BBC R&D in session: IP based future in broadcasting

Tuesday 30 July 2013, 12:32

George Wright George Wright Head Internet Research

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BBC R&D has started running a series of events themed around interesting challenges facing broadcasters. We started this at the end of 2012, with a day looking at broadcasting in 2020 - where the industry is headed and what the pitfalls are along the way.

Last week, we held the second event - focusing on the move to an IP based future in broadcasting, looking at content creation, consumption, and distribution.

We held it in Broadcasting House's radio theatre in London, and showcased a mix of speakers from Cisco, Virgin, Sky and the BBC (from both R&D and production departments).

As well as technical experts from these companies, we also heard from James Purnell, Director of Strategy and Digital for the BBC, and Diane Coyle, Vice-Chair of the BBC Trust. The event was chaired by BBC News senior correspondent Nick Higham.

You can view all the videos on the R&D website.

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Nick Higham chairs the discussion with James Purnell, Diane Coyle and Ian Mecklenburgh
The day concluded with a panel session looking at some of the points from the day so far, alongside questions from the audience. The day was filmed and you can see one of the videos below and links to the others on the BBC R&D website.

Running events like this is key to R&D's work engaging with our colleagues and peers, and helps us with our ongoing research into the future of broadcasting.

We'll continue with this series of events. Expect the next one to take place towards the end of the year. Do check the R&D website for more info and please do leave a comment.

George Wright is Head of Internet Research and Future Services, BBC R&D  

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    Comment number 1.

    When does the BBC cease to be a broadcaster having morphed into an internet content provider? End of the licence fee?

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    Comment number 2.

    Hi There. I'm getting a "media selection request failed" when trying to view that and other videos from the IP in Broadcasting session... I've tried in 2 different browsers.
    Can you please check?

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    Comment number 3.

    I have to agree the future of all media is IP based rather than broadcast, this just allows for more efficient use of the EM spectrum with will be needed fro wireless data transmission. It also means that TV schedules will become a thing of the past with people able to fit there favourite programs round their lives rather than the otherway round.

    It's a profound seed change to how media is consumed but it's already here and only going to accelerate.


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