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  • DTG hosts 8th joint UHD Plugfest with DTVP for UHD TV and content industry

    The DTG and Deutsche TV-Plattform Ultra HD Plugfest is taking place at the DTG offices in London from 19th—21st June. This three days event will bring UHD industry leaders together to explore interoperability to greater depths. Plugfest welcomes participation by wider industry to work in collaboration towards common goal to provide QoE for consumers. Participants will get the opportunity to perform interoperability testing covering HDMI, HDCP, SDR/HDR, HFR, usability, Next Generation Audio and UHD HEVC content, with the Ultra HD Forum also taking part with a focus on the end to end production chain.

    The Plugfest is open to all DTG, DTVP members and other interested parties. Those who wish to participate with their UHD receivers (TVs, STBs or AVRs), content and test equipment should complete the Registration Form and Participant Agreement by 1st June 2018. The test plan and full schedule will be circulated following this date.

    Date: 19th, 20th and 21st June 2018

    Venue: The DTG, 5th Floor, 89 Albert Embankment, London SE1 7TP, UK

    Who: Free for all DTG & DTVP members. Non-members may participate or attend by paying to register for the event

    For any further queries or information on the Plugfest, please get in touch with Peter Sellar psellar@dtg.org.uk or Stephan Heimbecher Stephan.Heimbecher@sky.de.

  • Growth in RDK adoption

    RDK told the Connected TV World Summit 2018 today that there are now more than 40 million devices running RDK (Reference Design Kit) deployed by operators worldwide.

    Steve Heeb, President and General Manager of RDK said: "With more than 40 million RDK-based set-top boxes and broadband gateways deployed globally, it’s clear that service providers, and their suppliers, have found a prime open source software development platform upon which to drive future growth and innovation."

    RDK added that there are now more than 350 companies involved as members, up 17% from 2017.

  • hayu available on Roku streaming players in the UK

    The subscription video-on-demand service offers subscribers 5,000+ episodes of binge-worthy US and UK reality TV shows including Keeping Up with the Kardashians and its spin-offs, including Life of Kylie – along with The Real Housewives and Million Dollar Listing franchises.

    hayu can be added from the Roku Channel Store in the TV & Films category and offers a free one-month trial for customers after which the monthly subscription cost is £3.99.

  • DTG Chairman Dr David Docherty OBE named Honorary Fellow

    Dr David Docherty OBE, chief executive officer of the National Centre for Universities and Business (NCUB) and Chairman of the Digital Television Group (DTG), has been named an Honorary Fellow of the School of Advanced Study, University of London.

    He will join the School in May for a term of five years.

    While at the School, Dr Docherty plans to complete a book tentatively titled Knowing and Doing: The Once and Future University, which will consider the ways in which universities have been a battleground for complex ethical and political questions, including the autonomy of the learner and institution, the moral responsibility of higher education, and the civic accountability of the academy. He will explore how a changing world is forging new ways of knowing and doing, and whether universities can survive without fundamental change.

    Dr Docherty will also offer seminar talks on media, digital media, innovation and skills systems, and business-university collaboration.

    As chief executive of the NCUB, a unique not-for-profit organisation with a mission to develop world-class collaboration between universities and business, Dr Docherty works with executives of some of the UK’s largest companies and universities on their innovation and graduate talent challenges. He also advises government and devolved administrations on their skills and innovation agendas.

    Dr Docherty was the first BBC Director of New Media and Deputy Managing Director of BBC Television. He was on the management board of a FTSE 100 cable company and CEO of two television and interactive media companies.

    He was Chair of Governors at the University of Bedfordshire and has served on government advisory panels on new media, technology, and higher education. He is a Board member of the Digital Catapult and has also served on the Research Excellence Framework Panel and the Strategically Important and Vulnerable Subjects Committees for the Higher Education Funding Council of England. He sat on the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council’s Digital Economy Panel and on the Arts and Humanities Research Council’s Creative Economy Board.

    Dr Docherty has also served on the management board of The Society of Authors; written extensively on media and technology convergence for the Guardian, the Financial Times, and other national newspapers; and is in regular demand as a speaker at the world’s leading media and education conferences. He is the author of four novels.

    He holds a PhD from the London School of Economics and honorary doctorates from Brunel University, the University of South Wales, and the University of Bedfordshire.

    ‘Universities have been drivers of knowing and doing for over a thousand years, and I want to explore what the past can teach us about the future in these transformational times’, Dr Docherty said. ‘What better place to do so than at the School of Advanced Study, which is itself rich in the practice of knowing and doing?’

    ‘David is a mover and doer, and remarkably innovative’, said Professor Rick Rylance, dean of the School of Advanced Study. ‘He is also a pleasure to work with. He is well connected in policy, business, and broadcasting circles and we’re delighted that he will be collaborating with our staff and working with our students. His research project is exciting and links with interests across the School and its Fellowship. It’s exciting to look forward to working with him.’

  • BBC halts FM radio switch off

    The BBC has cancelled its planned FM radio switch off with concerns that not enough listeners have made the switch to Digital Audio Broadcast (DAB) radios.

    Bob Shennan Director, Radio and Music, BBC, BBC told the Radiodays Europe conference in Vienna that the BBC opposes a forced switch-off of FM broadcasts, arguing instead for a 'hybrid' future: "We all once thought that DAB was the only future of radio, but audiences want choice. We now know DAB is important, but is only a part of the story, along with FM and IP. We need to do more before we consider a switchover in the UK, and for that to be genuinely audience-led. For now, we believe audiences are best served by a mixed economy. Radio is also better served by a mixed economy."

    Shennan also urged commercial broadcasters to collaborate on initiatives to ensure that radio remains relevant in an era of 5G connectivity as Ofcom's spectrum auction gets underway, saying: "How can radio make the most of this technology? Or more pressing still, how can we protect the critical radio space in cars, where we need to work with suppliers to ensure that radio thrives as part of the connected dashboard?"

  • Disney streaming and VOD appointment

    Disney has promoted its strategy chief Kevin Mayer to oversee a transition to on-demand viewing and direct-to-consumer services.

    The long serving Disney executive will head a newly created division, called Direct-to-Consumer and International, that will handle new and planned streaming and VoD services.

  • Vice's Shane Smith steps down

    Vice's co-founder of the media site has confirmed that he will become executive chairman and focus on content development and strategic deals.

    The new CEO will be Nancy Dubuc and Smith said of his successor 'She is better than me at everything'.

    Dubuc was previously CEO of A+E Networks and sat on Vice's board of directors.

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