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Press Release -- October 29th, 2018
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Huawei and Hunan Broadcasting System Release White Paper on Media Fabric IP-based 4K Production and Broadcasting Solution

[Shenzhen, China, October 29, 2018] Huawei and Hunan Broadcasting System released the industry's first white paper describing the architecture and technical details of the Media Fabric IP-based 4K production and broadcasting solution. This white paper covers both theoretical analysis and innovative implementation, providing reference for the broadcasting & TV industry and partners in resolving 4K production and broadcasting issues. The release of this white paper marks a significant milestone in the joint innovation and cooperation between Huawei and Hunan Broadcasting System in IP-based 4K production and broadcasting.

Jeffrey Gao (Left), President of Huawei Router & Carrier Ethernet Product Line, and Li Ping (Right), Director of the Technology Mgmt Dept in Hunan Broadcasting System

With the rapid development of the UHD video industry, UHD video services are becoming more popular in homes and bringing enhanced visual experience to users. Traditional TV stations use the serial digital interface (SDI) matrix to schedule and distribute audio and video streams. The SDI matrix plays an important role in SD and HD production and broadcasting. However, the UHD industry has been developing so fast that the SDI matrix technology can hardly meet 4K/8K service requirements for high bandwidth, flexibility, and broadcasting & TV media convergence. In 2017, ST2022 and ST2110 standards were launched for IP-based production and broadcasting, accelerating the SDI-to-IP transition. Huawei and Hunan Broadcasting System released the Media Fabric IP-based 4K production and broadcasting solution.

According to the white paper, the Media Fabric IP-based 4K production and broadcasting solution focuses on 4K/8K UHD video content production. Innovative clean switching technology enables the production system to be decoupled from the broadcasting system, making convergent media innovation possible. In addition, this solution can be widely deployed for TV stations' OB vans, studios, general controls, recording, and broadcasting.

The white paper describes how to implement lossless IP-based 4K production and broadcasting as well as large-scale audio and video service scheduling through IP switching matrix-based clean switching to provide high-quality 4K/8K video content for back-end broadcasting. In addition, the white paper illustrates how the IP Fabric architecture achieves precise clock synchronization and content-based multicast distribution through flexible access and scheduling of IP audio and video streams.

Li Ping, Director of the Technology Mgmt Dept in Hunan Broadcasting System, said: "The release of the white paper on the Media Fabric IP-based 4K production and broadcasting solution shows the innovative progress that Huawei and Hunan Broadcasting System have made in bringing revolutionary changes to traditional TV stations. We will continue to cooperate and innovate with Huawei to promote the development of the UHD industry."

Jeffrey Gao, President of Huawei Router & Carrier Ethernet Product Line, said: "This solution uses clean switching to eliminate the bottleneck of production and broadcasting technology. We look forward to collaborating with Hunan Broadcasting System and other partners in the future to create more innovative solutions and boost 4K HD industry development."

Download the Media Fabric Solution White Paper at: Link

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