Highlights of the year:

BBC R&D South Lab

BBC R&D South Lab moved to new home in Centre House, opposite BBC Television Centre, with specialist facilities provided in
Television Centre.

Freeview HD

Freeview HD services launched, initially from Crystal Palace and Winter Hill, using the new DVB-T2 broadcasting standard.

Virtual Graphics

Our real-time image-based tracking technology was used live on air for the i rst time in July 2009, for coverage of athletics, to overlay distance markings for long and triple jumps. The technology has already been licensed to two companies.

Dirac Pro

Standardisation of the Dirac Pro low latency, video codec for production applications has been completed. It is also known as SMPTE 2042 or ‘VC-2’.


Experimental online programme archive is being used by BBC production teams as a research tool. D3 archive contents was added, enabling the new DMI team to establish their Million Minutes demo system.


Three awards have been won by papers from this collaborative project.


Demonstration of a programme being recorded with Ingex and post-produced across four sites that were interconnected by high-speed networks.

Technology Transfer

Successful licensing of a number of maturing projects, using a range of licensing models and handover strategies.


BBC R&D website, with supporting blog, relaunched at in February 2010.

RTS Innovation Awards

BBC R&D won two RTS Innovation awards: the award for Raising the Bar in production was won by the Ingex project and the Under the Bonnet award was won by our contribution to DVB-T2 (Freeview HD).

BBC R&D North Lab

An interim North Lab was opened on the existing BBC site in Manchester, and now has 15 staff based there. This is prior to opening a major research lab in 2011 at the heart of the MediaCityUK in Salford.