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Of course this transition won’t happen overnight. What we’re seeing is broadcasters and playout providers trying this technology in a limited ways, working through the bugs with vendors and seeing what really works for them. This will take time but the process is accelerating at a rate faster than anyone anticipated. There will still be the requirement to be able to control this technology in the same way that there’s a requirement to control traditional broadcast kit: operators need to have one screen to control it all. As software designers, we have to be able to abstract the operator interface and be able to replace the hardware or software it’s controlling underneath without operators really knowing. good for an operator whatever way you are We visited a broadcaster recently who was operating a thematic sports channel using a Mac, a Blackmagic card and ultimately Harmonic’s Spectrum™ ChannelPort™ CiaB technology. This included manual control functionality via Harmonic’s Polaris Live, which is integrated with Rascular’s Helm. The interface the broadcaster was using before Polaris Live was from an IT company: it wasn’t a broadcast interface as it wasn’t a broadcast company. The software was littered with dropdown menus and dialogue boxes. This is no As broadcast manufacturers, we need playing out. Control has to be immediate to stake a claim on this new world, broadening our reach and capabilities while still using our key skills. By embracing IP, our world will now continue to be opened up to companies from other IT-based sectors. At the same time, there may well be other sectors where professional video technologies will be able to play more easily: there’s threat and opportunity all around. Television is dead: long live television. Nov2016.pspimage KITPLUS - THE TV-BAY MAGAZINE: ISSUE 119 NOVEMBER 2016 | 47