OTT distribution workflow solutions offer high-quality, future-proofed migration pathways to multiplatform IP-based broadcast operations. Mohan Manohar Kakde, Divisional Head Broadcast & Media,Rohde & Schwarz India Pvt. Ltd.


Rohde & Schwarz (R&S) will offer a vision of an IP-based future that builds on a strong SDI heritage at IBC 2017. From channel playout to internet-based live contribution, remote monitoring and test and measurement, the company provides real world solutions to today's challenges. R&S, a leading international provider of broadcast and digital media solutions, will use the show to showcase a number of new and enhanced ingest, production, monitoring, and OTT distribution workflow solutions that offer high-quality, future-proofed migration pathways to multiplatform IP-based broadcast operations.

Systems on Show

With its open architecture, R&S Venice is a ingest and playout system that enables broadcasters to deliver content in the most appropriate manner by merging SDI and video-over-IP technologies, empowering the user to migrate to IP-based production at a time and spend that best suits their situation. This playout provides a comfortable working environment and comprehensively covers all major formats and codecs. The system is easy to operate and, in an industry where time equals money, its transfer-while and edit-while ingest workflows ensure fast post processing. It seamlessly ingests and plays out resolutions ranging from SD to 4K, whilst advanced transform functionality allows transforming into all supported formats.

Another focus will be R&S AVHE100 system solution for encoding and multiplexing. A compact, yet flexible and scalable transcoding, encoding, and multiplexing solution, it offers best-in-align video quality for premium content distribution, including for today's most advanced video coding standard HEVC – for OTT and broadcast applications. It also fully supports HDR video transmission.

Elsewhere on its IBC stand, following its recent integration with Motama, the company will for showcase RelayCaster for live contribution over public internet services and CodeCaster for high-density live transcoding.

With RelayCaster, reliability of contributing and distributing live content via unmanaged networks is significantly improved, as packet loss issues are efficiently resolved. RelayCaster enables the replacement of expensive satellite links or contracts with CDN services; it is not limited to certain regions or datacenters.

CodeCaster is a turnkey solution for real-time transcoding, offering high-performance and high-quality IP-based format conversion and bitrate reduction for MPEG transport streams.

Content Monitoring

Another focus is advanced content monitoring for broadcast and streaming media services featuring R&S Prismon multiviewer. Leveraging the experience from its NAB 2017 interoperability showcase, R&S Prismon will again actively participate in therunning interoperable implementations of the latest drafts foe SMPTE 2110 and AMWA IS-04 in a live environment.

Also at IBC, R&S subsidiary GMIT will introduce its secure mobile-monitoring service virtuWall as a cloud-based supplementary service to R&S Prismon. The virtuWall app allows for secure remote display of monitoring information from a set of distributed R&S Prismon probes. This provides offsite operational personnel with real-time access to monitoring and status parameters of their broadcast and streaming media services on standard mobile devices via regular internet while profiting from a highly secured web service.

Analysis Tool

In another technology showcase, the company will demonstrate the latest enhancements and refinements to its R&S ETL TV Analyzer. Used by broadcast network operators worldwide to install, maintain, service, and optimize terrestrial transmitter networks and cable modulators, this sophisticated test and measurement device has become the universal reference receiver for broadcast signal analysis.

The latest version, being showcased at IBC, supports HEVC compression and combines the functionality of TV analogue and digital and FM radio analyzer, a video and MPEG TS analyzer, and a spectrum analyzer in a single instrument.