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Get ready for the IP transition at NAB 2017

Wed, 2017-04-19 15:15 | by Ronald Shung

"The move to an all IP-based infrastructure will continue beyond the Olympic Games. However, we also wanted to take full advantage of IP networking technology for this very important event."

-- Lourenço Carvano, Engineering Director, Globosat.

 “We are just getting started with the conversion of our infrastructure to IP, but we know that we will be able to create efficiencies across a lot of our broadcast infrastructure.”

-- Bob Hesskamp, Head of Global Broadcast Technology Services, Turner Broadcasting

As the above quotes from broadcast industry leaders illustrate, broadcasters aren’t just talking or speculating about moving to IP-based production – they are moving forward with plans to convert broadcast infrastructure from SDI over to IP.  Advantages like lower cost, increased flexibility, future-proofing, and cloud readiness are leading broadcast executives to the inevitable conclusion that IP is the way to go.

But flipping the switch on something as complex as broadcast infrastructure is no easy task, which is why many broadcasters are still on the IP sidelines waiting for the technology and standards to come together. In the fast-moving broadcast industry, however, waiting on the sidelines for too long can be a mistake.

NAB Show 2017 taking place next week in Las Vegas will be the ideal opportunity to see if your organization should be joining Globosat and Turner on the road to IP. In particular, you’ll want to spend some quality time at IP Showcase, which will be located at the North Hall of the LVCC, booth N4824. A remarkable eight broadcast and trade industry organizations are coming together for this showcase, including (I’m not going to spell them all out for you) AES, AIMS Alliance, AMWA, EBU, IABM, MNA, SMPTE and VSF.

So, what’s Tektronix’s role in all this? As you might assume, we’re all over it. Tektronix, as a full member of the Alliance for IP Media Solutions (AIMS), will be demonstrating our PRISM Hybrid IP/SDI Media Analysis Platform for monitoring video content in compliance with the SMPTE suite of standards for Professional Media over IP Networks (SMPTE ST 2110).  In addition, our SPG8000A Hybrid Master Sync and PTP Grandmaster Clock Generator will be used for timing synchronization for the SMPTE ST 2110 compliant IP media network. I should mention that this is the same equipment Globosat used during the 2016 Summer Olympics.

If you want to gain deeper insight into the technology aspects of the IP interoperability demo, you’ll want to connect with Tektronix applications engineer Mike Waidson. A true expert, Mike will be available at the IP Showcase interop demo area from Monday April 24 to Wednesday April 26 to answer questions about setting up, monitoring and diagnosing IP-based media networks. If you’re not able to hook up with Mike, be sure to read his contribution to the NAB Thought Gallery on diagnosing faults in the hybrid IP/SDI video network.

In addition to PRISM and SPG8000A demos in our booth, you can see another AIMS interoperability demo in the Harmonic booth #SU1210. Harmonic is a worldwide leader in video delivery infrastructure for emerging television and video services.

Of course, there’s more to NAB than the industry transition to IP. Here’s a preview of everything else you’ll find when you swing by the Tektronix booth #SU5006.

Create stunning 4K HDR Content – See how Tektronix WFM8000 series 4K HDR waveform monitors enable the creation of 4K HDR content starting from content acquisition in production trucks or studio applications to color grading or correction in post production applications, ensuring the highest level of content quality with images that deliver a highly realistic viewing experience.

High-quality Live, On-demand ABR content – Learn how Tektronix’ Sentry ABR and Aurora file-based QC solutions provide Perceptual Video Quality (PVQ) measurements designed to detect video compression artifacts that affect the viewer’s quality of experience and help to ensure availability and quality of both live and file-based content for content distributors moving to adaptive bit rate delivery models.

Video Network Monitoring Solution for Broadcasters – Get the full story on how Tektronix Sentry, a scalable monitoring and reporting solution can be used to provide alarming at the local broadcast station level to warn broadcasters of potential problems before they impact customers and provide engineering staff with diagnostic information to quickly remedy problems. You’ll also see how Sentry can support hybrid cloud/on-premise QoS and QoE monitoring.

As usual, NAB Show 2017 is shaping up to be most significant event of the year for the broadcast industry. Look forward to seeing you there.

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