EBU publishes new subtitling spec for broadcasters

The EBU has published a new specification for subtitling. The new format, EBU Timed Text (EBU-TT), is designed to provide an easy-to-use way of interchanging and archiving subtitles in XML. According to the EBU, the specification is based on the W3C Timed Text Markup Language specification, but is designed as a more constrained version suitable […]

EBU in Wimbledon distribution deal

The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) will continue to distribute the rights to the Wimbledon tennis tournament until 2014 after signing a new deal with The All England Lawn Tennis Club. The EBU’s sports content distributor, Eurovision, will provide various services during the annual tournament, including global delivery of the World Feed in HD and a […]

EBU members agree to develop hybrid TV for 2012

Twenty three members of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) have agreed to collaborate on the development of hybrid TV to enable a full roll out of the technology next year. The announcement came at the EBU’s 67th annual assembly. The group of broadcasters will exchange best practices and support one another to push through a […]

EBU using SES for Pan American Games coverage

The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) has signed an occasional use capacity deal with SES for contribution and distribution of the 2011 Pan American Games taking place in Guadalajara, Mexico. The EBU is using over one transponder of C-band capacity on SES’ NSS-806 to bring the international sporting event to fans across Latin America and parts […]

EBU names first media director

The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) has named Annika Nyberg Frankenhaeuser as its first media director. Nyberg Frankenhaeuser, who will take up her post in February, will lead the newly formed media department, which consolidates the activities of the television and radio departments, as well as news services. Since 2006 Nyberg Frankenhaeuser has been the director […]

TV technology organizations issue anti-interference recommendations

DigiTAG, the EBU, BNE and ACT today have issued a new set of formal recommendations aimed at ensuring the adoption of technical safeguards to protect from harmful interference television services delivered by the digital-terrestrial TV platform. Interference may result from telecoms transmissions emitted from fixed base station towers, known as ‘downlink interference’, or from signals […]

EBU to present technical advances amongst members

The European Broadcasting Union will demonstrate the depth of technological media innovation and experience among the public service broadcasters that make up the EBU Membership at IBC. According to the EBU, the advent of large HD domestic screens has made consumers hungrier than ever for higher quality broadcast transmissions. 1080p/50 is a format at the […]

EBU-backed social network pilot goes live

An EBU-backed pilot that uses social networks to allow TV viewers to choose broadcasters’ schedules has launched in Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium and Slovenia. The project, called Eurovision TV Lab, is being trialled until September 3 by ZDF in Germany, Slovenia’s RTVSLO and VRT in Belgium, with users able to vote for their favourite pilot […]

EBU launches broadcast challenge study

The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) has launched new research into the key business challenges and future opportunities for European broadcasters. The EBU said the study would “shed light on the shifting broadcast marketplace, consolidation, cost pressures and potential new revenue streams for the industry, as well as how buying behaviours may be changing on account […]

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