Irish language TV station TG4 has joined the Technical Standards Group of the Digital Production Partnership (DPP). Established in Galway in 1996, TG4 adopted AS-11 for file delivery in 2012 and since then its commissioned programmes have adhered to the specification. TG4 produces, transmits and archives all programme materially digitally.
“Having one standard for delivery, production, transmission and archiving has resulted in extremely efficient workflows for TG4,” said Neil Keaveney, director of technology TG4. “We were also very pleasantly surprised with the speedy uptake and enthusiasm for the AS-11 spec from the production houses in Ireland. One defined specification seemed to remove a lot of the guesswork associated with file delivery.”
Mark Harrison, chair DPP added: “We are delighted to welcome TG4 to the DPP. Going fully digital is the ambition of all broadcasters and it is great to see TG4 is successfully implementing industry standards to great effect. Learning more from their experience will be invaluable to the groups’ understanding of the issues and benefits of file-based delivery. In other news, it is interesting and encouraging to see that Norwegian broadcaster NRK has based its working practices on the DPP Technical Standards.”