The Technology Pyramid For Media Nodes

Minimum User Requirements to Build and Manage an IP-Based Media Facility

When we received the first few IP-based pieces of equipment in the EBU Technology & Innovation lab, we quickly realized how manual and tedious it was to get IP gear up and running compared to the good old SDI technology. For system architects building IP-based facilities, the extra complexity, labour and time required will quickly add up. It became clear that SMPTE ST 2110 transport was necessary but not sufficient to build and manage a large scale facility.

The Minimum User Requirements to Build and Manage an IP-Based Media Facility were formulated in EBU TECH 3371 and most recently updated in April 2023 (version 3). The Pyramid graphic is derived from, and forms part of, this document.

The Joint-Task Force on Networked Media (JT-NM) – gathering the EBU, AMWA, SMPTE and VSF – has produced a corresponding technical recommendation that addresses a number of these user requirements.

Useful resources

The Media Node Maturity Checklist (version: April 2023) is designed to aid discussions between customers and vendors and to help customers quickly assess the level of maturity and suitability of ST 2110-based production equipment for deployment.


System Design and Automation

The scope of the group System Design & Automation is to further produce user requirements, follow up on the open standards and specifications. Further more conducting interoperability tests and look into new possibilites

Joint Task Force on Networked Media (JT-NM)

The Joint Task Force on Networked Media (JT-NM) brought together manufacturers, broadcasters and industry organizations in an open, participatory environment to drive interoperabilitiy.

Infrastructures & Security

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.