The focus of much of the latest broadcast TV R&D is the Remote Integration Model (REMI). From millions of Skype meetings over consumer ISPs to the recent Winter Olympics TV broadcasts, REMI is significantly changing the internal dynamics of live, between-the-glass, remote TV production and viewing.
Television is still a niche industry, but nonetheless, one of the most powerful storytelling mediums in existence. Whether reporting news events, delivering educational seminars, or product reviews, television still outperforms all other mediums in terms of its ability to communicate to mass audiences.
In the last article in this series, we looked at how PTP V2.1 has improved security. In this part, we investigate how robustness and monitoring is further improved to provide resilient and accurate network timing.
NDI (Network Device Interface) is a free protocol for Video over IP, developed by NewTek. The key word is “free.”
Timing accuracy has been a fundamental component of broadcast infrastructures for as long as we’ve transmitted television pictures and sound. The time invariant nature of frame sampling still requires us to provide timing references with sub microsecond accuracy.
New, in-cloud, pay-per-use business models offer new advantages to occasional REMI, field reporting, remote event production and similar content producers and distributors with a better business model to remain competitive and profitable without huge ongoing capital investments.
Though mostly a publicity stunt, Major League Baseball’s Field of Dreams Game live telecast on August 12th proved to be a hit for everyone involved—including the Fox Sports team and production company Game Creek Video—tasked with putting it on.
Although it may seem that remote production was born out of necessity to address a growing demand for distributed workflows amidst global lockdowns, it was already gaining momentum prior to the pandemic, which accelerated the trend. But why is remote production so attractive, and what is the broadcast industry doing to advance this initiative? What will it look like in the next ten years?