Sony bolsters its ground-breaking, interoperable IP Live Production System with a range of new solutions

by Communications 04/17/2016, in Press, Sony Professional, NAB

Delivering a format agnostic, robust and ready IP Live workflow to the broadcast industry

Las Vegas (NAB Show, Booth C11001), April 17, 2016: Sony has today unveiled its latest solutions to further enhance its fully interoperable IP Live Production system with Networked Media Interface. The new suite of solutions have been developed to help broadcasters make the most of IP technology, allowing them to deliver on the increasing demand for 4K live content, while addressing the cost and scalability issues associated with conventional SDI live production workflows.

The expanded offering now includes:

  • HDC-4800: the world’s first integrated 4K 8x / HD 16x Ultra High Frame Rate Camera system
  • BPU-4800: a base-band processor unit with replay sever capability that can record up to 4 hours of 4K ultra-high speed content, enabling much simpler & faster operations for replays.
  • BPU4500: a base-band processor unit enabling the routing of 4K signals which support long distance transmission either over an IP Network or through standard SMPTE or single mode fiber cables.
  • HDCU-4300: a combined camera control unit (CCU) / base-band processor unit (BPU) for the HDC-4300, optimizes the space needed within an OB environment.
  • PWS-4500: a multiport A/V Server that can handle 4x 4K signals / 8x HD Signals using XAVC 10bit Codec for high quality recording & playback including High Dynamic Range (HDR).Sony-PWS-4500
  • XVS-8000, XVS-7000 and XVS-6000: multi-format switchers that accept hybrid SDI & IP I/O’s with powerful 4K & HDR operations, inheriting the operational features of MVS series

When used in combination, this system offers a complete solution for 4K Production and High Frame Rate recording/playback, available over SDI or IP to allow for maximum flexibility when choosing the best suitable infrastructure.

With the integrated server on the BPU-4800, a replay operator can handle long record times and instant replay, with no need for an additional High Frame Rate data transfer operation. Connected with a dedicated IP network, the BPU-4800 and PWS-4500 servers¹ can offer “Share Play” operation enabling any replay operator to access content from and send content to multiple servers, to create stunning highlight edits.

Sony pioneers the development and adoption of IP Live in the broadcast industry

Early on, Sony recognized the transformative benefits of IP for Live Production and for the past five years has been working with its customers, standardization committees, partners and competitors to ensure that interoperability is at the core of its approach. This means building and testing solutions that support a complete spectrum of standards and are ready for the operating pressures of today’s live environments.

At NAB 2016, Sony will be demonstrating its continued commitment to delivering IP interoperability among a wide range of compatible live production products through its IP Live Alliance. With the recent participation of Grass Valley, the Alliance has now grown to 49 vendors across the live production space. Sony participates in the AIMS initiative to promote the adoption of widely supported, open standards to foster IP-based interoperability and further industry migration to IP-based platforms.

The following IP Live Alliance members will be on-hand at NAB to demonstrate solutions compatible with Sony’s IP Live Production system:

  • Advantech (PCIe board)
  • AJA (PCIe board)
  • ChyronHego (CG system)
  • Cisco Systems (IP Switch)
  • DELTACAST (PCIe developer board)
  • Evertz (SDVN Orchestration and Control, IP Switch Fabric)
  • Imagine Communications (SDI-IP up/down converter, System Controller)
  • Juniper (IP Switch)
  • LEADER ELECTRONICS CORP (Waveform monitor)
  • Macnica Americas (FPGA IP Core)
  • Matrox Electronics Systems (PCIe IP video I/O card for developers)
  • Nextera Video (FPGA IP Core)
  • PacketStorm Communications (Network Emulator)
  • Tektronix, Inc. (Master PTP Generator)
  • Vizrt (CG system)
  • Yamaha Corporation (Professional Audio system)

Sony is actively leading industry conversations around interoperability and standardization, and is also a member of SMPTE and VSF. To date many industry discussions have focused around Media Transport such as SMPTE 2022-6, a protocol for Audio and Video mapping. While this is of course crucial for live production, it is only one part of the picture. The other ‘planes’ of interoperability – timing, identity, discovery & registration, flow control, flow switching and compression – are just as important. Sony’s Networked Media Interface acts as a standards framework across many aspects of the live production workflow, ensuring SMPTE 2022-6 is the beginning of a genuinely open approach, not the end of it.

Sony has taken its commitment to maintaining an open approach one step further by submitting Registered Disclosure Document No.34 (RDD 34) to SMPTE. The Low Latency video Codec (LLVC) is already published and openly available for reading. Sony is also proceeding with the submission of Registered Disclosure Document No.38 (RDD 38) for Network Device Control Protocol. Moreover, Media Transport Format is also under preparation to submit Registered Disclosure Document.

“Sony has been openly leading the discussion on IP Live Production technologies for more than 5 years”, said Hiroshi Kiriyama, Senior General Manager, Media Segment Business Division, Sony Corporation. “The proposal of the Networked Media Interface is key for interoperability. It ensures Live Production over IP is ready today and open for tomorrow by respecting all the aspects recommended by standardization groups for Networked Media Interface.” Kiriyama continued, “Sony has been and will continue to be committed to leading and ensuring an industry-wide interoperable approach is taken to IP Live, with close work with standardization committees, alliance partners and our customers.”

The real proof that the Networked Media Interface technology is ready and futureproofed comes from the challenging live environments it is being used in already. The biggest Brazilian commercial broadcaster, TV Globo has just start using the world’s first purpose-built 4K/IP Outside Broadcasting truck, based on Sony technology including the new HDC-4800, to cover the upcoming sporting events in Brazil.

Sony’s CCU/BPU for the HDC-4300, the HDCU-4300 will be available in April 2016. Its 4K Ultra High Frame Rate System Camera, the HDC-4800 and baseband processor unit, the BPU-4800 is expected to be available in August 2016. The multi-format switchers, XVS-6000 and XVS-7000 are expected to be available in Fall 2016.  The XVS-8000 is expected to arrive in May 2016.   The BPU-4500 and PWS-4500 are now available.

NAB attendees can visit the Sony exhibit for a working demonstration of Sony’s IP Live production system and to learn more about Sony’s industry-wide approach to IP Live interoperability and standardization.

For more details on Sony’s IP Live solutions please visit

¹ PWSK-4505, BPU Share Play board is required to playback BPU-4800’s high frame rate content.   PWSK-4505 is planned to be available in August 2016.