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Technical Committee (TC)


John C. Lee
Fox Networks


Jim Starzynski
Director and Principal Audio Engineer

T.R. Stoner
VP, Distribution Technology Strategy
Univision Communications Inc.


The NABA Technical Committee (NABA-TC) is comprised of the leading technical professionals in television and radio program production, post-production, and distribution from network broadcasters, equipment suppliers and service providers in North America. The NABA-TC provides the opportunity for dialogue, information sharing and development of common technical positions and best practices for the broadcasting business.

The NABA-TC works to ensure that North American broadcasting interests are represented in key international forums. A delegation representing NABA positions participates at working meetings of the International Telecommunication Union's Radiocommunication Sector (ITU-R), the UN agency with legal authority over world radio spectrum allocation and recommendations.

The current focus of the NABA-TC, among other topics, is the protection of broadcast spectrum. The NABA-TC currently has four active subcommittees: the File Formats and Media Interoperability (FFMI), the High Dynamic Range (HDR), the Media Over IP (MOIP) and the Spectrum Subcommittee.

The NABA-TC Chair represents NABA in the World Broadcasting Unions' Technical Committee (WBU-TC), where positions, best practices and collaborative projects of importance to the world broadcasting community are undertaken.


Our objective for these considerations is to help establish the base expectations of NABA members concerning cyber security for vendor products, hardware, software and services. It is hoped that this will open a dialogue to drive the media industry toward more consistent compliance with cyber-security best practices and have a measurable impact.

NABA Media Vendor Cyber Security Considerations


Joint Task Force on File Formats and Media Interoperability combines the partnership of the North American Broadcasters Association (NABA), Advanced Media Workflow Association (AMWA), Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE), International Association of Broadcast Manufacturers (IABM), American Association of Advertising Agencies (4A's), and Association of National Advertisers (ANA) as sponsors and with the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) participating as an observer.

Bringing together manufacturers, broadcasters, advertisers, ad agencies, and industry organizations (standards bodies and trade associations) serving the professional media market, the Task Force has an ultimate goal to create greater efficiencies and cost savings for exchange of file-based content. The group's initial focus will be to gather and analyze requirements for a machine-generated and readable file interchange and delivery specification - including standardized and common structured metadata - for the professional media industry. Use case examples include promo, spot and program delivery from a provider to a broadcaster.


The NABA Media-over-IP (MoIP) Sub-Committee was established to study the issue of live streaming production video over Professional Media Networks (PMN). This includes usage for broadcast facility internal infrastructure such as TV studio control rooms, broadcast trucks, and remote production. The NABA MoIP Sub-Committee believes that MoIP can provide significant advantages to live video workflows. These include increased density of signals; easy transmission of media signals of different formats as well as timing, intercom, and control over a single network infrastructure; and alignment of media transmission with commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) servers and Ethernet switches which may lead to virtualized, software-based video processing to provide high levels of flexibility and agility in the broadcast plant.


Cyber Security Symposium (Dec. 1, 2016 - NYC - Further details TBD)

OTT Symposium (December 16, 2015 - HBO in NYC)

Hosted by HBO
December 16, 2016
New York, NY

OTT Symposium Agenda

NABA Technology Summit (August 13, 2013)

Hosted by NBC Universal
August 13, 2013
New York, NY

Summit Agenda
NABA Technology Summit Attendee List (2013-08-13)
NABA Technology Summit Summary Notes (2013-08-13)

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