Video / Audio IP Test & Measurement
There is a significant desire within the broadcast industry to be able to compete with content created and delivered ‘OTT’ where working practices are not constrained by traditional broadcast processes. To be able to compete with the flexibility that OTT providers enjoy, broadcaster are embracing the challenges of the IP world to gain the benefits and flexibility that IP potentially offers them.
Many equipment manufacturers, within the AIMS consortium, are now providing both SDI video (via copper) and SMPTE 2022-6 IP video (via SPF cage) interfaces on their equipment as they effectively have the same un-compressed data structure. This offers the best of both worlds as it allows broadcasters the flexibility to adapt their existing infrastructures and workflows rather than starting again from scratch.
While the ultimate, most elegant IP solution for broadcasters is road-mapped, it is still some way off. In the meantime, the pragmatic approach being taken by many adopters is to implement SDI and IP solutions alongside each other and choosing the most sensible, practical and cost-effective solution in each individual case. In broadcast, evolution is much better than revolution.
These are challenging times for the broadcast industry with choice of SDI or IP infrastructure. There is demand for SDI as a simple point to point connection, from one ‘black box’ to another. But there is also the attraction of IP infrastructure and the benefits of scale that it offers.