Next-Gen Prompters Help Broadcasters Stay On Script

Next-Gen Prompters Help Broadcasters Stay On Script

15th August 2019

Mobile devices, IP connectivity add range of new possibilities. TV Technology's Craig Johnston gets the scoop on the new, exciting development CueScript is bringing to the prompting world.

SEATTLE—Teleprompting has come a long way since the half silvered mirror allowed scripts to be scrolled in front of the camera lens, unseen by the viewers at home. Today, the influx of mobile devices connected via IP has greatly expanded options and capabilities for any newscaster (or politician).


CueScript recently introduced the CSMV2, its first prompter based on the SMPTE-2110 video transport protocol.

The new standard for IP video transport prompted CueScript to roll out the CSMV2, a prompting system based on the SMPTE-2110 protocol, according to Michael Accardi, president of the company.

“With this solution, I don’t need a single adapter cable, I don’t need a single up converter, down converter, all that expense, all those failure points,” he said. “We’ve easily been working on that five years, because SMPTE hadn’t actually decided on a standard until recently.”

Not everybody needs to dive in head first to a total IP prompting solution, however.

“There are now some applications where you say: ‘this IP stuff sounds interesting,’” Accardi added. “But if you’re in an installation that has distribution for composite or HD-SDI, going to an IP solution doesn’t buy you much.”

Accardi says stations can use IP to stay connected between hubs and remote facilities.

“They can connect between the big facility and the little remote facilities via IP, as long as they can see the network,” he said. “They can prompt to that remote facility and it doesn’t cost them anything. It’s such a simple, simple way to do it."

“So we’re actually thinking IP is a hybrid,” he added. “It kind of works with the guys who have coax already, but when they’re doing a remote, that’s all SMPTE 2110 IP.”

For more information on CueScript's native SMPTE 2110 IP-enabled solution please click here.