The Technology Pyramid For Media Nodes

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

When we received a few first IP-based equipement in the EBU Technology & Innovation lab, we 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 add up very quickly. 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 updated in July 2020 (version 2). 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 updated Media Node Maturity Checklist (version: September 2020) 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.


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.

Joint Task Force on Networked Media (JT-NM)

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

Integrated Media Production Strategies

We now use multiple platforms or devices, such as web, television, or our mobile phones, to consume media. Broadcasters must integrate their media production to produce for different outlets.