Essential Guide: Comms In Hybrid SDI - IP - Cloud Systems

February 6th 2024 - 09:30 AM
By Kevin Emmott

We examine the demands placed on hybrid, distributed comms systems and the practical requirements for connectivity, transport and functionality.

Comms is one of the constants of broadcast production. The network architecture upon which we must deploy our comms systems is constantly changing. This Essential Guide explores the ever evolving combination of baseband, IP and cloud-based infrastructure, comms must reliably traverse.

Our teams and our production facilities are responding to the need to be more flexible and scalable, and often this means people and resources which are distributed across multiple locations, and increasingly with remote sports production, those locations can be thousands of miles apart.

IP networks are rapidly becoming the backbone of our broadcast infrastructure because the flexibility and scalability they bring enables these new distributed workflows. Many completely new facilities are deploying 100% IP infrastructures, but most systems are using a combination of IP, SDI and new cloud-based workflows. System designers are selecting a hybrid mix of technologies, leveraging the best combination of systems to fit the workflow and budget requirements at hand. Deploying effective comms within this dynamic infrastructure presents some interesting challenges.

This Essential Guide discusses the demands placed upon IP native & hybrid comms systems for scalable and remote teams, and some of the approaches deployed to meet the challenges.

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