After a successful show in 2016, Cabsat returned to Dubai once again for its 23rd edition, to serve as a platform for exhibitors showcasing new innovations in broadcast, production, content delivery, digital media and satellite sectors and at the same time connecting content creators with distributors and buyers in Africa, the Middle East and South Asia
The event, which took place between 21-23 March at the Dubai World Trade Centre, welcomed cable operators, broadcasters, CTOs, e-commerce businesses, IT systems suppliers, decision makers from TV stations and channels, professionals in radio, content creators and distributors, satellite operators, independent production and augmented reality systems suppliers.
Cabsat has become a key meeting place for the rapidly growing broadcast, satellite communication, content delivery and electronic media industries. Global analysts have predicted that entertainment and media spend across Africa and the Middle East will reach US$66bn by 2018. The highly anticipated show proved to be a success in 2016 as it opened its doors to more than 15,000 visitors and over 950 exhibitors who represented more than 120 countries globally. One of the companies that attended last year, Gazprom, found that the show enabled it to strengthen its position in Africa and the Middle East, while also increasing its volume of global sales. Contracts on the Yamal satellites capacity provision for occasional use services were also signed at the show. The firm will be returning for the 23rd edition of the show alongside a host of exhibitors to present its latest products and services.
Pixel Power, the innovative supplier of broadcast graphics, playout and automation solutions, concentrated on playout and graphics automation in its demonstrations at CABSAT 2017. The presentations featured advanced on premise, virtualized and cloud solutions which have been proven with real broadcasters worldwide. “Media businesses today, faced with the many challenges of delivering rich content to multiple platforms, need to implement new approaches to delivering content,” said James Gilbert, chief executive of Pixel Power.
“We at Pixel Power are not talking about IP and software architectures as buzzwords, but are focusing on what our customers really need: technology that gives them the productivity and flexibility they need, achieved through the virtualisation of solutions and ultimately highly agile cloud implementations.”
Working together with Amazon Web Services, Pixel Power has already delivered broadcast playout solutions with sophisticated 3D graphics, DVE moves, live feeds and manual control, all in the cloud. The company noted that this has been possible through the roll out of two of its key technologies, StreamMaster Media Processing and Gallium Workflow Orchestration, using virtualizable software. System engineers have the required flexibility to build exactly what is needed, whether in individual appliances, virtualized in the data center and freely interworking with other technology, or in the cloud.