Content Delivery Developments
Audiovisual media is the most rapidly changing segment of industry. This is impacting on the traditional programme delivery methods of radio and television, both domestic and international. The digital revolution that started about 20 years ago has changed the way media content is produced and also the way it is being consumed. The habits of listeners and viewers - or consumers - have changed dramatically too. Digital delivery - so-called broadband - is widely considered as the leading technology for the future. But there is also other evidence: "Terrestrial broadcasting in many countries is still, and will remain in the future, the main way to guarantee universal access to radio and TV content for fixed, mobile and portable devices. No other single platform can replicate these benefits." This was the conclusion of the experts of the European Broadcasting Union in a debate on radio spectrum policy in 2010. A more recent survey conducted in Europe concluded that media consumers would gain the maximum benefit in the future by the combination of terrestrial transmissions and IP based platforms, offering the full range of all technologies. Hybrid solutions, consisting of radio technologies complemented by broadband services, are expected to be implemented.
Unfortunately, there is no in depth debate yet about the future of international broadcasting. In the present rush to embrace new digital platforms, decision-makers have been moving funding away from terrestrial shortwave broadcasting. Yet they are frequently unaware of the properties of the individual platforms and even of the existence and needs of different segments of their audience.
The palette of technologies used for content distribution has become varied and the number of ways of delivering content keeps increasing. Consumers are unable to make use of them all at a specific point in time. The choice depends increasingly on their context situation, e.g. location, personal preference, social position, availability of a device, etc. It is therefore wrong to exclude one technology - traditional radio broadcasting, for example - just because the funding is limited and there is a rush to embrace new methods of distribution.
Exclusive parts of the radio spectrum have been assigned globally to shortwave broadcasting and they are expected to stay in use as a preferred way of receiving radio content by some listeners. The decrease of wireless distribution of TV, domestic and international broadcasting, and even of printed media does not mean that these distribution methods are threatened with a complete extinction. In specific context situations, such as natural disasters, periods of social unrest, electricity blackouts, deliberate communication shut-downs, or in developing regions, there is no other equally effective alternative to radio distribution.
There is an interesting sideline to the current reduction of radio broadcasting: International broadcast bands are still overloaded and the reductions are in fact improving listening conditions there. Frequencies are not individually allocated, and the vacated channels can be taken up freely and immediately by other users. Some broadcasters have already started enlarging their radio presence and may become very dominant soon. The number of frequencies is limited. In contrast with the Internet a radio channel does not face the constantly growing competition of the vast number of media sources and other Internet attractions.
[3-Dec-2013] - Just received: delayed Letter of Invitation - A14 Conference
[1-Nov-2013] - SB (A14 preparatory) meeting minutes
[28-Oct-2013] - B13 Public Data
[7-Oct-2013] - B13 Operational Data snapshot
[19-Sep-2013] - B13 Bratislava GOE Minutes
[17-Sep-2013] - B13 Bratislava plenary Minutes; B13 data snapshot
[16-Sep-2013] - B13 data snapshot will be processed tomorrow, 17 September. Deadline for B13 Operational Data: 3 October
[16-Sep-2013] - Thanks to all who supplied photos from B13 Bratislava
[3-Sep-2013] - Contact List update. Wednesday, 4 September, 1200 UTC - deadline for B13 Co-ordinated Schedule
[27-Aug-2013] - Four presentations added to the B13 Bratislava webpage
[3-Aug-2013] - B13 Snapshot as of 2 August. Converted B12/A13 data temporarily entered for missing schedules - will be removed again.
[25-Jul-2013] - Deadline for B13 Tentative Data upload: 1 August
[18-Jul-2013] - B13 Bratislava: note on hotel accommodation
[12-Jul-2013] - B13 Bratislava: updated registration list & agenda
[2-Jul-2013] - Planned outage of collision detection server: 2 July 1900 UTC - 3 July 1100 UTC. Website incl. requirements upload remains operational
[19-Jun-2013] - SB (B13 preparatory) meeting minutes
[14-Jun-2013] - B13 Upload opened; new FMO code OIV replacing HRT
[11-Jun-2013] - A13 snapshot as of 6 June
[9-Apr-2013] - A13 snapshot; B12 upload will be closed soon
[20-Mar-2013] - A13 data become public
[19-Mar-2013] - B13 Invitation Letter
[13-Mar-2013] - A13 Operational Data snapshot
[14-Feb-2013] - A13 Tunis Plenary Minutes
[7-Feb-2013] - Presentations added to the Page of the A13 Tunis Meeting
[7-Feb-2013] - A13 Co-ordinated Data snapshot
[5-Feb-2013] - Contact List update
[24-Jan-2013] - A13 snapshot as of 23 January
[14-Jan-2013] - Correct antenna details are needed both for effective use of Wplot2000EX and for the automated collision detection. See more on the page of the Tunis A13 meeting
[11-Jan-2013] - A13 Tentative Data Snapshot. Old data of season A12 (or B12) uploaded for FMOs who did not submit A13 requirements yet. These old data will be deleted again unless the responsible FMOs re-upload or update their entries before 28 January 2013
[10-Jan-2013] - B13 Bratislava webpage
[7-Jan-2013] - This Thursday, 10 January, is the deadline for A13 Tentative Data
[21-Dec-2012] - Wplot2000ex course will be held during the Tunis A13 meeting
[21-Dec-2012] - Urgent call for correction of requirement files
[14-Dec-2012] - A13 upload opened
[29-Nov-2012] - B12 snapshot, A13 Invitation Letter and Registration Form
[29-Oct-2012] - B12 snapshot as of 27 October
[16-Oct-2012] - B12 data become public
[5-Oct-2012] - B12 Operational Data snapshot
[24-Sep-2012] - Most of presentations from the B12 Paris Conference have been made public now
[19-Sep-2012] - B12 snapshot
[17-Sep-2012] - B12 GOE report. Processing of next B12 co-ordinated data snapshot planned for Wednesday, 19 September (afternoon CET). Deadline for B12 Operational data: 4 October.
[5-Sep-2012] - B12 and A12 snapshots, final version of the B12 List of participants
[3-Sep-2012] - Contact List update
[19-Aug-2012] - FMO code TDP will change to BRB due to the change of the organisation name to "Broadcast Belgium"
[16-Aug-2012] - B12 snapshot
[07-Aug-2012] - A number of transmitter sites have been added in the SITE.TXT table. The ITU-BR have not processed the submission yet (as of 7 August). Please, kindly download the updated SITE.TXT reference table from our website.
[02-Aug-2012] - B12 initial Tentative Schedule snapshot
[21-Jun-2012] - B12 upload opened; A12 snapshot
[28-May-2012] - The deadline for making hotel bookings for the Paris conference is 15th June. After this date, accommodation at the conference hotel cannot be guaranteed. Read more on the B12 Conference Webpage
[16-May-2012] - The website has been back to normal operation on a dedicated server since yesterday
[30-Apr-2012] - B12 Conference Webpage updated
[24-Apr-2012] - Contact List update
[09-Apr-2012] - Advance information about the B12 conference venue
[27-Mar-2012] - A12 snapshot
[09-Mar-2012] - Antenna Design Frequency Document by Geoff Spells and members of the GOE
[01-Mar-2012] - A12 operational data and B11 updated operational data snapshot
[23-Feb-2012] - Additional information on the extension of HFCC activities added to "About HFCC" page
[15-Feb-2012] - A12 snapshot. Deadline for A12 Operational Data: 1st March 2012
[26-Jan-2012] - A12 and B11 snapshots
[26-Jan-2012] - A12KL GOE Report
[26-Jan-2012] - Major update of the Contact List
[25-Jan-2012] - A12 Plenary Minutes
[23-Jan-2012] - Two new documents on the Page of the A12 Meeting
[22-Jan-2012] - Work on Contact List in progress, updated List should be available in the middle of the week.
[20-Jan-2012] - A12 Co-ordinated Data (results of the A12 Conference) snapshot
[12-Jan-2012] - New documents and presentations on the Page of the A12 Meeting (more will follow)
[2-Jan-2012] - A12 and B11 snapshots
[30-Dec-2011] - Updated registration list on the Page of the A12 Meeting
[27-Dec-2011] - Two new items on the Page of the A12 Meeting
[15-Dec-2011] - Snapshot of A12 Tentative Data. Old data of season A11 (or B11) have been uploaded for FMOs that did not submit A12 requirements yet. These old data will be deleted from the database again unless the responsible FMOs re-upload or update their entries before 8 January 2012.
[30-Nov-2011] - A12 upload opened; B11 snapshot
[21-Nov-2011] - A12 KL Hotel Booking Form
[16-Nov-2011] - A12 KL Invitation Letter and Registration Form
[14-Nov-2011] - Report of the GoE Meeting in the Members Area
[11-Nov-2011] - A12 KL, 9-13 JANUARY 2012: Minutes of the preparatory meeting in the Members Area. Deadline for tentative data: 14 December. A11 upload will be closed soon and A12 upload will be opened by the end of the month
[11-Nov-2011] - WPLOT2000EX Video Course in the Software section of the Members Area
[1-Nov-2011] - B11 and A11 snapshots; requirements of Spaceline Ltd. now under FMO code "SPC"
[17-Oct-2011] - More news items on the newly created Content Delivery Debate page
[12-Oct-2011] - B11 Plenary Minutes
[8-Oct-2011] - B11 Operational Data snapshot as of 7 October
[3-Oct-2011] - Contact List Update
[3-Oct-2011] - A number of presentations, remarks and reports were added to the page of the B11 Conference last week
[22-Sep-2011] - B11 Co-ordinated Data snapshot
[15-Sep-2011] - Thursday, 22 September, 1200 UTC - deadline for any updates to be included in B11 "co-ordinated data" (result of the Dallas conference). 7 October 2011: deadline for the B11 Operational Schedule
[14-Sep-2011] - Requirements of Spaceline LTD entered under provisional FMO code "NEW"
[3-Sep-2011] - B11 Collisions experimentally recalculated for SSN values from updated ITU table, the automated system continues with the original values.
[2-Sep-2011] - B11 and A11 snapshots; re-calculation with updated SSN values is in progress
[1-Sep-2011] - New version of the collision detection system: speeds up the calculation and resolves delays in upload of collision files that appeared recently due to problems with FTP transfers.
[26-Aug-2011] - Another snapshot of B11 data planned for the second half of the next week (Thursday). Collisions will be possibly re-calculated for updated SSN prediction.
[18-Aug-2011] - Snapshot of B11 Tentative Data. Old data of season B10 (or A11) have been uploaded for FMOs that did not submit B11 requirements yet. These old data will be deleted from the database again unless the responsible FMOs re-upload or update their entries before 11 September 2011.
[10-Aug-2011] - Updated conference registration list, info on transportation from the airport - see the page of the B11 Conference
[28-Jul-2011] - Updated reference tables Site and Antenna may need to be loaded in your software (e.g. Wplot2000ex) from the ITU site
[14-Jul-2011] - List of registered participants on the page of the B11 Conference
[7-Jul-2011] - Contact List update
[1-Jul-2011] - B11 upload opened, A11 snapshot
[23-Jun-2011] - Draft Minutes of SB meeting (B11 preparatory) in members' area
[7-Apr-2011] - A11 snapshot; B10 upload will be closed in about a week
[14-Mar-2011] - A11 snapshot
[10-Mar-2011] - Contact List update
[3-Mar-2011] - Draft Minutes of A11 Plenary
[23-Feb-2011] - A11 and B10 snapshots
[15-Feb-2011] - Page of the B11 Conference
[4-Feb-2011] - Info on airport-hotel transportation added to the A11 Prague Conference webpage (will be updated further)
[31-Jan-2011] - List of A11 Hotel Bookings and some info on money exchange added to the A11 Prague Conference webpage
[28-Jan-2011] - A11 initial tentative data snapshot
[27-Jan-2011] - Update of the A11 Prague Conference webpage
[26-Jan-2011] - A11 PRAGUE CONFERENCE - HOTEL CONTRACT SIGNED, REGISTRATION OPEN
[18-Jan-2011] - Due to the situation in Tunisia it has been decided to move the conference venue from Tunis to Prague
[23-Dec-2010] - Letter of invitation to the A11 Conference has been received.
[22-Dec-2010] - A11 upload opened; upgrade of the uplad application; B10 snapshot
[20-Dec-2010] - Minutes of December 2010 SB meeting
[14-Dec-2010] - Contact List update
[09-Dec-2010] - B10 data snapshot
[22-Nov-2010] - A11 dates and venue have been confirmed: February 14th to 18th 2011, Tunisia (Tunis or Hammamet, Tunis is confirmed to be the flight destination in both cases.)
[02-Nov-2010] - B10 snapshot; B10 Public Data
[07-Oct-2010] - B10 Operational Data and A10 Updated Operational Data snapshots. Next B10 snapshot planned for 2 November.
[29-Sep-2010] - Report RGOE (Group of Experts) B10 Switzerland
[15-Sep-2010] - B10 snapshot. Deadline for B10 Operational Data snapshot: Wednesday, 6 October 2010.
[2-Sep-2010] - B10 and A10 snapshots. Next B10 snapshot preliminarily planned for 15 September.
[17-Aug-2010] - B10 Plenary draft minutes
[11-Aug-2010] - B10 Co-ordinated schedule snapshot