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IBC2013: UK broadcasters agree digital delivery date

IBC2013: UK broadcasters agree digital delivery date
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David Wood
14 September 2013

The Digital Production Partnership has agreed with UK broadcasters BBC, ITV and Channel 4 that file-based will become the default standard form of content delivery from 1 October 2014.

For ITV and Channel 4 this will be a full transition, with file-based delivery becoming the default standard of programme delivery for all suppliers by that date. 

For the BBC, the 1st October 2014 will see a phasing-in of file-based delivery as the preferred method of programme delivery, beginning with network programmes produced by independent suppliers.

The DPP said that other UK broadcasters BSkyB, Channel 5 and BT Sport – who have been supporting the DPP’s work – are also underway with their file-based delivery programmes.

From October 2014 all programme will need to be delivered to the broadcasters in the latest DPP version (4.0) of the UK Broadcasters’ spec based on the common UK file-based delivery standard based on AMWA AS-11.

In a conference session at IBC, ITV director of broadcast operations Helen Stevens, told attendees that the major focus of work in the immediate future will be on delivery, storage and distribution workstreams.

Stevens is to lead the next phase of DPP work which will spend the next few months exploring how far common standards and services can assist producers, post producers, manufacturers and broadcasters in four key areas.

These include content receipt, workflow, archive storage and retrieval services and content reporting of regulatory and broadcaster specific metadata.

The DPP has also published its latest report from MediaSmiths The Coming Storm?, which looks at the likely impact of the cloud on broadcast workflows.

Key predictions are that the adoption of cloud services by broadcasters could lead to greater collaboration with the production sector and that cloud based workflows will increase - rather than decrease -  the importance of in-house cloud skills and teams, as they are needed to broker, manage and support internal access to cloud services.
Mediacloud could become a key method of storing masters, but for this to be effective, a set of common standards and procedures will be required – much like the DPP File delivery standard, predicts the report.

DPP chair Mark Harrison (pictured) said: “The message here from the Mediasmiths research is we have an opportunity as an industry to set the terms of our next phase of development; and if we work together we could finally derive the potential from digital that has so often seemed elusive.”

Key areas which remain to be resolved over the course of the next year are getting manufacturer and playout providers’ support for AS-11 and providing security in the cloud, which is proving a barrier to its adoption amongst media companies.

Automated quality control of file-based media is another issue which has to be addressed.



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