Technical papers: Energy-efficiency for a more sustainable future
IBC2022: Whether it is in production, transmission or in personal viewing, media companies are employing technological advances to reduce their consumption of energy as they strive to meet their zero-carbon targets. This informative and entertaining session examines three very distinct approaches towards this objective:
The first, by a major broadcaster, began as a means of exploring the economies of cloud-based working but soon became overtaken by the pandemic and home-based working. Now, post-pandemic, the organisation has been pervaded by a new culture of adventure and it has embraced the new way of working, with its very substantial energy savings. Another development recognises that high dynamic range mobile displays, increasingly used for streamed video, consume considerable energy. The team describes the creation of an app that can predict the battery capacity required to watch HDR content; this informs users how to choose energy-saving viewing options. Finally, we examine the novel principles employed in the design of a pro-active smart home which takes account of the lifestyles and media usage habits of its inhabitants.