JT-NM Publishes Networked Media Reference Architecture v1.0

Posted by Joe Zaller
Sep 04 2015

This is an important announcement for anyone interested in the future of media technology, interoperability of next-generation media facilities, and the evolution of media workflows as the broadcast industry transitions to IP-based operations.


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



The European Broadcasting Union (EBU), the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineering (SMPTE) and the Video Services Forum (VSF) have announced the release of the JT-

SMPTE_LogoNM Reference Architecture (RA) v1.0 document; a collection of models, best practices, and frameworks intended to facilitate interoperability in networked media systems.


The JT-NM Reference Architecture V1.0 can be downloaded here


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.


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

  • Friday September 11 at 17:00 to 17:30 at the EBU Technology In Action Theater


  • September 12 at 10:00 to 10:30 at the EBU Theatre 10.F20 – How the JT-NM RA will enable new operational scenarios


  • Saturday September 12 at 15:00 – 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


  • September 13 at 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)



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Download page for JT-NM Reference Architecture V1.0



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One Response

  1. John Willkie says:

    The report seems strangely ignorant to the SMPTE ST 2071 work and even AVB, yet cognizant of ST 2059. Did I miss the references, or is this “not invented here” at work?

    Perhaps ST 2071 and/or AVB are “implementation details?” There is no need for a new mechanism to identify services or discover devices and their capabilities.

    Hopefully, not too many trees were wasted in developing the document. Electrons, of course, don’t die.

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