Any broadcaster who has considered making the transition to IP will know about the flexible workflows that IP technology can offer. Such ambitious plans come with certain inevitable challenges, but with more and more companies leading the change, it is important to realise that the benefits of remote production far outweigh the downsides. And the sooner you begin your IP journey, the sooner you can start reaping the rewards.
Let’s look at seven reasons why you can no longer ignore the opportunity to implement remote production.
1. Produce more content – the live explosion
As audiences discover more and more content, so too does their demand for it increase. Viewing appetites are huge and it’s not merely quantity that viewers seek. There is also a growing demand for more variety and quality.
Remote production over IP can significantly reduce costs, and it is now possible to produce events that appeal to more niche audiences and are therefore not considered to yield high revenues. Things like junior league sports, such as football, baseball, basketball, roller derby, netball and many more have huge followings, so covering such events is likely to attract significant audiences.
2. Increase revenue
By producing more content, you can attract more viewers and that means increased revenues from subscriptions and advertising. Not only that, you can have the same team of highly experienced staff working at your production centre, creating content of the same high quality as more mainstream events; content that fans will gladly pay for.
3. Save on expenses
Producing a live sporting event traditionally requires getting a substantial team of staff and equipment to the venue. Obviously, this translates into significant costs for things such as transport, and living expenses. And if you want to produce several events in short succession, those costs ramp up because you have to have additional teams and equipment at those venues too.
Switching over to remote production means you can have just a few members of staff at each event, and the main team, as well as the lion’s share of equipment, can remain at the central production centre. As an added bonus, because the majority of production staff are in one location, they can be managing multiple events.
4. Save time
Getting set up for a live event broadcast can be a long process. Just getting staff to the event takes time and of course, while staff are travelling, they are limited in how much work they can do, but their travelling time still has to be paid for. So remote production over IP can help you realise significant savings on staff down time. You also save time by connecting cameras to public internet instead of expensive private bandwidth.
5. Save on equipment costs
Software-powered solutions allow the use of standard IT hardware that can be provisioned on opex or capex models and is easily reconfigured to meet multiple different applications or configurations. You can also extend into a cloud-based production model to take advantage of vendors such as Amazon and Google.
6. Reduced staff costs
High-quality productions need high-quality production teams but your costs will soon spiral out of control if you have multiple highly qualified teams working on different productions. Why not utilise remote production to produce several events from one central location using your top-class crew?
7. Save on OB vehicles
Traditional OB trucks are often large and expensive. By reducing the number of personnel and using COTS (Common off the shelf) equipment, less power and cooling is needed. This allows the use of much smaller vehicles and has a direct cost benefit to the bottom line.
Talk to us about reducing your production costs with remote production
At Suitcase TV, we specialise in developing solutions that significantly reduce your production costs without jeopardising quality. Why not talk to us about how we can work with you?