Live & IP Production (FNS)

IP infrastructure is the enabler for the digital transformation in production.

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)

Main activities:

  • 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)

Join us

If you are interested in Future Networked Systems, join our group on this topic and participate in the discussions.  (Participation restricted to EBU Members)

Group Leadership

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)


JT-NM Publications


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


EBU, Geneva

The Network Technology Seminar is the EBU's essential annual event focused on media network architecture. It attracts broadcast experts dealing with IT infrastructure, as well as IT network and storage specialists who deal with broadcast media content.

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EBU, Geneva

Production environments based on IT infrastructures is the next revolution in broadcasting.

This Master Class is designed to help professionals in EBU Members design their own roadmap for a smooth transition to a full live-IP production environment.

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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.

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