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SMPTE ST 2110: Structuring the Future of Broadcasting- “This standard is a game changer”

Internet Protocol (IP) technology is the wave of the future for the broadcasting industry, providing more flexibility, scalability, and cost savings, plus increased mobility – IP networks have been deployed just about everywhere, including in the International Space Station and Antarctica. You may even be holding an IP device – your smart phone – in your hand right now.

NEP UK unveils ST 2110 IP-based broadcast vehicles

NEP UK has unveiled Venus and Ceres, the latest outside broadcast vehicles in its fleet to be SMPTE ST2110 compliant, joining NEP’s worldwide family of IP-based vehicles in Australia and the US. The vehicles will be used at major events, sports fixtures and other large scale productions.

“NEP’s first single-truck unit with IP based routing easily adapts to different formats and standards, creating greater flexibility”

I would say NEP is the US outside broadcast (OB) market technology leader in IP-based systems. 1080P, HDR and 4K were topics of daily discussion at NEP several years back, so the move to IP was firmly on our radar. However, we had to time it right to create a format agnostic system that provides a robust path into the future.

NEP unveils first ST 2110 IP-based production truck in North America for ESPN

Every NEP launch pushes the technological envelope. The debut of EN3 for ESPN on March 30, however, was historic: it’s the first truck in North America built around a SMPTE ST 2110 IP routing core. After a long standardization process, SMPTE officially published the first standards within ST 2110 Professional Media Over Managed IP Networks in December, and EN3 is the first mobile unit to be designed and integrated specifically around the new standards suite.

NEP adopts SMPTE 2110 and pioneers a new era for broadcasting

The migration of video networks to Internet Protocol (IP) technologies has been one of the most talked about – and misunderstood – topics in broadcasting for some time. Years of uncertainty have finally been settled with the industry’s adoption of SMPTE ST 2110 (or ‘IP 2110’), making ‘any production, anywhere’ a reality, and offering scale and flexibility that until now were hardly imaginable.

“SMPTE 2110-30 was developed specifically to make audio as compatible as possible with video. By using the widely-accepted AES67 standard as a base, this new standard allows a wide range of existing audio equipment to harmonize with the rest of the 2110 suite.”

The full title of SMPTE ST 2110-21 is “Professional Media Over Managed IP Networks — PCM Digital Audio.” This standard is closely related to, and heavily based on AES67, which is titled “AES standard for audio applications of networks — High-performance streaming audio-over-IP interoperability.” Although the document titles may not be totally self-explanatory, both standards are all about transmitting raw, uncompressed samples of audio signals directly within RTP/UDP datagrams using an IP network.

World’s first Trans-Pacific remote production over IP broadcast

The successful trial was conducted over four days this week between NEP’s centralised, IP (internet protocol) and multi-format production facility at the Sydney Andrews Hub and Telstra’s Los Angeles datacentre – more than 7500 miles (12,000+ km) apart – using ultra-low-latency compression technology and Telstra’s Distributed Production Network (DPN).

World’s first transatlantic SMPTE 2110 IP live transmission yields no discernible operational latency

Sony and CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE: CTL) today announced the successful completion of a test to determine the operational latency of a long-distance Remote Integration (REMI) connection between New York and London. Broadcasters today are challenged to meet an ever-growing demand for video content at the lowest cost possible. However, remote production workflows, which reduce costs, can often result in operational latency when content travels internationally. As part of this test, the companies simulated a live broadcast for a global news organization, resulting in the world’s first transatlantic SMPTE 2110 IP live transmission. The simulation yielded no discernable operational latency on the video sources.

SMPTE ST 2110-21: New standard has rules to ensure high-bitrate video streams don’t overwhelm IP networks

The full title of SMPTE ST 2110-21 is “Professional Media Over Managed IP Networks: Traffic Shaping and Delivery Timing for Video.” Both of these terms refer to the same basic topic: how are the packets transmitted over the network, from the perspective of both the sender and the receiver? In other words, how should packet flows be sent into the network “pipes” so as to not cause flooding (of packets)? Answering these questions is crucial for properly provisioning network connections to support as many signals as possible without causing packet congestion, which could lead to packet loss.

SMPTE ST 2110-20: New standard frees up valuable bandwidth

The full title of SMPTE ST 2110-20 is “Professional Media Over Managed IP Networks: Uncompressed Active Video,” and that is a good indication of what is contained in the standard. Specifically, uncompressed video images are transported (just like SDI), but only the data that make up the “active” portion of each video frame. In other words, just the image samples (also called pixels) that comprise the pictures to be delivered to viewers are transported within the new IP video format.

SMPTE Launches Virtual Course on SMPTE ST 2110, Professional Media Over Managed IP Networks

SMPTE®, the organization whose standards work has supported a century of advances in entertainment technology and whose membership spans the globe, today announced that in March 2018, the Society will offer "Understanding SMPTE ST 2110: Live Production of Professional Media Over Managed IP Networks," an educational program focused on SMPTE ST 2110. Led by SMPTE Fellow Thomas Bause Mason, this SMPTE Virtual Classroom course will provide attendees with the knowledge they need to help their companies make the most of SMPTE ST 2110, a critical enabler of fully internet protocol (IP)-based operations.

CSS Group and CCTV build China’s first SMPTE 2110 based IP system for the 23rd Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, Korea

UHD (ultra-high definition) technology has gained increasing popularity with the development of broadcast & TV industry in recent years. From front-end production systems to TV terminals, the UHD technology has gradually shifted from early tentative ideas to mature industrial applications. The early UHD scheduling systems used to adopt four cables and one UHD channel for transmission, which imposed severe restrictions on the system in terms of construction, operability, and system performance. After official publication of SMPTE2110 standard and in view of the rapid evolution of high-bandwidth network devices (25G/40G/100G…), IP-based UHD signal scheduling and processing systems will be the natural technical trends for TV media industry.

What SMPTE-2110 Means For Broadcasters

At last month’s IBC Show, SMPTE announced that three of the main documents in the new series of IP video standards (SMPTE ST 2110) have been finalized. Years of work have led up to this point, which should prove to be a pivotal moment in the ongoing migration of media networks to use IP networking technology. Once this new standard is fully released and implemented over the next few months, manufacturers will be able to supply devices that can seamlessly interconnect uncompressed video, audio and other important metadata between devices that support every conceivable video processing function.

What SMPTE 2110 is exactly and why it matters for IP production

There has been a huge amount of activity in the area of IP standards in recent months, with the AIMS-championed SMPTE 2110 suddenly emerging very much as the front runner. There may be a breakout of peace in Las Vegas this week as the industry talks about openness, harmonisation and compatibility. That’s in sharp contrast to the mood music this time last year and even at IBC 2016 where vendors were divided into different camps in a battle to control the very fabric of future production: IP. End users couldn’t or wouldn’t distinguish between AIMS, Sony, ASPEN or NewTek since they just wanted the industry to settle on one method of working and simply get on with it.

Sony Utilizes Juniper Networks’ Open Technology for IP-Based Production Platform

Juniper Networks (NYSE: JNPR), an industry leader in automated, scalable and secure networks, has collaborated with Sony Professional Solutions Europe to deliver its switching technology to support Sony's IP Live production solution. This enables broadcasters to capture and distribute live coverage of major sporting, cultural and political events globally. By leveraging Internet Protocol (IP) networks, IP Live is designed to solve the challenge of transporting massive volumes of rich-content data in real-time between outside broadcast locations and production studios in a cost-effective and reliable manner. Juniper's open, interoperable technology aligns with Sony's requirement to tailor open solutions to the exact needs of each customer.

BBC Studioworks future-proofs Television Centre with investment in Sony 4K over IP

Sony’s technology was selected not only for the all-in-one solutions package it offers, but for its open standards approach. Acting as an enabler for 4K technology, Sony’s IP solution works harmoniously with the infrastructure within the Television Centre studios, avoiding any disruption to the company’s established workflows and opening up a path to HDR. Using Sony’s IP Live Production System, Studioworks is empowered to broadcast quality 4K and HD video, audio synchronisation signals and control data in real time over standard IP and network infrastructures.

“RTL’s New Luxembourg Headquarters is an IP Broadcast Game Changer!”

In a time of uncertainty among many parts of the broadcast industry, Broadcasting Center Europe (BCE), part of the RTL Group, has built one of the most impressive broadcast centers to come along in a decade. The new 36,000 square meter IP-based facility supports 24/7 broadcasting for a number of channels, including RTL Télé Lëtzebuerg, Chamber TV (Luxembourg), RTL TVI, Club RTL, Plug TV (Belgium), RTL4, RTL5, RTL7, RTL8, RTL Z (Netherlands), RTL9 and AB Groupe movie channels and Altice Group channels (France).

“Qvest Media and tpc Switzerland ag Are Planning the First All-IP SMPTE 2110 Broadcast Infrastructure for the New Sports, News and Technology Centre in Zurich”

Qvest Media, one of the world’s leading systems architects for broadcast and media technology, has received a major contract from Switzerland. In close cooperation with the production service provider tpc switzerland ag, Qvest Media is planning the media technology infrastructure of the new sports, news and technology centre in Zurich. Amongst others, the level of development of the broadcast IP standard SMPTE 2110 at this year’s NAB Show in Las Vegas will be particularly important for the planning of this project.

The Internet Protocol: Making the Connection for Live Production

According to many companies at this past year's IBC show in Amsterdam, 2016 was the year of IP production. Those of you who have been using IP connections (or Ethernet networks) for editing and post-production for at least a decade might wonder what the fuss is about, but moving a few files around between computers is not the same as handling a live sporting event over a network.

Imagine Communications Contributes Technology to Sony’s IP Live Studio

Imagine Communications, empowering the media and entertainment industry through transformative innovation, demonstrated its support for furthering the advancement of IP-based production environments through its recent participation in the launch of a dedicated IP Live Studio by Sony at its Digital Motion Picture Centre Europe (DMPCE) at Pinewood Film Studios near London. Imagine Communications is supplying several IP-based solutions to the testing and training facility opened by Sony last week to provide broadcasters and production companies with the opportunity to gain hands-on familiarity with IP-based live production

Interoperability for IP Live Production : Ready Today, Open for Tomorrow with Sony

With IP Live Production becoming a reality, most are still wondering about the multiple aspects to consider in order to achive interoperability within manufacturers. Not only Sony has the most complete and ready solution with the Network Media Interface today (see chart below, courtesy of partner Nextera Video), Sony goes the extra mile for tomorrow by comitting openess and interoperability with others solutions.

Enabling Interop Between AIMS, ASPEN, NewTek NDI and Sony NMI: Questions Answered

ASPEN and Sony Networked Media Interface (NMI) continue to be developed, promoted and gain partner backers, as does AIMS, a marketing body which supports standards – some of which are only draft. While there are crossovers between AIMS, Sony NMI and ASPEN which should mean a base level of interoperability, NewTek has taken a fundamentally different tack with its NDI Networked Device Interface. The Broadcast Bridge assesses the impact of the recent moves to interoperate and asks how prospective customers can best marry best of breed kit from one manufacturer that supports AIMS with kit from a vendor supporting another protocol? Is there a way for the protocols to be bridged?

Arena Television Launches 4K UHD Trucks with All-IP Infrastructure

Arena Television is one of the UK’s leading outside broadcast service providers, supporting a prestigious range of sports and events clients with a fleet of more than 20 fully equipped OB trucks plus the associated services of Arena Aviation. The family-owned company, in business since 1989, is making the move to 4K UHD and embracing developments in IP-based video production with its three new trucks that will be rolling out over the next year. To realize this vision, Arena turned to Grass Valley, a Belden Brand.

TV Globo updates on ‘4K over IP’ truck progress ahead of Rio Olympics

At IBC 2015 Brazilian broadcaster TV Globo announced it would outfit the first 4K over IP mobile facility. Timed to be ready for the Rio Olympics, the truck is still on track and will be equipped with a Sony F65 and HDC-4300s. José Manuel Fernandez Mariño, director at TV Globo, says the investment is intended to futureproof the fleet “with the latest and best 4K technology and IP inter-connectivity”. In recent days, he has provided SVG Europe with a comprehensive update on the progress of the truck build.