August 5, 2013 09.06 Europe/London By Julian Clover
The Digital TV Group has launched a UK UHD Forum, co-chaired by the BBC and BSkyB.
Andy Quested, the BBC’s Head of Technology for BBC HD and UHDTV, will represent the BBC, while Chris Johns, chief engineer, broadcast strategy, takes the lead for Sky.
The DTG said the group will co-ordinate UK requirements to build a knowledge base for the future interoperability of Ultra HD, and will work hand-in-hand with FAME and other European standard organisations.
The DTG will also work with broadcasters and the Digital Production Partnership to examine whether there is a requirement for a UK Ultra HD profile.
Richard Lindsay-Davies, director-general of the DTG said “This is a real opportunity to re-invigorate the market and through collaboration generate the greatest economic value for the UK. In launching the UK UHD-Forum, the DTG is bringing together all relevant stakeholders to work towards the managed delivery of interoperable Ultra-HD services, networks and devices.”
The trade body said it was vital to avoid the confusion still experienced by consumers to this day over ‘HD Ready’.