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JT-NM publishes its Networked Media Reference Architecture V1.0

September 4, 2015

The European Broadcasting Union (EBU), the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) and the Video Services Forum (VSF) have announced the release of the JT-NM Reference Architecture (RA) v1.0 document; a collection of models, best practices, and frameworks intended to facilitate interoperability in networked media systems.

In this first version, the RA focuses on three foundational frameworks. The foundational frameworks provide our industry with a common, interoperable approach to how devices and services are uniquely identified, discovered and how their capabilities are registered. The RA also provides a timing model supporting PTP and SMPTE 2059 Standards. These frameworks are building blocks that will enable networked media to deliver new workflow possibilities.

The Joint-Task Force on Networked Media (JT-NM) was formed in the context of the transition from purpose-built broadcast infrastructure to standard computing, storage and network infrastructure. JT-NM was set up to foster discussion among subject-matter experts, and to drive the development of an interoperable network-based infrastructure for live media production, encompassing file-based workflows. It brings together broadcasters, manufacturers, standards bodies and trade associations.

Please note that all text and illustrations are Copyrighted under the CC-BY-ND license. See the copyright page in the document for more details. You are encouraged to distribute this document to your colleagues and other interested parties.

The document, "JT-NM Networked Media Reference Architecture v1.0", was approved by the Sponsors for publication on September 4, 2015 prior to IBC2015. It provides set of foundational models and frameworks to drive the industry towards interoperable networked media systems. However the topic is vast and beware that more aspects will need to be addressed in the future. The work has not ended with this report.

While the comment period on this document is closed, please feel free to send your observations or thoughts about additional work for the JT-NM to jt-nm-info@videoservicesforum.org

At IBC 2015 in Amsterdam, JT-NM Work will be discussed in various forums:

  • Friday, September 11 from 17:00 to 17:30 at the IBC Technology In Action Theater
  • Saturday September 12 from 10:00 to 10:30 at the EBU Theatre - How the JT-NM RA will enable new operational scenarios.
  • Saturday September 12 from 15:30 to 17:30 in the IBC conference (Emerald room): The Media Factory of the Future - Produced in association with the EBU - where Richard Friedel from Fox will talk about the JT-NM work
  • Sunday September 13 from 14:00 to 16:00, JT-NM open meeting on the RA v1.0 to solicit input for future activities of the JT-NM (Seats are limited, RSVP to jt-nm-info@videoservicesforum.org

Best Regards, 

Joint Task Force on Networked Media administration 

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