Vaizey updates on future of TV innovation

vaizeyThe Digital TV Group (DTG), the industry association for digital TV in the UK, has published the first status update of the government-backed Future of Innovation in Television Technology (FITT) Taskforce.

Minister for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries, Ed Vaizey MP announced the publication of the update in his keynote speech to delegates at the DTG’s annual Summit: “It’s very good to see the update on the Future of Innovation in Television Taskforce setting out the areas for the work groups and the questions and issues now been grappled with,” he noted.

Vaizey stressed the importance of the FITT Taskforce as a partner to Government, summarising the challenges as: “First, the demand for spectrum capacity from mobile broadband. Second, the speed of technological innovation; and third, the need to understand how consumers interact with new technologies. Finally, partnerships like the DTG are absolutely critical.”

The Taskforce – launched in September 2012 by Vaizey – is led by a group consisting of senior content executives, consumer specialists, technology leaders, mobile and network providers and leading academics in the field. The Taskforce aims to define the measures that should be implemented to leverage the UK’s track record of innovation within television technology.

Dr David Docherty, Chairman of the Taskforce, said that the UK was “a world leader in digital television and interactive media,” but to stay at the forefront of innovation world-class collaboration between policy-makers, the television industry in its broadest sense, and universities was needed. “The Future of Innovation in Television Technology Taskforce is a fantastic example of how everyone can work together to achieve growth both for the sector and for the UK,” he concluded.

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