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Reworking IP And IT For Broadcast Cont.
about baseband video.”
Peter Noethen,
Co-owner
Wellen+Noethen

“…Our focus clearly
lies on cooperation
with providers of
innovative software
and hardware
solutions

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management and broadcast IT
allowing Peter Noethen, Co-owner
to say: “For this reason, we are
one of the leading providers for
realisation of technology projects in
broadcast IT, with the know-how as
well as the resources for supporting
our clients, even on the biggest
infrastructure projects, along the
entire value-added chain.”
The firm’s subsidiary Qvest Media
has just expanded its international
business by opening in Singapore.
“Our focus clearly lies on cooperation
with providers of innovative
software and hardware solutions
for broadcast IT applications,”
says Noethen.
Gearhouse Broadcast’s Chief
Operating Officer, Kevin Moorhouse
said: “When you tender for playout
facilities and installing channels you
find that clients generally look for
old fashioned back-up channels.
They want to look forward while
still holding onto something more
traditional. If we are doing a SI install
for playout we will go down the data
route but we’ll still do 422 route as
well to ensure security.
“Anything we do for ingest, archive
and MAM is more of a file-based
and IT related world but on the field
production side, from live servers to
routing and vision mixing, it’s still

Education Needed
Moorhouse believes a big education
curve is needed for broadcasters
and SI’s alike as to what is coming
down the track. “The main aspect
is that of signal delay. Delay is not
a factor in most other industries
but its impact is considerable in
broadcast. With 4K, the timing is
down to nano seconds so there is
still a lot to learn.”
TSL highlights a separation
between corporate IT and broadcast
IT, often precipitated by a similar
disparity in software from broadcast
vendors and IT vendors.
“Broadcast software tends to
be less compliant with standard
enterprise IT services such as LDAP,
Active Directory and Layer 3 routing,”
says Bruce MacGregor, Director
Of Solutions. “I have heard CTO’s
railing against this and complaining
bitterly that broadcast vendors
don’t comply with these standards.
However, we shouldn’t be surprised;
broadcast is a niche market and it
simply isn’t economical to provide
all that functionality and the testing
that goes with it.”
The common approach is to keep
all the badly behaved broadcast
equipment on separate systems,
often managed by separate teams.
However, today’s content delivery
requirements for OTT, multiplatform
and catch up are calling this
approach into question.
“TSL has developed techniques
to lock down and isolate badly
behaved broadcast software in such
a way that it can coexist alongside its
better behaved corporate cousins,”
says MacGregor. “Advanced
configurations utilising technologies
like identity firewalling are used to tie
enterprise permissions to individual
user profiles.”
Grass Valley is reworking technology
across its product line toward
IT systems which will give its

customers the
flexibility to
work in whatever
resolution they
desire.
“The world
of TV and realtime requires a
determinism that
a pure IT based
technology
doesn’t face,”
says Matt Allard,
VP Marketing.
“Configuring IT to TSL’s MAM system in action at Sky News Arabia
broadcast means
modifying it to meet the real-time
through building an IT support
requirements in live events. One
knowledge base from scratch.
example is multicasting over IP.
On the other hand, the SI recently
When you come to the live feed
completed a large studio and
after a commercial break you need
transmission project where we
a system capable of making 200+
supplied the network and hardware
signal switches in real-time and all
layer design based on the clients
in sync. That’s the challenge we all
requirements. “They have a very
face moving forward.”
pro-active and knowledgeable
WTS’ Technical Director David
IT department and wanted to be
Phillips recounts an (unnamed)
involved in the design,” says Phillips.
national broadcaster in South East “With that in mind, we guided them
Asia which recently made a leap
through much of the hardware
from analogue VTR playout to an allswitch configuration, but it was
digital HD file-based infrastructure
carried out by the client as part of a
using generic storage, server playout
familiarisation exercise and they are
and file archiving for the first time.
now able to maintain their broadcast
WTS staff were able to provide a
IT system independently.”
turnkey solution including baseband
“It is concerning that many
and IT infrastructures to meet the
companies continue with all of the
client’s ambitions and guide them
disadvantages and potential security
issues with a split approach to IT,”
adds MacGregor. “There is some
evidence to suggest that this may
Bruce MacGregor,
be down to a lack of specific IT
Director of Solutions,
knowledge but where appropriate
TSL Systems
expertise is procured there are
solutions available to these perennial
broadcast IT problems.”

“…Broadcast to be
software tends
less compliant with
standard enterprise
IT services

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Toward Virtualisation
Big data analysis is a hot topic in
the industry just now, and while
it is typically applied to analysis
of massive data sets about
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InNews: Prime Focus Selects Avid Workflow
InNews: Elysium Workflow Centres on Aces
InReply: IO Gates Platform ‘keeps It Simple’
InTech: When Does Clean Switching Matter?
InGear: IBC Debut for Gepco’s Hybrid Fibre Cables
InFile: BFI Adopts Filecatalyst Transfer Workflow
InAudio: TSL Products’ Madi Capable Solutions
In Broadcast - September 2013 - Intro
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In Broadcast - September 2013 - Contents
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In Broadcast - September 2013 - InGear: IBC Debut for Gepco’s Hybrid Fibre Cables
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