Haivision’s Broadcast IP Transformation Report 2020 surveyed broadcast professionals. The full report can be downloaded here.
Transition to IP
Perhaps the most significant finding, when asked to rank the challenges they face by importance, respondents placed the transition to IP as their top priority. More than three quarters also shared that they have begun transitioning to the Cloud or are planning to start migrating within the next two years.
Of those surveyed, almost 15 per cent of broadcasters are already fully IP or Cloud enabled. Budget limitations, lack of available bandwidth and unreliable networks were cited as the biggest obstacles to migration.
Hardware is here to stay
With the percentage of respondents using the Cloud for storage and transcoding floating around the high 20s, the findings were conclusive for those using hardware encoders, standing just shy of 90 per cent.
“It’s clear from this study, broadcasters are still very much reliant on hardware as edge devices to support their IP and Cloud-based workflows,” states the report.
Broadcasters agree: 5G is the “next big thing”
Respondents were also asked to assess the importance of new technologies and their impact on the broadcast industry over the next five years. 5G came out top, followed by 4K UHD, artificial intelligence/machine learning and SMPTE 2110.
As two-thirds of those surveyed rely on the internet for streaming video to OTT services, 5G looks poised to enhance video contribution over internet workflows. Meanwhile 22 per cent said they are already using SMPTE 2110 within their production facilities. For the rest of the industry, content security and network reliability pose considerable challenges.