Update on BVE content: last request for comment

Thanks to everyone who has provided comment for the articles I’m writing for BVE. The majority of the copy has now been filed. But I’m still looking or input or interviews on the last few pieces, below:

You can contact me via this link in the first instance, but I need any contributions by 1700 GMT on Thurs, 16th Feb.


Production & Acquisition: Commissioning
Until quite recently, almost all TV programmes were commissioned by network, whether terrestrial, cable or satellite. The centre of gravity is shifting, though. As well as services such as BT Sport, we’re seeing original content being commissioned by OTT services. High-profile examples include Netflix’s The Crown and Amazon’s The Man in the High Castle and of course, Jeremy Clarkson’s Grand Tour. What other opportunities are there, and how have moves such as BBC3’s transition to all OTT affected commissioning?

Post & Workflow: HDR
How will the advent of HDR recording and broadcasting affect postproduction? Editors and colourists will need to understand, and know how to make the most of, several different versions of HDR- which standard is likely to win out? They’ll also need to know how to mix HDR and standard footage to best effect, and how both transmission, and the viewer’s display, will affect the viewer’s experience.

AV, Integration & Live: Systems integration
Is audio-visual integration now IT integration? AV systems, regardless of size, rely more and more on standard IT architectures, whether that is Cat6 cabling, IP transmission, or equipment based around PC hardware. With the advent of Internet of Things (IoT) technology, we could see even greater convergence, as AV hardware becomes ‘smart’, and configuration is via NFC and smartphones or tablets. How, though, do AV managers select the best technologies, and work more closely with IT?


Standards in audio production
Audio is one of the more stable parts of the production landscape. But even audio is undergoing change. Consumers are becoming more aware of audio quality, and are starting to seek something better than MP3 or AAC for audio on demand. Loudness remains a debating point among broadcasters and audio professionals, and new audio formats – such as binaural recordings or 360-degree audio – present both new opportunities and challenges. We look at the key trends.

Trends in wireless audio
Audio pros might have felt the audio world had stabilised with the UK’s move to Ch38 for wireless mics and IEMs. But discussions continue about the best use of scarce radio spectrum, and the rules could change again. This, and a wish for universal systems that work around the world, is prompting more manufacturers to move to systems working in unlicensed spectrum, such as 2.4Ghz. What are the pros and cons?

Creativity & Immersive Tech: Brand loyalty through audience engagement
Branded content is coming of age. Until recently, branded material was dismissed as advertorial or worse. But with changes in the media landscape, and new ways to produce content and delivering it online, brands are playing a growing role in commissioning and distributing content. Production values are improving rapidly, but how do brands, and directors working for brands, ensure that the content really does engage?