Global Task Force for Public Media

As the COVID-19 crisis continues, the role of public media has never been so important. The Global Task Force for public media have issued their first statement recognizing the essential service of public broadcasters during the pandemic:

“The year 2020 will be forever etched in our minds. No matter where we live, we share common experiences of fear, grief and the suffering that comes with uncertainty. And yet in this time of crisis, we are seeing communities come together as never before. We are discovering an even deeper respect for our health workers and other first responders, as well as for the many unsung heroes who are putting the needs of others ahead of their own, often at considerable risk.

Rarely has the role of public service media been of greater importance than it is now. That is why we, the members of the Global Task Force for public media, would like to add our salute to the essential service being provided at this time by public broadcasters around the world.”


NABA-TC Cybersecurity Sub-Committee publishes Best Practices in an Effective Enterprise Anti-Phishing Program

Phishing is a form of social engineering whereby threat agents attempt to deceive users or take advantage of a user’s trust, in order to steal sensitive information, or to gain illegal access to credentials, internal networks, systems, databases, or other valuable enterprise assets. The key to an effective enterprise anti-phishing program is maintaining a high degree of staff awareness and training, on a continuous basis.

The NABA-TC Cybersecurity Sub-Committee published NABA Recommendations for Best Practices in an Effective Enterprise Anti-Phishing Program.

NABA-TC Cybersecurity Sub-Committee Publishes Two New Documents on Cloud Security

The use of cloud is now ubiquitous in the broadcasting/media industries. Cloud services offer the broadcaster the ability to flexibly spin up and down additional storage and compute capacity whenever

As cloud clients, broadcasters should understand the controls in place to protect broadcasters’data. It is important to assess both broadcasters’ internal level of assurance, and the level of assurance offered by the cloud service providers.

The NABA-TC Cybersecurity Sub-Committee has published two new documents on Cloud Security:

Initial Cybersecurity Recommendations for Public Cloud

Initial Recommendations for SaaS

DPP and NABA launch IMF Application Constraint DPP (JPEG2000) for Broadcast and Online Use Cases, published by SMPTE

The new SMPTE Technical Specification Interoperable Master Format — Application Constraint DPP (JPEG2000) paves the way to improve media workflow for broadcasters and content providers alike. Library Masters can now be quickly conformed for broadcast air, OTT distribution or other needs.

“I am proud to be part of the NABA/DPP team bringing this together in support of SMPTE IMF Standard.”
– Chris Homer, NABA Consultant

DPP and NABA launch IMF Application Constraint DPP (JPEG2000)
for Broadcast and Online Use Cases, published by SMPTE

The DPP, the media industry’s business network, in collaboration with the North American Broadcasters Association (NABA), has today announced the publication of the second SMPTE Technical Specification (TSP) for the Interoperable Master Format (IMF) for broadcast and online use cases: SMPTE TSP 2121-4:2019 IMF Application Constraint DPP (JPEG2000).

This new specification has been created to sit alongside IMF Application DPP (ProRes), also known as SMPTE TSP 2121-1, in order to benefit a wide range of implementers by offering delivery options through two codecs, common in the broadcast and online industries.

“Following the pioneering publication of SMPTE TSP 2121-1 last year, this new specification brings support for the JPEG2000 codec to the SMPTE TSP 2121 family.” said Rowan de Pomerai, DPP Head of Delivery and Growth. “It retains the use-case specific constraints that enable simpler interoperability across the content supply chain and, as such, is closely related to TSP 2121-1.”

In order to further align with other uses of IMF, IMF Application Constraint DPP (JPEG2000) is based on SMPTE ST 2067-21 IMF Application #2e. To enable the use of high dynamic range (HDR) content in the Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG) format, the DPP also supported the BBC in proposing Amendment 1 to SMPTE ST 2067-21:2016, which will add support for HLG to Application #2e.

“High dynamic range delivers huge audience benefit – even greater than higher resolution.” said Andy Quested, Standards Liaison at the BBC and chair of the ITU-R working group responsible for the HLG standard. “Supporting HLG across the SMPTE TSP 2121 specifications enables us to deliver the best content experiences while retaining maximum compatibility for delivering in standard dynamic range.”

Each specification makes it possible to automate the content supply chain, eliminate the unnecessary creation of multiple versions, enable workflow efficiencies, and reduce QC and archive storage requirements, while maintaining the quality of the original asset. The result is significant cost and time savings.

“The addition of J2K Library Masters for IMF adds another dimension for automated workflows supporting broadcasters and networks” said Chris Homer, consultant for the North American Broadcasters Association (NABA). “The joint efforts of NABA and DPP brings together the best of both worlds.”

The publication of this new Technical Specification marks the next step of the DPP’s programme of work to support implementation of IMF across the broadcast and online communities. It follows the recent publication of four DPP documents offering Recommendations and Guidance on IMF metadata, QC processes, and operational implementation.

The DPP will continue to work with partners to enable IMF implementation globally, offering support to communities across production, post, broadcast, and content platforms. The next updates to this work will be shared at an IMF Breakfast Briefing for DPP members, on September 13th in Amsterdam.

Click here for full SMPTE specifications.