IBC 2015: Satellite leaders launch Future Video Initiative



| 12 September 2015

Europe’s leading satellite providers SES and Eutelsat have joined forces to create a new, industry-wide initiative to develop and promote next-generation video technologies, standards and formats.

The Future Video Initiative will assemble representative companies in the converged video value chain with the aim of ensuring that users everywhere will be able to benefit from a consistent, high quality video experience anywhere, any time and on any device.

The new body will seek to support existing initiatives, alliances, associations, roadmaps and technical standardisation bodies. Its initial scope of work will focus on promoting integrated hybrid broadcast-broadband solutions that increase the reach of HDTV and Ultra HD with the highest quality, while optimising network costs and meeting the promise of interactive services. It will also facilitate the reception of satellite services on any screen, at home and in public places.

“Through this initiative, we want to send a clear signal to the industry and public that we need to drive digitalisation and the evolution of our broadcast-broadband ecosystems,” said Karim Michel Sabbagh and Michel de Rosen, CEOs of SES and Eutelsat Communications in a joint statement.

“The Future Video Initiative is open to all stakeholders and is a catalyst for digital development. The start of this initiative is underpinned by the commitment of two leading satellite operators to bring the best of their infrastructures to support the innovations, roadmaps, standardisations and frameworks necessary to respond to the future needs of consumers and deliver on time on the inclusive promise of a top-quality media experience for the broadest range of users.”