The growth of TICO continues in 2017, as new vendors join the organisation and deliver interoperable products and more broadcasters adopt the kit in their workflows.

Aperi, Axon, Cesnet, Icron and Pronology have joined the alliance in recent weeks and  are at the 2017 NAB Show with fellow TICO members to showcase interoperable products.

Their implementations are boosting the transition to IP adding the mezzanine compression as specified in the SMPTE RDD35, a set of open specifications that specifies TICO compression and how it can be mapped on existing SDI, SMPTE2022-6 and as independent RTP for VSF TR03/ SMPTE 2110.

An example of tico with uhdtv 4 k

An example of TICO with UHDTV 4K

Source: TICO Alliance

“As the demand for 4K content—and beyond—rises exponentially, high-quality mezzanine compression like TICO is critically important to Aperi’s open, software-based real-time IP media processing,” said Aperi CEO Joop Janssen.

Pronology president Jonathan Aroesty added: “With the expansion of 4K and the emergence of higher resolutions on the horizon, the TICO Alliance helps us scale with these new technologies without having to constantly upgrade customers’ existing hardware solutions.”

TICO enables 4K and 8K live production by transmitting lightly compressed video over SDI enabling 4K over a single 3G-SDI link or 8K over a single 12G-SDI link, eliminating the common issues which broadcasters face when using multiple 3G-SDI or multiple 12G-SDI ports to carry UHDTV in their SDI infrastructure.

On the road transitioning to fully IP workflows, it also optimises the transmission of HD over cost-effective 1GbE interface, UHDTV 4K over a single 10GbE interface to carry up to 3 UHDTV 4K streams, UHDTV 8K using a single 10GbE interface.

At NAB, members are demonstrating real-life solutions and deployments of TICO, across multiple applications including HD over 1GbE, UHD/4K over single 3G-SDI or 10GbE IP using SMPTE 2022-6 or SMPTE 2110.

The first 8K products using TICO are also being showcased.