Articles You May Have Missed – November 15, 2017

Two common themes are seen around broadcast and production trade shows, IP and 4K/UHD. The IP technology train left the station with SMPTE’s release of the first component of the IP standardization process, SMPTE 2110. More components in this family of standards will be announced over time.

To see IP-technology at work, one need look no further than Broadcasting Center Europe (BCE), which recently completed a new 36,000 square meter IP-based facility, in Luxembourg. Dubbed “RTL City” the broadcast center supports the production and playout of programming for multiple channels throughout Europe.

The second familiar industry refrain centers on the production and delivery of 4K/UHD. Such high-quality content is already available on a few streaming channels like YouTube and via Roku. This will require new production and broadcast facilities equipped with wide-band, high-speed networks and storage, but where to start? See this tutorial.

Learn from the experience of others by reading these two important articles.

Dubbed “RTL City,” the new broadcast center features IP-based production and distribution facilities that make it truly flexible.

Dubbed “RTL City,” the new broadcast center features IP-based production and distribution facilities that make it truly flexible.

Broadcasting Center Europe (BCE) operates TV and radio channels as well as production companies located throughout Europe and Asia. It recently completed one of the most impressive broadcast centers to come along in a decade. Management makes no excuses for the forward-looking content handling concepts it has put into place at its new headquarters and looks forward to serving a myriad of innovative production and distribution applications for many years to come.

For BCE it was critical that the IP solution had the same quality of service and reliability achieved in the SDI world. That meant the same level of scalability, stability, propagation delays and synchronization. BCE design staff began looking at the SMPTE 2022-6 IP spec as a way to connect all of the disparate systems and have them communicate as a fully networked system.

Learn more about how facility managers solved the challenges of building an IP-centric broadcast center in the article, “RTL’s New Luxembourg Headquarters is an IP Broadcast Game Changer.”

Is your facility ready for 4K? If not, then listen up because you will soon have some tough decisions to make, the first of which involves storage and bandwidth.

The production community has always led when it comes to advancing image quality. Always pushing the limits, asking for better pictures, immersive audio, higher highlights, deeper blacks. At the same time, I’ve never met the broadcaster who was anxious to tear up the TV station to support the latest innovation. Broadcasters tend to be more risk adverse for a variety of reasons.

A revolution is about to take place, all centered on ATSC 3.0. One of the advancements that the new broadcast standard will support is 4K imagery, so you need to get ready. Need some tips on building that 4K infrastructure? Read the article, “Building A 4K Facility Is Easy--Right?” at this link.

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