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DPP Provides Guidance on Close to TX Delivery

The Digital Production Partnership (DPP) today published guidance and advice for producers and suppliers delivering close to transmission in the UK by either file or lines. Titled Delivering Close to TX – Without Tape: What UK Producers Need to Know the guide aims to provide greater clarity on how producers can manage the close to transmission deliveries as the deadline for completely tapeless transmission deliverables approaches.

From 1 October 2017 – exactly three years after File Delivery Day when file-based delivery became the preferred method of programme delivery to UK broadcasters –BBC, BT Sport, Channel 4, Channel 5, ITV, Sky and UKTV will cease to accept delivery on videotape of programmes commissioned after this date.

With this latest guide, the DPP – which is responsible for coordinating the industry-wide change process and providing guidance to producers, broadcasters, post houses and suppliers – is outlining how close to transmission delivery, whether planned or unplanned, can best be managed in a tapeless environment.  The DPP is also working with broadcasters to help implement fast track workflows, with a view to reducing the existing file delivery windows.

“The DPP is proud of the success that has been achieved in ensuring end-to-end digital becomes a reality in the UK,” said DPP Managing Director Mark Harrison. “As we enter the final phase of the transition, this document builds on our existing workflows guidance by outlining best practice for the delivery of programmes close to transmission – one of the key areas that will impact producers and suppliers when tape disappears.”

An update to A Producers’ Guide to File Delivery – a more detailed document for producers and broadcasters will be published by the DPP in the Autumn, of which the Delivering Close to TX – Without Tape: What UK Producers Need to Know guidance will form a part.

Delivering Close to TX – Without Tape: What UK Producers Need to Know is available to everyone here. The DPP’s next report will be 10 Things You Need to Know About Going Live Online, to be published in August.