BroadStream Highlights Hybrid SDI-IP Playout at NAB

The broadcast industry is still heavily dependant on its installed SDI systems to keep production centres and studios running but is looking ahead to a more IP-based way of working in the near future. Manufacturers are covering this transition period by producing hybrid systems featuring both formats, with BroadStream promoting its combined playout system at this year’s NAB Convention.

The OASYS integrated hybrid platform has been designed by BroadStream Solutions to allow users to tailor the technology to their individual needs and take what the company describes as a "measured and thoughtful approach to full IP". Aimed at both single channel and multi-channel broadcast centres, OASYS comes in a variety of models and configurations, including SD, HD, SD/HD hybrid and IP I/O as well as SDI/IP hybrid.

Explaining the thinking behind the dual format system, Herbert Brenninkmeijer, chief executive of BroadStream Solutions, said, "Whether a customer is working with existing base band hardware, partly replacing SDI with IP processes or, providing a complete IP solution for future cloud-based playout, we're offering playout providers choice and flexibility. With our SDI/IP hybrid solution, we will be able to support our customers all the way through their transition to IP at their own pace; before, during and afterwards, using the same platform."

OASYS is described as a scalable system, with servers ranging from 1RU to 3RU, with up to four-playout channels for each server. Other features include multiple live inputs to move between live feeds and DVEs, support for a variety of native file formats, up, down and cross conversion for both live signals and pre-recorded files and computer generated graphics features.

The SDI/IP hybrid platform has been designed so that broadcasters can plan the move between the formats, with major considerations including budget, training, expansion and future implementation. "It's understandable that broadcasters and playout providers are cautious about investing in an entirely new IP infrastructure considering how many varying IP standards are being presented to the industry at the moment," Brenninkmeijer commented.

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