Sandbox Live IP Project going Live

EBU, VRT and technology partners pioneer live production with the creation of the world’s first IP TV studio

Brussels, Belgium – 13th of August 2015 

The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and Belgian public broadcasting company VRT have today unveiled the LiveIP Project, a multi-vendor system integration to showcase IP-based live broadcast production. The collaboration between EBU, VRT and a group of innovative industry partners sees the implementation of a live TV production studio at VRT’s premises in Brussels. It uses state-of-the-art IT-centric hardware and software to enable broadcasters to produce programmes quickly, efficiently and cost effectively.

“While this project is about producing live content via IP, it’s also a great measure of the added value IP-based production workflows bring to functions like sharing resources, remote production and automation,” said Mick De Valck, Head of Technology & Operations at VRT. “There’s been talk for a long time about what individual vendors can offer in IP production, so we wanted to bring together those parties to design a state-of- the-art system which relies entirely on IP.”

“We’re very proud that we’ve been able to implement a leading-edge studio workflow using only IP-based technology,” said Hans Hoffmann, Head of Media Fundamentals & Production Technology at EBU. “This takes our industry to the next level of interoperability in a live production environment. This project was a huge undertaking and we wouldn’t have been able to complete the infrastructure without the technology and expertise of our partners.”

Industry technology partners participating in the project include AxonDwesamEVSGenelecGrassvalleyLawoLSBNevionTektronix andTrilogy who provide all the elements of a live production chain driven by IP. 

The LiveIP Project also brings innovative multi-vendor demonstration to IBC2015. The proof-of-concept demonstration will be showcased in the EBU theatre on the EBU booth (10.F20) at IBC2015 on Friday 11 September at 16.00 CET.