The complexity of modern OTT and VOD distribution has increased massively in recent years. The adoption of internet streaming gives viewers unparalleled freedom to consume their favorite live and pre-recorded media when they want, where they want, and how they want. But these opportunities have also presented content owners with unfortunate challenges, typically piracy and overcoming illegal content copying.
There is no doubt that esports is here to stay. The scene, while very fluid, is absolutely in the mainstream now. It’s not easy to find absolute consensus among the various reported numbers, but if you had to put a pin in the map, it looks like esports is set for around 500 million viewers worldwide this year.
IP is delivering new opportunities in terms of distributed processing and de-centralization. In the second part in this series, we look at the practicalities of using COTS hardware and the advantages it has for multiviewer monitoring over traditional SDI hardware solutions.
IP and COTS infrastructure designs are giving us the opportunity to think about broadcast systems in an entirely different manner. Although broadcast engineers have been designing studio facilities to be flexible from the earliest days of television, the addition of IP and COTS takes this to a new level allowing us to continually reallocate infrastructure components to make the best use of expensive resource.
Moving to IP is allowing broadcasters to explore new working practices and mindsets. Esports has grown from IT disciplines and is moving to broadcast and has the potential to show new methods of working.
In this second instalment of our extended article on monitoring in OTT and VOD, we take a look at the core infrastructure and discuss how to analyze systems to guarantee that video, audio and metadata is reliably delivered through network and CDN infrastructures to the home viewer.
Monitoring has always been the engineers’ best friend as it turns apparent chaos into order and helps us understand what is going on deep inside a system to deliver high-quality pictures and sound. As OTT continues to play a more prominent role, the need to monitor internet distribution systems is becoming increasingly compelling.