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SVG IP Production Summit at NBC Sports

March 02, 2017

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IP Technology and the Future of Broadcast Infrastructure.

With IP technology becoming more and more of a talked-about topic in today's media industry, what are some of the challenges of changing over your critical broadcast infrastructure? Can you be sure your on-air presence won't be affected while keeping yourself in the best position for what the future holds? In an event co-sponsored by Dale Pro Audio, our valued partners at the Sports Video Group assembled a group of experts in this rapidly expanding field, to discuss these very concerns. The event was graciously hosted by the NBC Sports Group, in their neighboring Chelsea Piers sports complex.

Insider Look at NBC Sports

After being welcomed by SVG's Executive Director for Editoral Services Ken Kerschbaumer, the attendees were then treated to a video montage of NBC Sports' Olympic coverage over the last several years. Kerschbaumer invited NBC's President of Olympics and Business Gary Zenkel to deliver a keynote speech, much of which was dedicated to the launch of the NBC Olympic Channel later this year. Then, NBC's Tim Canary and David Mazza got up to give an overview of the state of the art NBC Sports headquarters next door. They gave us a brief history of the facility's design, and how they relied on IP technology to give their staff the best possible performance and workflow in their day to day operations.

IP Standards and Real World Application

Diving into the main topic with the next segment, SVG's Chief Editor Jason Dachman led a panel made up of manufacturers in a discussion centered on IP standards in our industry. Panelists included Sony's Hugo Gaggioni, Evertz's Mo Goyal, Vizrt's Gerhard Lang, Snell Advanced Media's David Tasker, and NewTek's Will Waters. Each gave their insights and experiences in the work leading up to SMPTE's upcoming 2110 IP standard for broadcasters, in addition to other formats they've worked with such as 2206, TR-04, ASPEN, NDI, and NMI.

In an effort to give attendees a few "real-world" ideas of IP technology in action and practice, SVG then conducted two segments. The first one, "How IP will change the way you work at home" was dedicated to in-studio applications. Moderated by SVG senior editor Karen Hogan Ketchum, this panel included NBC's Kevin Callahan, Snell Advanced Media's Tim Felstead, and EVS Media's James Stellpflug. The second part, led by SVG Senior Editor Brandon Costa, was "How IP will change the way you work on the road". Focusing on IP technology in the world of field operations and remote trucks, Brandon was joined by Grass Valley's Robert Erickson, TVU Networks' Matt Keller, NEP's Joe Signorino, and Game Greek's Jason Taubman.

Dale's Technology Development Manager Joel Guilbert shared his thoughts after the panels completed: "The upcoming ratification of SMPTE2110 is weighing heavily on both manufacturers and engineering staffs' minds. Many are reluctant to dive headfirst into the IP realm until a standard has been defined. Though all all IP infrastructure would be ideal, HD/3G/12G SDI and MADI  will co-exist with IP routing and control systems for the near future. Everyone would like to stay in the uncompressed realm, but there were many stated instances where some kind of video compression would be beneficial."

Dale Pro Audio was proud to co-sponsor this event, and is committed to remaining on the vanguard of this exciting topic for our valued broadcast clientele.

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