The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and Belgian public broadcasting company VRT are pleased to announce that IBC TV will be using the VRT-EBU LiveIP studio production set-up to shoot, edit and produce some of the programs covering the IBC 2016 conference and exhibition in Amsterdam, 8-13 September. IBC TV chose the LiveIP solution in light of the huge interest the industry has shown in IP and to demonstrate the encouraging possibilities of IP production.

Started in the summer of 2015, the VRT-EBU LiveIP studio is the world’s first proof of concept of a complete live production that relies exclusively on IP. This summer, VRT successfully began using this solution to broadcast daily, live programming for its children’s channel, Ketnet.

Driven by the VRT Sandbox incubator program and the EBU, and powered by a long list of partners including Axon, Digital & Media Solutions (D&MS), Dwesam, EVS, Genelec, Grass Valley, Imagine Communications, Lawo, Nevion, Tektronix, Trilogy and Vizrt, the LiveIP project has developed a fully functional IP production studio. Using existing open standards SMPTE 2022-6, AES67/RAVENNA, PTP and OpenFlow, this venture demonstrates a high level of interoperability and leverages the unique benefits of IP to create efficiencies, such as remote production and automation.

IBC TV, which delivers key stories about industry suppliers and event-related news, delivers content online and on screens throughout the RAI Exhibition Centre. The LiveIP project’s presence at IBC 2016 is being supported by the partners, as well as the Alliance for IP Media Solutions (AIMS). The set-up will be split over three sites connected by fiber to demonstrate the flexibility provided by IP technology. The LiveIP studio floor and the control room where the production staff are based will be on booth D10 in Hall 8; the data center holding much of the network equipment will be hosted on EVS’s booth B90 in Hall 8; and finally the IBC TV studio in Hall 13 will have the capability to control the LiveIP studio remotely. The set-up will be on display for visitors at all times, and available for testing when not in use by IBC TV.

Sue Robinson, Producer IBC TV, said: “Since the last IBC event in September 2015, the industry has made great progress in bringing IP to live production, including the development of agreed open standards, interoperability testing and of course projects like LiveIP. As the high-profile provider of content for one of the broadcast industry’s biggest gathering, IBC TV wanted to try the technology for itself and highlight the potential of IP in revolutionizing production.” 

Karel De Bondt, Project Manager of the LiveIP project explains: “There is a tremendous momentum behind the use if IP and IT technology in live production because of the potential benefits of having an environment that can be remote, shared and automated. There are also a lot of questions around the maturity of the technology, so the use of the LiveIP set-up by IBC TV will be a perfect opportunity for visitors to IBC 2016, to see for themselves, how an all-IP studio can work. Visitors will also have the chance to talk with both technical and production professionals about their experience. This is very much what all of us in the project set out to do: explore the potential of IP and IT and share our findings with the industry at large.”

The VRT-EBU LiveIP project recently won the 2016 EBU Award for Technology & Innovation and is shortlisted for the prestigious IBC 2016 Innovations Awards, in the Content Creation category.

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