Existing production workflows need to be re-engineered to deliver multiple live feeds to a central location, explains John Smith, managing director, Media Links EMEA.

Remote production over IP has, until recently, been prevented by the lack of last mile bandwidth to venues. 

However, in recent years, carriers have made significant in-roads to improving connectivity and fibre now connects most of our towns and cities, including our stadiums.

In addition, many broadcast systems have now been developed to work in an IP domain, suddenly making the prospect of remote production over IP a reality.

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John Smith, managing director, Media Links EMEA

Our staff participate and lead the teams responsible for the various standards required by carriers to move content successfully over wide area networks with 100 per cent QoS using our true IP based products and hitless switching technology.  

Current production workflows will need to be re-engineered and content producers and technical staff can now decide on the most efficient way to manage resources which are located remote from the venue.

Yet, with the infrastructure in place, a telecoms network can be used to deliver multiple live camera and audio feeds to a central location for mixing and editing, enabling one crew to cover several subsequent live events from different locations in one day, further maximising expensive resources.  

With prime-time ratings declining, live sporting events continue to attract significant audience figures. 

Remote production over IP offers the potential to reduce costs and cover more niche live sporting events, appealing to new audiences and attracting new advertisers which is an exciting prospect for broadcasters.  4K remote production has also become a reality again supplying the new generation of consumers content for their 4KTV!