Is baseband dead?

The broadcast industry is one defined by change, innovation, and transition. The prevailing trend at the moment is the seemingly inevitable move towards adopting an IP-based infrastructure throughout the workflow as explained by Nevion’s Olivier Suard.

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Olivier Suard Photo: Olivier Suard, Marketing Director, Nevion

Like much of the technology change that has affected broadcast, media, and entertainment over the years, the move to the wider use of IP has been a gradual one. IP has inherent benefits for broadcasters — it is ubiquitous, uses existing technology and network infrastructure, and it brings cost savings, flexibility, and agility to operations.

But what does this mean for SDI / baseband? Is this adoption of IP signaling the end for this stalwart of broadcasting?

The short answer is: no. Baseband is not dead; in fact, far from it. Broadcasters have invested heavily in baseband for many years — they have studios and control rooms full of excellent and expensive equipment, from cameras and monitors to switchers and mixers. It makes absolutely no economic sense to replace all these, just for the sake of a network technology shift.

The best possible solution then is managing the transition from an all-baseband to an all-IP world.

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