DPP launches UHD technical standard, Smart TVs most popular for streaming, and Elaine Bedell steps down from ITV entertainment : DTG Daily News January 29th 2016

DPP launches UHD technical standard

The Digital Production Partnership (DPP) has announced a brand new technical standard for the delivery of Ultra High Definition (UHD) programming to broadcasters.

The Technical Standards Supplement is designed to minimise the challenges that the industry faces when adopting a new UHD format. Finding a universally accepted standard is essential for streamlining delivery and developing a cohesive system.

The Advanced Media Workflow Association worked with the DPP to extend the AS-11 standard. The revisions were essential for including UHD parameters and changing the way that metadata is carried within content.

Major UK broadcasters BBC, BT Sport, Channel 4, ITV and Sky will use the new standard when they move to UHD programming.

“When the DPP defined a common standard for file-based HD programme delivery, we were replacing the use of videotape for HD delivery,” said DPP managing director Mark Harrison. “But UHD is the first delivery format that has never existed on tape, and it is very exciting for the DPP and its members to be able to help the industry get ready for this major upgrade in television picture quality.”

The DTG support the measures to standardise the industry’s approach to UHD and are actively working to promote the adoption of the technology.

Smart TVs most popular for streaming

Smart TVs have been voted the most popular way of accessing streaming programming. The Diffusion Group (TDG) released figures saying that 32 per cent of OTT TV users prefer the ease of connecting to a smart TV.

Video Behavior in the Age of Quantum Media surveyed 2,000 US adult broadband users, 60 per cent of which utilise OTT streaming services on their home TV.

The second most popular way of access programming content were gaming consoles, as selected by 25 per cent of users.

“With Smart TVs, viewers are not required to manually switch inputs from the TV to another device or pick up a different remote in order to access their favourite streaming apps and programmes.” Said Michael Greeson, Director of Research at TDG.

Elaine Bedell steps down from ITV entertainment

Elaine Bedell, Director of entertainment and comedy ITV, has stepped down after holding the position for seven years. During this time she oversaw hit shows such as The X Factor and The Sound of Music Live!

Prior to joining ITV in 2009, she held a position at the BBC. Bedell leaves ITV on a high note and said it was time to “move on and let someone else make their mark.”

Kevin Lygo, who becomes the new director of television at ITV in February, commented that Bedel had done “a great job running entertainment and comedy at ITV.”

DTG Staff  |  29.01.2016

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