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Members of the AIMS consortium have been working with the European Broadcast Union (EBU) and Belgium public broadcaster VRT on a project to develop an IP-based live TV production studio.

In the project the Alliance for IP Media Solutions (AIMS) is supporting the work of the LiveIP Project, in advancing the transition to open protocols for media over IP in television broadcasting.

AIMS was formed to promote open standards and interoperability in the transition to IP. The alliance believes that as broadcasters and other media companies look to use IP-based workflows to speed and streamline the movement and management of increasingly complex content and adapt their businesses to better compete with other content options such as over-the-top (OTT), open standards are the key to protecting current investments and ensuring long-term interoperability.

Formed in August 2015, LiveIP is a multi-vendor system integration to showcase IP-based live TV broadcast production and a collaborative project between the EBU and Flemish Belgian public broadcaster VRT, within which AIMS member companies, EVS, Grass Valley, Lawo, Nevion and Tektronix, are industry technology partners. Moreover, the latter have worked to implement a live TV production studio at VRT’s Brussels production centre, using IP and IT-centric hardware and software.

On 15 January VRT successfully accomplished a trial remote production of a live musical concert over IP. An outside broadcast unit at a concert hall was connected to the VRT production studio five kilometres (three miles) away via IP, using just a single dark fibre cable.

The trial was claimed to prove the capability to remotely produce live broadcast events via IP, without the use of an OB vehicle. Karel De Bondt, project manager for LiveIP, remarked: “All signals were transmitted via the single cable without noticeable delay, such that technically, there was little difference between an OB truck and a remote production room.”

Added AIMS chairman Michael Cronk: “The LiveIP Project is a major proof of concept of just how far the industry has already moved towards a possible future based on open standards. Not only is it another proof point that a multi-camera live production can be achieved with SMPTE 2022-6 and AES-67 technology, it showcases the wide availability of SMPTE 2022-6 and AES-67 technology as ten different vendors contributed equipment to this production. AIMS is proud to stand with the LiveIP Project as it showcases standards-based interoperability over IP.”