Connecting next-gen video with reality OTT, 5G, edge computing and blockchain will all be discussed during today’s Content Everywhere Hub programme. The Hub brings together experts from companies exhibiting in Hall 14 who will show the next generation of technology for seving content to viewers in increasingly innovative ways. Alibaba, Ocilion, Igalia, Noisypeak, Norigin, Amino, The European Metadata Group and Mware Solutions are among those showcasing demonstrations today on new products and technology. Cloud-based solutions for IPTV, the fundamentals of metadata to provide a successful search experience and integrating traditional pay-TV functions into multiscreen experiences are among the topics that will be covered. There is also a session on 5G, Edge Computing and Content Everywhere Hub: A hotbed of debate Blockchain: Cutting through the hype around new mobile and internet technologies (13:00). Featuring speakers from Smart Mobile Labs and Muvi, it will explore 5G and edge computing and its promise to increase network capacity and bandwidth with low latency. New media formats – including 360-degree video, virtual reality, 4K and blockchain – will be debated by the panellists who will attempt to break through the hype and assess the potential of these technologies to drive innovation, particularly in content licensing. Concluding the panel sessions for today will be Growing an OTT Service: How to engage and retain customers and manage expanding operations (15:30). This will see experts from Paywizard, Vimeo and Integros share insights about sustaining and scaling OTT busines ses while optimising the customer lifetime value. The session will look at the nature of acquiring customers and maintaining their engagement. BBC R&D team scoops best paper accolade This year the IBC Conference Prize goes to a team from BBC Research & Development (BBC R&D) for a paper called ‘AI in production: video analysis and machine learning for expanded live events coverage’. The paper discusses a project known as ‘Ed’, a prototype system that could be used to create near-live content with minimal crew. An example might be a set of three unmanned 4K cameras, from which ‘Ed’ would produce a number of properly framed HD pictures, cutting between them as appropriate. One of the BBC R&D team, Craig Wright, will present the paper as part of a Tech Talks session on Sunday lunchtime. Then, later that day, Wright will appear on stage at the IBC Awards ceremony to receive the trophy. He will also have the satisfaction of seeing the paper, and a handful more from the IBC Conference, reprinted in the annual publication The Best of IBC and IET, which also includes selected media-related papers from IET publications. The technical papers committee, which reviews the huge number of submitted papers, has the unenviable task of cutting the list down to a number which can ﬁt into the programme. Then, from that list, they have to pick one which, in their opinion, offers both the most stimulating new research and the clearest presentation. IET is one of IBC’s owners. You can ﬁnd out more about its work, and buy copies of the new publication, at the IBC Partnership Village. This is located in the Park Lobby, outside Hall 8.