Broadcast under attack: Protecting content and defending infrastructure
Cyber attacks are on everyone’s agenda but with so much at stake just how should Broadcast, Media and Entertainment players protect themselves in an increasingly hostile world?
High profile attacks on broadcast and media players are on the increase. But what does the threat landscape look like? What are the new attack surfaces and how should broadcasters and media companies approach cybersecurity?
Brian Brackenborough, CISO, Channel 4
Richard Welsh, CEO, Sundog Media Toolkit & VP of Education, SMPTE
Cameron Brown, Information Security Strategist & Cyber Defence, EY
RecordedJul 20 201763 mins
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Live events continue to demonstrate their power in acquiring and maintaining audiences, with the drama provided by unscripted action - whether sporting, music or other cultural performances – providing the content for broadcasters and OTT platforms to deliver unmissable events that attract viewers and in turn create loyal customers. But for rights holders and content creators, the challenge lies in establishing workflows and systems that allow production teams to craft content that transports viewers to the heart of the action.
During this IBC365 webinar, live production specialists will discuss the challenges they face, including the need for robust, secure solutions that deliver live content with minimal latency, the demands for higher quality content and the importance of providing fast turnaround highlights, particularly for social media and premium services.
Industry leaders responsible for designing and implementing live production workflows will discuss:
- The role of IP in transporting live and file-based content
- Live contribution solutions
- Replay systems and servers
- Tools for supplementing live feeds
- Rapid review and approval
- Augmenting content with engaging graphics
- Delivering content to social channels
- The demands of remote production
- The importance of sustainable solutions
As broadcasters looks for new ways to create and deliver content, production environments based on IT infrastructure promise greater flexibility and the opportunity to meet the need for greater agility and efficiency.
SMPTE’s ST 2110 suite of standards provides the basis for sending digital media over an IP network and represents the bedrock of professional production and a relatively risk-free way to segue the industry’s legacy SDI base in production and distribution facilities by providing for uncompressed video and precision timing, both of which are essential attributes for managing and distributing live content.
But as the means of content consumption has started to change, and amid greater adoption of the cloud, the role of SMPTE 2110 and its evolution has come under scrutiny.
During this webinar, industry experts will discuss how broadcasters and their vendor partners are working to break down barriers between production and distribution and the role of SMPTE 2110, including:
• The evolution of SMPTE 2210 and roadmap for development
• Examples of adoption and recent projects
• Alternative options for video over IP
• Migrating from SDI and managing hybrid environments
• Accommodating 4K and HDR UHD
• Compression and the issue of latency
Covid-19 has ushered in a new era of remote production, with restrictions resulting from the pandemic forcing many producers to accelerate adoption of new and pioneering ways of capturing and delivering content.
This webinar will explore the lessons learnt over the past year, with insight from those responsible for designing, building and operating the most innovative remote and distributed productions sharing their experiences and advice. It will also consider how remote production will evolve to become an embedded way of capturing content.
With a particular focus on live events, the webinar will examine:
- Lessons learned during lockdown and the long-term impact on content creation
- From cameras to the cloud, the essential elements of a live streaming workflow
- Connectivity and infrastructure requirements and the importance of IP
- The role of 5G
- Measuring cost savings and efficiencies
This webinar will explore how to establish and maintain an efficient way to manage, manipulate, package and deliver content.
With content owners and broadcasters faced with the twin challenges managing costs while delivering an increasing amount of content to an ever-expanding array of platforms and devices, a cost-effective and efficient supply chain is more important than ever before.
This webinar will examine the fundamentals of building a scalable easy-to-manage pipeline. It will consider:
- Evaluating and understanding operational requirements
- The key technologies
- The role of the cloud and selecting partners
- Artificial intelligence and automation
- Maintaining control of all steps of a supply chain
- APIs and integration
- Understanding costs, pricing structures and ROI
IBC | BT | Fox Sports | Nevion | ViacomCBS Networks International
With its high data capacity and low latency, 5G technology could have a profound impact on the way that content is created.
Many early trials and case studies have focused on sport and music, from the use of 5G to relay footage from helmet mounted-cameras during the Winter Olympics to a more recent live music performance on MTV as part of the IBC Accelerator programme.
As the technology matures, additional use cases are being developed and more productions in other genres are looking to explore how 5G could be of benefit to their creative processes.
Through discussions with those involved in trials, this webinar will explore:
- Workflows for capturing and sharing content over 5G
- The technology at the heart of 5G-enabled production
- 5G infrastructure and the availability of equipment
- The use of 5G as a primary link for outside broadcast production
IBC | Avid | Globo | Microsoft | Prime Focus Technologies
Join IBC365 on the 21st of July at 2 pm BST for this webinar, examining all aspects of moving a broadcast operation to the cloud, providing insight for anyone considering moving some or all of their content processing away from an on-premise solution.
A flexible supply chain is essential for broadcasters and content owners of all sizes, from long-established, international broadcasters with multiple sites to new entrants to the world of media, all are faced with the challenge of delivering more for less.
Regardless of size, the benefits to end users of using cloud-based tools range from harmonising multi-vendor solutions into one customisable platform, flexible, pay-as-you-go style billing, agility and the ability to rapidly launch new services and content and scalability to support growing businesses.
But while on premise systems may limit capacity and flexibility, to what extent are cloud-based offerings able to provide the same resiliency and security?
Through the insight of broadcasters and content owners who are tasked with managing workflows and implementing content processing systems, this webinar will consider the aspects of a media supply chain that can be delivered in the cloud, including ingest and the receipt of content, metadata enrichment, quality assurance, transcoding and delivery, including packaging for TX and online distribution.
It will also explore the operational implications and examine the business case, providing insight into understanding cost and value compared to on-premise solutions.
Join IBC365 on Wednesday 23rd June at 2pm to explore the growing importance of smart TVs in the streaming landscape, examining the key demands and considerations for content owners as they look to ensure their content is accessible across all platforms, develop smart TV apps and tap into new revenue models.
With a multitude of on-demand and linear streaming services available to viewers, a slick and streamlined TV experience is essential for all content owners and operators.
This IBC365 webinar will explore the opportunities for content owners who can deliver VOD and FAST linear content across all platforms, from smart TVs powered by the likes of Android TV, Tizen and WebOS as well as set top boxes and devices such as Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV and Roku.
Industry leaders will discuss:
- Consumer demand for consuming content on the big screen, and how this creates opportunities for content owners
- Engineering challenges of developing apps and aggregation services across multiple smart TV platforms
- Emerging business opportunities to monetise streaming services and FAST channels on smart TV platforms
- The shape of the smart TV ecosystem, and the rise of new partners, revenue streams and competitors
Join IBC365 on Wednesday 19th of May at 2pm BST to discover how best to cater for the storage needs of increasingly agile teams that need to access media from any location.
The coronavirus pandemic has had a profound effect on the way film and TV is consumed and created, but what has been the impact on the way content is stored during the creative process?
With many in the media and entertainment industry working remotely during the past year, and organisations now committing to adopting a more flexible approach to work, the ability to collaborate remotely and from multiple locations is vital.
The webinar, which is taking place during IBC365’s ‘Content Management’ themed week, will consider how best to cater for the storage needs of increasingly agile teams that need to access media from any location. In addition, this webinar will explore:
- Identifying and specifying your storage requirements
- Creating a flexible and agile storage environment
- The impact of higher resolution formats and increased file sizes
- Security and the importance of protecting your media
- Connectivity to applications and infrastructure
- The role of the cloud and integration with on-premise solutions
- How to identify the right technology and partners
- Measuring return on investment
IBC | Digital Domain | DNEG | Twickenham Film Studios
Join IBC365 on Wednesday 21st of April at 2pm BST to discover what the current role of AI is in post-production and how its adoption is likely to evolve.
Artificial intelligence can help to reduce the number of hours spent on time-consuming tasks but what is its current role in post-production and how is its adoption likely to evolve? During this webinar, IBC365 will joined by post production professionals who will examine:
- How AI is being deployed across various stages of the post process
- Its use for logging and tagging assets
- AI for assembling edits
- The creation of transcripts
- Its impact on productivity and helping to reduce bottle necks
- The extent of its use by creatives, from grading to sound design to VFX
Join IBC365 on the 14th April at 2pm as they look at a vital aspect – and potential pain point - of the content supply chain: choosing the best codec for mastering and storing your media.
If an efficient content supply chain is to be the key to managing content across multiple platforms and formats, particularly in the cloud, making the right choice of content format and video encoding is vital.
During the discussion, we will explore the available options for making sure your library and archive content is kept in the most suitable format, including:
- The role of mezzanine codecs
- When to consider an open standard
- The pros and cons of proprietary formats
- How to future-proof your archive
- Content management and playout considerations
- Balancing video quality with storage , transcoding and bandwidth costs
Join IBC365 on the 24th March at 2pm GMT to understand the key aspects of operating a successful addressable ad service:
- The importance of addressable advertising to broadcasters
- How to choose the right technology and service providers
- Managing customer information and ensuring data compliance
- Developing an effective commercial strategy
Amid a challenging economic environment which has seen TV advertising revenue decline and audiences continue to fragment, addressable advertising could provide a welcome boost for broadcasters.
By showing different ads to different households during the same programme, broadcasters can provide targeted messaging and respond to calls from marketers for the ability to deliver personalised messages to consumers.
In this webinar, we will hear from those responsible for sourcing, implementing, managing and maintaining addressable ad platforms to understand the key aspects of operating a successful addressable ad service.
In assessing the technology considerations, the discussion will examine the different approaches for linear, whether broadcast or streamed IP and on-demand via set-top boxes and channel apps and differing levels of available data.
As well as exploring how best to manage customer data such as demographic information, browsing and purchase history to provide segmentation and the level of granularity required by advertisers it will also consider the importance of compliance with data regulations.
It will also look at management of ad inventory, reporting metrics and audience management and analytics systems and the tools required to monitor and monetise inserted ads.
Join IBC365 on Wednesday 17 February 2pm GMT to get the low down on the key elements of a successful CDN strategy.
Investment in content distribution workflows is set to top the agenda for many media organisations in 2021, as broadcasters accelerate their pivots to digital and content owners, rights holders and brands embrace the direct-to-consumer model. Combined with a surge in online viewing, it is not surprising that according to some estimates the overall global spend on CDNs is expected to reach $7bn by 2023, as media firms look to deliver a seamless and engaging viewer experience.
This webinar will consider some of the key elements of a successful CDN strategy and the issues that need to be taken into account when selecting partners. It will also explore factors such as the ability to scale, the importance of a low latency solution – particularly for live sport and interactive content - the role of a CDN in aiding anti-piracy efforts and the implications of technology such as AI on the development of services and the impact of 5G adoption on content delivery infrastructure.
Join IBC365 on Wednesday 27 January 2pm GMT to discover the inside track on the evolution of cloud-based workflows from industry leaders.
As the world reacted to the spread of the coronavirus, working from home or remotely became the norm. Those involved in the creation and delivery of TV and film were forced to find new and innovative ways to capture, craft and distribute their content.
Cloud-based tools and workflows enabled teams to continue editing, grading, mixing, conforming and collaborating to review, approve and store content.
In this webinar, we will be discussing the industry-wide transition to virtualised production.
- The sustainability of the rapid adoption of cloud-based workflows
- Practical benefits of adopting virtualised-production (cost, diversity and inclusion, skills shortages)
- The red flags: Security and connectivity
- Creating new relationships with the vendor community to address novel challenges associated
- Will we ever go back to pre-2020 workflows and where do we go from here?
Join to get advice from industry-leading professionals on how to optimise your own own remote-production efforts, as well as long-term outlook on the sustainability of this approach. Is virtual-production here to stay and what does this signal for the industry?
Join IBC365, Canal+ Groupe and NAGRA on Wednesday 9 December 1pm GMT to find out how the combined forces of NAGRA and Canal+ Groupe defined and executed a clear security strategy that has delivered impressive results – including the recent take-down of a pirate operation in Switzerland.
In today’s hyper-connected world, consumer’s insatiable appetite for content means illicit means are sought and made available by an increasingly savvy group of content and service pirates.
Streaming piracy touches all aspects of today’s content value chain and if you’re a major TV provider such as Canal+ Groupe that’s a lot of surface area across both your traditional pay-TV and OTT services.
Mitigating against the risk of piracy is therefore key and requires a comprehensive security strategy that collectively delivers a picture of risk across the enterprise and includes everything from identifying credential sharing through to commercial piracy in the form of convincing but illicit services being offered to often unsuspecting paying subscribers.
How to create and execute on such a strategy may seem a daunting prospect but working with NAGRA, Canal+ Groupe has combined a number of security technologies including conditional access, watermarking, cyber and anti-piracy services to strengthen their defenses. At an industry level, they have also actively participated in a number of anti-piracy coalitions such as ACE to strengthen their fight against those determined to steal from their business.
If you’re a video service provider actively considering how you can play your part against content and service piracy, this webinar is for you!
This year has been one unlike any other for the streaming industry. In fact, paid streaming services soared almost 20% since the pandemic hit, presenting a dramatic (and sometimes daunting) opportunity for growth.
Join IBC365 and Vimeo’s Daniel Cebrian as we learn from three unique OTT streaming services — Alchemiya, True Royalty TV, and IZZY — about how their business strategies over the last few months positioned them for explosive growth into 2021.
Daniel Cebrian, VP Sales EMEA, Vimeo
Allan Wills, Head of Operations, True Royalty TV
Navid Akhtar, Founder & CEO, Alchemiya
Josh Hoffman, Co-founder & Head of Marketing, IZZY
Live production operations are no longer the complex on-site circus they once were. Most live events – including sports, music concerts and entertainment events have now adopted leaner methods provided by remote production technology.
In the post-Covid world, it has become even more important to embrace this technology. Distributed workforces have added another layer of cloud and security considerations over low-latency connectivity.
These aspects combine to create the next-gen live production process and make it remote, virtualised and distributed.
Sergi Sendra, Senior Director of Sports Production, MotoGP and Dorna Sports
Dhaval Ponda, Global Head of Media & Entertainment Services, Tata Communications
Kedar Mohite, Principal Consultant, Omdia
This webinar will look at the strategic drivers behind the deployment of CDN technology from the perspective of broadcasters and platforms.
The drivers behind CDN strategy will be discussed in the context of prioritising user experience, scalability and the outlook for new technology. Panelists include Carlos Octavio, Head of Architecture and Analytics for Globo, Steve Miller-Jones, Vice President of Product Strategy at Limelight Networks, and Paul Tweedy, Lead Architect, Online Technology Group at BBC Design + Engineering.
• How to ensure flexibility in your CDN
• Increasing the reach of your CDN through the deployment of micro-pop network
• Strategic investment vs tech pureplay - how to prioritise business decision making
• Third-party supplier considerations, affiliate networks and partners
• Capacity and quality for new services, customisation and operational integration.
IBC | Xperi | Tivo | Liberty Latin America | Velocix | Waltenspiel
Join IBC365 on Wednesday 7th October at 5pm BST to explore the implications for pay-tv operators in an OTT-centric world via a real-world case study focused on consumer centricity, super-aggregation, cloud agility, and the key components needed to deliver on them.
The media industry has been in a state of tremendous disruption. How do pay-TV operators disrupt the disruptors? The answer lies in being consumer driven, adapting business models to become super-aggregators, and evolving to agile cloud platforms. However, this is no easy feat. Join Chris Thun, VP, Product - TiVo, Edwin Elberg, Sr. Director, Product Development - Liberty Latin America and Jim Brickmeier, CPO/CMO - Velocix for key insights as innovators already making this journey.
Addressable ads promise greater engagement with viewers and therefore healthier return for advertisers, but what are the barriers to adoption?
Ad spending has been severely reduced as a result of coronavirus, indeed global ad spend is set to fall by almost $50 billion – or 8.1% - this year as businesses in all sectors cancel or postpone media buys due to coronavirus, according to the World Advertising Research Center (WARC). But it is also worth noting that eMarketer has estimated that connected ad spending in the US alone could total $10.81 billion by 2021, with 59% of that being traded programmatically.
As interest in Sky’s AdSmart continues to grow and US networks and members of Project Oar begin trials of the consortium’s technology, could addressable provide the media industry with a shot in the arm to deflated spending resulting from coronavirus?
With viewers becoming increasingly used to personalised and relevant content, this webinar will consider the benefits for brands and broadcasters, which could include a reduction in channel switching and greater engagement.
It will also assess the different methods of management, delivery and measurement of addressable ads, looking at the approaches for serving ads to linear and on-demand services.
This webinar will also consider the available technology, for example, the importance of media processing at the edge and the role of the cloud. It will also examine the barriers to adoption and how they might be overcome.
Finally, the importance of technical standards for TV programmers and platforms to deliver targeted advertising in linear and on-demand formats on smart TVs will be considered.
Join IBC365 on Wednesday 30 September at 2pm BST to find out how and why broadcasters are adopting addressable advertising.
Alan Young, CTO & Head of Strategy, LTN Global
Daniel Church, Director of Programmatic, Beachfront
Christophe Kind, Director Market Development, Video Advertising, MediaKind
As part of a themed week on the viewer experience, this webinar will focus specifically on Android TV, examining the vendor environment, including deployment options and key vendor partnerships.
In considering the route to launching Android TV services, it will explore:
-Video delivery and playback, including adaptive bitrate streaming
-Hardware: Smart TVs and set top boxes
-The viewer experience: User interface and quality of experience
-Content discovery: Personalisation, apps and voice search
-Understanding audiences: Managing and analysing viewer data
-Monetisation platforms and commerce opportunities