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Sony announces new technical capabilities and interoperability achievements

Sony is introducing 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, taking place in Las Vegas from today until 27 April, Sony is joining customers, partners and competitors alike to demonstrate how its IP Live solution is truly ‘ready today, open for tomorrow’.

Throughout NAB, Sony is at the “IP Showcase” booth located in the North Hall, hosted jointly by AES, AIMS, AMWA, EBU, IABM, MNA, SMPTE and VSF. Visitors will be able to discuss details of successful interoperability tests Sony has undertaken alongside leading vendors such as Grass Valley, Snell Advanced Media, and Evertz. Sony is also pledging its intention to develop capabilities for complying with new technologies such as SMPTE ST21101, which governs media transport over IP, and NMOS (IS-04), which ensures device discovery and registration. Sony is committed in providing SMPTE ST2110 compliance in the near future. Attendees will also be able to view a SMPTE ST2110 based system camera prototype at the IP showcase booth during the show.

Sony is also announcing several new capabilities within its IP Live Production System which further expand the entire IP-based ecosystem:

  • New functionality has 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, to equip broadcasters with 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 switcher functions virtually to construct, for example 4K/HD simultaneous production
  • The new NXLK-IP45F AV Multiplexer/Demultiplexer Board (pictured, top), available later this month, adds the ability to multiplex and de-multiplex video and audio over IP signals, ensuring that 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 alongside 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): Sony 4K IP OB Truck was utilized for the live broadcast of “Carnival in Rio”. 4K HDR and HD SDR simultaneous production was successfully operated using the “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): Sony is selected to build a 4K IP OB truck for live broadcast in 4K and HDR. The signing ceremony will be held in March 2018
  • China Digital Culture Group (China): A 4K IP OB Truck has been purchased from Sony and will hit the road in August 2017. It will be 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

Visitors to Sony’s stand (C11001) during the NAB show will be able to witness firsthand an operational IP-enabled remote production setup with a Broadcast Data Centre. The demonstration system connects a remote live production team at Sony Pictures’ studio in Los Angeles with the team in Las Vegas, highlighting the way that IP Live can connect control rooms within broadcast facilities to live event venues hundreds of miles away, without compromising on latency, switching or reliability.

“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,” said Anthony Kable, Content Creation Group Manager, Sony Australia. “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 click here.

About Sony: With a diverse portfolio of businesses across electronics, music, film, gaming and telecommunications, Sony is uniquely positioned to be the world’s largest technology and entertainment company. Sony Australia Limited and Sony New Zealand Limited are wholly owned subsidiaries of the Sony Corporation of Japan, a leading manufacturer of audio, video, communications and information technology products for the consumer and professional markets. Committed to producing innovative and quality electronic products, the range includes BRAVIA TVs, Cyber-shot digital cameras, Handycam camcorders, α digital SLR cameras and Walkman MP3 players as well as professional broadcast and production equipment. For more information on Sony Australia, visit www.sony.com.au or for New Zealand visit www.sony.co.nz

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