UK public service broadcasters are to produce a set of common HD and SD technical standards for the delivery of TV, as part of a new partnership that aims to help producers and broadcasters 'maximise the potential benefits of digital production', according to the BBC.
The Digital Production Partnership (DPP) is an industry collaboration funded and led by ITV, BBC and Channel 4 with active participation from Channel Five, Sky, S4C and the Independent Production sector. The DPP also draws on industry experts from the worlds of technology and production to fulfil its remit.
Helen Stevens, ITV's Director of Broadcast Services, and Chair DPP said: "We are working with colleagues from across the industry to identify and agree technical standards that will help ease everyone's transition to full end-to-end digital production. Everyone involved has the goals of simplicity and maximising the potential benefits for the whole industry at the forefront of their minds—it is really is very collaborative and a great example of what can be achieved when broadcasters work together with minimal bureaucracy and process."
Mark Harrison, Controller of Production BBC North and BBC Lead DPP, added: "Digital production will one day make life much easier for producers. But getting there is actually very, very complicated. So this partnership reflects the broadcasters' genuine desire to help producers and facility houses to overcome the complexities, and get to the benefits of digital working more quickly."
The publication of a set of HD and SD technical standards will be the first announcement made by the DPP and is due towards the end of February.
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