The Digital Production Partnership (DPP) has unveiled another technical standard, this time targeting the delivery of live television programmes.

The cross-broadcaster group said the guidelines would enable production companies and OB facilities to move to common standards and working practices.

The initiative covers contributions by satellite, fibre or microwave links, and includes recommended practices for the delivery of stereo and multi-channel audio.

It also recommends the use of MPEG-4 over MPEG-2.

Kevin Burrows (pictured), chair of the DPP Technical Standards Working Group and chief technology officer for broadcast and distribution at Channel 4, said: “Having one standard for live programme delivery across the industry is of huge benefit in standardising current industry practice, improving delivery processes and making savings.”