One of the key motivations behind our work is the creation and establishment of open, interoperable standards and formats for broadcasters. For Next Generation Audio (NGA) one of the missing puzzle pieces until recently was an open standard for an renderer. With the publication of Tech 3388 (aka the EBU ADM Renderer (EAR)) and the accompanying
The European Championships 2018 provided an opportunity for the IRT in collaboration with the EBU to show how audiovisual content produced in the state-of-the-art formats both live and on-demand can be distributed to large audiences in the 5G environment. As part of the 5G-Xcast project, several trials were conducted during the week of the event
What we’ve done We have built a companion-screen application for the children’s quiz programme “1, 2 oder 3“. The app allows children at home to play along, just like the children in the show, using a floor pad. The floor pad uses a Raspberry PI single-board computer to connect to an HbbTV application on the
Partners in the EU-funded project 2-IMMERSE have developed a platform for multiscreen services. The architecture of the 2-IMMERSE platform has been built around the HbbTV 2 specification, mainly using the new companion-screen protocols for app-to-app communication and inter-device media synchronisation. At the beginning of the project there were no TV sets implementing the HbbTV-2 standard available.
More than three years ago, we initiated an European collaboration project called “ORPHEUS” along with our audio colleagues from BBC R&D. Our aim was to develop and establish an end-to-end workflow for object-based audio broadcasting, based on open standards. So we teamed up with major European companies and institutions, which are all experts in their
Together with multiple other EBU members we developed EBU ADM Renderer (EAR), a production renderer for audio described by ADM metadata. It is specified in EBU Tech 3388 and accompanied by an open-source reference implementation written in Python. Recently all the hard work we put into this project got rewarded: the EAR won the EBU
Users of media platforms are used to watch high quality video content over the internet, since many media platforms emerged that deliver high quality video content anytime, anywhere and on any device with intuitive applications. These platforms, like YouTube, Netlifx or Facebook have set the standard of video streaming very high. And this high standard
Introduction When subtitles are provided in a 360° environment, they are typically fixed at the bottom of the screen and centered horizontally. This is fine for common 2D TV, but maybe is not the best strategy for 360° media. By making use of the additional “dimension”, maybe subtitles can convey more than just textual information.
Hybrid broadcast broadband TV (HbbTV) is a global initiative aimed at harmonising the broadcast and broadband delivery of entertainment services to consumers through connected TVs, set-top boxes and multiscreen devices. The new HbbTV feature Application Discovery (ADB) over Broadband has been desgined to expand HbbTV usage to additional market segments. The key usage mode
A few years ago, we joined the standardization efforts of NGA (Next Generation Audio) components for the production and distribution environment in ITU-R, EBU, DVB and other organizations. Whilst the standardization for the distribution was already almost established, we spent quite some effort on the production format and the production renderer. After many discussions within