IBC 2016: Telos TV Solutions Group’s Dyster on changing attitudes toward signal transport over IP

Martin Dyster, VP, business development, TV Solutions Group, Telos Alliance (which includes Linear Acoustic), is the first to acknowledge that his extended title reflects the rapid and sometimes serpentine changes that broadcast-signal transport is undergoing. But that’s all for the best if IBC 2016, Sept. 8-13 in Amsterdam, is the “truly big show” he expects it to be: it may well mark the conversion of work by various companies and groups around audio and video over IP into a movement with substantial momentum.

Martin Dyster

Martin Dyster

“The work that AIMS [the Alliance for IP Media Solutions] has been doing regarding interoperability marks a point where we can say with some certainty that audio and video over IP are becoming mature technologies and that the road map [to IP-based transport] has become clearer than ever before,” he says.

Dyster adds that he has seen a “radical” shift in interest in and expectations for IP just since NAB 2016 in April. “There had been a lot of skepticism voiced during NAB. A lot of people weren’t sure of the direction that IP broadcast would take.”

But that is changing, thanks to developments at the organizational level from both AIMS and the Media Networking Alliance; the recent ratification of key standards TR-03 and TR-04 by SMPTE; and products introduced by a number of manufacturers.

Just ahead of IBC 2016, the Telos Alliance announced formation of its TV Solutions Group, which comprises both Linear Acoustic and Minnetonka Audio and will offer their file-based and real-time processing and management products from the full Telos Alliance product mix.

“This is the roadmap echoed by a number of groups and manufacturers that embrace the idea that this is the way to move IP forward, rather than using proprietary solutions,” he says. “There’s a level of genuine excitement around this in the manufacturing community of the sort we haven’t seen since the birth and the rise of SDI, and I expect we’ll feel that at the show.”

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