Why the Transition to IP Is Different

By Chris Harmon

The transition to IP video operations is going to be like nothing we’ve ever seen before in the broadcast industry. When we transitioned from analog to digital video and from SD to HD, everyone had to upgrade to the new format, but workflows essentially stayed the same or remained very familiar. Even as the first file-based workflows were deployed, they typically replicated the workflows they replaced.

The transition to IP is all about the virtualization of software and along with it the ability to run software either on premises, on a private cloud, or in the public cloud. IP infrastructure enables broadcasters to take advantage of the efficiencies and cost of running software on consumer-off-the-shelf technology (CoTs). Utilizing these new workflows, facilities can be built to a steady state capacity and scaled to accommodate peak demand using pay-as-you-go or SaaS models.

So at a time when most broadcasters are seeing their advertising revenues fall and they find themselves under pressure to reduce costs, it is the new business models enabled by IP that broadcasters can use to save money.

However, just like the transitions of the past, it will take some time before all the equipment is converted. We will be living in a hybrid world for some time – a world that Utah Scientific knows well and can help you navigate.

Read our first white paper on the subject here