How Radio, TV and other media services can be consumed on a range of new platforms and hybrid connected devices. It focuses on the development of applications above layer 3 (application, presentation) as well as supporting services to deliver the best experience to the end user on any device and at any time.
The EBU’s Connected Cars and Devices group, a subgroup of the Strategic Programme for Platforms, has bought EBU members together to discuss the challenges in this area. It provides an open forum in which to discuss projects, strategies and insights. The goal is to catalyse collaboration between EBU members and shape a unified view for Public Service Media that benefits audiences and the wider industry.
The EBU has established this new group, under the umbrella of the AS (Audio Systems) group, to facilitate an exchange of ideas and learnings between EBU Members around radio production workflows.
The project is part of the Media Information Management and AI section of the Strategic Programme on Production managed by the EBU Technology & Innovation Department. Participation in this project is open to any interested party willing to contribute resources.
Artificial Intelligence is the core technology used to extract and generate metadata.
The Media Cloud and Microservices Architecture (MCMA) work provides code and best practices for the integration of processes in production workflows, including Artificial Intelligence in the cloud.
Most broadcasters today are using cloud services in some ways, but the cloud continues to change fast, and attractive new possibilities have opened up. The latest trend is towards serverless architecture and what is known as FaaS – function as a service – opening the door to an entirely new way of running media services.
An EBU project MCMA provides a painless way of adopting serverless architecture and implementing media workflows in the cloud. Created as an open-source project, free to use and available on GitHub, it offers reusable services that can apply to all applications and infrastructures across multiple cloud providers.
Audio production and broadcasting are being transformed by new technologies. The next generation of audio experiences will be more immersive than ever before, and interactive. It is important that broadcasters look at new file formats to deliver and produce audio for these advanced systems.
The Audio Systems group aims to:
The next generation of audio experiences will be more immersive, personal and accessible than ever before. It is important that broadcasters look at new file formats to deliver and produce audio in these advanced systems.
A "stack" of relevant standards such as ST 2110 allow IP-based live production environments to operate smoothly – once everything has been set up correctly. Adding functionalities such as auto-provisioning and completing the full stack of protocols would greatly reduce the complexity of configuring these facilities.
The scope of the Strategic Programme on Infrastructures & Security covers Radio, TV and other media services. It comprises the development and evolution of infrastructure technologies to enable live and non-live media production workflows in broadcast facilities and in remote/interfacility conditions. It also includes media cybersecurity aspects of infrastructure technologies.
Gathers use cases, requirements and provides best practices on cloud and hybrid-cloud production.
The EBU helps broadcasters produce and distribute high-quality subtitles for multi-platform consumption by standardizing subtitling formats for live and prepared subtitles.
EBU Members are exchanging experiences with and best practices for using Non-Linear Editing (NLE) systems. Pose your question here!
Content providers are facing increasing costs to deliver their live and on-demand video/audio content to their customers over IP.
The scope of the group System Design & Interoperability is to further produce user requirements, follow up on the open standards and specifications. Further more conducting interoperability tests and look into new possibilites
Understanding and applying IT tools for automation and provisioning in operations
Next Generation Audio – NGA – will allow consumers to experience audio content in optimized quality wherever and however they consume it. Additionally, metadata will facilitate other valuable features, such as personalization of different audio elements, a key enabler for access services for those with disabilities.
Mobile networks are becoming increasingly important for the distribution of audiovisual media services. Mobile networks will need to be able to accommodate the current and future needs of public service media.
The switch from audio peak-normalization to loudness normalization is one of the biggest revolution in professional audio. It is important for broadcasters to be aware of the loudness paradigm.
Manual Quality Control alone is not adequate anymore and does not scale. Broadcasters need to look into automated file-based quality control systems to cope with large amounts of content and digital files.
Provides strategic and technical advice on all aspects of video images, including quality assessment, access services and workflows. Topics include HDTV, UHDTV, HDR, HFR, AR, VR, MR, MXF, IMF and EBU-TT.
It is important for public service broadcasters to continue to support and advocate for net neutrality to ensure their services are equally accessible by all on the internet.
5G has the potential to improve technical and operational efficiency, increased flexibility, and reduce cost. The 5G in Content Production group brings together broadcasters and the industry in order to identify specific requirements in content production that need to be met in the 5G context.
The EBU project group 5G Deployments addresses technical and non-technical issues related to business arrangements, deployment models, and regulatory conditions for 5G mobile systems.
With internet-based media offerings becoming more sophisticated and audience expectations rising, data science is becoming a fundamental skill for broadcasters seeking to deliver successful OTT services.
The Interoperable Master Format (IMF) is a standard that allows a single collection of content to be transformed into multiple versions, while sharing the same material.
The EBU Virtual Reality (VR) User Group is sharing experience and gathering requirements for VR standardisation activities.
The EBU studies and analyses emerging immersive video systems, including Augmented Reality (AR).
Although public broadcasters are available on pay-TV platforms such as satellite, cable and IPTV, Terrestrial Television (Analogue and DTT) remains the backbone to free-to-air TV access and the most widely used means of receiving television globally.
The Joint Task Force on Networked Media (JT-NM) brings together manufacturers, broadcasters and industry organizations in an open, participatory environment to drive interoperabilitiy.
Each year, we host a RadioHack event alongside the EBU Digital Radio Summit in February. During this event we take time to learn from one another, share best practice and develop tools to share.
Hybrid media devices that can deliver audio, video and interactive content over both broadcast and broadband offer an exciting opportunity for broadcasters.
Delivering live and on demand video services of good quality is quite the challenge for Public Service Media.
The Broadcast Technology Futures Group is an alliance of non-industrial research and development laboratories that include broadcast futures in their activities.