The entertainment industry is changing to accommodate people's expectations as they become more connected to devices. As technology advancements taking place in the broadcast industry give users a more impactful, unforgettable experience. It also places a large demand for a wired infrastructure because of the amount of data and people connecting to networks. Similar to stadiums, the growing demand for bandwidth in the broadcasting market will continue to increase.
As a result, the broadcast industry will begin to rely heavily upon fiber for its dependable wireless connectivity. Fiber can provide faster downloads, maintain signal strength over long distances, and provides fewer delays.
Below are 4 broadcast trends what will require greater use of fiber over the next few years and decade:
1. More Cameras
The broadcasting technology used for cameras continues to improve to make them quicker and clearer for audiences. Changes in broadcasting technology included adding additional cameras to capture different angles, new viewpoints, and augmented experiences.
For example, the NFL has been using 360-degree shots recently to show plays from every angle. For this to be possible, there need to be four fiber drips for each camera location on location. You can see just by adding those numbers how quickly fiber connections are growing in the broadcasting industry.
According to the Broadcast World News, U.S. OTT (over the top) streaming videos is expected to account for 82% of all network traffic this year. Shifting how viewers access content on-the-go, interactive streaming is at the forefront. OTT allows fans to watch events anywhere, for free, which makes watching TV anywhere, without a TV more convenient than ever.
Streaming platforms already include ESPN+, NFL Game Pass, etc. To make OTT streaming possible, a high-speed, reliable, low-latency fiber connection that can handle massive amounts of data.
Content continues to advance as in-venue entertainment continues to evolve for the user's experience. Video displays, large indoor and outdoor digital signage, and remote cameras are being used by in-venue production teams to distribute content to fans and audiences. Modern venues now can act as a control hub, and production teams can distribute content far and wide, including broadcast partners and digital outlets.
As demand increases to share content anywhere and everywhere means that bandwidth requirements increase and fiber is needed.
4. IP Migration
IP continues to emerge as an effective way to transport video, and it also supports more cameras types and angles, and video feeds. Therefore, many broadcast control rooms are starting to look more into data centers instead of using traditional control operations and specific hardware.
Also, IP supports any remote production to reduce equipment resources that may be needed onsite. Having cameras plugged into the location's network, the video feeds can then be carried through IP to the production hub instead of having everything needed on location.
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