The Serial Digital Interface (SDI) was standardised in 1989 and has become the mainstay of broadcasters’ production centres across the globe. Its broadcast-specific, open interface has facilitated interoperability and deterministic networks and its isolation from IP has given it a robust security regime. In short, it’s delivered – and delivered well.
So what are the drivers that are now causing the world’s leading broadcasters to embark on a paradigm-shift to IP technology in their production centres?
One of the things that broadcasters like about IP is the vision of ‘glass-to-glass’ IP – the prospect of a common-technology from camera to the screen which then enables new workflows and consumer propositions.
At this FREE event, some of the leading players in this initiative, including Bloomberg, dB Broadcast, the BBC and Canal+, will share their thoughts and first-hand experiences about the journey from SDI to IP. These are early days – the technology is in its nascence – but, with some major deployments already live, it looks like it’s a transformation that’s going to happen. It seems like a Canute-like approach is not going to be appropriate; it’s ‘when’ not ‘if’.
With the help of our expert speakers, we’ll be looking to address the following questions:
- Why move to IP at all?
- What are the advantages?
- What are the challenges – and indeed the risks?
- In terms of cost, how does it compare with traditional broadcast technologies? Is it scalable – both up (massive broadcast centres) and down (regional broadcast centres)?
- What are the security risks posed by IP? How can they be mitigated?
- Are the standards – SMPTE 2022-x, 2110 – up to the challenge?
- And what about the tricky issue of timing when the essence is broken into component parts? On campus and across campus too.
- What are the new workflows (service propositions) that this will enable?
And, learning from those blazing the trail:
- What are the experiences of those who have adopted the technology so far?
- What are the views of those who are about to adopt the technology for their brand-new facilities?