Netherlands Broadcast Specifications and Requirements

Regions Covered

✔ Netherlands

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):

A unique ID should be entered into the 'File name' field when you place your order.

Broadcasters use the Delivery Title to identify commercials, see Other Important Info for more details.

Pre/post roll required: No
Audio: EBU R.128-2014

Content Layout

For this region a clock/slate is not required

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HD File Specification

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

HD 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.


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%
(ie between -7mV and 721mV)
RGB video levels -5% and 105%
(ie 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, and following EBU recommendation Rec.103-2000 will allow a small tolerance, assuming that no more than 1% of the active picture is in error.

Audio Levels

EBU R.128-2014

  • Integrated Loudness Program : -23 LUFS
  • Target Level Tolerance : +/- 0.5 LU
  • Maximum True Peak : -3dBTP
  • Maximum Momentary : +8 LU
  • Maximum Short Term Momentary (3 Sec) : No Limitation
  • Loudness Range : No Limitation

Audio Channel Configurations

Channel # Audio
1 Stereo Left
2 Stereo Right


This region can only accept open/burnt in captions.

Audio Description

Audio Description isn't currently supported in this region.


Do you need help with clearance or regulatory compliance?

XR's Campaign Services teams can assist you! Please reach out to your local team for more information, additional fees apply.

Pre-clearance is mandatory for Alcohol advertising on radio and television and in cinemas and must include the message 'Geen 18, geen alcohol', the message should be in the font Arial Italic, size 26 and visible for at least 5 seconds. 

Other products do not require pre-clearance but must conform to certain guidelines, including...

  • Adverts for Video Games must be classified with 'PEGI' logos
  • Movie Trailers must be classified with 'Kijkwijzer' logos
  • Complex financial products have to include a risk-indicator and warning message.

Other Important Info

NL broadcasters use the Delivery Title to identify commercials, this is automatically generated using the following metadata:

  • Product/Brand
  • Title
  • Duration
  • Version number
  • Date of delivery


Duplicate Delivery Titles

To avoid the same Delivery Title being generated for different assets, please ensure the title that you enter for each asset on your order is unique. 

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