Remote production in the cloud is the next step for broadcast coverage, writes Haivision EVP & CMO Peter Maag.

Whether it be for sports or news coverage, the demand for high quality live content is skyrocketing. Broadcasters are faced with the challenge of keeping up with this demand without the luxury of increasing their resources. Increasingly, broadcasters are turning to remote “at-home” production (also known as REMI for REMote Integration) for the opportunity it affords them to produce more content and improve efficiencies. Heralded as the next big thing in broadcast for a few years, the benefits of remote production are finally being realised thanks to the latest technologies.

Peter Maag Haivision

Peter Maag

In simple terms, by using a remote production model broadcasters are able to cover more events at substantially less cost.

Remote production is enabled by connecting multiple live video feeds from any venue back to a central production facility where the production team can stay ‘at home’, eliminating the costs and complex logistics needed to deploy OB trucks full of equipment and production teams in the field. At the same time, remote production also allows broadcasters to ensure optimal use of their resources to produce more high quality content.

For example, a replay operator on-site at a sporting event might be only utilised for three hours during a four-day period. If the replay operator is at home, however, they could be running replays around the world, all the time.

It’s clear that the efficiencies to be gained by using a remote production model are dramatic. New technologies for remote production workflows over the internet are addressing key challenges including latency, secure and reliable transport of video signals and stream synchronisation.

Haivision’s portfolio of next -gen video solutions support the ultra-low latency required for interactive live broadcasts and enable broadcast engineers and producers to capture multiple live video and audio streams from a remote venue and keep it all in sync for immediate use.

With video solutions that include native support for the Secure Reliable Transport (SRT) open source video transport protocol that Haivision pioneered, the risks of packet loss, jitter and bandwidth fluctuations are also mitigated, ensuring the delivery of flawless, pristine quality video – even over unreliable or unpredictable networks.

The next step: remote production in the cloud.

At Haivision we believe that if remote production is the first step to creating efficiencies, then the second step is executing on the vision of cloud-based production. That is why our latest innovation SRT Hub, our cloud connectivity and routing platform, will see its public preview launch at IBC 2019.

A facilitator to further production efficiencies, SRT Hub replaces satellite by harnessing the power of the cloud and removing the effects of distance while supporting multi-vendor production. Broadcast production requires solutions from multiple vendors to cover the entire broadcast workflow.

SRT Hub provides the critical ‘glue’ between vendors to execute on live and file-based multi-vendor workflows, making it easier and faster than ever before for broadcasters to bring content in from the field and get it to air quickly.

To learn more about SRT Hub or to discover why Haivision customer Riot Games has been shortlisted for an IBC 2019 Innovation Award for building and deploying a scalable and flexible REMI workflow to support their major tournaments around the world, visit the Haivision booth.

  • Peter Maag is EVP & CMO at Haivision

Haivision will be exhibiting at IBC2019 on Stand 14.G27