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DTG Response to BBC Statement on MHEG

24 June 2016

The DTG welcomes yesterday’s statement from the BBC on its ‘innovative plan to move beyond legacy MHEG technology to an industry-wide adoption of HbbTV 2.0.1 in time for equipment manufacturers to build it into 2018 product cycles.’

This BBC activity continues the work initiated by the DTG’s MHEG Transition Task Group which identified the opportunities and major risks to be considered as decisions are made on the transition from MHEG to HbbTV-based broadcast interactive services on the UK’s digital terrestrial networks. The Group’s paper ‘Towards a Common European Technical Standard for Interactive Services on Free-To-Air TV Platforms’, the result of concerted industry effort, was published for DTG Members in January 2016.

Richard Lindsay-Davies, CEO of The DTG said: “We are actively engaged to set out a plan, working with the BBC, Freeview, DUK and DTG Members to deliver a solution which works for both the industry and consumers with their varied viewing preferences. We are all supportive of a well-managed migration from MHEG to HbbTV and as the only mechanism that has successfully universally deployed, interoperable, interactive television services, the D-Book continues to lead the way forward in helping the industry deliver television to viewers.”

The DTG has a heritage of collaboration and consultation and its activity builds on over twenty one years’ of successfully defining, testing and deploying digital media technologies. The next iteration of the D-Book will be published in October 2016.

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Debate PMSE with the DTG

Programme Making and Special Events (PMSE) Audio Applications will lose the potential to access approximately 100MHz of spectrum on a secondary basis when 700MHz clearance happens. The full impact of 700MHz clearance will not be known until the UK's detailed plans for DTT in the remaining UHF band are made available. One solution proposed by Ofcom to the reduction in spectrum available to PMSE, is for PMSE audio applications to share spectrum used by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) between 960MHz and 1164MHz.

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DTG Statement on DCMS White Paper ‘A BBC for the future: a broadcaster of distinction’

The DTG welcomes today’s White Paper from DCMS ‘A BBC for the future: a broadcaster of distinction’. We applaud the long term charter which offers stability for the industry and certainty for the consumer.

The DTG recommended a Technology Advisory Board in its submission. This would provide expert insight into the long-term technology issues facing the industry, and we welcome the reference to it in the White Paper. The DTG has pioneering industry collaboration in Ultra High Definition (UHD) with the UK UHD Forum, and we note the White Paper’s recognition of the role the BBC has played with partners, such as the DTG, in the development of such standards.

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30 Jun 2016

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20 Jul 2016

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