EBU to test HEVC rivals as compression battle heats up

Public broadcasters organisation the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) has commissioned the University of Applied Sciences of Wiesbaden to carry out a subjective evaluation of competing video compression technologies following growth of interest in the Alliance for Open Media’s AOMedia Video 1 (AV1) codec and the Joint Exploration Model (JEM), developed by the ISO and ITU. […]

EBU publishes guide on HDR

European public broadcasters’ organisation the EBU has published a guide on HDR for its members. The EBU said that its Initial Guide on High Dynamic Range summarises the key concepts and technologies and includes pointers to more detailed information. The guide is expected to be updated frequently, reflecting progress in the standardisation of HDR and […]

EBU and ESPN Media Distribution team up for indoor athletics

Public broadcasters’ organisation the EBU and ESPN Media Distribution have struck a deal with the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) covering the sale and distribution of media rights for selected events in the IAAF World Indoor Tour (WIT) from 2018 to 2023. ESPN and the EBU jointly will represent the global media rights to […]

European Parliament waters down content portability plan

The European Parliament’s decision yesterday to restrict the scope of changes in copyright rules that would enable cross-border consumption of services has elicited mixed reactions from industry bodies. The parliament’s legal affairs committee voted to water down European Commission proposals that would have have enabled broadcasters to show a wide range of content across borders […]

EBU director of technology to depart after five years

The European Broadcasting Union’s director of technology and innovation, Simon Fell, is due to leave the EBU when his term comes to an end in February 2018. Fell has led the technology and innovation team since 2013 and with his departure plans to relocate from Switzerland to the UK where he will continue to work […]

EBU concerned about savage budget cuts for Ukrainian pubcaster

The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) has expressed concern about the underfunding of Ukrainian public broadcaster UA:PBC next year. According to the EBU, the Ukrainian 2018 state budget envisages providing only about half of the budget previously defined by the country’s law on public television and radio broadcasting. The law envisages funding of 0.2 % of […]

EBU and NBA extend agreement through to 2022

The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and the National Basketball Associations (NBA) have extended their agreement for Eurovision to transmit live NBA games, NBA TV and other NBA programming to the league’s international television and digital media partners through the 2021-22 NBA season. Eurovision and the NBA began their partnership in 2012. Through the new agreement, […]

Curran takes up EBU role

The former director general of Irish national broadcaster RTÉ, Noel Curran, has taken up his new role as director general of the EBU. Curran has replaced Ingrid Deltenre, who has stepped down from the European Broadcasting Union’s top job after eight years to focus on her various board responsibilities. “I am delighted to be taking […]

EBU partners with Council of Europe to back journalism

The EBU has partnered with the Council of Europe to track alleged violations of media freedom in member states. The EBU has become the eleventh partner to join a platform that was set up by the Council of Europe to promote the protection of journalism and the safety of journalists. The platform allows partners to […]

EBU calls for protection of PSB in Bosnia and Herzegovina

The collapse of public service broadcasting in Bosnia and Herzegovina would be “completely unacceptable,” attendees at an EBU event in Sarajevo heard this week. The conference was organised to address fears that public service media could collapse in the country due to insufficient and unsustainable funding and the need for reforms to media law. “Strong public […]

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