The launch of digital television in 1998 ushered in a new era for UK broadcasting. Screens became bigger, picture and audio quality improved and the number of channels increased. Now, 20 years later, television is again being transformed by new distribution networks and devices that deliver new viewing experiences. The DTG Summit 2018 explored the impact of this transformative change and considered TV’s evolution over the next 20 years. The event, in London’s West End, covered five key themes.
Proceedings opened with keynote presentations on our headline theme from Matthew Postgate, Chief Technology & Product Officer at the BBC; John Simmons, Media Platform Architect at Microsoft; and Steve Unger, Group Director and Board Member at Ofcom. Speakers gave their views on the underlying drivers of TV transformation and, in a panel discussion chaired by Simon Fell; former Director, Technology & Innovation at the EBU, shared their predictions for the future.
We gave an overview of how broadcasters are serving viewers across multiple networks and devices, and how the user interface is becoming more personalised, and more invisible as voice search and navigation take new leaps. Speakers highlighted changing TV consumption trends, and the latest approaches to programme discovery. Our international keynote was presented by James Gibbons, General Manager of UK, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand, and Head of Commercial Development for EMEA at Discovery Communications.
Next we popped on our headsets on to look at the rise of augmented reality (AR) mobile apps and consider the technologies that are enabling these new viewing experiences. This included hearing about the latest advances in virtual reality (VR) production – including volumetric capture – which promise more lifelike and compelling images.
Innovating the workplace
We considered how organisations are attracting and retaining the best individuals at a time of heightened competition for highly trained and creative staff. How is the world of work changing in our industry? How are some organisations improving the workplace culture? We also looked at initiatives aimed at increasing diversity.
Future-proofing TV infrastructure
Our closing theme explored future TV distribution. How might 5G support broadcast? How will IP networks scale to cope with increased live channel and on-demand viewing? Ed Vaizey MP, former Minister of State for Culture and the Digital Economy, delivered the closing keynote and considered the implications for public policy.
We’re already looking forward to the DTG Summit 2019
The DTG Summit is a great opportunity to take stock of industry issues and hear from world-class speakers. It’s also a chance to network with friends and colleagues from across the industry – and make a few new contacts.
We look forward to welcoming members and speakers to the 2019 DTG Summit next summer.
Chief Executive, DTG