With the migration to IP in the media and broadband industry, legacy and mostly analogue synchronization signals like Black and Burst, Tri-level Sync, DARS, 10MHz or 1PPS are getting replaced with the IEEE1588 Precision Time Protocol (PTP). With PTP being a flexible protocol and not just a signal, new challenges arise: the PTP setup needs to be engineered well to assure accurate frequency and time transfer from an external time reference such as GPS to all media nodes within the all-IP infrastructure.
The days when service providers were categorized according to their access technology are already long gone. Today, hybrid access infrastructures have become the norm, and for several different reasons too. That's why the need for a new networked structure, the Converged Interconnect Network (CIN), arises.
With the ongoing migration in the broadcast & media industry towards an ALL-IP infrastructure, media companies are facing plenty of new and very fundamental challenges. The move to ALL-IP is not just another shift in technology, like the migration from SD to HD. This time, operational procedures need to evolve as well and new tools need to be developed to automate and support those.
The production Media Data Center: end-to-end monitoring and orchestration for all-IP broadcast infrastructures
This article discusses the main challenges on the way to an ALL-IP uncompressed video infrastructure and the way a latest-generation end-to-end multi-vendor orchestration platform helps to deal with them.