Standards Bodies Team up on Networked Media Interoperability
EBU, SMPTE and VSF form joint task force
April 8, 2013
SWITZERLAND-- The European Broadcast Union, Society of Motion
Picture and Television Engineers and the Video Services Forum have formed a
Joint Task Force on Networked Media (JT-NM) to stimulate new business
opportunities through the exchange of professional media across networks,
exploiting affordable IT-based technology.
The Task Force will define a strategy to develop a packet-based network
infrastructure for the professional media industry by bringing together
manufacturers, broadcasters, standards bodies and trade associations with the
objective to create, store, transfer and stream professional media.
The Task Force’s primary objective is to ensure interoperability in
packet-based systems (networking, equipment and software) for professional
media. This will mean defining an agile, on-demand, packet-based network
infrastructure that supports a variety of distributed, automated, professional
media (file- and stream-based) workflows for local, regional and global
standards-based production, supporting any format, to reduce cost of ownership
and content time-to-market.
The Task Force will take a leading role, coordinating the activities of its
members and of constituent and allied organizations. It will adopt a
three-phase approach to its mission and objectives, with each phase used as a
gate for assessing whether sufficient progress has been made before advancing.
The three phases are:
1. Define the business-driven use cases and requirements
2. Define the framework and reference architecture
3. Define and coordinate tasks required to realize the output of phases 1 and 2
The JT-NM sprang from a meeting at Turner Broadcasting System in Atlanta in
March, between representatives of the EBU, SMPTE, VSF and the Advanced Media
Work Flow Association, as well as business technologists from major media and
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