The coronavirus pandemic will lead to an acceleration of media companies adopting IP, the Cloud, and remote production according to the European Broadcasting Union’s director of technology and innovation.
In a blog post, Antonio Arcidiacono says the pandemic “has opened the door” and it is time for the media industry to step through and embrace the positive opportunities it brings.
“In short, this means acceleration towards remote and distributed production that relies on IP infrastructure and the Cloud; and mature new distribution infrastructures that integrate a new generation of IP-based broadcast, multicast and edge-casting modes,” states Arcidiacono.
He adds that the development of live IP and 5G-supported production “will become the new backbone for a cost-effective and flexible production strategy that can optimise resources.”
Arcidiacono argues that it is the role of the EBU to “catalyse the resources and the expertise available in each EBU Member, proposing new ideas and related products and services, and aggregating those resources to build that innovation edge – the innovation that remains one of the goals and raisons d’être of public service media.
“The combination of EBU Members’ content and expertise is now permitting the creation of new product initiatives to better inform, educate and entertain European citizens. European institutions are the additional accelerator that could help those initiatives to materialise and continue to resonate well beyond the critical period we are currently living through,” concludes Arcidiacono.
The full blog post is available to read here.