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NAB 2015: Imagine Communications is a ‘Company to Watch in 2016 and Beyond’

Company to Watch in 2016 and Beyond

The reviews are in.

Imagine Communications was among the most visible and impactful companies at the 2015 NAB Show. By nearly every measure, the media industry stalwart stood out from the more than 200 exhibitors at this year’s conference and exhibition.

Deployment Firsts

The ability of Imagine Communications’ solutions to solve both today’s and tomorrow’s video infrastructure, advertising management systems and workflow management requirements was clearly on display in Las Vegas last week. Clark Media, a provider of HD mobile trucks and broadcast equipment, was so enamored of the Imagine Communications Platinum IP3 router’s ability to deliver state-of-the-art live production capabilities that it signed a purchase agreement on the show floor.

A few days earlier, Imagine Communications unveiled a groundbreaking deployment with Disney/ABC Television Group for next-generation IP and cloud architecture. News that the media icon was working with Imagine Communications to fulfill its ongoing mission to move production, master control and distribution operations to IP unsurprisingly attracted international media coverage and prominent placement in the NAB Show Daily News.

Thought Leadership

Imagine Communications executives anchored several NAB presentation and panel discussions concerning the state of the industry and next-generation technology and trends, including the day-two Super Session Television’s Transition to an All-IP Future — Why It’s a Big Deal. The 90-minute forum also featured industry visionaries from Disney/ABC, Fox and TVU Networks. Imagine Communications CEO Charlie Vogt’s comments about the relevance of the Disney/ABC deployment to the momentum of IP in the broadcast medium were captured in a front-page account of the panel discussion in the NAB Show DailyNews:

“When you see one of the most iconic brands in the world moving to a virtualized cloud so they can take advantage of much greater opportunities in the future, you see why this is such a big thing.”

Demonstrations and Awards

The Imagine Communications booth generated a near-constant buzz in the North Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center. Throngs of NAB visitors took in a dozen or so separate demonstration from Imagine Communications and partners, including HP, IBM, Microsoft and Verizon Digital Video Services. Among the products, platforms and solutions highlighted were the company’s cloud video platform, cloud playout, TV Everywhere, Software-defined Workflow management, baseband routing, signal processing, advanced advertising and cloud-based traffic and billing.

Imagine Communications’ LandmarkOSI™ Sales 8.0 advertising proposal and research system was the recipient of a NewBay Media Best of Show Award presented by TV Technology. Judges recognized the cloud-based platform for its ability to dramatically improve the efficiency and effectiveness of media company sales professionals.

NAB Firsts

Imagine Communications was already making NAB headlines before the show had officially opened. The company hosted an invitation-only event, ImagineLIVE, at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino that attracted nearly 2,000 people.

A mix of information and entertainment that was capped by a performance by the super group Foreigner, the event featured presentations from Imagine Communications’ Vogt and Chief Technology Officer Steve Reynolds, as well as Disney/ABC Television Group CTO Vince Roberts. The evening also included a panel discussion among executives from industry-leading media companies moderated by television personality Deborah Norville.

Media Attention

But don’t take our word for it. Social networks, industry media and the blogosphere were abuzz with positive accounts of Imagine Communication’s NAB 2015 Show activities.

Here’s a small sampling:

RapidTVNews

On the eve of NAB 2015, video infrastructure, advertising systems and workflow provider Imagine Communications has scored key wins with leading US comms provider Verizon and IT giant HP.
    - RapidTVNews


Sports Video Group
Few people in the industry have been pushing IP and software-defined networking harder than Imagine Communications CEO Charlie Vogt.
    - Sports Video Group

Panorama Audiovisual
The media industry has witnessed a turning point in opening NAB 2015 with the presentation of the collaboration between Disney / ABC and Imagine Communications in the transition to a cloud-IP architecture for global issuance, distribution and the work of network.
    - Panorama Audiovisual

Broadcast Beat
Imagine Communications provides the most complete end-to-end video solutions and is constantly innovating to deliver the most advanced IP, cloud-enabled, software-defined network, and workflow solutions in the world.
    - Broadcast Beat

TMCnet
The time is coming. There seems no avoiding it [the move to virtualized functions] and Imagine Communications seems to be better and better positioned to be part of the evolution. At this rate, they’ll be a company to watch in 2016 and beyond as well.
    - TMCnet

Broadcasting & Cable
Another notable development in streamlining workflows can be found at Imagine Communications. Its new Land-markOSI Traffic & Billing 8.4 software will be the first system to receive traffic instructions electronically with the Broadcast eXchange Format (BXF) 3.0 standard.
    - Broadcasting & Cable

Broadcasting & Cable
At the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Imagine Communications hosted its annual showcase. The company's big NAB news was a groundbreaking teaming with Disney to shift all master controls at Disney/ABC Television to the cloud.
    - Broadcasting & Cable

The Online Reporter
Disney is taking the future by the horns in a new technology partnership, announced at the start of NAB this week. Disney is teaming up with Imagine Communications to move its linear broadcast operations into a cloud-based system. The deal was announced at Imagine Communications’ press event at NAB.
    - The Online Reporter

TVNewsCheck
One of the evangelists of the IP movement is Charlie Vogt, the CEO of Imagine Communications.  Imagine and the others are not forcing stations to take a leap into IP. They are providing a path that will allow them to get there gradually as their capital budgets and technology replacement cycles allow. Technology is not always about saving money. Sometimes, as Vogt said, you have to invest in the latest just to remain competitive.
    - TVNewsCheck





 

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