The new issue of EBU tech-i magazine is the first to be published since the COVID-19 pandemic spread throughout the globe. We invited strategy leaders at several EBU Members to share some early reflections on the likely medium term impacts of the crisis on public service media and, in particular, their use of technology:
"The disruption of COVID-19 has also caused an acceleration in changes that were already underway and will continue to have an impact..." (Tom De Wispelaere, VRT)
"Social behaviours are changing and the IP technology we are setting up [...] is positioning us well to take that challenge head-on." (Dan Boudreau, CBC/Radio-Canada)
"With all our hands pretty much tied to the daily, weekly or monthly operative stuff, we need enough time and space (very, very preferably face-to-face) for innovation and new ideas..." (Mika Rahkonen, Yle)
"This means the online products of PSM organizations (and underlying capabilities like content and data management) become even more mission critical." (Peter Archer, BBC)
Find all four contributions on pages 10–11 of issue 44 of tech-i, along with the reflections of EBU Director of Technology & Innovation Antonio Arcidiacono on page 3. Download the PDF.
Elsewhere in tech-i
As usual, the magazine includes several contributions on the recent activities of EBU Members, both on their own in-house projects and wider community collaborations.
- A pair of articles looking at innovation in radio, one on EU MARCONI projects at NPO and VRT that aim to make radio smarter and more social, and a report on a BBC tool for automatically segmenting and tagging radio programming.
- Updates on the latest testing rounds for Live IP production equipment and HDR production codecs, along with a cheat sheet on the newly published EBU HDR Colour Bars.
- Research funded by Spain's RTVE on how to effectively reach Generation Z audiences with immersive journalism.
This issue's Partner Profiles feature comes from the Video Services Forum, while 5G-MAG's new project manager Jordi Giménez is "in the spotlight". David Wood's regular column takes a look at capability mapping, a new management tool that some EBU Members have begun to embrace. The EBU's Media Intelligence Service reports on the latest data on PSM and trust, explaining why EBU Members were so well placed to fulfil their important remit as the COVID-19 crisis emerged.
Finally, a new regular feature titled Sustainability Matters looks at concrete actions being taken to lower the environmental impacts of broadcasting and media. In this issue, Harmonic's Jean-Louis Diascorn explains how AI-based encoding can provide energy and cost savings for video delivery.