Today’s ever more complex and fragmented media production and distribution environments call for innovative solutions specifically adapted to the demands of modern broadcasters. That’s why on its stand at the IBC show this year (10.F20), the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) is focussing on demonstrating techniques that address broadcaster requirements – developed by the broadcast community itself.
UHDTV is becoming more mainstream and applying sensible techniques to fit into today’s production workflows is important – we’ll show that it can be done. In addition, the EBU will host the Ultra HD Forum, displaying the latest implementations of their UHD recommendations.
As high quality, flexible audio will form a key part of most future media propositions, including UHDTV, the European funded Orpheus Project will show its end-to-end approach to object-based audio production.
FIMS (Framework for Interoperable Media Services), a cornerstone of flexible media production architectures, will show a FIMS workflow using automatic metadata extraction as well as an implementation of FIMS in the cloud using semantic data. FIMS is a joint initiative involving EBU, AWMA and others.
The Eurovision Media Services Team will showcase their services at the EBU Stand, including Eurovision Flex – a self-managed digital transmission tool that enables broadcasters to deliver live content via a network layer composed of internet, fibre and satellite.
With the increasing importance of OTT services, the EBU will also showcase its EBU Flow pilot, which brings the benefits and reliability of multi-CDN switching to all broadcasters, with the added benefit of improvements in the efficiency of the CDN services.
In addition, visitors be able to learn about the PEACH project's broadcaster-developed recommendation, personalization and single-sign-on systems that have been deployed by EBU Members.
Following the recent launch of the radio-specific ".radio" internet top-level domain by the EBU, visitors at the stand will also have the opportunity to register dotRadio domains for their own websites on the spot.
Finally, the EBU stand will showcase the award-winning Swedish Radio low-cost remote radio production tools that have been deployed in their facilities. With much attention to detail, and incorporating feedback from the users themselves, these impressive tools improve the efficiency, ease and quality of radio production, both in- an outside of the studio.
Alongside the stand, the EBU will also host an IBC conference session entitled "Building Future Broadcast Centres – Bricks, Bytes and Behaviours" (16 September 2017, 15:15-18:00, Emerald room).
The session gives insight into the strategic thinking and the lessons learned of several public broadcasters who have recently completed, or plan to build, new cutting-edge broadcast centres and large-scale infrastructure projects.
A common theme among these projects is the focus on IP technology in production and the use of cloud technologies. Speakers will also discuss new workflows and the organizational and people challenges that have to be overcome in order to build these media factories of the future.
For more details, timings and activities taking place this year click here.