The Digital Production Partnership - the BBC, ITV and Channel 4-led cross-broadcaster initiative - has unveiled its first guidelines.

The common technical standards for the delivery of tape-based HD and SD programmes will form the contractual basis between broadcasters and producers for new commissions.

Kevin Burrows, Channel 4 broadcast and distribution chief technical officer and chair of the Digital Production Partnership (DPP) Technical Standards Working Group, said one set of standards for HD delivery would help to rationalise the delivery process and cut costs for independent producers.

The guidelines cover technical specifications, picture and sound quality for delivery to the BBC, Channel 4, Channel 5, ITV, S4C and BSkyB.

They do not set out particular cameras or post-production technologies that must be used by suppliers.

The partnership said it will make announcements on other guidelines over the coming months, including metadata standards for delivered programmes and HD file-based delivery specifications.

Later this year the DPP plans to publish a ‘Producers Guide’ covering best practice acquisition and post-production techniques. 

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