Internet Protocol Production – Why Move to IP at all? … And Why Now?

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At this event, some of the leading players in this initiative will share their thoughts about their 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.

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About the event

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?

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Hosted by Digital Catapult

Digital Catapult is the UK’s leading advanced digital technology innovation Centre, driving early adoption of technologies to make UK businesses more competitive and productive and grow the country’s economy. We connect large established companies, startup and scaleup businesses and researchers to discover new ways to solve big challenges in the manufacturing and creative industries. Through this collaboration businesses are supported to develop the right technologies to solve problems, increase productivity and open up new markets faster. Digital Catapult provides physical and digital facilities for experimentation and testing that would otherwise not be accessible for smaller companies. As well as breaking down barriers to technology adoption for startups and scaleups, our work de-risks innovation for large enterprises and uncovers new commercial applications in immersive, future networks, and artificial intelligence technologies.

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Registration and networking with refreshments


Welcome from CW and introduction to the event


Welcome from our host, Dr. Dritan Kaleshi, Head of Technology, 5G, 5G Fellow at Digital Catapult


Pierre Maillat, Canal+ - 'Canal Factory: IP Live Production as a first step'

Two years ago, Vivendi, Canal Plus mother company, decided to renovate studios and galleries located in the former Boulogne cinema studios. Pierre in his presentation will focus on the choices made more than 2 years ago, the experience of using IP in such a [quick] project and look at how IP could be envisioned as a first step of the modernization of our business, in media and broadcast.


Peter Storey, Bloomberg and Grant Hammond, dB Broadcast - 'The Bloomberg IP Journey'

Grant and Peter will showcase the timeline and technical decisions made to enable Bloomberg to go live at their new European headquarters from December 2017 with IP at the core. Grant will discuss the next generation of broadcast centres.


Refreshment break


Peter Brightwell, BBC Research & Development - ‘Standards stack for IP production’

Peter will cover the range of activities going on in the area of specifying how to achieve interoperability for live IP in the broadcast production media field. These include SMPTE and AES standards, AMWA NMOS specifications, and more recently efforts to provide a “full-stack” definition of what must be implemented to achieve config-free working in real systems.


Mark Patrick, BBC - ‘Live IP Implementation for the new BBC Wales Broadcast Centre in Cardiff’

The BBC is building a new broadcast centre in Cardiff, Wales, which will be its first to adopt SMPTE2110 for core routing. As the detailed technical design progresses, a number of challenges have had to be resolved, in particular with regards to interoperability, PTP timing and audio. This presentation will give an overview of the Live IP design for the project and how we have resolved a series of problems of integrating large-scale audio over IP where differences in thinking between TV and Radio manufacturers means that interoperability is not straightforward.


Panel Session with all speakers, Chaired by David Crawford, Ravensbourne University


Closing remarks & event finishes


Peter Brightwell - Lead Engineer, BBC Research & Development

Peter Brightwell is a Lead Engineer at BBC's R&D, where he is leading work to guide the BBC's transition to IP. Working mostly at R&D but also in other parts of the BBC, Peter has an extensive background in broadcast and technology, in particular video compression, file-based acquisition, networked delivery, and virtual graphics. He has been a frequent collaborator on international projects on metadata, media services and networked media. He has been a significant contributor to the industry’s Joint Taskforce for Networked media and is currently chair of the Networked Media Incubator of the Advanced Media Workflow Association, a collaborative project that is developing the NMOS family of open specifications for networked media.

Grant Hammond - Principal Consultant, dB Broadcast

Grant Hammond is a seasoned media industry consultant who has worked with many major media organisations to define and deliver complex technology transformation programmes. He holds a degree in Microelectronics and Computing (specialising in Digital Signal Processing and Artificial Neural Networks), an MBA and is a Chartered Engineer. Grant started his career as a support engineer, commissioning playout automation systems around the world for Drake Automation Limited. After forming close ties with the development team, he was soon promoted into a product management role. In 2001, Grant accepted a consulting role with Broadcast Projects International. This would lead to Grant working on a variety of ambitious programmes, including in 2002 a pan-European VOD platform rollout and around 2006 a globally distributed MAM SaaS platform. In 2008 Grant started working on Sky Studios, where he would ultimately run the Technical Design Authority and gain overall design responsibility for Broadcast Centre and Post Production. It was at Sky Studios that Grant met the dB Broadcast team. During dB Broadcast’s work at Bloomberg, Grant held various roles. Initially responsible for defining the technology strategy and architecture for the live production side of the media business. He then led the architecture and delivery of one of the first major IP based broadcast facilities in the world. Grant continues to work with dB and is now focussing on leading the transition of broadcast production and presentation systems into the datacentre. Grant lives in Hertfordshire with his wife, two children and two cats. When not immersed in technology and complex programmes of work, he enjoys playing his guitars and banjo.

Pierre Maillat - Technical Studies and Architecture, Canal+

Pierre is currently responsible for technical studies and architecture for the Edition part of CANAL+. He collaborated to the design and the construction of several broadcast centers and have the chance to work for the transmission of some large sport events like Olympic games or World Cups. Today focuses ere to enhance the viewer experience, to envision new ways to produce and distribute the content migrating the broadcast process to IP and IT with special attention to the training of the teams.

Mark Patrick - Lead Architect, BBC

Mark Patrick joined the BBC in 2000 and specialises in broadcast infrastructure including routing, central apparatus rooms and MCRs. He has worked on multiple major BBC projects including the World Service NOC, London W1, Salford, DAB multiplex replacement and now Cardiff Central Square, where his focus is on the adoption of IP for live broadcast routing.

Peter Storey - EMEA Media Engineering Manager, Bloomberg

Peter Storey is Broadcast Manager at Bloomberg LP covering EMEA and Asia. He completed an HND in Marine Tele-communications at Tyneside Marine and Technical College in 1985.Peter's first job was with Raytheon Electronics for 10 years traveling the globe commissioning civil and military radar systems, then joining Bloomberg in 1995. Whilst at Bloomberg he has worked for 10 years in Network Operations and 13 years in TV Media, covering all things technical. Peter's biggest achievement was managing the media project for the new Bloomberg European HQ at Queen Victoria Street, which went live early December 2017, a 3-year project coming in 4 days early.  Peter lives in Hertfordshire with his wife, 3 children and dog.

SIG Champions

Nadia Aziz - Innovation Consultant, Unbounded Future Ltd

Nadia is an Evangelist of emerging technologies with an expertise in AR & VR and IoT technologies. She has advised C-level executives in Telecom and Media organisations for digital transformation and M&A projects over more than a decade. While being a SIG Champion of Future Devices and Technologies at Cambridge Wireless, she has recently co-founded Unbounded Future, a Deeptech consulting firm based in London. Previously Nadia led Emerging Technologies at NTT Data UK where she supervised R&D and innovation in Augmented (AR) & Virtual Reality (VR), AI, and IoT. Nadia is a supporter of Women in STEM initiatives and is a mentor at the University College London (UCL) IXN programme. She is an industry advisor to IoTerra, a USA-based B2B marketplace for IoT products and was a co-producer for the GIANT Health Event.

David Crawford - Emeritus Professor, Computer Science & Electronic Engineering, University of Essex, Professor, Digital Media Research, Ravensbourne University

David Crawford is Visiting Professor at University of Essex Colchester, and Emeritus Professor at Ravensbourne University London. David has worked for over 50 years across the telecoms/broadcast industries and UK academic institutions. His research interests are in new imaging techniques, applications for mixed reality technologies, and networks for multidimensional media. David facilitates and lectures in the UK on Degree Apprenticeship courses, promoting work-based learning curricula and collaborative industry-academia training.

David has worked in senior positions at BT, RE, Crown Castle and Harris Broadcast, and as a Director of a start-up company, TeamCast, in France. He has run his own technical consultancy company, and chairs and presents regularly at international events. David is a Member of the Royal Television Society, Fellow of SMPTE, Special-Interest-Group Champion for Cambridge Wireless on Content Production & Delivery, and Honorary Chairman of the Creative Science Foundation. He has previously served as a Council/Board Member of the Institute of Engineering & Technology (IET), the Conference Chair at IBC, and Executive Chair at the ‘mixed reality’ Community Interest Company, PlayLa.bZ.

Tony Lavender - Senior Advisor, Plum Consulting

Tony Lavender is a managing partner at Plum Consulting. He has more than 35 years experience in technology, communications regulation, policy and spectrum management. His clients include governments, equipment vendors, network operators and regulators. Tony was a specialist adviser to the UK Parliament 2016 Culture, Media and Sport Committee Inquiry into “Establishing world class connectivity throughout the UK”, he chairs the Steering Board of the UK Spectrum Policy Forum and he was a member of the UK Government’s Expert Panel, established as part of the UK Spectrum Strategy, on “Incorporating Social Value into Spectrum Allocation Decisions”. He has worked on a wide range of studies including on the 5G mmWave ecosystem, spectrum sharing, spectrum valuation and more broadly on electronic communications infrastructure strategy. Tony is a Chartered Engineer and a member of the UK Institution of Engineering and Technology.

Chris Nokes - Senior Technical Advisor, Ofcom

Chris is Head of Distribution Core Technologies Section at BBC Research & Development. With over thirty years' experience in Broadcasting R&D, Chris has been involved in the development of digital television since 1994, including as a key contributor to the DVB-T2 technical study group, and editor of the DVB-T2 specification and Chair of the RF Group of the UK Digital Television Group (DTG).

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