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IPTV Zone at IBC2008 expanded to meet surge in demand for IPTV

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Developments in IPTV and broadband video to be showcased at IBC2008

(London – 2 April 2008) Following the success of last year’s show, the IPTV Zone at IBC2008 is being increased in size by 15.5% to more than 1100m². The expansion reflects the growth of the IPTV market which is forecast to grow to reach 63 million subscribers by 2010 (an annual growth rate of 92% from 2.4 million in 2005) creating a $27 billion marketplace according to a recent report by iSuppli.

The IBC2008 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 IBC2008 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.

Commenting on the development of The IPTV Zone at IBC2008, Mike Crimp, COO, IBC commented: “We have seen a huge increase in interest in IPTV over the last year and the growth in the use of the Internet as a delivery mechanism is creating enormous opportunities for both content creators and broadcasters. We were delighted with the interest generated at last year’s show and I’m confident that the IPTV Zone will again prove a major visitor attraction at this year’s convention.”

The Mobile Zone at IBC2008 is being jointly developed and marketed by IBC, IT Europa and BPL. The IBC2008 exhibition takes place from 12th - 16th September 2008 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 1,300 exhibitors including all the major equipment suppliers. IBC attracts over 46,000 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 European channel publications such as 8020 Europa, Channel Business Solutions and the IT Europa Newsletter. IT Europa also markets a range of database reports and organises European conferences and events for the IT and Telecoms sectors.
 
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, Comms Dealer, Retail Technology, IBE (International Broadcast Engineer) and C2M (Content to Mobile) which is a joint venture with IT Europa. 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