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The future for television distribution in an online world

Morning, Friday, 10th May 2024


This conference will examine the future delivery of television in the mix of audio-visual content, and implications for audiences and media markets of the expected continued migration from broadcast to online distribution.


Discussion will focus on implications of the ongoing migration to internet-based forms of content distribution, in light of:

  • Ofcom’s recent Future of TV Distribution consultation to inform their review of audience and market developments
  • a new programme of work announced by the Culture Secretary, including an ongoing six-month research project into changing viewing habits and technologies

It will be an opportunity to assess the impact on viewers and wider society, industry relationships and dynamics, and the interaction between public service broadcasters and other media companies, ISPs and device manufacturers, the wider creative marketing and production industries, and the citizens and consumers they serve.


Considering the potential impact of developments on market competition and consumer choice, delegates will also examine what will be needed to develop a sustainable collaborative framework between sectors to support digital inclusion and a thriving, resilient and diverse audio-visual sector.


Further sessions consider issues related to availability and marketing of services, including prominence and scheduling of audio-visual content as DCMS considers the responses to their recent consultation on regulating additional electronic programming guides.


Discussion will also explore trends in technical and service innovation, evaluating the coverage, take-up and resilience of broadband networks to support internet-based distribution, as well as implications for interoperability between platforms and device manufacturers.


We are pleased to be able to include keynote sessions with: Mark Griffin, Deputy Director, TV and Broadcasting, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport; Richard Lindsay-Davies, Chief Executive Officer, Digital TV Group; and senior speakers confirmed from Ofcom and the BBC.


Overall, areas for discussion include:

  • migration to online: the future distribution mix for audio-visual content - broadband coverage and take-up - futureproofing networks to support internet-based distribution - implications for regulation
  • public service content: priorities for audiences and access - key issues for services and competition - broadband coverage and digital inclusion
  • fair transition: key issues, opportunities and challenges with the move from broadcast as the primary platform - changing viewing habits, new technologies and AI - implications and priorities for key stakeholders
  • market dynamics: the future positioning, power, relationships and roles of key stakeholders in content creation, aggregation, distribution and gateways - priorities for promoting competition
  • cooperation: options for collaborative frameworks and agreements for future distribution - value exchange - content signposting and prominence - technology standards and interoperability

The conference will be an opportunity for stakeholders to consider the issues alongside key policy officials who are due to attend from the CMA; DBT; Home Office; Isle of Man Government; NAO; Ofcom; The Scottish Government; and the Welsh Government.



Keynote Speaker

Richard Lindsay-Davies

Chief Executive Officer, Digital TV Group

Keynote Speakers

Senior speaker confirmed from Ofcom

Mark Griffin

Deputy Director, TV and Broadcasting, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

Senior speaker confirmed from BBC

Richard Lindsay-Davies

Chief Executive Officer, Digital TV Group

Speakers

Helen Burrows

Policy and Public Affairs Director, BT

Elizabeth Anderson

Chief Executive Officer, Digital Poverty Alliance

Russell Feldman

Head of Client Services, YouGov

Luke Davies

Policy Manager, Sky

Helen Keefe

Head of Policy and Regulation, Oliver & Ohlbaum Associates