Where media and IT met
27 June 2012
A session on emerging technologies in broadcast media networks brought this year's EBU Network Technology Seminar to a close in Geneva today. The EBU's Félix Poulin thanked everyone that had been involved in developing and in running the event.
In a wrap-up session, SMPTE's Peter Symes was asked to share his impressions. He said he was convinced that the importance of this event "is increasing rather than decreasing, on one hand, for the broadcasters, understanding a great deal more about the capabilities, limitations and techniques. On the other hand the IT industry now recognises a lot more about the problems of dealing with high bandwidth signals."
Session 6 at NTS 2012: Markus Berg (IRT), John Fletcher (BBC), Matthias Laabs (IRT), Frank Brockners (Cisco).
EBU Head of Media Fundamentals and Production Hans Hoffmann said that for him it had been a surprising event: "What we've heard over the last two days is an order of magnitude more advanced that what we heard even last year. This was an incredibly important event and will continue to be so. The different parts of the puzzle are coming together to allow us to fully move to file-based IP-based systems."
He continued, "We will be able to deliver to a multiplicity of devices in the home, be it to the big screen for UHDTV, or for mobiles. This is something that the rendezvous between media and IT will deliver. A systems approach is needed. In this context this was a highly valuable two days."
Follow the event on Twitter @ebunts2012. Here's a selection of tweets from day 2:
Media and IT tutorial: Technical problems are overcome. Initiatives fail for other reasons. #ebunts2012 - @avanetworks
The best place to protect info is near the data; in the app; or the container. Protection using network devices is difficult. #ebunts2012 - @Almost_Finished
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