BBC picks BT for next-gen IP broadcast network, 53% of homes will have smart TVs within 3 years, and Government exploring plans to devolve BBC commissioning power : DTG Daily News February 2nd 2016

BBC picks BT for next-gen IP broadcast network

The BBC has announced its decision to pick BT to provide its broadcast network.

The new network will be more efficient, flexible and will support digital innovation while providing considerable cost savings. Extra services can now be added with more ease and at a lower cost than with their current system. UHD, 360-degree content and any future content innovations will also be much easier to implement and explore than ever before.

The contract is worth over £100 million and will run for seven years, with an optional extension of three years. The savings will number in the tens of millions of pounds.

“This is an important step towards building an internet-fit BBC and will allow us to provide more interactive and personalised content in the future. At a time when the BBC faces serious financial challenges, it will also save us tens of millions of pounds so we can focus more of our money on the programmes and services for licence fee payers.” Said Matthew Postgate, Chief Technology Officer at the BBC.

Mark Wilson-Dunn, Global Vice President of BT Media and Broadcast, said: “We are delighted by the BBC’s decision to choose us as their next generation broadcast network partner. Both of our organisations have a vital part to play in making the best use of advanced technology to support and enable the ever-accelerating evolution of broadcast media.”

While Vodafone UK will no longer provide the broadcast network, they will continue to support the corporation from a strategic standpoint, providing data centre, telephony and connectivity in London.

53% of homes will have smart TVs within 3 years

Smart TV ownership is taking off globally, with new information from the IHS TV Sets Intelligence Service saying that by 2019 more than 50 per cent of TV households in Japan, the US, the UK, France and Germany will have a smart TV.

Japan has already reached 50 per cent and is expected to rise to 63 per cent by 2019. The UK is expected to have reached 53 per cent penetration by 2019.

“Increasing demand for 4K resolution, the debut of high dynamic range (HDR) for both hardware and content, and access to streaming content that supports these features will accelerate smart TV demand globally,” said Hisakazu Torii, senior director of consumer device research for IHS Technology. “Growing availability of 4K content from online video providers will also support this trend, as will the introduction of ultra-high-definition Blu-ray in 2016.”

Government exploring plans to devolve BBC commissioning power

The government is currently taking proposals detailing ways to give responsibility for BBC funding and commissioning to other organisations. The goal is to boost public service genres including the arts and children’s content.

Bodies such as the Arts Council could be given license fee funding in order to create programming content that the BBC would go on to air.

Tony Hall, director general of the BBC, warned that if the BBC’s resources were taken away in this way it would require a renegotiation of he funding deal agreed with chancellor George Osborne in 2015.

It is believed that John Whittingdale could push for contestable funding to make up for significant shortfalls in the Conservative’s government’s investment into the arts and culture.

DTG Staff  |  01.02.2016

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