BBC funding uncertainty returns, NHK on the road in 8k, and SMPTE maps the route to HDR: DTG daily news, October 27th 2015

Whittingdale denies BBC funding is settled

Culture secretary John Whittingdale has rejected industry assumptions that July's secretive negotiations on the BBC licence fee have settled the debate over BBC funding.

He told BBC Radio 4's Media Show that the BBC's final funding deal would depend on decisions made as part of the ongoing charter review, contradicting a statement made by BBC director-general Tony Hall in July that the agreement secured the long-term funding of the BBC over the next charter period.

NHK receives world's first 8k UHD OB truck

Japanese broadcaster NHK has taken delivery of the world's first 8k Ultra HD outside broadcast production vehicle from Ikegami, complete with 22.2-channel surround sound.

NHK will begin trial broadcasts of 8k TV in 2016, and regular broadcasts from 2018, with the truck designed to operate worldwide so that it can cover events such as the Olympic Games.

SMPTE report shows the road to HDR

More than 170 industry experts have contributed to a roadmap for introducing High Dynamic Range video by film industry professional membership association SMPTE (Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers).

The report predicts that HDR will be adopted rapidly alongside 4k Ultra HD, but identifies the challenges for creating harmonised and standardised technologies that will be needed to produce HDR content in real time.

Image: Ikegami

DTG Staff  |  27.10.2015

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