For the last two years UK Screen and its members have input into the Digital Production Partnership (BBC, ITV, C4, C5, BT Sport and Sky) on work to promote an end-to-end digital production workflow and on its technical standards for delivery of file-based programming and metadata into the broadcasters.
Neil Hatton, UK Screen director and chair of our members' Technology Working Group, sits on the DPP’s standards group. Neil feeds in UK Screen member responses to the work in progress and then reports back to our Technology and Audio group meetings.
Following the publication of the new technical specifications, the major broadcasters have now all announced their timeframes for file-based delivery. C5 is already taking files. Channel 4 and ITV are following a phased approach up to 1st October 2014 - after which all deliveries should be as files. The BBC is planning a phased transition from 1st October.
There are many questions outstanding as the industry moves through this transition and UK Screen will continue to liaise with and challenge the broadcaster group for answers to ensure that its broadcast post production members are in the best shape possible to invest for the future and to help their production clients through the transition.
Examples of Issues outstanding:
UK Screen members can find our working group notes and key technical documents in the Members' Area.
Contact us to receive invitations to our working group meetings.