DS: How is CABSAT shaping up this year?
CABSAT continues its evolution in 2017 by looking at emerging technologies and the impact they will have on the broadcast and content production industries. The show will again be divided into three sectors: CABSAT, SatExpo and Content Marketplace.
CABSAT continues to focus on the production and distribution of filmed content; Content marketplace on the buying and selling of that content and SatExpo extends its offer in 2017 with an expansion of CABSAT’s broadcast related satellite profile, to cover all applications for satellite communications, earth observation, satellite imagery, hybrid network technologies, mobile satellite services and security, and space for the following industries: government and military; maritime and aviation, business enterprise and space, telecommunications, broadcast / satellite TV.
DS: What special themes will CABSAT explore this year?
One of the latest trends we are exploring is virtual reality, and the show will be looking closely at how the industry is adopting this new viewer-led experience. It will address the challenges facing content creators, who up until now have not had to worry about filming in 360 degrees and the technology coming through to aid them. HP will be showcasing its revolutionary virtual reality solutions.
Another key trend, not new but certainly gaining momentum, is OTT and multi-platform services. Again a viewer-led innovation which has evolved greatly since first appearing in the region a few years ago. In order to bring this trend to life CABSAT, in partnership with Metrological, will be hosting a first 48 hour ‘hackathon’ in which teams of programmers compete to create a cutting edge TV app in 48 hours.
DS: What’s the plan for the conference session?
This year’s education and knowledge sharing will reflect the make-up of the show with specific content for the three communities. Visitors with a specific interest in satellite solutions can participate in the high-level summit which will address new and existing commercial challenges and opportunities in the MENA region’s vertical satellite markets, delivered by leading global and regional industry architects, strategists, investors and governments.
With content curated by GVF, the free-to-attend Satellite Hub is an open forum of lively debate, addressing the key developments and opportunities in the sector. With contributions from leading operators - Arabsat, EMC, Eutelsat, Hispasat, Inmarsat, Intelsat, SES, Thuraya and Yahsat – the hub will look at a broad spectrum of topics from, Mission Criticality: The Satellite Solution & the Humanitarian Crisis to VSAT Communications-on-the-Move & the New Strategic Marketplace; VSAT Communications-on-the-Move & the New Strategic Marketplace and Ensuring an Interference-Free World of satellite services.
In CABSAT Content Congress the youth debate is garnering a lot of interest. Senior representatives from the broadcasters and OTT Players will be discussing ‘The Changing landscape of filmed entertainment and personalised content – how has Netflix’s entrance affected the regional market place and are providers successfully reaching the youth market?’ Students from across the region will share with the panelists their use of social media, what content they are really interested in and youth market engagement. Following this theme, the opening keynote will look at Next Generation TV: personalised content on demand.
The conference will gather views and case studies from the key figures in the industry including, Netflix, Starzplay, Al Jazeera Media, Fox International as well as leading telco’s Etisalat and Du.
DS: How can CABSAT help broadcasters?
Two heads are better than one, 15,000 are better than two. The broadcast industry has seen seismic shifts in recent years, shaking the foundations of the traditional models of consumption and monetisation.
At the same time, consumer technology is offering new opportunities for the medium of filmed content. CABSAT brings together the technology companies and solutions providers, with key end users and industry leaders – 15,000 heads in one place at one time to grapple with the challenges and share solutions. By exploring the challenges together the industry can explore, and devise models to deliver and provide a sustainable and vibrant future.
DS: What excites you most about this year’s CABSAT?
So many experiential consumer technologies are now coming online which change the demands of content producers. CABSAT, as and annual forum and meeting place for the industry, is the place in the region to share experiences, learn about new projects and business opportunities and collectively rise to the challenge.
CABSAT takes place on March 21-23 at Dubai World Trade Centre