The Broadcast Bridge Published Over 200 Articles Last Month

It was a busy October for the editors at The Broadcast Bridge. Last month we published more than 200 feature articles, tutorials, essential guides and new product information. A reader could be excused for missing some of that content, especially in light of the multiple exhibitions and conferences that took place in the same time frame.


To help The Broadcast Bridge members and readers stay current and not miss key technological developments and tutorials, here are two articles we believe you will find highly interesting and valuable.

Cobalt's live demo at IBC involved eight RIST-member companies that successfully streamed content over the public Internet.

Cobalt's live demo at IBC involved eight RIST-member companies that successfully streamed content over the public Internet.

The recent IBC2018 Show was significant because two different, yet similar, technology showcases were hosted that addressed the increasing need for interoperability of third-party companies around a common set of specifications that leverage the internet protocol (IP). As more broadcasters seek to embrace IP, these live demonstrations and industry “plug-fests” serve as important proofs of concept.

One showcase involved the Alliance for IP Media Solutions (AIMS), which now counts more than 100 member companies and supports the SMPTE ST 2110 standards that are now being successfully deployed for uncompressed audio and video over an IP infrastructure.

In another part of the RAI Convention Center, the Video Services Forum (VSF) staged its own IP showcase, with eight companies demonstrating a newer emerging specification. This one, called Reliable Internet Stream Transport (RIST), is designed for the transmission of compressed (for H.264 and H.265) video over the public internet.

The benefit to both IP signal exchange methods is that they are agnostic to bit rate or resolution formats. A broadcaster could send HD video one day and 4K video the next over the same networked system architecture.

Want to know more about the new RIST protocol? Click on this link, “The Growing Demand for IP Technology Interoperability.”

Low latency networks and non-blocking switches are terms now appearing in mainstream broadcasting. But what do they mean? Why are they relevant? And how do we make Video over IP work?

The need to employ non-blocking Ethernet switches has come as a surprise to many broadcast engineers. X-Y matrix SDI switchers are at the heart of every broadcast operation and their non-blocking characteristics have been assumed and taken for granted. Simply replacing an SDI router with an Ethernet switch will not deliver the gains CEO’s are expecting.

To help readers understand the new emerging technology, The Broadcast Bridge Technology Editor, Tony Orme, has written this Essential Guide, Video Over IP – Making it Work. You will learn about video over IP at a deep engineering level to help you understand the key components required to make a successful IP infrastructure deliver the COTS benefits CEO’s are demanding.

This tutorial article is available as a free download for The Broadcast Bridge members at; Essential Guide, Video Over IP – Making it Work.

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