Notable Trends from NAB Show 2019
NAB Show 2019 has come to a close. We’re pleased that so many of you were able to stop by Artel’s new exhibit. Thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule!
Reliable Internet Stream Transport (RIST)
Given the importance the RIST protocol and SMPTE ST 2110 standards, we’re particularly aware of industry progress since 2018’s NAB and IBC Shows.
The RIST protocol was demonstrated publicly for the first time at IBC 2018 and subsequently underwent numerous interoperability tests in implementations from various vendors. The RIST Forum, established this past March, held a panel session at this year’s NAB Show to explain and promote adoption of RIST.
More exciting, perhaps, was the live, multi-vendor demo at NAB in which companies from around the world — including Artel, using our ARQ IP streaming system from our headquarters in Westford, Massachusetts — transmitted real-time, low-latency streams over the internet to a receiver and multiviewer at the Cobalt Digital booth, and also redirected to a YouTube channel for wider viewing. The demo showed that with RIST, reliable low-latency IP streaming can be achieved without reliance on paired transmitters and receivers from a single vendor. This is significant because it means media can be sent and received regardless of the equipment being used on either end, as long as it is RIST-compatible.
We’re very proud of our contributions to the RIST protocol, and of its potential to support the industry’s ongoing evolution. At the 2019 NAB Show we had the honor of accepting a Technology and Engineering Emmy® Award for Pioneering Reliable Transmission Method for Live Contribution and Distribution TV Links. The ARQ system we showcased at NAB — and in the mulit-vendor RIST demo — is a major outcome of our investment in developing technologies and standards for reliable transmission.
SMPTE ST 2110
With respect to notable SMPTE ST 2110 advances highlighted at the 2019 NAB Show, we saw a focus on SMPTE ST 2110 compatibility with ST 2022 support, with the primary goal of maintaining timing and alignment. We demonstrated our newest SMART Media Delivery Platform, which was featured in demonstrations of J2K compression and of ST 2110-to-ST 2022 transcoding. We also showcased ST 2110 encapsulation/de-encapsulation capabilities that allow users to bridge legacy SDI signals into an ST 2110 framework and workflow.
In the SMPTE ST 2110 standard, Precision Timing Protocol (PTP) is the glue that keeps streams “usable.” As part of the ST 2110 ecosystem, our Quarra PTP-aware switch participates in that PTP ecosystem to provide exceptionally accurate IEEE 1588-compliant timing and synchronization. At NAB we highlighted how Quarra support for SMPTE ST 2110 and ST 2059-2 permits interoperable use of IP-based media equipment with conventional genlocked SDI equipment.
At Artel it is in our DNA to help move the industry forward through innovation, and we are proud that we were able to demonstrate that commitment at this year’s NAB Show. We’re excited about the progress being made in implementing both RIST and SMPTE ST 2110, and we’re proud to be involved in enabling the industry — vendors and end users alike — to benefit from them.