I recently received a mail from Steinberg with a link to a free (vst windows) metering plugin for r128 measurement.
A group of sound engineers from the EBU is fighting the loudness in war in broadcast and it seems that at least in Germany/Switzerland/Austria they might have won some important battles and broadcaters will move away from equal peak level to equal average loudness, thus eliminating the need for the consumer to constantly use the remote control to adjust the volume settings for the TV set when the commercials start and enabling sound techs to level according to the ear and use some dynamics in the mix when needed.
I found a couple of really interesting links about the topic on the net. The EBU has webinars that explain the concept:
I also found a link to a vst plugin that has a graphical implementation and is surround and mac compatible. It costs only 10 Euros.
Hopefully Steinberg will implement (at least) file based support to this new EBU standard soon. There are already open source solutions on the net for this, but they are very inconvenient to handle for the end user.
I also strongly feel that Steinberg should improve the metering options in Nuendo.