Posts about Video

Network requirements across the distributed enterprise are becoming more complex. From server-to-server mesh fabrics to long-haul virtual networks, applications are demanding more speed, more flexibility and more reliability. At the same time, enterprises, cloud providers and even metro carriers are tasked with driving down the cost of network expansion and operations, which is accomplished largely by streamlining infrastructure and making more use of available bandwidth ...
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Media and broadcast companies are preparing for the introduction of ultra-high resolution video signals in their contribution networks. This is not such an easy task as the transport of native HD signals is very demanding on bandwidth. While HD-SDI (High-Definition Serial Digital Interface) and 3G-SDI are satisfied with 1.5 and 3 Gbit/s respectively, emerging ultra-high density interfaces such as UHDTV 4k and 8k (Ultra-High Definition TV) demand connection capacity of several tens of Gbit/s.
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Over the past six months, there’s been a lot of talk about building a new, faster, better stronger Internet. A chunk of the discussion is driven by the proliferation of 4K video, the next new Big Thing being pushed by the broadcast industry since 3D video up and died. I think we all need to take a deep breath and get a reality check on the headaches that exist trying to tweak the status quo.
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Barely a week passes without new analyst figures announcing the continued fierce growth in bandwidth and the concern that our networks may soon run out of capacity. This week it was the turn of IDC to release its findings on the state of the networking industry. IDC’s figures confirmed previous studies that show the dramatic growth in broadband connectivity. It expects to see Internet users to reach 2.7 billion by 2015. This represents over 40% of the world’s population and nearly a billion more users than in 2010.
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As the technology world grapples with the impact of Steve Jobs’ resignation, many journalists and analysts are in a reflective mood, pondering Jobs’ legacy and achievements at Apple. One small part of this legacy will be Jobs’ role in driving the continued video explosion. Jobs acted as a key enabler in creating almost ubiquitous access to video, both in regards to consumption and to sharing. One need only look at the amount of YouTube content viewed on iOS devices to understand the figures involved.
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