Asia-Pacific Broadcasting (APB) June 2018 Volume 35, Issue 5 NEWS & VIEWS W O R L D I N B R I E F Net neutrality stays – for now WASHINGTON – The US Sen- ate has voted to retain the net neutrality ruling in the country, which is against the recom- mendation of the Federal Com- munications Commission (FCC). However, this decision is likely to be challenged by the US House of Representatives. OTT worth US$51.5b by 2022 NEW YORK – The worldwide over-the-top (OTT) video market is expected to grow at CAGR 10% to generate US$51.4 billion in 2022, predicted ABI Research. And by 2018, OTT is expected to have 400 million subscribers; thus, it will further impact tradi- tional pay-TV services. 6 CREATION 18 MANAGEMENT 22 LINEAR OR VOD? IT’S ONE WORKFLOW WITH WHATS’ON. READ PAGE 24 BROADCASTASIA BOOTH 4K4-06 DISTRIBUTION | JUNE 2018 26 | VOLUME 35 X-PLATFORM | ISSUE 5 30 IP – make haste slowly, retrain & upskill staff Ong Bee Lian, vice-president of TV engineering, StarHub: “What we learnt in the transition [to IP] is that, due to the new nature of the technology, some fine- tuning is required, especially for video switching and ad insertion. Retraining and upskilling our broadcast engineers on how and what to manage for an IP video headend is also essential.” Read story on page 8 BY SHAWN LIEW SINGAPORE – Television will evolve into something more im- mersive, more pervasive, more interactive and personalised. And this, according to Matthew Post- gate, chief technology and product officer at the BBC, will usher in the day when all media will be distrib- uted over the Internet. Speaking at last month’s DTG Annual Summit in London, Post- gate said: “For the BBC, the ques- tion about our IP future becomes Invest & acquire know-how today for your tomorrow CONTENT-CENTRIC OR VIEWER-CENTRIC? 7 NEWS & VIEWS June 2018 SINGAPORE – Where IP transition is concerned, Asia-Pacific shares a global trend — the evolution of standards and implementations that are currently slowing progress and creating confusion, accord- ing to Bogdan Frusina, founder of Dejero. He told APB: “There are so many different protocols and wrappers, which make it challeng- ing to choose a specific path that will work across multiple vendors, tools and workflows.” Frusina, however, is convinced that these are challenges that will be overcome as more workflows move to the cloud, and require reli- able video transport over IP from end-to-end (acquisition, manage- ment and distribution). The move towards IP work- flows, he added, is driven by the flexibility and scalability that broadcasters need to provide more high-quality content with budgets that are increasingly under pres- sure. “For live remote productions for instance, accessing reliable connectivity to transport video 8 8 not when, but also how? [It is] not only about how quickly we can get there, but how best, and under what conditions?” As Singapore hosts Broadcast- Asia2018 this month, these are the same questions many broadcasters in Asia-Pacific will be asking as they embark on their own IP journey. Today, many media organisa- tions are operating in an extremely challenging and fragmented media landscape, which is severely limiting their ability to invest in large-scale emerging technologies, observed Dr Ahmad Zaki Mohd Salleh, group GM, engineering, Media Prima. “However, we are cognizance of the fact that these emerging tech- nologies — including IP — can also assist us in achieving our long-term digital goals.” Currently, the Malaysian media company’s investments in IP is lim- ited to transport, distribution and contribution, while it continues its gradual upgrading of infrastructure to IP to enable file contribution, online browsing, file sharing, as well as delivery and reception of signals from Media Prima to its clients and service providers. The shift of broadcast infra- structure to IP, Dr Zaki told APB, represents an opportunity to enjoy economies of scale. “The ability to use conventional IP infrastructure will enable broadcasters to acquire off-the-shelf equipment at signifi- cantly lower costs.” The drawbacks, he countered, include the “huge” depreciation losses that will be incurred should baseband equipment be replaced today. Despite having just moved into a new media facility last year, Singapore terrestrial broad- caster Mediacorp is still basing its A/V backbone around SDI. While 8 8