SCE Countries Broadcast Specifications

Regions Covered

✔ Albania
✔ Bulgaria
✔ Bosnia and Herzegovina
✔ Croatia
✔ Cyprus
✔ North Macedonia
✔ Greece
✔ Israel
✔ Kosovo
✔ Malta
✔ Moldova
✔ Montenegro
✔ Serbia
✔ Slovenia

To maintain a consistently high quality product, XR requires all material to be supplied to the following specifications:

Requirements at a glance

Unique identifier(s):

The clock number on the order must contain a maximum of 20 characters
It is advised to use the layout BBB-PPPNNN-DDD where:

• B : Brand/Agency
• P : Product
• N : Unique Sequential ID Number
• D : Duration

Pre/post roll required: No
Audio: Market dependant, please see Audio Levels 
File naming: ClockNumber_Product or Product_Title_Duration_Audio

Content Layout

For this region a clock/slate is not required

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Important note about TVC duration

With the exception of content for Greece and Cyprus, TVC duration must be to a whole second and not have additional frames.

File Specification

  Preferred   Accepted
Format MXF Wrapped XDCAM 1080/50 Apple ProRes 422HQ 1080/50   MPEG-2 Transport Stream 1080/50
Container MXF MOV   MPEG-2 Transport Stream
Video Codec XDCAM 422 Apple Quicktime ProRes 422 (HQ)   MPEG-2
GOP Long GOP -   I Frame Only
Profile MPEG-2 422P@HL HQ   422P@HL
Frame Size 1920x1080 1920x1080   1920x1080
Frame Rate 25 FPS 25 FPS   25 FPS
Scan Type Interlaced, Upper/Top Field First Interlaced, Upper/Top Field First   Interlaced, Upper/Top Field First
Aspect Ratio 16:9 16:9   16:9
Pixel Aspect Ratio Square Pixels (1.0) Square Pixels (1.0)   Square Pixels (1.0)
Video Bit Rate 50Mb/s CBR -   100Mb/s CBR
Chroma 4:2:2 4:2:2   4:2:2
Audio Codec Integer (Big/Little Endian) PCM Integer (Little Endian) PCM   PCM
Audio Bit Depth 24bit 24bit   24bit
Audio Sample Rate 48kHz 48kHz   48kHz
Audio Bit Rate Uncompressed Uncompressed   Uncompressed

Title Safety

EBU R.95-1

All graphics, text, and frame composition elements should be placed within the safe title area to prevent key content from being cut off.safe_areas2.png

Bulgaria Title Safety

10% Title Safe (80% Total Area)

5% Action Safe (90% Total Area)

Video Levels

All video signals should comply with ITU-R BT.709-5 and video signals should not exceed the specified limits.

Video levels should not exceed 700mV, or fall below 0mv

Luminance (Y) -1% and 103%
(between -7mV and 721mV)
RGB video levels -5% and 105%
(between -35mV and 735mV)

Out of gamut tolerance

Whilst XR and the Broadcasters will reject illegal video levels, they understand there may be instances where it is difficult to completely avoid. Following EBU recommendation Rec.103-2000 they will therefore allow a small tolerance, assuming that no more than 1% of the active picture is in error.

Audio Levels

Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cyprus, North Macedonia, Greece, Israel, Kosovo, Moldova, Montenegro and Serbia
PPM / Max Peak

  • Permitted Maximum Level : PPM 6 (-10dBFS)
  • Alignment Level : 1kHz@ -18dBFS
  • Ballistic : PPM Type IIa as per IEC 60268-10

Refer to EBU R68-2000 for guidance on alignment levels

Croatia, Malta, Slovenia and Bulgaria

EBU R.128-2014

  • Integrated Loudness Program : -23 LUFS
  • Target Level Tolerance : +/- 0.5 LU
  • Maximum True Peak : -3dBTP
  • Maximum Momentary : -15 LUFS

Audio level conversions

Content delivered mixed to max peak ('R68'/PPM) can be converted to meet the EBU R128 program loudness requirements.
Care must be taken where converting from R128 to 'R68'/max peak, as this may result in unintentionally low audio levels.

Audio Channel Configurations

Channel # Audio
1 Stereo Left
2 Stereo Right
Stereo with Audio Description 
Channel # Audio
1 Stereo Left
2 Stereo Right
3 AD Narration (mono)
4 AD Narration (mono)



Closed captions are accepted and

Supplied video file must contain CC logo



Subtitles should be provided in STL format:

Format: EBU stl
Encoding: 1253: Greek (Windows)
Code page number: 850 OR 737
Disk format code: STL25.01
Frame rate: 25
Display standard code: 0 open for subtitling
Character table: Latin/Greek
Language code: 70
Country of origin: GRC


With the exception Channel 9 – The local broadcasters have a mandatory requirement that all commercial content is to be supplied with open subtitling (ie in-vision).
There is no requirement for sponsorship to contain open subtitles

Other markets

All other markets can only accept open/burnt in captions.

Audio Description

Audio Description (AD) makes content more accessible to individuals who are blind or visually impaired.


Certain broadcasters in Greece can accept files with AD, these are clearly labelled on the platform when you place your order:

When booking the airtime, the local media agency must make the broadcasters aware that copy will be supplied with Audio Description. 

Please refer to Audio Channel Configurations for the correct channel layout. Broadcasters who can't yet accept AD must be sent files without additional audio channels. 

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