HPA Tech Retreat: Transitioning to an Ethernet-Based Facility

Broadcasters and other media organizations are contemplating a move to an Ethernet-based facility for their live streams for a range of compelling reasons: flexibility, simpler cabling, better economies of scale and an easier move to Ultra HDTV. At an HPA Tech Retreat panel on “Professional Networked Media,” Fox Network Engineering & Operations Vice President Thomas Edwards led a panel of broadcast executives working to make that a reality.

It’s already a reality for the BBC, said Nicholas Pinks, Technology Transfer Manager for the British broadcaster’s R&D team. “[BBC Director-General] Tony Hall has defined the future of BBC production as IP: BBC on mobile, on demand, online and on TV,” said Pinks, who said that IP is flexible and enables sharing.

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