Broadcasters are continuing to adopt and take advantage of IT working practices as they transition to file-based workflows. However, some seemingly effective solutions are outdated, have not kept pace with advances in computing power, and are unable to efficiently transfer large media files. FTP, for example, is tried and trusted but its 1970s design philosophy has proven inadequate for large media file transfer.
In Part 1 of our series of full length videos from our one-day Real World IP seminar, hosted by The Broadcast Bridge and held at BAFTA in London, Tony Orme, Editor of The Broadcast Bridge, introduces the problem broadcast IP infrastructures solve, that is, to improve flexibility and scalability, resulting in reduced costs and improved workflows.
Both live streaming and video quality measurement were dominant themes at IBC 2018 and in 2019 these two themes converged with various announcements and demonstrations.
Security is becoming increasingly important for broadcasters looking to transition to IP infrastructures. But creating improved software, firewalls and secure networks is only half the story as cybercriminals look to find new and imaginative methods of compromising data.
At the 2019 IBC convention this year it was clear that the consumer is king and, for broadcasters and content delivery platforms, reliably serving that on-demand ruler with hyper-adaptable operations that can reach many platforms simultaneously could secure the keys to the successful-business-model castle. In fact, this year’s conference theme—appropriately entitled “Consumers First: A New Era in Media”—represented a changing view among broadcasters: from “if you build a channel they will come” to “deliver those channels to wherever they are.”
In this thought-provoking missive, Gary Olson delivers his predictions and insights for IBC 2019.
A major development has happened in the broadcast industry with the adoption of software running on COTS servers for processing uncompressed real-time video. Up to recently, this had not even appeared on the radar, but new technology evolution and innovation has now made software COTS for broadcasters a reality.
In this series of three articles, we investigate the underlying aspects of computer server design for high value security and 24-hour operation. In the first article we look at advanced server security, in the second article we understand how servers are controlled, and in the third article we gain a deeper understanding of virtualization and the benefits for secure operation.