The extra bandwidth required by the move to Ultra HD will probably result in extra costs and complexity. One approach to mitigate this could be using compression. However, most compression systems require additional processing power and cause delay, making them unsuitable for live production. TICO, a lossless compression scheme created by intoPIX in 2013, may be the answer, and a wide variety of manufacturers have now joined the new TICO Alliance to support the codec’s use over SDI and IP-based infrastructures.
Why this matters : Your 3G-SDI still smells too new to consider replacing it. This is a way to use 4K signals in your existing infrastructure.
ALEXANDRIA, VA.—Despite the fact that HD broadcasting is relatively recent, and most people in the U.S. bought their first HDTV only in the past seven years, there is growing pressure to shoot, produce and distribute programming in 4K resolution. There are already a couple episodic TV shows available for viewers in 4K, and more are on the way. Of course, big sporting events will also be shot in 4K, but there are a number of reasons why broadcasters can’t yet deliver 4K to viewers.
One reason has to do with the broadcast infrastructure inside every TV station and network control facility.
For all of last year’s talk about distributing 4K television to home viewers, there has been little real progress on making it a reality. The only place 4K technology is being used regularly is in some sports production and in the making of premium television programming.
Las Vegas Convention Center, 24th April 2017: Aperi, Axon, Cesnet, Icron and Pronology have recently
joined the alliance in the last few weeks. The growth of supporters and promoters of TICO continues in
2017; as new companies opt for the TICO Alliance and deliver TICO interoperable products and as more
broadcasters are adopting the tool in their workflows.
The addition of the new members demonstrates the growing acceptance worldwide of TICO compression as suitable technology for lightly compressed IP transmission in Live Production.
The rapidly growing membership reflects the importance of TICO® to ease the move to 4K and IP within Broadcast Production facilities.
The new TICO compression technology will ease the challenge of moving 4K/UHD over current SDI infrastructure and IP Networks