Almost every part of a broadcaster's production chain has now evolved into an IT- and IP-based infrastructure. Live production is the remaining part to make the change from speciality equipement. In doing this transition, broadcasters are faced with making important technological choices to safeguard their investments in the future. They also need to build the know-how and make the organizational changes to implement and make use of the new workflows that Live & IP will make possible.
Do more with less
The continuous challenge of producing more content with less resources is not new. The transition to IT- and IP-based infrastructure can help broadcasters to automate some of their processes and find new ways need to increase efficiency and effectiveness in production.
Flexible workflows and new services
Since nearly every part of the production chain is involved in the transition, broadcasters are able to develop flexible ways of working and offer new services to their audiences.
Thanks to standardization, best practices, reference code and interoperability tests, broadcasters can take advantage multi-vendors environement, choose best of breed components and avoid vendor lock-in.
EBU Strategic Programme on Future Networked Systems (FNS)
- Helps Members to get the most from their transition to IT/network-based infrastructures in their production studios and from remote locations.
- FNS provides a platform for you to share knowledge, experience and test results with your peers. We capture your requirements and keep you up to date on new technologies so that you can make well-informed decisions for future investments. We also look at the impact of new technology on production practices and workflows and offer guidance on media production and contribution over IP, remote production and media storage.
- FNS prepares the programme of the yearly Network Technology Seminar (NTS)
If you are interested in Future Networked Systems, join our group on this topic and participate in the discussions. (Participation restricted to EBU Members)
Chairman: Markus Berg (IRT)
Vice-Chairman: Phil Tudor (BBC)
Coordinator: Felix Poulin (EBU)
Assistant: Elisabeth Ecoffey (EBU)
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.
Joint-Task Force on Networked Media (JT-NM)
- EBU, jointly with Video Services Forum (VSF), Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) and Advanced Media Workflow Association (AMWA).
- The author of the foundational Reference Architecture and Roadmap of Open Interoperability
- Platform for coordinating the international standardisation effort.
- Community is open to all interested parties. Join the JT-NM community
- More details jt-nm.org
- JT-NM Roadmap of Open Interoperability (June 2016)
- Reference Architecture v1.0 (September 2015)
- Minimum Viable System (MVS) Requirements Report (March 2015)
- Gap analysis report (December 2013)
VRT-EBU LiveIP project
- A pioneering proof of concept of the first multi-vendor standard-based all-IP studio and tried out by production crew.
- Hosted by Belgian Flemish Broadcaster VRT part of its Sandbox technology accelerator programme
- In collaboration with 12 technology providers: Axon, D&MS, DWESAM, EVS, Genelec, Grass Valley, Imagine Communications, Lawo, Nevion, Tektronix, Trilogy, Vizt,
- Multiple Award winner
- Read the Tech Review white paper
- More details and videos on the LiveIP project page
The September 2017 issue of tech-i is now available for download, with reports and features on the latest developments in media technology.
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The Director of Global Licensing at MPEG-LA, Allen Harkness, will be speaking at the EBU's BroadThinking seminar next week to explain the proposed licensing...
From production to play-out, from drawing board to real-life deployment – this year’s EBU Network Technology Seminar lays out the IP-based production chain,...
With work about to begin on the construction of its new headquarters, Belgium's VRT is collaborating with the EBU to organize a workshop on future PSM...
The September 2017 issue of EBU tech-i magazine includes Swedish Radio's award-winning NXG Radio House project, NRK's use of drones in live production and SWR's Markus Ostertag's view on IP production.
This JT-NM Roadmap shows the evolution of standards and specifications that enable the JT-NM Reference Architecture.
The December 2016 issue of tech-i looks at Next Generation Audio, the promise of 5G networks, the new .radio TLD and much more.
The JT-NM WebFirst UHD Sports Scenario Analysis develops a set of user requirements based on introducing two potentially disruptive concepts to traditional broadcasting; two-way connectivity with the end consumer, and the introduction of Internet Technology and all that brings with it, including big data techniques, large-scale virtualization, and Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies.
The LiveIP Project is a major proof of concept of just how far the industry has already moved towards a possible IP enabled live production. This EBU Technical Review explores this topic in more detail.
This document identifies requirements for the management of networked devices in an IT-based broadcasting infrastructure.
This fourth revision of EBU Tech 3326 provides a minimum set of requirements necessary to ensure interoperability between equipment intended for the transport of contribution-quality audio over IP networks. (Rev. 4, Nov. 2014)
This document provides a low-level technical view of recommendations and parameters associated with an SLA for media transport services.
This document provides a high level view of the components and principles that require careful consideration when an SLA for media transport services is negotiated with network service providers.
This is a Glossary of Terms that accompanies Tech 3361-1 SLA for media transport services - High level guidelines
A demonstration of UHDTV signal transmission over an IP-based transmission path is fully described and important conclusions are given.
Joint Task Force on Networked Media (JT-NM) Gap Analysis between the RFT responses and the User Requirements.
This document details the experience gained from testing two different approaches to high performance network storage and examines key issues that are fundamental to getting the best performance out of network storage on a generic Ethernet network.