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T 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. Ask the 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.