There isn’t much in the broadcast ecosystem that isn’t already IP, except the baseband tier of live production,” said Chuck Meyer, chief technology officer for Grass Valley. He points to the fact that most facilities follow a file-based workflow for production, their traffic systems are automated, and the transmission end has all signals encoded in some form before heading to the transmitter.

“It’s about changing the workflow environment from being hardware based to software; that is where the operational flexibility comes in.” said John Maihot, IP solutions architect with Imagine Communications. Maihot says that the time has come for completely IP-based facilities to emerge, with the software component being key.

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