Fierce editors were on site at the RAI Amsterdam for IBC 2014, Sept. 11-16. This annual meeting of broadcasters worldwide has slowly expanded to include a range of online video technologies and service providers, and reflects the continuing shifts in a quickly changing video market. Check this page for insights from the show.
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IBC, arguably the Continent's biggest broadcasting and media conference, can be a bit dizzying. Going over notes in the wake of a five-day whirlwind of conference sessions, meetings and networking events is a somewhat herculean task. But paging through two notebooks' worth of material revealed a few underlying trends at this year's event.
More online video news from across the Web:
> Facebook is pacing Twitter when it comes to social TV. Story
> Twitch got "an incredible amount of feedback," mostly negative, after implementing changes to its terms of service that include muting unlicensed music detected in on-demand videos on the site. Story
> Less than half of Netflix subscribers watch Emmy nominees House of Cards or Orange Is The New Black. Story
> A Denver resident, D.C. Barns, will appear in the upcoming Star Wars movie after winning the Force for Change donation challenge, a video on the Star Wars YouTube channel announced. The challenge raised over $4 million for UNICEF. Video
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