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An Argument for Open IP Standards in the Media Industry


AIMS (Alliance for IP Media Solutions)

The Alliance for IP Media Solutions Supports VSF TR-03.
The broadcast and media industry’s transition from Serial Digital Interface (SDI) to Internet Protocol (IP)  as the primary means of moving signals between and through facilities is upon us. With it comes the  promise of increased agility and system scalability that can help broadcasters develop new business models and remain competitive. While there’s no longer a question as to whether or not a transition is  necessary, opinions are quite varied as to the pace and level of priority a broadcaster should be placing  on the transition. A key impediment in moving the industry forward, however, is the fact that multiple competing approaches to the transition are being introduced to the market, further complicating an  already daunting decision.

SDI has served for years as the common language of uncompressed video in broadcast facilities,  enabling any piece of equipment to connect with any other equipment that also supports this standard,  irrespective of the supplier. The Alliance strongly feels that the broadcast industry must maintain this approach of utilizing a single, standardized interface for transmission of video, as it transitions from SDI  to IP, to ensure that widespread signal transport interoperability continues.

IP is an inherently flexible protocol, but that same flexibility creates risk if technology suppliers are not  fully aligned. The rationale for common standards is obvious: interoperable solutions based on widely  accepted, open standards have driven the industry’s growth and success for decades by accommodating broadcasters’ current needs and ensuring they are prepared for future advancements. An IP technology  infrastructure based on open standards provides broadcasters with the maximum agility and flexibility  to adjust business models, capitalize on new revenue opportunities, and add new capabilities and services without having to constantly rebuild their workflows – while having the freedom to build best-of-breed networks.

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