHK’s 8K demonstration and the world premier of a movie – Hugo 3D – screened on a laser projector.IBC conference chairman Michael Lumley said this year’s show had seen the introduction of new formats, including breakfast briefings. The IBC Awards had given a genuine representation of the breadth of the industry, he said.
Tesco, the UK’’s largest retailer, has started testing its Club Card TV streaming service and is expected to roll it out to its customers soon.The over-the-top service is in beta test mode and only available to Tesco employees. It is being run by Blinkbox, the streaming service that Tesco acquired in 2011.The Club Card programming line-up will include TV series and movies and there is content from Warner Bros. and the BBC among others.TV series include BBC comedy series Goodness Gracious Me and Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps and Electric Sky-distributed fashion series Fashion Avenue. There are also animated kids series including Care Bears and Justice League.Movie titles include Mazes and Monsters and Cheesecake Casserole. There are also kids animated titles including Superman: Brainiac Attacks and The Return of the King.The service will be free for Tesco customers who are part of the Club Card loyalty scheme. Consumers without a Club Card can get one free of charge and then access Club Card TV.Tesco is the largest retailer in the UK with a nationwide network of supermarkets. It also offers financial and other services under the Tesco brand.
Portuguese pay TV operator Nos is to add to its catalogue of Ultra HD content by airing 4K UHD coverage of a tribute concert to ‘30s and ‘40s movie star Carmen Miranda featuring the Real Combo Lisbonsense today at 22:00 local time.Saudade de Você – às voltas com Carmen Miranda em Várzea de Ovelha, a concert from her home town of Várzea de Ovelha to mark the 60th anniversary of the death of the star of movies including Down Argentine Way and The Gang’s All Here, will be broadcast in 4K to Nos cable and fibre customers and via the Hispasat satellite position.
James PurnellThe BBC has called for on-demand players like its iPlayer service to be guaranteed prominence on all major TV platforms.In a article for the Telegraph ahead of a House of Lords debate on the issue this week, the BBC’s director, radio and education, James Purnell, said it is important that content from the BBC and other public service broadcasters can be easily found in an increasingly digital age.“Fourteen years ago, Parliament took a far-sighted decision. It insisted that the public service channels including BBC One, ITV and Channel 4 should be at the top of the programme guides on all TV platforms,” said Purnell.“It made our channels easy to find – especially important for the BBC, whose programmes people have already paid for via their licence fee. But the world has changed, with the rapid growth of digital channels and new services.”He said that the new generation of set-top boxes have a limited number of content options on their home pages and that if those places are filled by content from the platform owners like Sky, or from Netflix, Amazon or YouTube, “that leaves little room for the on-demand services from our public service broadcasters”.“Some pay-TV platforms are already making ‘free to air’ services harder to find. On the new Sky box, Sky Q, there is no one button on the remote control that takes you to live TV, the single most popular thing Sky customers do. Instead, ‘Home’ takes you to Top Picks – a set of recommended programmes chosen by Sky,” he complained.Purnell also argued that the BBC’s children’s channels, CBeebies and CBBC, should be moved up the Sky EPG, as they are currently listed behind 12 US cartoon networks.A Sky spokesperson described Purnell’s comments as “blatant self-interest”, adding that “for many years we’ve provided the top five slots on the programme guide to public service broadcasters, making them easily accessible.”