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Delegates from across the broadcast industry gather to hear insights from leading figures and organisations

24 May 2017, London -- London, 24 May 2017: The DTG, the UK’s unique self-funded collaboration centre for innovation in digital media technology, has heralded the success of its annual showcase of the latest trends and developments in the broadcast industry. The 11th DTG Summit was held at The Shaw Theatre & Pullman St Pancras Hotel in London on 10th May and hosted a stellar line-up of broadcast thought-leaders and key TV industry stakeholders.

Anne Bulford OBE, Deputy Director General, the BBC set the tone for the day with her opening Keynote Speech saying: "The best way to predict the future is to create it" and went on to discuss what the new age of television might look like: “When a former reality television star is running the US, and a former UK shadow chancellor has danced his way to stardom on reality TV, you know you are in unchartered territory. I’m not sure what it says about modern politics, but I’m sure it says something about the enduring power of TV.”

Adam MacDonald, Director of Sky 1 HD, had delegates enthralled with his explanation of Sky's Friday Night Drama scheduling and 'The semiotics of a linear schedule in a digital universe' while Charles Dawes, Senior Director International Marketing, TiVo informed and entertained delegates with the findings from a recent TiVo survey. This included the revelation that younger audiences were more likely to 'show dump' when searching for content gets too difficult and that 88% of viewers said watching 'couples content' without your partner felt like cheating. Additionally 60% of viewers frequently stream content in their car or on public transport.

Pat Griffis, Technology Vice President in the CTO Office at Dolby Laboratories flew in from the US on Wednesday morning to inform the DTG Summit delegates about the benefits of dynamic metadata HDR and live workflows. Philip Marnick, Group Director, Spectrum at Ofcom said that DTG Testing's receiver Zoo is one of the key resources in the 700MHz clearance programme as he gave delegates an update on Ofcom’s plans: “We said we’d have a review this year, but we thought we could get it done by the end of the second quarter of 2020. Today we have a plan which everyone is confident we can do.”

Simon Beresford-Wylie, CEO of Arqiva outlined the successes of its recent 5G FWA trial which places the UK in the first tier of 5G trials and is the first in Europe using the same 28GHz spectrum that is being used in the US, Japan and South Korea. Jean-Marc Racine, Senior VP, Advisory Services & Business Development, Cartesian gave delegates a valuable insight into the future of mobile video and why it’s crucial to remove the barriers that still exist both at home and on the move. Claudia Vaccarone, Market Research & Customer Experience Director, Eutelsat explained Ultra HD market Perspectives highlighting that consumers are convinced and ready and 42% of the industry views satellite as the ideal distribution platform for Ultra HD/4K.

Andrew Neil, journalist and broadcaster brought the Summit to a close with his Keynote and Q&A which examined the health of the UK's TV industry. He remarked that while "the UK Government is missing in action at least as far as TV goes, creative British TV has never been healthier although business models are getting weaker."

The Summit's three panels on 'Innovation in Broadcast', 'Worlds are Colliding' and 'The Viewer Experience' gave deleagtes the chance to hear about some of the biggest issues affecting the industry.

Delegates also participated in some live voting which came up with interesting statistics:

• 50% of DTG Summit delegates believe that ‘Other Broadcasters’ will be the UK PSBs’ most important partners in an increasingly fragmented and competitive market

• 49% of DTG Summit delegates believe it is ‘Quite Important’ for their future business for consumers to be able to search seamlessly for content across all the providers that they have access to on each platform

• 48% of DTG Summit delegates believe a ‘Regulator’ should regulate IP/Hybrid television aggregation and identification

• As we see ongoing innovation in the IP space, 51% of DTG Summit delegates believed that the point when the TV ‘middleman’ becomes obsolete and everything is streamed directly is ‘never, you are having a laugh’

• 62% of DTG Summit delegates believed that the industry should work collectively to address television audio issues through ‘universal availability of immersive sound for television’

• 71% of DTG Summit delegates believed that a ‘DCMS supported transition plan’ should be realised to ensure a seamless transition of radio mic and in-ear monitor use from 700MHz

• At a time when our industry needs to continue to innovate, 34% of DTG Summit delegates believed that, with Government support, investment in HDR was key, and 33% that investment in Aggregated Search was a priority.

• 50% of DTG Summit delegates believed that with the ongoing innovation in devices and networking, second screen devices (supported by the right standards) are the best route to deliver innovation in enhanced and accessible experiences.

Richard Lindsay-Davies, CEO of the DTG said: “The DTG Summit showed us that the UK’s insatiable appetite to innovate in both TV tech and the business is alive and well. The role of internet technologies continues to be key but only when matched by innovations in broadcast will the true benefits to the UK companies be realised. We were delighted with the range of speakers we attracted at this year’s DTG Summit and the feedback from delegates and exhibitors has been very positive. The DTG Summit is the UK broadcast industry’s annual event, the place to hear about new industry trends and developments, gain insight and network with peers and key stakeholders. Our speakers provided unrivalled insight into our business and our expert panels drove the day’s debate. Our interactive voting was a hit with delegates and feedback to date is that it was the best Summit ever.”

The DTG will provide a Summit Report, range of images of the day, delegate voting results and video in the DTG Members Area shortly.

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Lindsay Spencer & James Adams - pr@dtg.org.uk

About the DTG

The DTG is the non-profit UK collaboration centre for innovation in digital media technology, reaching industry, government, academia and international partners, set up with the purpose of looking after the digital TV marketplace. It underpins the free-to-air platforms Freeview, Freesat and YouView, and supporting the development of Sky, Virgin Media, BT and TalkTalk.

It has been central to the distribution of TV in the UK for nearly two decades through the collaborative development of industry standards and best practice, and is currently embracing the convergence of content and networks across industries to focus on the efficient delivery of video to all screens - mobile, tablet and TV - in all formats: standard, high and ultra high definitions.

The DTG supports the next generation of digital TV and related technologies through its work in the delivery of video to mobile devices, television on tablets, spectrum coexistence management, TV white space, home networking, connected TV, accessibility, and the UK UHD Forum.

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