Broadcaster’s dixit: the future of TV. CBC Radio Canada.
Answers by Alexandre Dugas, Project Leader Infrastructure & Media Services at CBC/Radio-Canada
What would be, technologically speaking, the perfect television infrastructure?
It’s a virtual infrastructure, with almost no physical devices, that automatically scales based on demand, depending on our content and production needs; it can be quickly deployed to “capture” and distribute content, wherever that content is being produced, whether at home or abroad. It’s also an infrastructure that is coupled with a BI [Business Intelligence] system to allow for the dynamic production, management and sale of content.
At CBC/Radio-Canada, for example, the same infrastructure used to cover the Olympic and Paralympic Games — as we did for Tokyo 2020 and will do again for Beijing 2022 — can also be used to cover breaking news from across Canada or anywhere around the world. The infrastructure is available on demand, wherever and whenever we need it.
What technological change will bring about a new revolution in broadcasting?
I think it’s the shift to digital and the move to IP, which is an enabler for a faster software transition, — something that my colleagues discussed in a TM Broadcast article earlier this year. We’re not just a radio and television broadcaster anymore — we’re a digital media company that is serving Canadians on whatever platforms they’re using, whether it’s on social media, through our websites, CBC.ca and Radio-Canada.ca; through our video streaming services, CBC Gem and ICI TOU.TV; or through our audio apps, CBC Listen and Radio-Canada OHdio.