VoD in the UK commits to child protection, Multimillion pound media study opens at London South Bank University, and Next gen Sky Q now available : DTG Daily News 9th February 2016

VoD in the UK commits to child protection

The Commercial Broadcaster Association (COBA) – the UK industry body for digital, cable and satellite broadcasters and on-demand services – have defined and signed a Statement of Practice for Video-on-Demand services, with child protection a priority.

The signatories to the statement are A+E Networks, Comedy Central, Discovery Networks, Fox International Channels, MTV, NBCUniversal, Nickelodeon, Sky, Sony Pictures Television Networks, The Walt Disney Company, and Turner.

The statement pledges to ensure on-demand viewers have access to whatever protections they need, plus make on-demand programming align with child protection tools. The statement covers on demand services that are accessed via a TV set.

Some of the types of commitment covered in the statement include pin control mechanisms and providing information on what constitutes suitable content for different age groups. This will ensure parents and guardians can decide what is appropriate for their children to watch and lock away what isn’t.

“Broadcasters play a vital role in ensuring parents have clear information, along with the tools and controls they need to manage their children’s access to TV programmes. Ofcom will continue to work closely with industry, Government and other bodies to help protect child audiences.” Said Tony Close, Ofcom Director of Content Standards.

Multimillion pound media study opens at London South Bank University

A new multimillion-pound studio has opened at London South Bank University (LSBU), and will provide cutting-edge facilities to creative industries students and media professionals alike.

Named ‘Elephant Studios at LBSU’, the space cost £4 Million to create and will provide top of the range digital technologies. It will be available for external hire from mid-2016.

The new studio complex arrives at a time when traditional studio spaces in London’s media capital Soho are being pushed out thanks to out of control rent prices. The new facilities will bring the latest media technology south of the river.

“The School of Arts and Creative Industries has a strong and deep heritage in media, design, performance and the visual arts,” said Janet Jones, Dean of the School of Arts and Creative Industries. “Now our students will have access to the most advanced production technology available ensuring they have the best possible experience and employment outcomes. SE1 is quickly becoming a vibrant, creative hub. Move over Soho, it’s Southwark that will host the next generation of creative talent!”

Next gen Sky Q now available

Sky has confirmed that Sky Q is now available for consumers to buy. Sky Q is a next generation home entertainment system and is available for both new and existing Sky customers.

In addition, to this, all Sky broadband customers will also receive the new Sky Q Hub, which turns all Sky Q boxes into wifi hotspots. This will provide customers with a stronger broadband experience with better coverage.

DTG Staff  |  10.02.2016

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