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Sony announces new technical capabilities and interoperability achievements
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Fri, 28 Apr 2017 11:16

Sony introduced a series of new IP Live functions, interoperability milestones and customer success stories on the first day of NAB 2017. Broadcasters around the world are increasingly embracing IP for its proven ability to deliver quality live 4K video, audio, synchronisation signals and control data through a single network cable. At NAB, Sony joined with customers, partners and competitors alike to demonstrate how its IP Live solution is truly ‘ready today, open for tomorrow’.

Sony announced several new capabilities within its IP Live Production System, which further expand the entire IP-based ecosystem:

• New functionality has also been added to the IP Live System Manager capable of integrating with an Ember+ protocol based system such as VSM (Virtual Studio Manager) from LAWO, one of the industry’s leading control and monitoring systems, giving broadcasters greater flexibility to configure the IP system how they want it
• The new version 2.3 of Sony’s XVS-8000 multi-format production switcher introduces resource sharing capabilities as standard. This means that one processor can run dual swither functions virtually enabling to construct for example 4K/HD simultaneous production
• The new NXLK-IP45F AV Multiplexer/Demultiplexer Board, available later this month, adds the ability to multiplex and de-multiplex video and audio over IP signals, ensuring both systems can be managed across the IP network
• The new NXL-IP4F SDI-IP Converter Unit, also available later this month, makes it easy to integrate any 4K or HD standalone source or destination with an IP-based production system

Live broadcasters of all sizes are implementing Live Production over IP to enjoy increased efficiency, reliability and scalability, with reduced system costs. At NAB Sony is sharing details of how it is delivering 4K over IP for a range of customers including:

• BBC Studioworks (UK): Sony is delivering 4K over IP in the BBC’s refurbished Television Centre studios in London
• TV Globo (Brazil): broadcasted live “Carnival in Rio” with Sony 4K IP OB truck. 4K HDR and HD SDR simultaneous production was successfully operated by “SR Live for HDR” solution.
• Sky Perfect JSAT Corporation (Japan): 4K IP routing system is at work to transmit and monitor 4K videos for broadcast in IP
• China Central Television (CCTV) (China): Sony will deliver all core components of IP live system to CCTV’s first 4K IP OB truck in June, 2017 for its technological researches and gaining experiences of UHD TV production.
• Zhejiang Radio & TV Group (China): has selected a Sony to build a 4K IP OB truck for live broadcast in 4K and HDR. The signing ceremony held in March, 2018
• China Digital Culture Group (China): has purchased a Sony 4K IP OB Truck that will hit the road in August, 2017 and it is used for live theatrical play and entertainment event broadcast.
• 4K Garden (China): the major 4K content services platform has purchased 4K IP OB Truck in China from Sony to deliver exciting live contents in 4K. The truck will be ready before August 2017.

“The past year since NAB 2016 has been hallmarked by three things: cooperation and open innovation between vendors across the Live over IP; an industry-wide push to undertake training and adopt skills readiness for IP; and the commitment of major broadcasters to invest in IP as they look to the next generation of live content experiences,” says Norbert Paquet, strategic marketing manager at Sony Professional Solutions Europe. “We’re proud to be an active party within a number of standards bodies all working to ensure a range of compatible cameras, switchers, servers, computer graphics, display devices and backbones are ready for broadcasters today as they invest in the open, innovative production facilities of tomorrow.”

For more information on Sony’s IP Live Production System please visit the Sony website.




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