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The DPP Makes Major New Announcements at IBC 2014

The Digital Production Partnership (DPP) has today made four major announcements:

  • An update on the UK’s successful adoption of file based delivery
  • News of the first products to have achieved DPP/AMWA certification;
  • The publication of a new DPP guide ’10 Things You Need To Know About Digital Storage’
  • A roadmap for brand new work from the partnership for the year ahead

In a dedicated session at IBC, coming just three weeks ahead of the UK’s historic move to file-based programme delivery on 1 October 2014, the DPP provided an update on the industry’s readiness for full digital delivery:

For ITV and Channel 4 the 1st October represents a full transition, with file-based delivery becoming the default standard for programme delivery for all suppliers.  The two broadcasters have already been taking file delivery for several weeks, and the full ramp-up is on schedule.

The BBC is also on track to meet its commitments.  1st October 2014 will see a phasing-in of file-based delivery as the preferred method of programme delivery to the corporation, beginning with network programmes produced by both in-house and independent suppliers.

Channel 5 and BT Sport already expect all materials to be delivered to the DPP AS-11 specification, as has been the case for a number of months.

BSkyB will be adopting AS-11 DPP deliveries from 1st October with a migration planned for completion by end of October 2015

DPP/AMWA Certification 

As part of its file delivery work, the DPP also announced that a number of products have successfully completed testing as part of the DPP’s Compliance Programme, and have already achieved AMWA certification.

The DPP has worked with the Advanced Media Workflow Association (AMWA) to create a robust process for product testing and certification which will provide manufacturers the opportunity to put their products through an external assurance check against the DPP’s criteria, and will help consumers identify products which have been independently assessed.

The first tranche of companies whose products to have met the criteria are Telestream, Root 6 Technology, Cinegy and Dalet (AmberFin), with further companies’ products expected to achieve certification in the weeks ahead.

Kevin Burrows, DPP Technical Standards Lead and CTO Broadcast & Distribution Channel 4, said, “The Programme has had a very positive response from the industry.  This is a great endorsement of the value of the DPP’s standards and guidelines and thanks to manufacturers’ enthusiastic engagement we are expecting many more products to be certified in the coming weeks.”

AMWA’s Brad Gilmer, added, “The AMWA is pleased to work with the DPP on this important project.  We believe the steps the DPP have put in place, including a rigorous technical specification, independent testing, and certification all work together to increase end-users’ confidence as they move to file-based workflows.”

New DPP Guide

Also announced at IBC is a new DPP guide ‘10 Things You Need to Know About Digital Storage.’ This introductory guide is designed to assist production teams and independent companies plan storage for their master files and valuable rushes, and comes in response to huge demand from producers for assistance in this area.

Helen Stevens, who is leading the Digital Storage and Distribution Workstream, said, “The tricky question of file storage is proving the greatest need for producers as they move to fully digital workflows.  Our work on file delivery is well advanced, and this guide offers practical guidance on the next stage in the process.”

The guide’s author and DPP Project Manager Rachel Baldwin, added, “This guide, written with input from a fantastic range of industry experts, will be invaluable to production companies.  It will help them to more quickly understand the complex array of storage options and identify the very best solutions for their business.”

To read ‘10 Things You Need to Know About Digital Storage’ please click here

DPP Roadmap 

Finally, the DPP announced its 12-Month Roadmap, featuring a number of important new initiatives that aim to further support the industry as it moves fully to end-to-end digital file-based working.  The roadmap includes:

  • A common standard for Ultra High Definition (UHD) programme delivery – a major new workstream for 2015.  In recognition of the increasing popularity of UHD, the DPP will develop Technical Standards for the delivery of UHD programmes and also give guidance on production workflows for UHD.
  • The DPP Report on Connectivity for TV Production – the DPP will support the whole broadcasting sector by looking at operating models around connectivity within the UK.  The DPP will engage with Internet Service Providers, producers and facility houses to try to devise more appropriate business models for high-speed connectivity.  This important body of work is due to complete by October 2015.
  • International Distribution – working with the UK’s key international distributors, the DPP will encourage the adoption of AS-11 DPP as an international distribution standard over the next year.  The DPP is also actively engaged with international studios for the delivery of file-based programmes to UK broadcasters in the AS-11 DPP standard.
  • The DPP’s Ultimate Guide to Digital Storage – The partnership will, with in the next year, publish a definitive and technical guide to storage for the whole broadcast industry.

Talking about progress towards full digital delivery and the successful implementation of the AS-11 DPP standard, Mark Harrison, Chair of the DPP, said, “The DPP has been overwhelmed by the enthusiasm and support we have received from the whole industry. We seek to be a rallying point for all who are committed to ensuring that end to end digital working in television is as elegant and cost effective as possible – and that it finally delivers some of the benefits that have been promised for many years.

“The DPP has achieved a great deal in a short period of time, and has announced a further twelve months of ambitious and path-breaking work. But everything we do is dependent on all those across the industry who help us – and it’s this next twelve months of collaboration that excites me most of all.”

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