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The BES Expo is all set to demonstrate the latest in broadcasting in its 2019 edition, in New Delhi

BY ANISHA GAKHAR

The Broadcast Engineering Society (India) was established in 1987, and is headquartered at New Delhi, India. It mainly aims to promote the advancement and dissemination of knowledge and practices of broadcasting in the field of Radio, television and other media, along with enhancing the know-how of broadcast engineering professionals.
To meet these objectives, the Society conducts conferences, seminars, tutorials and exhibitions on a frequent basis, with BES EXPO being one of its signature annual events. It is an International conference and exhibition, conducted every year in New Delhi. The society promotes technical innovations and excellence, by conferring BES Awards to individuals for their outstanding contributions in the field of broadcast engineering every year.
The expo is in its twenty-fifth year of presentation. The event follows BES EXPO 2018, which was appreciated by exhibitors as well as visitors alike. Nearly 300 companies from over 25 countries globally, displayed their products directly or through their dealers and distributors in India. Exhibiting companies included those from Australia, Austria, Canada, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, Netherlands, Norway, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, U.K. and U.S.A The BES EXPO is supported by several Indian and foreign organisations including ABU Malaysia, AES India, DRM U.K., Ministry of Communications & IT, Prasar Bharati and Society of Broadcast Engineers, U.S.A.

UP FOR DISPLAY
According to the EY-FICCI Report – ‘Re-imagining India’s Media & Entertainment Sector’ published in March 2018, the Indian media and entertainment industry, pegged at Rs.1,308 billion in 2016, is expected to reach a figure of Rs.2,032 billion in 2020 at a CAGR of 11.6%. It is estimated that by 2020, online gaming will occupy more than one-fourth of the share (27.5%) of the total revenue from the M&E industry, followed by digital media (24.9%), animation and VFX (20.4%), live events (18.0%), filmed entertainment (11.9%), music (10.6%), television (9.8%), radio (8.6%), OOH media (7.7%) and print (5.7%) in that order. Growth in the next few years is likely to be backed by trends like digitisation, regionalisation, convergence and innovation.
Keeping in mind these statistics, BES EXPO 2019 will enable over 300 companies to display the latest augmentations pertaining to radio and TV broadcasting at the show. Over 4,000 broadcast professionals, including cinematographers and lighting engineers are expected to visit the show, spread over a period of three days. The international exhibition will boast of product demonstrations and launches from reputed broadcast equipment manufacturers, broadcast professionals, and service providers from all over the globe. The companies will be showcasing state-of-the-art technologies and trends. It will thus, help in presenting a picture of ever-changing broadcasting scenarios.
Indian companies who have confirmed their participation in the expo include Advanced Telemedia, AGIV India, ATC Labs, Becil, Canara Lighting, Comcon Technologies, Communication Systems, DDSat, GeekSynergy, Harriban, Inntot Technologies, , Karthavya Technologies, Lamhas Satellite, Katyayani, Leksa Lighting, Mark Integration, Monarch Innovative, Sconce, Shaf Broadcast, Technomedia and Visual Technologies amongst others.
International companies participating in the show directly or through their distributors include Broadcast Electronics (U.S.A.), Comrex (U.S.A.), Digigram (Singapore), DRM (U.K.), Hitachi Kokusai Comark (Japan), Ikegami (Japan), Inovonics (U.S.A.), Nautel (Canada), Panasonic (Japan), RFmondial (Germany) Ross Video (Canada), RVR Elettronica (Italy), and Worldcast (France).
Products on display will address the latest fads in technology including archiving and storage, audio receivers, automation, broadband, broadcasting through 4G/5G, cables and connectors, cameras, DRM radio receivers, DTH, encoders, HD monitors, DVB T2, IPTV, LED lights, mixers and recorders, modems, optical filters, radio automation systems, switchers, transmitters, teleport services, TV antenna, video conferencing, and file based management systems.
There will also be equipments related to graphics and animation, HDTV, Hbb TV, IPTV, mobile service, multi-screen streaming, networking, next-gen broadcasting – OTT/ Hybrid/LTE/Broadband/Cloud, production and post-production, receiving devices for radio and TV, mobile receivers. Other extensive technologies expected to be on display
are SAN/NAS satellite and microwave, satellite uplinking/downlinking , sportscasting, transmission and delivery, video, video streaming, and wide content delivery network.

KNOWLEDGE SHARING
The topics that will be discussed in dedicated sessions are, targeted advertising, Hbb, Cloud and OTT, state of DRM receivers et al.
The broadcast and media industry is going through a transition phase. Disruptive technologies are reforming business models, thereby shunting conventional ways of doing things. Business strategies that were once rendered the ‘tried-and-tested’ advantage are now losing their relevance. The ways in which media and content is consumed, communicated and produced, is changing with rapidly. At this crossroad, perception needs constant updating and revision. Exploring all aspects of the ongoing revolution, the BES Conference 2019 will facilitate interactive conference sessions for delegates, thus, instigating learning and networking experiences. A 3-day conference will be held in concurrence with the exhibition at the Expo. It will predominantly exude the theme, ‘Next Gen Broadcasting in the IT World.’ With more than 1,000 delegates, speakers and panelists from India and abroad, the conference is rated as Asia’s biggest. It will address a plethora of subjects including broadband and IP convergence, next-gen digital broadcasting, relevance of FM in the era of digital broadcasting, and advancements in radio and TV production.
Current topics under the spotlight will include targeted advertising, HBB,
Cloud and OTT, state of DRM receivers, OTT – Broadcasting strategies , delivering video in an advanced and immersive way, Cloud : game changer in media and entertainment, IP for broadcast, Mobile technology – changing face of broadcasting, VR and AR – revolutionising video, digital radio – strategies, future broadcasting- 4K, ultra HD and immersive audio, evolving trends in television transmission technology, and development in broadcasting in South East Asia.
The BES EXPO 2019 is expected to be visited by nearly 4,000 engineers, managers, cinematographers, consultants, entrepreneurs, policy and decision-makers from radio and TV broadcasting organisations, as well as studio and post- production units in India. Hail, technology!

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