Staying on top of the latest technology trends in the broadcasting space can be a challenge. Matrox Video, with over 40 years of broadcast experience and expertise, is here to offer some insight and has identified three top trends to keep an eye on in 2019.
4K on the rise = New formats
Without question, 4K technology has grown in popularity over the last five years. 4K-supported televisions outnumber HD televisions in any electronics store, while UHD movies and TV series are available on popular streaming services such as Netflix. So why are broadcasters not yet offering an abundance of 4K content? It comes down to cost. Broadcasters need to consider whether the investment in the bandwidth and equipment necessary to produce and distribute 4K content is worthwhile—especially since the primary delivery mechanism is through digital transmission, i.e., via DTTV, IP, or satellite. The 4K content is ready and available, so broadcasters will be actively looking for a cost-effective means to get 4K out to a broader audience.
SMPTE ST 2110 = New connectivity
The SMPTE ST 2110 standard is rapidly gaining traction within the professional media industries—and for good reason! Many broadcasters want to update or expand their facilities but are looking at enterprise IT infrastructure as a model to do so. Broadcasters now have a choice of remaining with existing SDI infrastructures or renewing facilities using SMPTE ST 2110, IT-based systems. The SMPTE ST 2110 standard replaces the need for SDI routers and dedicated SDI video production systems, by defining a standard way to transmit uncompressed audio and video data across high-performance IT networks.
Remote productions = New workflows
With the rise of high-bandwidth wide area network (WAN) connectivity, whether public or private, broadcasters have begun looking at remote integration (REMI) or remote at home productions. This involves sending raw high-quality camera feeds from the field over IP to a centralised live production system. Broadcasters can, in turn, improve efficiency and minimise costs by using these in-house or cloud-based production systems to produce high-quality live programming. With remote production, fewer staff and equipment are required in the field—lowering travel expenses and logistical costs. The studio is also able to cover multiple events in a single day with the same personnel. Another cost-efficient option is to send remote feeds directly to cloud-based production software, whose programme outputs can be directly transmitted to over-the-top (OTT) and social media platforms.
How to capitalize on these trends?
Find a multi-functional product that can ably manage the various current and emerging technological requirements. Matrox® Monarch EDGE, for example, is a multi-channel broadcast contribution and remote production encoder equipped with SDI and SMPTE ST 2110 connections. This low-power, 4K appliance encodes UHD feeds up to 3840x2160 50/60 fps for web and broadcast contributions at exceptionally low latencies and bitrates - without compromising on quality. Monarch EDGE also serves as a remote feed encoder for REMI productions, whether produced in the cloud or with in-house equipment.
The Matrox Monarch EDGE multi-channel broadcast H.264 contribution encoder.
Visit booth E41 at BVE 2019 to explore and discuss additional industry insights, trends, and opportunities, and to also see the Matrox Monarch EDGE contribution encoder in action first-hand.
To learn more about Matrox Monarch EDGE, visit www.matrox.com/video/monarch_edge/bve