Broadcasters have always had access to large allocations of UHF spectrum and it has almost become regarded as theirs by right. However, advances in wireless technology have meant that this spectrum has already become accessible by low cost professional and consumer devices. This, plus the ever increasing demand for wireless services and the realisation by governments that the spectrum sales can provide significant funds to help bail out their limping economies, has meant a significant change in the way “broadcast spectrum” is now viewed
The business, regulatory and technical issues for the broadcast, media and mobile industries are enormous, international and complex. Decisions and changes that will affect the future of our industry are happening right now.
Chaired by Richard Lindsay-Davies, Director General of the Digital TV Group, the session will consider the impact of this spectrum gold rush for the broadcast and media industry. It will review the situation in various countries and ask what the future for Terrestrial Television Broadcasting will look like. It will present the case from the regulator, the broadcaster, the infrastructure providers and mobile industry, and aims to enable an informed debate to take place on what the options are for the future of broadcast and media delivery
It will consider the potential of new technologies such as H265 and whether they can help sustain the future of traditional DVB-T services. And it will also provide an introduction to the potential use of 4G to provide multi-media and broadcast services on handheld devices, as well as the potential of white space technologies.
The session will hear from senior representatives from regulators, broadcasters, industry bodies and the mobile industry. Attendees will have the opportunity to hear and question the panel on the in-depth business and strategy issues resulting from the completion of digital switchovers in most of Europe and how possible additional release of additional spectrum may impact the broadcast, media and mobile industries.