NAB 2017 to address broadcasters' IP transition needs

More than 50 relevant technical sessions will address a key broadcast-industry constituency.

While NAB is a conference now focused on the business of delivering digital video content over-the-top, it’s easy for some on the periphery to remember there’s a key broadcast-industry constituency still very much on the curve of the IP transition.

In all, NAB has packed in more than 50 relevant technical sessions to address this audience, all packaged under the heading, “IP Showcase.” The four-day series of events will kick off Monday at 10:30 a.m., with a brief 10-minute introduction to the session track.

Ensuing 20-minute educational sessions include: “A Field Guide to IP Video,” led by Telecom Product Consulting President and all-around digital video expert Wes Simpson. Other self-explained presentation shorts include “IP media in the LAN and WAN – What Happens in Between?"; "Cyber Security for Broadcasters"; “The Benefits of Linked Live Venues over IP”; “Virtualization and SMPTE ST 2110"; and “Managing Live Signals in an Increasingly IP-based World.”

The IP transition won’t be confined to this collection of 20- and 30-minute technical presentations, however.

On Saturday at 9 a.m., Kieran Kunhya, founder and managing director of Open Broadcast Systems; Leigh Whitcomb, associate architect at Imagine Communications; and John Mailhot, CTO of networking and infrastructure at Imagine Communications will be among the presenters for the 90-minute presentation series “BEIT Engage! IP for Broadcast.”

The session, NAB said, “will explore why broadcasters need to think IT, not just IP and what challenges are involved in getting there.”

On Tuesday at 9 a.m., meanwhile, Cox Media Group Senior Director of Radio Engineering Roswell Clark will topline “Studio Video over IP – How it All Comes Together.” Roswell will also help present the ensuing session at 9:30, “Switching Techniques in Live Video over IP systems.” He’ll also join Cisco Systems Chief Software Architect Pradeep Kathail at 11:30 to present, ”Troubleshooting IP Fabric in Broadcast Production Network.”

Meanwhile, Grass Valley executives Sara Kudrle and Robert Erickson will present the broadly targeted “IP Video: What Have We Learned So Far?” Tuesday at 4 p.m. And CBS Radio engineering consultant Glynn Walden will join Kudrle for the discussion “IP – It’s About Time” on Wednesday at 2:30 p.m.

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