For many years, Governments took the lead in setting national standards for TV broadcasting, usually taking account of the views of national broadcasters and indigenous manufacturers. Starting in the mid-1980s, the European Commission made several attempts to achieve harmonised TV standards across Europe - fortunately, these initiatives eventually failed. The advent of digital broadcasting in the 1990s offered the possibility of global standards - but the "not invented here" syndrome ensured incompatible regional standards (e.g. ATSC, DVB, ISDB and DTMB). In recent years, Governments and regulators in Europe have adopted a policy of technological neutrality, thus handing responsibility to industry groups such as DVB. With the benefit of hindsight, we can see that many decisions on national or international TV standards were either short-sighted or simply crazy.
Looking ahead, how can we avoid making similar mistakes in the future?
When & Where
SMPTE UK Section
The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE),
is the world's leading technical society for the motion imaging industry.
SMPTE members are spread throughout 64 countries worldwide.
The UK section formed in 2012 reflects range wide range of work in "film" and TV" operations, POST, services, Digital Media, manufacturing, univesities and R&D across the UK.
We encourge networking and contacts to occur on a larger scale-
particularly for those new to our industries
Our members include Broadcast engineers, Editors, Digital technicians, Manufacturers, Designers,
Consultants, Project managers, Students
and users in networking, compression, encryption and more.
The UK section is the third largest SMPTE section
and forms a Region with a Governor on the SMPTE board
representing the (almost) 600 members in the UK
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