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The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) has approved the first standards within SMPTE ST 2110 – Professional Media Over Managed IP Networks.

The new suite of standards stipulates the carriage, synchronization, and description of separate elementary essence streams over professional IP networks in real-time, for live production, playout, and other media applications.

SMPTE says organizations can now rely on one data center infrastructure for serial digital interface (SDI) and IP switching and routing, rather than two facilities, since the standards allow intrafacility traffic to be all-IP.

“Radically altering the way professional media streams can be handled, processed, and transmitted, SPTE ST2110 standards go beyond the replacement of SDA with IP to support the creation of an entirely new set of applications that leverage information technology protocols and infrastructure,” SMPTE President Matthew Goldman, and SVP of technology, TV, and media at Ericsson, commented. “Our drafting group worked diligently to complete the first documents of this critical standards suite. The formal standardization of the SMPTE ST 2110 documents enables a broad range of media technology suppliers to move forward with manufacturing and meet the industry’s high demand for interoperable equipment based on the new suite of standards.”

According to SMPTE, the standards enable audio, video, and ancillary data streams to be separately routed, while also being synchronized. Each flow can be routed individually and then brought back together at the endpoint. SMPTE says this simplifies things such as the addition of captions and subtitles, and uses the task of processing multiple audio languages.

The Video Services Forum’s (VSF) Technical Recommendation for Transport of Uncompressed Elementary Stream Media Over IP (TR-03) contributed to the foundation of the new standards suite.

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