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From Wikipedia, Chace Audio

In the United States, the term “EBU” has become synonymous with “PAL,” the standard-definition color television broadcast standard for Europe, South Asia, Australia, Southern and Eastern Africa, and Eastern South America, but this is something of a misnomer.

EBU stands for European Broadcast Union - the European equivalent of SMPTE (Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers) or AES (Audio Engineering Society). Formed in 1950 and headquartered in Geneva, its 75 active members and 45 associate members are radio and television companies, most of which are government-owned.

The EBU sponsors Project Groups (which study specific technical issues and publish technical and position papers) and puts on seminars. The EBU places great emphasis on the use of open standards (MPET-2, DAB, DVB, etc), ensuring interoperability between products from different vendors as well as facilitating the exchange of program material between members and promoting “horizontal markets” for the benefit of consumers. The EBU has been instrumental in the development of such systems as:

-AES/EBU digital audio interface
-Serial and parallel interfaces for digital video (ITU-R Recommendations 601 and 656)
-RDS: the Radio Data System used on FM broadcasting

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