Today’s high-speed WANs enable broadcasters to use their expensive infrastructure in a decentralised manner. It has thus become particularly appealing to link production sites with each other. Some typical applications include central film scanners, decentralised editing, compression of film material, telecontrolling of recording equipment, and the efficient and economical transmission of the data involved.
On the BR-alpha channel, the Bavarian Broadcasting Network (Bayerischer Rundfunk) regularly shows university courses recorded and produced by the networked project UNI-TV 2. In addition, these programmes are stored on a video server, and can be retrieved individually (Video-on-Demand, VoD) or by programme type (near-Video-on-Demand, n-VoD).
Homepage of UNI-TV
MUPBED (Multi-Partner European Testbeds for Research Networking), a project funded by the European Commission, studies the potential for upgrades to high-speed network infrastructures. The project’s emphasis is on the applications of next-generation optical networks such as the transmission of uncompressed studio signals.
Germany’s Friedrich-Alexander University of Erlangen-Nuremberg subcontracted the following responsibilities to IRT:
- Production support for UNI-TV
- File-transfer tests in gigabit networks
- Demo support at IFA 2005 (TWF)
Homepage of MUPBED