We recently experienced an interruption of
internet service at our house because of some bad weather. Normally it’s nice to
spend an evening away from email and connected devices; however, our TV
watching habits have changed so drastically that this outage hit where it
really hurts. Not having access to our normal streaming services (yes plural)
created what was referred to as an evening of “disaster” at our house. Finding
a program on “normal” TV proved to be a tremendous challenge. What did people
do back when there were only three stations to choose from with forced
commercial breaks (gasp)?
CLICK TO TWEET: Some broadcasters are going all the way through the broadcast center with fiber; however, copper isn’t going away any time soon.
reasons we now have so much flexibility in our programming is because of the
evolution of the technology available to broadcasters. One of the most obvious
being the migration from copper to fiber. All this technology change started about
eight years ago, when one broadcaster deployed a CommScope fiber backbone complete
with fiber optical distribution frames. All the other major networks followed
their lead and made similar steps in that direction. These infrastructures are
designed as “wheel and spoke” fiber backbones. It is probably no coincidence
that streaming, as we know it today, began within about that same timeframe.
addition, internet protocol (IP) routing has now started to become more accepted
in broadcast--sometimes in the backbone and sometimes out to the studios. The
future will be both. This type of IP routing has changed the broadcast landscape.
Since video streams need to be packetized and routed in a certain format and
have various places with in the broadcast center to go (i.e., graphics,
editing, transmission, distribution, etc.), it gives broadcast centers something
of a proprietary infrastructure. CommScope understands the unique nature of
this industry which separates us from our competitors.
few broadcasters are now moving to all fiber networks. If the past can predict
the future, then our expectation is that more will follow. Some with a more aggressive
approach are going all the way through the broadcast center with fiber as well;
however, copper isn’t going away any time soon. That is true with smaller broadcast
facilities and mobile production trucks because those will likely remain copper
for years to come.
of whether it is fiber, copper or traditional audio/video jacks, CommScope has
the depth and breadth of products to support the broadcast industry and
provides a broadcaster the unique one-stop shop for most of their
infrastructure needs. What this means for the consumers is there will be more
programs to stream, more choices to make, and hopefully fewer “evenings of
disaster.” The technology shift is all about pushing out more content faster
and more reliably. Fortunately, at my house the internet service was restored
within 24 hours and we were back with thousands of options to satisfy our
binge-watching habit without commercial interruption.
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