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Schedule at a Glance  
  • NETWORKING

  • From event host Georgie Barrat, Technology Journalist & Broadcaster, and Simon Fell, Chair, DTG

  • Why is it hard to spot the initial ripples of revolutionary change – change that can disrupt markets and create entirely new business sectors? Why do some innovation ripples peter out, while others go on to become waves? Which technologies and innovations are likely to revolutionise the future of television, and what do we need to do to prepare for this? Our international keynote speaker – a tech visionary and accomplished expert on the Web-based media standards that are transforming the broadcast industry – answers these fundamental questions as he considers the significance of innovation shifts we’ve witnessed in recent decades, and those we’re about to see.

    John Simmons, W3C Evangelist, Media & Entertainment, and Chair, CTA WAVE Content Specification Task Force in conversation with Georgie Barrat, Technology Journalist & Broadcaster

  • The user experience – how a person feels when interacting with a product or service – is a vital differentiator in the hypercompetitive TV and video market. Product design once focused primarily on aesthetics; now the emphasis is delivering a compelling experience – one that delights users, keeps them watching and subscribing, and inspires them to recommend products or services to others.

     This session explores: 

    • The hallmarks of successful interface design: How have interactive TV interfaces evolved? How can public service broadcasters’ content remain visible on connected platforms?
    • Personalisation and accessibility: How can recommendation engines embrace serendipity? How are access services evolving, and how are new technologies improving accessibility?
    • Targeted TV advertising: What’s driving recent growth in targeted TV ads? Why is it vital that TV has a targeted advertising solution? How is targeted achieved in live linear television?
    • Cybersecurity: What’s the vital link with user experience? What are the latest standards for IoT devices? How are products being certified in partnership with connected device manufacturers?
  • NETWORKING

  • This session probes the complex challenge of presenting viewers with the highest quality content on a device of their choosing in the most seamless and intuitive way possible. We consider the technologies and innovations that are enabling this, as well as those that have the potential to deliver more immersive viewing experiences to consumers.

    This session explores: 

    • AV codecs in a multi-codec world: What has driven the development of new technologies to encode and decode video? How do new and more efficient codecs contribute to sustainability?
    • Image formats and display technologies: When will 4K become the new standard? What is likely to drive the adoption of 8K hardware? What do leading content producers want?
    • Next-generation audio: How is NGA delivering audio experiences that are more accessible and personalised? How does NGA improve audio intelligibility and make viewing more immersive?
    • Immersive media: What are the latest advances in virtual and augmented reality? What are the interoperability issues in VR and AR and how are these being addressed?

     

    Chair: Simon Gauntlett, Director of Imaging Standards and Technology, Dolby, and Co-chair, Next-Generation Media Group, DTG

  • BREAKOUT SESSIONS & NETWORKING

  • Our feature session explores how natural history programme-makers have harnessed the potential of technological innovation to capture iconic images of wild animals in their natural habitats and engage audiences with superlative visual storytelling.

    In our showcase, we hear from the BBC’s Natural History Unit which pioneered wildlife filming and programming formats in the 1950s to become the largest documentary production house of its kind in the world. In our innovation panel, we meet innovators who have helped capture images of creatures great and small and brought nature – often from the most extreme locations on Earth – into our living rooms. And we consider what lies behind soaring global demand for natural history content and the industry trends this is driving.

     

    Chair: Georgie Barrat, Technology Journalist & Broadcaster

  • NETWORKING BREAK

  • Consumer demand for content ‘anytime, anywhere’ has driven innovation in new delivery solutions and technologies. The diversification of delivery possibilities has prompted new industry challenges such as maintaining interoperability and end-to-end quality of experience and reach.

    This session explores:

    • Mobile distribution: How might 5G enhance the live stadium experience by delivering multi-angle HD video streams direct to consumer devices? How might 6G deliver sustainability gains?
    • Spectrum: What’s on the cards for WRC-23? What’s the potential impact for DTT, DTH, PMSE?
    • All-IP distribution: What are the opportunities of an all-IP telecoms network by 2025? What are the infrastructure challenges of television’s transition to all-IP distribution?
    • Content security: What are the latest trends and solutions? What impact has soaring demand for IP-distributed content during Covid lockdowns had on content security?

     

    Chair: Polly Hickling, Course Leader, Media Technology Programme, Solent University

  • The number of companies committed to reducing their environmental impact is growing as global citizens become more aware of the need for sustainable consumption and production solutions. In this keynote session we hear how innovation is delivering more sustainable solutions in the TV industry, and how those solutions are creating economic, social and competitive advantage. How is a major content producer working with partners to achieve its net zero carbon ambitions? How does cloud-native video editing contribute to reductions in carbon emissions? Where might further industry collaboration have a positive impact on sustainability goals?

    Discussion chaired by Georgie Barrat, Technology Journalist & Broadcaster

  • from event host Georgie Barrat, Technology Journalist & BroadcasterRichard Lindsay-Davies, CEO, DTG and Chris Shipton, Creative Director & Virtual Scribe, Live Illustration

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