Cutting-edge technology is front-and-center at this year’s Broadcast Engineering and Information Technology Conference.
“The focus of the 2019 BEITC is, as always, the latest and most authoritative technical presentations of broadcast and related media technologies, from experts in their respective fields,” said Skip Pizzi, vice president of technology education and outreach for NAB. “Presentations will cover radio and television broadcasting technology, both on-air and online, including core audio, video and RF engineering topics as well as IT-related supportive elements.”
Big topics this year include ATSC 3.0, artificial intelligence, IP-based facilities and SMPTE ST 2110/AES67, according to Pizzi.
“The industry seems to be moving to calling this ‘professional media networking,’ so we are following suit — 5G, big data, OTT, cybersecurity and content protection,” he said. “I hope delegates will come away having deepened their understanding of technologies critical to their personal skill sets and their employers’ operations, and ideally also learned a few brand new things.”
This morning begins with several sessions on artificial intelligence, including the session “AI Technology Is Changing the Future of Video Compression.” This session will examine how AI is being applied to video compression for broadcast and OTT applications, starting with a brief history of video compression, followed by ways that AI can be utilized, explaining how AI solves typical video compression problems.
Based on many studies, the vast majority of traffic on mobile networks is expected to be video. This also means that 5G networks will be flooded with video services.
To enable the most efficient delivery and best user experience, commonly agreed frameworks for content generation and packaging, device playback consumption and web-based playback are essential. Attendees can learn more in Tuesday’s session “5G Networks and Mobile Video Interoperability.”
With the 2018 FIFA World Cup and Winter Olympics delivered in UHD HDR, the demand for the ultra hi-res standard is on the upswing worldwide. Although the signals were transmitted over a variety of cable TV, DTH, IPTV, terrestrial and OTT platforms using HDR10/PQ10 and HLG10 standards, for many broadcasters and content providers, UHD HDR remains a “black box” — they know what it is, but are not quite sure how it works.
Wednesday’s session “Demystifying Live UHD HDR Service Delivery” will reveal what’s inside the black box and is hosted by Thierry Fautier, Harmonic’s vice president of video strategy and president of the Ultra HD Forum.
“I will examine all of the different deployment scenarios and analyze the rationale for picking a specific HDR solution,” said Fautier. “Additionally, I’ll discuss some of the UHD HDR delivery challenges and recent technology innovations that are enhancing UHD HDR experiences.”
Fautier will also tackle the topic of backwards compatibility and provide insights on how operators are deploying live HDR.
“Beyond shedding light on some of the inherent challenges of delivering UHD HDR, I’ll look at how the current HDR experience can be improved using advanced techniques, such as dynamic mapping while still being backward compatible with an installed base of existing HDR receivers,” he said.
IP-connected data lives in an insecure cyberspace constantly beset by hackers and other security threats. Blockchain is an IT architecture that stands up against such threats by creating a “distributed ledger” across a distributed, peer-to-peer network that resists data modification by outsiders, while accepting ongoing updates and growth of the records.
Also referred to as a form of online “crypto-currency,” blockchain can also be deployed as a centralized, secure platform for managing all of the revenues, records and expenses associated with producing content.
Groupe Média TFO Vice-President and COO Éric Minoli will explain how this can be accomplished in Wednesday’s session “Blockchain — An Opportunity to Refine Intellectual Property Management.”
“Alongside the creative challenge of producing and distributing great video content internationally, there is a huge administrative burden,” said Minoli. “At Groupe Média TFO, we have developed a prototype platform that uses blockchain to create a completely fresh approach to managing all these relationships and identifying practical savings in administration.”
This blockchain-based platform is designed to work during the production process and afterwards “when continuing payments are still contractual obligations but the production company may no longer have the resources available to complete them,” he said. “Indeed, it may not exist at all.”
The BEITC concludes Thursday with sessions such as “Managing the Spectrum Crunch,” “Sharing C-Band” and “Live 360º Video Delivery.”