Recommendations published by the Digital TV Group (DTG) on the future of the UK horizontal digital TV market have received the backing of government and stakeholders.
In 2010 the DTG launched a consultation: Delivering an interoperable, efficient, stable and innovating horizontal digital TV market, open to any organisation or individual with an interest in digital terrestrial television in the UK.
Consultation responses and subsequent meetings with the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), the Department for Culture Media and Sport (DCMS), Ofcom and other stakeholders formed the basis of a report to the DTG's governing Council in December 2010 containing key recommendations.
The report's recommendations were approved by DTG Council and received further backing when they were welcomed by the government departments responsible for digital switchover.
In a joint letter to the DTG, DCMS and BIS supported the consultation's findings that continued management and communication of platform integrity is needed to ensure stability and to safeguard the consumer. The letter encouraged the DTG to continue to work with industry towards a 'robust' future for the DTT platform.
The report also contained a number of detailed recommendations relating to platform innovation, interoperability and reliability, communication and the future of certification marks after digital switchover.
DTG Chairman David Docherty said: "We are delighted at the cross-industry support that our consultation recommendations have received and we look forward to continuing to work with government, regulators and the DTG's wider membership to develop a roadmap for the ongoing interoperability, stability and technical development of the UK's horizontal digital television platform after digital switchover."
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