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EBU calls on industry to adopt NMOS

EBU publishes statement calling for faster adoption of NMOS by manufacturers

The European Broadcasting Union has published a position statement calling for faster adoption of NMOS by equipment manufacturers and the wider industry.

AMWA’s Network Media Open Specifications (NMOS) specifies protocols for unit discovery, registration and connection management in IP production environments based on the SMPTE ST-2110 standard.

The EBU’s Technical Committee is calling on manufacturers and trade associations to make a commitment to the relevant AMWA IS-04 and IS-05 specifications, and include them in their product roadmaps. The Committee said its intention is to both drive the maturation of the multitude of products that have emerged and to support the continued growth of the ecosystem and market around ST 2110.

Mark Patrick, lead architect at BBC Major Projects Infrastructure, supported the EBU’s position: “We need to see a confident leap from the R&D lab to available product. The delayed implementation of a common control standard is holding up the widespread adoption of ST 2110 product.”

Hans Hoffmann, head of media production technologies at EBU Technology & Innovation, also pointed out that wider NMOS support would serve to build confidence among the user community. “The first major IP projects are now setting the best practice parameters for the next wave of adopters, and it is important that those projects are based on open standards and specifications”, Hoffmann said. “Without the discovery, registration and connection management functions offered by NMOS, progress would be slowed.”