EBU Flow Multi-CDN

EBU Flow is a Multi-CDN project and helps to eliminate the two contradictory problems of increasing costs and delivering higher performance at the same time. The Multi-CDN service allows the content provider to deliver an efficient performance through selecting the best delivery route whilst reducing costs.

Content providers are facing increasing costs to deliver their live and on demand video/audio content to their customers over IP. To meet expectations of their audiences they need to deliver high performance service anywhere, anytime and on any device.

In 2014, 2% of the UK Public Service Media viewing time was via online and mobile delivery; delivering these programmes consumed 14% of their distribution budgets. What happens if this audience grows to 20% in the future?

The EBU has created a new Multi-CDN project to help customers deliver content reliably over the internet in a cost-effective manner. EBU Flow has two main objectives: to improve the quality of online delivery, and to reduce the costs that customers are facing.

The EBU has identified Multi-CDN as the basis for its service; interviews with its Members and engagement with the industry has shown that “there is a consensus in the industry that a Multi-CDN is necessary to meet the demand of growing video expansions regionally and in terms of throughputs”.

EBU Flow has moved into a commercial phase, known as Eurovision Flow. It is a platform created by EBU on behalf of Eurovision. If you would like to discuss or would like further information, please contact Michael Ritchie at ritchie@eurovision.net.

EBU Technology & Innovation Workplan

Every two years, the EBU develops a roadmap for technology and innovation activities based on the requirements and inputs given by EBU Members. The result of this roadmap is our bi-annual EBU Technology & Innovation Workplan. Strategic programmes and project groups are set up to focus on specific areas of interest. To access the latest Workplan, click here.

EBU Flow

EBU Flow is part of the multi-CDN project within the EBU's Strategic Programme on Broadcaster Internet Services. We are currently in the pilot phase which is due to complete May 2018.  If you would like to participate or have any questions, please contact us on the email below.

​Join us

This group is only open to EBU Members. For more information, please email: flow@ebu.ch



Pilot Members: ERT, NPO, RTBF, RTE & VRT

Load Balancing Service & Quality of Service statistics: Cedexis

CDNs: Fastly, Level3 & Verizon EdgeCast

Origin: You can bring your own or use EBU Flow partner.

Encoding & DRM: You can use your own or use EBU Flow partner.

Quality of Experience statistics: You can use EBU Flow partner.

EBU prepares Multi-CDN pilot

Coming soon!