Less than a year after its creation the international Joint Task Force on Networked Media (JT-NM) has launched the second phase of its important work at the VidTrans conference Washington, DC (26-28 February 2014). With Phase 1 having delivered a comprehensive overview of user requirements and technologies with the potential to meet them, the group will now move to define a Reference Architecture and critical components for interoperable packet-based networks.
The creation – and continuation – of the Task Force is based on the belief that new business opportunities are enabled through the exchange of professional media, including file-based and live content, across a network. With application areas encompassing network origination and studio production, including live news and sports, along with post-production, users can benefit from the flexibility and adaptability of IT-based technology at an affordable price.
In December 2013 JT-NM published its Gap Analysis Report.
The three founding sponsors of JT-NM, the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) and the Video Services Forum (VSF), have committed to an even more aggressive timetable for Phase 2. They aim to deliver an interim report by IBC.
In the months ahead the Task Force will facilitate discussions between manufacturers, broadcasters and industry organizations involved in the creation, storage, transfer and streaming of professional media content. As in Phase 1 an open, participatory approach will be taken, with the participants working together to provide input to the JT-NM effort. The Task Force believes that it is important to act quickly. Therefore, it is focused on technologies that can be applied within the next three years, while taking into account the likely evolution of business needs up to 2020.