WBU Conference Reinforces WBU’s Global Commitments

Earlier today, members and participants of the World Broadcasting Unions concluded a successful one-day WBU Conference in Bali, Indonesia. The Conference was hosted by the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU) and the Indonesian public broadcasting service Radio Republik Indonesia (RRI). It featured a broad and timely agenda that touched on themes important to global broadcasters operating in an increasingly interconnected and precarious world.

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DPP and NABA Broadcasters Unite To Promote Cyber Security Requirements For Suppliers at IBC

The Digital Production Partnership (DPP) and the North American Broadcasters Association (NABA) has today published a joint document, Broadcaster Cyber Security Requirements for Suppliers, to assist manufacturers and suppliers in developing products aligning to modern cyber security standards that are fit for integration into broadcaster facilities. The recommendations will be adopted by major UK Broadcasters.

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Read NABA DPP Cyber Security Requirements here

FM Chip in Smartphones Data Now Available for North America

October 28th, 2016 – Read FM Chip in Smartphone Data 2Q 2016 here

September 19th, 2016 – Read FM Chip in Smartphone Data 1Q 2016 here

September 19th, 2016 – Read FM Chip in Smartphone Date 4Q 2015 here


The North American Broadcasters Association (NABA) today published new information on the penetration of FM chips in smartphones for the North American market. Working with the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) and using data compiled by research and consulting firm ABI Research, this sales data shows the extent of FM chip penetration in the top-selling smartphones for Canada, Mexico, and the U.S. for the fourth quarter of 2015 and the first quarter of 2016.

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NABA and DPP Announce New Delivery Specifications for North America

In April 2015, the North American Broadcasters Association (NABA) [www.nabanet.com] and the Digital Production Partnership Ltd (DPP) [www.digitalproductionpartnership.co.uk] announced a strategic partnership to promote the international exchange of content through the definition and implementation of common specifications, to benefit the wider broadcasting industry.

Through joint NABA and DPP meetings, nine of the major North American broadcasters – ABC/Disney, Bell Media, CBC/Radio-Canada, Fox, HBO, NBCUniversal, PBS, TimeWarner and Turner – have agreed to a common file format, structure and wrapper based on the AS-11 UK DPP specification implemented in the UK in 2014.

The outcome is two new technical specifications (published April 2016) for the delivery of finished air-ready programs for North America.

The current versions of the generic specifications are available via the links below.

The specifications are based on the Advanced Media Workflow Association (AMWA) AS-11 specification and work is ongoing to define the rules for these file formats, full details can be found below:

Please note: The AS-11 X8 specification is not intended to be a foundation for the future, it is aimed at NABA broadcasters who currently use legacy MPEG-2 based codecs.  It will allow them to migrate to AS-11 workflows before utilising more up to date codecs (e.g. AS-11 X9) in the future.

The team will also be working with the Society of Motion Picture & Television Engineers (SMPTE) to support these specifications in BXF (Broadcast Exchange Format).

Not every North American broadcaster will move to these new technical specifications immediately. The transition will start in 2016 and continue into 2017 with various networks taking delivery of programs to these specifications on a selective basis.

Production companies wishing to deliver to these new specifications should discuss this at the point of commission, and seek formal agreement with their broadcaster at the outset of production.

To read the NABA / DPP press release, please click here.

World Broadcasting Unions’ Reaffirms Joint Support to DTT after WRC-15

The outcome of the last ITU World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-15) has been welcomed by regional broadcasting unions worldwide. The decision for a global No Change in the 470-694/698MHz band (with a few exceptions in Regions 2 and 3)1 ensures a harmonized use of the band for terrestrial broadcasting and creates favourable conditions for the continuous development of digital terrestrial television (DTT).

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