Rohde & Schwarz @ IBC 2023

IBC 2023

Rohde & Schwarz at IBC2023 Highlights

Showcasing innovation in broadcast distribution and media solutions

The return to Amsterdam for IBC2023 was an exciting time for our Rohde & Schwarz Broadcast and Media team. Located at booth 7.B21, our product managers, sales team, and engineers were all busy with many meetings and demos showcasing the latest upgrades and innovations our broadcast and media solutions have to offer.

5G demo

Reimagine the future with 5G Broadcast

5G Broadcast is one of the hottest topics taking the broadcast industry by storm. Multiple use cases have been validated and together with Qualcomm, Media Broadcast in Germany, TDF and towerCast in France, we held several presentations showcasing 5G Broadcast capabilities. A few of the topics discussed were: DTT Goes Mobile with 5G Broadcast, by TDF; 5G Broadcast – Technologies, Standards and Productization, by Qualcomm; 5G Broadcast – The Future of DTT in France, by Towercast; and New Potential for Terrestrial TV in Germany with 5G Broadcast, by Media Broadcast. To learn more about how you can unlock new business potential with 5G Broadcast capabilities, contact our team.


R&S Transmitters providing greater efficiency and sustainability for broadcast operators

With transmitter solutions from Rohde & Schwarz, broadcast network operators can turn their sustainability strategy into reality. Our TH1 Transmitter is the UHF liquid-cooled transmitter helping broadcast network operators to reduce their carbon footprint with its unparalleled average efficiency of 44% from day one of operation until the end of its lifetime. Designed with efficiency in mind, the TH1 Transmitter provides a higher performance with lower energy consumption, resulting in greater consumer satisfaction, and a clear path to a more sustainable future. To learn more about our transmitter solutions, visit our website.


SpycerNode2 Shared Media Storage: Award-winning, more resilient and powerful

The European launch of SpycerNode2 took place at this year's show. The latest version of SpycerNode shared media storage allows broadcasters and content creators to secure media assets in a reliable way with high redundancy levels and high throughput, supporting post-production workflows as well as playout environments.

Backed by a comprehensive suite of tools, for production management and system control, Spycernode offers the highest level of Erasure Coding in media solutions. When combined with our patented Virtual Storage Access (VSA), SpycerNode provides true enterprise failover and uptime.


Reliable, intuitive ingest reintroduces VTR capabilities

On display was our R&S VENICE media server, a powerful content delivery tool offering flexible and intuitive ingest, playout and more. Our latest software release 4.3 reintroduces the VTR (Video Tape Recorder) ingest feature, enabling you to easily transfer your magnetic tapes into the world of hard drives and files. We are also pleased to announce operating system upgrades and a collaboration with a new vendor, Squared Paper. Based in the United Kingdom, Squared Paper is a software systems integrator adept in the media and broadcast sector. Finally, this introduces the powerful VENICE S8 G3 platform, giving your workflows all the power you require for your production.


Intelligent Playout solutions

Our playout solutions Gallium & StreamMaster were also present, showing how we can provide you with different workflows to produce a unique solution for you in your environment. These playout workflows are brought together with the Gallium UI, unique in its ability to be manipulated to fit a broadcaster’s specific needs. Gallium & StreamMaster solutions are packed with unique features, allowing operations to use the rundown playlist to select preview functions including a composited junction preview. Also within the Gallium UI NDI streams can be viewed as confidence feeds from the producing StreamMaster. The Gallium UI ultimately allows unique designs for different operational needs and provides tools to give further confidence in what is being played out before it goes to air.  


Mastering Excellence and showcasing a special upgrade offer

Additionally, our latest CLIPSTER 6 MK2 workstation was on display and highlighted a number of recent product improvements, including some dynamic firmware for our proprietary hardware-based JPEG 2000 acceleration offering a 100% increase in encoding/decoding speed. At the booth, visitors witnessed our latest support for Dolby Atmos and Dolby Vision capabilities along with some new integrations to support the conversion of high dynamic range Dolby Vision content to SDR and DCP output. For existing customers, we shared some exciting news about a special upgrade offer to the new CLIPSTER 6 MK2 platform. To learn more about the upgrade offer, please contact your local partner or visit our website.


Flexible Multiviewing and Monitoring

Attracting much attention at our booth with its flexible screen layout, we demonstrated how PRISMON can be used to multiview and monitor a mixture of different signal types so that you can easily combine SDI signals with SMPTE2110 transport streams, different OTT flavors, or NDI signals all on a single multiviewer screen.

This year we set up a distributed system consisting of a server running at our machine room on site in Amsterdam with multiple systems running in a central demo room in another location in Hannover, Germany. Our MCC (Multiviewer Control Center) demonstrated how to use a single orchestration user interface to control the variety of systems. The SDM (Scalable Distributed Multiviewer) showed how to cluster multiple systems and share resources in a highly efficient way.

We also announced the integration between PRISMON and Gallium StreamMaster, our playout solution that allows automatic failover between main and backup by analyzing the MQTT output of PRISMON which allows business logic to decide when to switchover to a backup system. This is already attracting great interest from our customers throughout Europe where we have many leading national broadcasters adopting our playout, integrated playout, and Gallium automation.

Thanks for joining

Thanks for joining us

IBC2023 was a great success for our team and a good opportunity to showcase our latest solutions while connecting with industry professionals from around the globe. Aside from the many demos, presentations, and conversations we had at our booth throughout the course of the week, over 200 guests joined us for our special events at the Rohde & Schwarz Jetty Bar BBQ and our Bavarian Beer Night - a fun time was had by all as we enjoyed delicious food, drinks and meaningful conversations. Thanks to everyone that visited us, we look forward to seeing you next year!

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