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here appear to be two parallel trains of inertia currently taking place in
broadcast, one of course being the onset of 4K UDTV, the other being
the transition to an IP-based content transport infrastructure. For many,
the rapid changes and associated question are daunting, even for experienced
professionals. What’s the secret to assisting – even driving – those who want to
make the transition in both camps?
Two words. “Don’t panic.” Both trends are largely on course and, let’s face it,
inevitable. But, they are not going to eat you alive. Quite the contrary.
Let’s start with IP for content transport, which should been seen as an enabler,
not a destination. I’ll get to its implications for 4K later on.
Based on conversations during recent professional conferences, trade shows
and personal visits, coupled with my appetite for trade journals, a degree of
anxiety exists equally among those who want to implement IP-based transport
infrastructures and those who think they ought to. The decisions to be made are
many and can, for the uninitiated, be daunting.
experts by Chuck Meyer, CTO, Miranda
Core Product Group
44 | TV-BAY MAGAZINE: ISSUE 84 DECEMBER 2013
However, it’s important to understand that IP is an enabler for each
component in a facility as opposed to a requirement for wholesale, end-to-end
implementation. In short, you only have to bite off and digest what you can chew
until you’re IP-hungry again.
So do manufacturers and systems integrators see
themselves by default as IP enablers?
We wouldn’t say it’s necessarily a “by default” situation. Rather, we believe the
suppliers who are able to lead broadcasters through this transition at the right
time, with the right mix of solutions, will be able to deliver unique value. Not
every supplier will be prepared.
Miranda already has a substantial presence with IP products. Ethernet control
and monitoring, for example, has been around for some time now and our
multiviewer, ingest, playout and monitoring products are all IP-ready. We’ve been
working with IP for a long time because of its obvious benefits to a broadcast
infrastructure in those areas. We are fully aware that not everyone will be
prepared to jump headlong into total IP content transport, but we stand ready
to provide access to the IP content stream with assurances that we won’t
walk away if the water gets deep.