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IBC TV to go live with VRT-EBU IP studio

2 August 2016

IBC TV will be using the VRT-EBU LiveIP studio production set-up to shoot, edit and produce some of the programmes covering IBC2016.

Driven by the Belgian public broadcasting company’s VRT Sandbox incubator programme and the EBU, and powered by a number of different partners, 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 interoperability and leverages the benefits of IP to create efficiencies, such as remote production and automation.

IBC TV, which delivers 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 IBC2016 is being supported by the partners, as well as the Alliance for IP Media Solutions (AIMS).

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 gatherings, IBC TV wanted to try the technology for itself and highlight the potential of IP in revolutionising production.”

The set-up will be split over three sites connected by fibre to demonstrate the flexibility provided by IP technology. The set-up will be on display for visitors at all times, and available for testing when not in use by IBC TV.

Karel De Bondt, project manager of the LiveIP project explains: “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.”

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