UK industry association the Digital TV Group (DTG) has assembled its line-up for the recently-launched Future of Innovation in Television Technology (FITT) Taskforce, with organisations represented ranging from EE, Freeview and Virgin Media to Microsoft and Sony.
The new taskforce is being led by a steering group consisting of technology innovators, senior content executives and leading academics in the field, in order to capture both technical and consumer perspectives – full list here.
It was agreed at the Taskforce Steering Group’s first meeting earlier this week that High Performance Computing (HPC) and Future Networks will be two key areas of focus. Working groups to aid development in these areas will be established shortly and additional work streams will be confirmed at the next meeting.
The HPC work stream aims to define how small private companies can use e-infrastructure to harness computing power and bandwidth to distribute real-time high bandwidth content for business-to-business (B2B) relationships.
The objective of the Future Networks work stream is to provide the information and analysis needed to ensure that the industry capitalises on emerging opportunities arising from changes across television networks and platforms – by planning effectively and managing transitions successfully.
The FITT Taskforce was launched last September by Ed Vaizey, Minister for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries with the intention of defining the measures that should be implemented to leverage the UK’s innovations in television technology, in order to deliver sustainable UK economic growth.
The Taskforce’s initial findings will be presented at the 2013 DTG Summit on 26 April.