SMPTE approves first ST 2110 standards for IP networks

TV cameras at IBC TV studios (Sam Bookman, FierceOnlineVideo)
SMPTE ST 2110 standards can break up streams while maintaining synchronization. (Sam Bookman)

SMPTE announced the approval of the first standards within SMPTE ST 2110—subtitled Professional Media Over Managed IP Networks.

The new standards are designed for carriage, synchronization, and description of separate elementary essence streams over IP networks used for live production, playout, and other workflow applications.

"Radically altering the way professional media streams can be handled, processed, and transmitted, SMPTE ST 2110 standards go beyond the replacement of SDI with IP to support the creation of an entirely new set of applications that leverage information technology (IT) protocols and infrastructure," said SMPTE President Matthew Goldman, senior vice president of technology, TV and media, at Ericsson. "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."

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SMPTE says the standards will allow intrafacility traffic to be all-IP allowing for one data-center infrastructure for SDI and IP switching and routing. Video Services Forum (VSF) contributed its Technical Recommendation for Transport of Uncompressed Elementary Stream Media Over IP (TR-03) toward the new suite of standards.

SMPTE ST 2110 standards can break up streams including audio, video, and ancillary data—while maintaining synchronization—and allow each to be routed separately and brought together again at the endpoint.