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EBU delivers UHDTV recommendations

EBU R 153 and EBU R 154 aim to address the lack of common baseline for UHDTV exchange format

The EBU UHDTV Strategy Support group has delivered two recommendations in the interest of reaching a common baseline for a UHDTV exchange format.

EBU R 153 is a basic set of recommendations for UHD-HDR live signal contribution via SDI or IP interfaces, while EBU R 154 concerns non-live content exchange.

The EBU said that while only a handful of its members are currently offering UHDTV content, many have begun devising strategies to ensure they are prepared as the format becomes more widespread.

“As major global players invest heavily in their UHD content offer, the demand for increased video and audio quality will grow, with public service media being expected to respond,” the EBU noted.

An EBU group created in March this year, led by technical committee member Karl Petermichl (ORF), identified a need among Members for practical advice on how to implement UHD and HDR.

The organisation called the recommendations “the result of five months of intense work by participants from a wide range of EBU members,” representing a “best of” compilation of earlier work on the topics of UHDTV, HDR and Next Generation Audio.

“The guidance should be used when no other agreements between two parties for UHDTV programme exchange are in place,” the EBU added. “The new recommendations can make life easier for day-to-day content exchange between EBU members, other broadcasters, service providers and production companies.”

The recommendations can also be used as a starting point by broadcasters and production companies just beginning in-house UHD-HDR content production or processing, providing a simple and concise set of parameters that can be used for tender and/or commissioning purposes.

EBU R 153 is available to download here, and EBU R 154 is here.