700MHz clearance consultation continues, DPP celebrate first anniversary and UK Drama indies to storm US : DTG Daily News April 1st

700MHz clearance consultation continues

UK communications regulator, Ofcom, announced that the 700 MHz spectrum band – currently used for digital terrestrial television and wireless microphones – would be repurposed for mobile data services.

Disruption to DTT viewers is agreed to be kept to a minimum, and Ofcom explain that the vast majority of viewers will only need to retune their digital television or set-top box during clearance, with less than 1% requiring aerial work.

The Government are now considering what support viewers might require and whether public funding should be made available, and whether PMSE (programme-making and special events) will need to replace their equipment.

DPP celebrate first anniversary

DPP celebrated its first-anniversary event as a not-for-profit membership organisation on 30th March.

With over 160 companies and organisations as members, the DPP – an industry collaboration between ITV, Channel 4 and the BBC – has released four new technical specifications, published eight industry reports and held 18 events.

“The expert input of our membership has made us more productive than ever,” said DPP Managing Director Mark Harrison. “Our members have a real appetite to contribute to insights that drive change, and help them make smart investment decisions.”

The anniversary event focussed on Internet-enabled production, and how it could disrupt long-standing business models and production cultures, which will be evaluated further through an industry survey on how such production tools and services are impacting media creation. The final review, The Production Revolution, will be released in September 2016.

UK Drama indies to storm US

With a high demand for drama content in the US, UK drama producers are heading overseas for more opportunities.

Recent research by Broadcast shows the sharp increase of UK-produced series airing on US TV and online through 2015 – 30 of 409 – equivalent to around 200 hours of content. This trend is set to continue, and is being fuelled by online platforms, such as Netflix and Amazon, trying to expand their offerings.

“Two years ago, there were 25 or 30 overall buyers of drama in the US and now there are 60,” said Stewart Mackinnon, founder of Man In The High Castle producer Headline Pictures. “We decided to break that down and realised that for the kind of shows we make, the number falls to between five and 10, not including the Netflixes of the world.”

DTG Staff  |  31.03.2016

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