Multicast

Provides support to Members moving to multicast services.

Multicast technology has been around for 30 years. Strangely enough, the technique is not widely used in the public internet space because it is not supported by all service providers end-to-end. In the past, broadcasters faced a number of challenges when using multicast. However, with the development of source specific multicast and, more recently, automatic multicast tunnelling, it is becoming easier.

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 Project Group on Multicast

The topic of Multicast is part of the EBU's Strategic Programme on Broadcaster Internet Services.

Main activities:

  • Provides support to EBU Members moving to multicast services.
  • Setting up a full AMT Multicast Testbed to help you get started with the technology.
  • Bringing experts together, collecting feedback and specific use cases, and making this information easily accessible for you to use to develop your own services.  

​Join us

If you are interested in Multicast, join our group on this topic and participate in the discussions.  Some restrictions may apply.  To access the Wiki, Forum and actual AMT Multicast testbed you will have to join this group using your EBU account (free registration).  If registered you can access the Wiki, Forum and Testbed on EBU.IO or directly go to the workspace.

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