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MediaRoad SkillBytes: exploring changing skill sets and career paths in today’s media technology environment

As part of the MediaRoad networking activities led by IRT, project partners EBU and BBC produced a podcast series about the transformation of the media technology environment and what this means in terms of professional journeys: jobs, skills, recruitment, training etc. In a series of experts’ interviews, the following question is addressed: which are the …

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OpenCDN – Player-based IP distribution from alternative servers

For the growing popularity of video streaming in OTT services, multi-sourced caching solutions can reduce costs, improve performance and avoid vendor lock-in. Data traffic of ARD and ZDF for streaming audio and video content has grown rapidly during the last years. This trend will enforce with the shift from classic linear TV to VoD streaming …

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Combining our NGA efforts in an open-source ADM production tool

If you are following our work towards a truly open and codec-independent workflow for Next Generation Audio, you will have noticed that we not only work together with other broadcasters and industry representatives to define relevant standards for that purpose, i.e. Audio Definition Model (ADM), Serial ADM, the ITU ADM Renderer and further specifications. We …

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More open-source for open object-based audio workflows

Last year we released two open-source C++ libraries: libbw64 and libadm. Now that the ITU ADM (Audio Definition Model) Renderer (Recommendation ITU-R BS.2127-0) is published, we are adding another library to the list – the libear. The library is developed in cooperation with BBC R&D and published using the permissive Apache 2.0 license under the …

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The EBU ADM Renderer evolved into the ITU ADM Renderer

In previous posts we informed about the progress and achievements related to our Next Generation Audio renderer work, especially about the EBU ADM Renderer or simply the “EAR”. At the last ITU-R WP6C meeting in Geneva, where international standards for production and quality topics in broadcasting are discussed and made, we finally achieved one of …

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Interoperability in all IP productions using SMPTE ST 2110

IP-based broadcast production has long been a hype. Now it is becoming a reality with more and more equipment on the market. But users need interoperable standardized products they can trust. So IRT’s goal is to support the broadcasting market to develop and offer such IP-based products. The technologies required for this, e.g. SMPTE ST …

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5G-Broadcast in 3GPP: Where are we?

IRT continues contributing to 3GPP to enhance 5G Broadcast together with the EBU, BBC and a growing number of supporters such as ABS, Bittium, BMWi, British Telecom, Cellnex,  CHTTL, Dish, ESA, Enensys, Fraunhofer, Nomor, Nokia, One2Many, Qualcomm, Rohde & Schwarz, Samsung, SJTU, Telstra, UPV/EHU, among others. After our last report (see: https://lab.irt.de/irt-contributes-to-the-studies-in-3gpp-to-enhance-5g-broadcast/) it has rained …

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“Inter-Device Synchronization” using HbbTV2

The “inter-device synchronization” feature of the HbbTV2 standard allows the playback of IP AV streams on a mobile device in lip-sync with the broadcast TV image on the TV. One of the most important use cases for this is the provision of additional audio versions via mobiles and headphones, e.g. for use in a family …

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