IP Bandwidth Crunch Calls For Compression

As the broadcast industry coalesces around the new SMPTE standards for managing media over IP networks, there is still one piece missing: a compression standard to conserve bandwidth.

The SMPTE ST 2110 standards are great news, since they will allow broadcasters to run traffic between facilities entirely on IP, rather than maintaining different facilities for SDI and IP.

But uncompressed video over IP gobbles up great amounts of bandwidth. So at least in the short term, some say, compression technology and standards will be key to easing the upgrade path, especially for distributed and cloud operations.

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