AMSTERDAM – In an industry where competition is arguably fiercer than it has even been, the ability to bring a host of broadcast equipment and solutions providers to work together on a common goal — many of whom remain direct competitors to one another — perhaps tells its own story.
At its founding in 1916, the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) began its work to foster interoperability in the motion-imaging field. Its first priority was to standardise film formats. Over the decades since that time, both the scope and complexity of technology in motion-imaging ramped up, particularly in the 1980s and 1990s. Since then, SMPTE, along with the industry as a whole, has struggled with a challenging economic climate, although the Society has used this as an opportunuity to evolve.
Alphabet pasta is a funny thing I haven’t had since I was a kid, but recently every conversation with a broadcast manufacturer seems to remind me of it: AIMS this, ASPEN that and NMI the other. The only thing outpacing the adoption of IP infrastructures by broadcasters is the amount of hype and hyperbole about the benefits of IP-based infrastructures and the sheer amount of alphabet pasta terms being bandied about.