April 8, 2023 - KVM technology was first introduced in 1989 as a way to allow multiple computers to share a single keyboard, monitor, and mouse. At that time, KVM enabled data centers to manage multiple servers from a single workstation.
As the technology evolved, however, it became clear that it could be used in other industries, including broadcasting.
The broadcasting industry initially limited the use of KVM technology to simple tasks, such as controlling the on-air graphics or switching between different video sources. As the technology became more sophisticated, however, it began to play a more significant role in the broadcast process.
In the 1990s, KVM technology was used to switch between different broadcast channels, allowing broadcasters to provide viewers with a more extensive programming selection.
The introduction of digital video in the early 2000s increased the importance of KVM technology in broadcasting. When KVM technology transitioned from analog to digital, it managed the flow of video and audio data between different devices, ensuring the highest quality broadcast signal. This was particularly important in live broadcasting situations, where a signal delay or interruption could be disastrous.
Technology continued to advance and change broadcasting practices. In 2018, Black Box introduced a product at NAB that offered 4K60 pixel-perfect KVM over IP and a KVM manager that could handle hundreds of endpoints and converge AV and IT networks.
As technology continues to evolve, it is likely that we will see even more innovative applications of KVM technology in the broadcast industry in the years to come, and Black Box will be right there to support it.