Why should broadcasters move to IP for production applications? After all, SDI has been around for nearly 30 years..
SDI has been around for nearly 30 years as an open standard and has served us well. Point to point connections provide a reliable network infrastructure and deliver superb studio video quality. SDI offers low levels of jitter and latency, is easy to deploy, and implementing frame accurate switching is straight forward.
Being confronted with a complex nest of cabling, unmarked and undocumented, is the stuff of nightmares for broadcast engineers. Structured cabling design and installation, using standard cabling that can be configured to meet changing requirements, has been adopted in broadcast as it has in ICT to avoid these problems.