Firstly, a warm welcome to 2017! We thought we’d share the weekly goings on here at Open Broadcast Systems, both in our main London office and the rest of our team distributed around Europe.

Globecast SERTE deployment

Our French Partner Ekla Ingeniere installed 2x HD C-100 Decoders at the Globecast SERTE, the main French broadcast switching centre. This decoder has the capability to be software upgraded to 4x simultaneous HD decoders..

We worked with Ekla this week to integrate this unit into SERTE.

Supply Chain Improvements

We might be a software company but we’ve have developed a complex supply chain with parts from dozens of suppliers travelling around the world to numerous systems integrators. Things like customs delays and upstream supplier lead times has at times led to longer lead times than we hoped in 2016. Therefore, at the end of 2016, we started taking steps to reduce lead times, with some units now available within a week of order. In 2017, our goal is for all mainstream chassis to be available within a week.

Technical work

This week, some of our more technical work has included:

  • Continued evaluation of DVB-S2 PCIe boards in our downlink centre
  • Improving performance of 2022-6/7 output
  • Fixing decoder issues in 1.3 release
  • Continued development of automated tests for testing Web/SNMP layer in preparation for 1.4 release

Other Activity

We started planning for our trip to FOSDEM in Brussels at the end of the month.

We have also started planning our NAB booth and demos.

And, of course, the first week of the year means paperwork :(

What we’ve been reading/watching

Falsehoods programmers believe about [video stuff]

If Flexport Succeeds, Everything You Buy Will Cost Less

Anomaly Updates (SpaceX)


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Amsterdam, 31 August 2016 – Open Broadcast Systems, an advanced broadcast technology visionary, is launching a suite of products to deliver software-defined live broadcast at IBC.

The products, running as “apps” on standard IT hardware, will enable broadcasters and services providers to easily transition to uncompressed IP by converting video both from legacy formats such as ASI and SDI to next generation formats and vice-versa. It also enables simple monitoring of all types of IP feed in one place, making it possible to move to future technologies today.

Open Broadcast Systems is also launching a 4K uncompressed-over-IP multiviewer, using a 40Gbps network. This demonstrates a technical-first, showing uncompressed-over-IP being processed on off-the-shelf hardware, and will enable broadcasters to monitor existing and next-generation IP feeds at a much lower-cost than before.

Ten Gigabit PCIe card

(Stand H16, BVE, London) Open Broadcast Systems is pleased to announce it is making an uncompressed-over-IP software update available for all its existing decoder (IRD) products, which adds a missing piece in the puzzle for customers to move to IP-based production. This will be the first IRD in the market to have a native uncompressed output, without the use of a converter SFP. Visitors to Stand H16 at BVE will be able to see it in action - an "IRD" that consists of entirely of standard server components. 

Initially this will be using the SMPTE 2022-6 standard but as a software product is easily upgradable to support whatever flavour of Uncompressed-over-IP a customer decides to use. Precision Time Protocol (PTP) is also supported as standard, using the capabilities of the Linux® kernel. Coupled with newly added ASI support in the OBE range of products, customers can now have equipment capable of handling existing ASI all the way to future uncompressed-over-IP.

“This is usually the part where a hardware manufacturer has a picture of their custom-built circuit board and chassis”, said Kieran Kunhya, Managing Director of Open Broadcast Systems. “We’re not like that - we use off the shelf components that you can buy on Amazon to transport uncompressed video over IP. Our customers will tell you that using off-the-shelf components provides amazing levels of flexibility, letting them roll out deployments in record time and have pieces of kit capable of doing more than one thing. It doesn't matter whether you're a small operation or delivering the highest profile content in the world, IP will revolutionise the way you do things.”