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Technology trends such as internet gaming consoles, smartphones and tablets are fuelling significant and rapid growth and providing greater choice for consumers. The IP&TV World Forum (22-24 March at London's Olympia) will provide the platform for the industry worldwide to discuss the implications of Smart TVs, which allow consumers' to access content and smartphone-like Apps from the internet on the TVs in their living room.
The day two plenary session opens with a keynote discussion on Connected TV: Challenging business models for the TV environment? with expert speakers from Hulu, the connected TV standard HbbTV, and Nokia Siemens Networks.
Gavin Whitechurch, Director of the IP&TV World Series of events, commented:
"The internet has seen greater choice for consumers. In the past we had to wait for our favourite programmes to be shown to us at the time dictated by a broadcaster, but now consumers are able to access, on-demand, the content they want, when they want it.
"This 'democratisation of content' is totally changing TV – not only the way we use it as consumers, but also the way the TV business works. There is no doubt that the industry is changing fundamentally, and the IP&TV World Forum is place where the industry will debate these changes and shake out who will be the winners, who will be the losers."
The IP&TV World Forum 2011 conference programme is divided into four specific tracks focusing on IP Platforms for TV, Network Optimisation, Service Management and The Business of Content.
Featuring a comprehensive programme of more than 250 visionary speakers, including over 140 service providers from online service providers, telcos, cablecos, broadcasters and content providers, the IP&TV World Forum 2011 will start with a keynote plenary session discussing the innovations and services in IP and TV each day.To view the full event programme and register for the conference, visit the IP&TV World Forum 2011 website at www.iptv-forum.com call +44 (0)20 7017 5506. Follow IP&TV World Forum on Twitter at http://twitter.com/iptvworldseries using hashtag #iptvw