Broadcast Technology Futures Group

Unlocking tomorrow’s broadcast technology

The Broadcast Technology Futures (BTF) group is an alliance of non-industrial R&D and Innovation Labs at EBU Members organizations. Our aim is to share knowledge and experience in order to develop the future of broadcast technologies; and, where appropriate, to undertake collaborative studies.

We are focusing on the evolution in the next decades of:

  • Content creation: Greater flexibility, greater multi-format production, and distributed production.
  • Media delivery: New content forms and user experiences available on any reception device. A combination of delivery platforms
  • User experience: Greater personalisation options and control for users and a geater sense of reality.



04 July 2022 - VRT / Karabiniersplein, Brussels, Belgium


We are organising a workshop on steps that can be taken by EBU Members to unlock their technology innovation potential. The workshop will look at the learnings of, and practices established by, the highly successful Innovation Hub activity established by VRT and RTBF in Brussels, Belgium. Participants will also look into ‘hot topics’ for innovation by EBU Members, and approaches to realising these innovations.

Join us by registering on the event page!



The next decades will bring programme production that meet the needs of future user experiences in a multiformat world. Infrastructures will provide local, remote, and distributed production by applying IP, Cloud and serverless computing. Production resources will become more ‘available on demand’. New ‘workflows’ will become possible and they will have a major impact on programme making. Metadata will continue to be key enablers. AI and ML tools will support editorial staff in a variety of tasks, including programme generation and detection of fake news. Sustainability and content accessibility will be strategic topics for content production.



New content forms and user experiences will be delivered to users. Media services will also be available on a wider range of different types of receiver: TV sets, tablets and smart phones. The range of delivery platforms will remain as terrestrial, satellite, cable, IPTV, Wired and Wireless Internet and Wi Fi, but some will be limited in the new kinds of service they can provide. The new 5G and 6G wireless broadband systems may play a significant role in providing media services. An attractive option may be to combine broadband services with broadcast services and create intelligent concurrent networks.



More options for ‘personalising’ the media experience will emerge, including using ‘voice activation’ and ‘digital assistants’. The options may be chosen by the user or triggered automatically by the local environment or the user’s needs. The sense of reality may also be heightened by more ‘immersion’ and increased image and sound quality. A further new experience may be created by the combination of the real or conventional media world with digitally created worlds.