Competing Visions of IP to Unfold at NAB reports that broadcasters walking onto the 2016 NAB Show floor will find multiple competing IP camps, various IP protocols and standards for television, and a clamor from proponents of each that’s certain to elevate the din of the exhibition halls a few decibels.

From this IP mélange, a few major themes are likely to emerge: the yin and yang of interoperability and splinter-operability; claims and counterclaims about adherence or lack thereof to recognized industry standards; and how to move forward in a way that allows broadcasters to share content regardless of IP protocols or formats being used.

Competing Camps

When it comes to video, no fewer than four different visions for IP transport as an alternative to SDI baseband transport will be on display in Las Vegas.

The competing camps include: the Alliance for IP Media Solutions (AIMS), founded by Imagine Communications, Grass Valley, Snell Advanced Media (SAM), Nevion and Lawo; the ASPEN (Adaptive Sample Picture ENcapsulation) Community, anchored by Evertz; Network Device Interface supporters led by NDI creator NewTek; and Sony’s Networked Media Interface, NMI.

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