Broadcast Beat Magazine 2018 NAB Show Edition - Page 103

IP and software-based broadcasting infrastructures: Fact vs. Fiction By Joop Janssen, CEO, Aperi IP’s suitability for live broad- casting is no longer debatable. It’s been proven in a variety of real-world global deployments over the past several years. Even so, there’s lingering skep- ticism around IP and a surpris- ing lack of understanding. cumstances – especially when the ‘fix’ involves learning a new system and adapting to a new way of working. Ultimately if there isn’t a business need driv- ing change, it’s likely easier and more cost effective to keep what you have in place. tion of new technologies that deliver varying levels of suc- cess. Adding to the confusion is the current discourse in the industry. Vendors are desperate to jump on the IP bandwagon and develop products that they can bring to market quickly, eager to not miss out on the The marketing conundrum opportunity. This is where prob- lems can arise. Many, though certainly not all, of these prod- ucts are not truly IP-based and have primary core processing still firmly rooted in hardware- centric SDI technology. In fact, Rather than question IP’s abil- ity to provide robust, secure, low latency live broadcasting, the focus should be on factors around migration. IP is not the universal answer for all broad- casters and content provid- ers. It doesn’t make sense in all instances. Do you need the flexibility and agility of IP? Is remote production part of your requirements? Does your pro- gramming involve on-demand services, like more digital effects or playout channels on a semi-permanent basis? If the answer to any of these is yes, serious considerations should be made for deploying IP. If, however, your needs are single-purpose, long-term and fixed use, it probably makes the most sense to stick with exist- ing SDI-driven workflows. The old adage “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it” does apply in some cir- But make no mistake, IP tech- nology can perform without fault to the high standards needed for live production. It’s the approach and implementa- Broadcast Beat Magazine • • 103