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.”