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New IPTV Zone introduced at IBC2007

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IPTV and broadband video to be showcased at IBC2007

(London – 29 January 2007) Recent improvements in compression technologies and bandwidth availability are set to revolutionise the way in which we consume broadcast content. Gartner has predicted that IPTV will reach 3.3 million homes in Western Europe this year and that this number will rise to 16.7 million in 2010, creating a £3 billion marketplace.

In parallel, the public’s appetite for video is driving exponential growth in internet traffic and providing additional distribution options for content creators and broadcasters.  The technologies, solutions and content that are driving these revolutions will form the focus for the IPTV Zone at IBC2007, a new visitor attraction being introduced at the event this year.

The IBC2007 IPTV Zone will bring together many of the organisations and technologies that are emerging as major forces in these new markets. It will therefore provide a unique opportunity for application developers, content providers and technology companies to showcase their capabilities at the heart of the broadcast industry's leading international conference and exhibition.

The IPTV Zone will be accompanied by the IBC2007 IPTV Zone Business Briefings to which attendance is free. These briefings will examine some of the issues and opportunities arising from this revolution in broadcast content delivery in further detail and are intended to reinforce and complement the established peer reviewed, paid-delegate IBC Conference.

The IBC2007 IPTV Zone is being jointly developed and marketed by IBC, IT Europa and BPL. The Zone design and format will replicate that of the IBC Mobile Zone which was introduced in 2005 and has since grown to cover 2,500m² (a five-fold increase over 2005). The IBC2007 exhibition takes place from 7 - 11 September 2007 at the RAI, Amsterdam.

About IBC
Established in 1967, IBC has evolved from its roots in terrestrial broadcasting to become the leading event for professionals involved in the creation, management and delivery of entertainment and news content worldwide. The exhibition attracts over 1,000 exhibitors including all the major equipment suppliers. IBC attracts over 45,000 attendees from more than 120 countries who visit each year to see the state-of-the-art in content creation, management and delivery. The world-renowned IBC Conference tackles all the hot creative, management and technical issues and this year mobile applications will be a major theme. For full details, demographics and news visit www.ibc.org

About IT Europa and BPL
IT Europa is the leading provider of strategic business intelligence, news and analysis on the European IT marketplace and the primary channels that serve it. It publishes pan-European magazines, newsletters and database reports that provide accurate, authoritative, objective and up-to-date information and enable vendor and channel organisations to increase efficiency and gain competitive advantage. IT Europa’s sister organisation, BPL, publishes a range of both end-user and channel publications for the IT, Telecoms and Broadcast sectors. It also organises a number of conferences, seminars, industry awards and other events. Its main titles include Channel Business, Comms Dealer, Retail Technology, C2M (Content to Mobile) and IBE (International Broadcast Engineer). IBE and C2M are media partners of the Mobile Zone. For further information on IT Europa and BPL visit: www.iteuropa.com or www.bpl-business.com