MPEG media transport

MPEG media transport
Developed by MPEG
Initial release 2013
Type of format Digital container format
Container for Audio, video, data
Standard ISO/IEC 23008-1

MPEG media transport (MMT), specified as ISO/IEC 23008-1 (MPEG-H Part 1), is a digital container standard developed by Moving Picture Experts Group (MPEG) that supports High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC) video.[1][2] [3] MMT was designed to transfer data using the all-Internet Protocol (All-IP) network.[4]


In April 2013 a list of requirements was released for MMT and the general requirements stated that MMT must have clear advantages when compared to existing container formats and that it must have low computational demands.[5][6] Also in April 2013 a list of use cases for MMT was released which included the need for it to support Ultra HD video content, 3D video content, interactive content, user generated content, applications that support multi-device presentation, subtitles, picture-in-picture video, and multiple audio tracks.[5][7] MPEG has estimated that the first edition of MMT will reach Final Draft International Standard (FDIS) in November 2013.[8][9]

On May 30, 2013, NHK started showing test equipment based on MMT at the NHK Science & Technology Research Laboratories Open House 2013.[10]


The timescale for the completion of the first version of the MMT standard in the MPEG standardization process:[9]

MMT Technology Highlights

MPEG MMT [15] succeeds MPEG-2 TS as the media transport solution for broadcasting and IP network content distribution, with the aim of serving new applications like UHD, second screen, ..., etc., with full support of HTML5 and simplification of packetization and synchronization with a pure IP based transport. It has the following technology innovations:

MMT Technology Based Solutions and Demos

SK Telecom (The leading mobile operator in Korea) and Samsung have developed and tested their True Real Time Mobile Streaming system based on the emerging MPEG MMT standard over SKT's commercial LTE network with Btv video streaming platform. The results showed latency reduction of 80%, which would significantly improve the user experience of live content streaming. Current mobile video streaming technologies often suffer up to 15 seconds of latency, but its implementation of MMT has reduced that to 3 seconds. SK Telecom said they will put more efforts to strengthen their mobile network service quality by developing innovative and advanced technologies with the aim of having it commercially available next year.

Sinclair Broadcast Group and Technicolor delivered successfully ATSC 3.0 4K UHD testbed platform. The Technicolor platform, based on open audio, video and transport standards including Scalable HEVC (SHVC), MPEG-H audio and MPEG-MMT transport, has been integrated into Sinclair's experimental OFDM transmission system in Baltimore, Maryland. The impact of this deployment is that broadcasters will be able to deliver the highest quality content, inclusive of 4K UHD broadcast in a simultaneous transmission to consumers both at home and on-the-go.

In Japan, Super Hi-Vision test services are planned to begin in 2016, and commercial services are planned to begin in 2020. NHK has studied MPEG Media Transport (MMT) as the transport protocol for the next generation of broadcasting systems [16] since it enables hybrid delivery using broadcasting and broadband networks. They have demonstrated MMT-based 8K Super Hi-Vision Broadcasting at their open house exhibition.

See also


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  2. "MPEG 102 - Shanghai". MPEG. Retrieved 2013-05-31.
  3. "MPEG news: a report from the 103rd meeting, Geneva, Switzerland". 2013-01-30. Retrieved 2013-06-02.
  4. Song Su-hyun (2013-01-30). "Global body adopts latest media transport tech". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2013-06-02.
  5. 1 2 "MPEG 103 - Genève". MPEG. Retrieved 2013-05-31.
  6. "Requirements on MPEG Media Transport (MMT)". MPEG. Retrieved 2013-05-31.
  7. "Use Cases for MPEG Media Transport (MMT)". MPEG. Retrieved 2013-05-31.
  8. "MPEG 104 - Incheon". MPEG. Retrieved 2013-05-31.
  9. 1 2 "Work plan and time line". MPEG. Retrieved 2013-05-31.
  10. "Media Transport Technologies for Next Generation Broadcasting Systems". NHK. Retrieved 2013-05-09.
  11. "Text of ISO/IEC 2nd CD 23008-1 MPEG Media Transport". MPEG. Retrieved 2013-05-31.
  12. Christian Timmerer (2013-01-30). "MPEG news: a report from the 103rd meeting, Geneva, Switzerland". Multimedia Communication. Retrieved 2013-06-02.
  13. "ISO/IEC DIS 23008-1". International Organization for Standardization. 2013-05-13. Retrieved 2013-06-02.
  14. "ISO/IEC 23008-1:2014". International Organization for Standardization. 2014-05-23. Retrieved 2014-11-01.
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