Understanding IP Multicast in a Broadcast Environment

Webinars by SBE continues to offer IP networking training in the next webinar titled “IP Networking, part 6 – an Introduction to IP Multicast“.  Taking place April 25, 2013, the webinar explores Multicast terminology, the addressing utilized, switching and routing in a multicast IP network and more.  Wayne Pecena, CPBE, CBNE, who is presenting the webinar, will provide practical implementation examples to deliver AoIP and IPTV content in order to illustrate the theoretical concepts presented.

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If you can’t find the content, you really don’t have it

It is often repeated that “if you can’t find the content, you really don’t have it.” What were once boxes of tape neatly labeled on a shelf is now most often files with cryptic names in some invisible place in cyber space. Digital asset management systems organize and make this content searchable. We all know how important metadata tagging is, but we broadcasters often see ourselves as living in a largely “turn and burn” world where an asset can have a short shelf life. Asset management systems can be expensive and complicated, suited for curation tasks like managing sports or news footage. Still, some larger facilities are now very dependent on asset management, and as time goes on there appears to be right sized solutions being developed for broadcasters. More importantly, the topic of asset management more and more frequently comes up in broadcast facilities; often in the context of moving a station’s content to the cloud, and as stations reach easily into very large remote storage locations. Asset management has a language of its own, and basic workflow principles that broadcast engineers should have a conversational knowledge of.

On May 16, Theresa Regli will present a webinar on Media Asset Management. This Webinar by SBE will focus on the ins and outs of the software systems that manage broadcast media assets and provide an excellent understanding of Media Asset Management “MAM” components and functions. Practical application requirements will be reviewed to understand who are the industry players, how the various MAM system services work, and understanding the implementation architecture approach. Theresa is a twenty-year veteran of the content technology industry, and offers a unique industry perspective to SBE members needing to learn about Media Asset Management. Visit our website for more information on this webinar.

 – Fred Baumgartner, CPBE

How can IP Multicasting benefit broadcasters?

IP Multicast is a unique aspect of IP Networking technology that provides “one – to – many” communications between a source IP host and numerous subscriber IP hosts. The use of IP Multicast for delivery of real-time media content often finds widespread use in the broadcast facility. The SBE is offering a webinar, presented by Wayne Pecena, to help broadcasters learn more about IP Multicast. Learn more

Interested in learning how to build an IP network infrastructure for your TV or Radio station? This webinar will help –

The IP Networking webinar series continues with part 5 focusing on “Building the KSBE Network”, by applying the concepts addressed in the first 4 parts of the IP Networking Webinar series. The end result of this webinar will be an understanding of how to build an IP network infrastructure often found in a broadcast environment. The “KSBE Network” will address layered IP network design, application of an IP addressing plan, use of VLAN’s, routing protocols, securing the network, and access to the network through a secure VPN connection. Thanks to Wayne Pecena for presenting this series! More Info

Welcome to the family, Chyron Corporation, Progressive Concepts and Tower Engineering Company!

Thank you American Tower, Broadcasters General Store and NEMAL for supporting the South Florida Ennes Workshop!

Thank you to these companies for helping the SBE be able to provide affordable, one-day education on the latest in broadcast and media technology.  The Sacramento Ennes Workshop takes place this Saturday, February 23, 2013, while the South Florida Ennes Workshop takes place on March 8, 2013.  Topics include codec design, social media for broadcasters, spurs, and much more! Registration at either workshop includes breakfast and lunch. Visit the SBE website for complete details on either workshop.

Just how big is the IPv6 address space?

340,282,366,920,938,463,463,374,607,431,768,211,456 addresses to be exact.  Hear more about IPv6 during the Webinar by SBE on IP Networking, part 4 – IPv6, taking place February 21, 2013.

Just as IPv4 addressing can be challenging when managing limited IP address space, IPv6 brings new challenges when working with enormous IP address space. A new mindset is required to effectively understand and implement IPv6 in your network. New IPv6 features and capabilities also bring challenges to the broadcast network engineer.

Follow us on Twitter @SBEorg, #webinarsbysbe and post your questions for the webinar presenter, Wayne Pecena, CPBE, 8-vSB, AMD, DRB, CBNE. You can also post your questions on our Facebook page.

This webinar is the fourth in a series that aids in the self-study for the SBE Certified Broadcast Networking Engineer™ (CBNE™) certification exam.

IP Networking Webinar Series continues with the Fundamentals of IPv6

Just as IPv4 addressing can be challenging when managing limited IP address space, IPv6 brings new challenges when working with enormous IP address space. This webinar, which takes place on February 21, 2013, builds upon the brief introduction to IPv6 terminology presented in the third webinar of the series held in January 2013. A new mindset is required to effectively understand and implement IPv6 in your network. New IPv6 features and capabilities also bring challenges to the broadcast network engineer.

This webinar is the fourth in a series that aids in the self-study for the SBE Certified Broadcast Networking Engineer™ (CBNE™) certification exam.   More Info

FCC Releases Public Notice Detailing Fixed Receive Site Registration

Yesterday the FCC released a public notice announcing the April 1 effective date of the requirement to register 7 and 13 GHz TV Pickup stationary receive sites in ULS. The public notice also announces the grant of a fee exemption to TV Pickup licensees in the 7 and 13 GHz bands who modify their licenses between now and April 1 for the sole purpose of adding their receive sites. The public notice also provides detailed filing instructions. Here is the complete text of the Public Notice.

An Overview of the Incentive Auction Process from the FCC

A 12 page overview of the incentive auction process was posted by the FCC in The FCC Daily Business, on January 16, 2013. The report is an FCC staff summary. This may be of value to those members who have interest in the TV spectrum auction. Here is a link to the report

The underlying message is the potential affect on wireless microphones. The report shows three identified channels for “White Space devices,” plus whatever is left over from auctioning off 5 MHz from each 6 MHz TV channel. Note that nothing is directly mentioned of wireless microphones and where spectrum will come from to cover late breaking events. The FCC made no mention of current licensed operations in the TV bands.

Related to this, the FCC recently released a statement announcing their “LEARN” program for the Incentive Auction. Here is a link to the website.