Video: Who is Watching? The Challenge of Digital TV Measurement

With the rapid increase in video-on-demand (VoD) viewing, over-the-top services such as Netflix and mobile TV, working out who watches TV – and when and where – has become a complicated business. Can the TV industry keep up with the changes and the ever-growing need to measure TV viewing habits across devices, platforms and other new ways to watch?

This panel from the RTS, includes Justin Sampson from BARB talking about how they’re capturing iPlayer views which are increasingly important, particularly has sometimes a TV programmes are available on OTT before linear transmission. But there is still work to do capturing views on Netflix, Youtube, Amazon and other services.

In the same vein, Rich Astley, Finecast CPO, pointed out there is a lot of advertisement viewing which is also uncaptured.

Sky Media’s MD John Lister gives his opinions including discussing the strong ability of linear TV to build brands which, clearly, is more important than individual advert spots.

Sarah Rose from Channel 4 discussed the continued importance of overnight ratings which are still highly correlated to having a hit on your hands.

Watch the whole thing to find out much more, hosted by Kate Bulkley


Matt Hill Matt Hill
Research and Planning Director,
Rich Astley Rich Astley
Chief Product Officer,
John Litster John Litster
Managing Director,
Sky Media
Sarah Rose Sarah Rose
Chief Consumer & Strategy Officer,
Channel 4
Justin Sampson Justin Sampson
Kate Bulkley Kate Bulkley

Meeting: IBC 2018 Review

Date: Wednesday 17th October 2018, 18:30 BST
Location: Central Studio, Queen Marys College, Cliddesden Road, Basingstoke, RG21 3HF

Did you miss IBC this year or only have time to see half? Come to the joint meeting with the RTS Thames Valley and RTS Southern Centre and you will be able to catch up on all the highlights and discuss the hot topics this year with this panel of experienced attendees.

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Chair: Tony Orme
Vice Chairman, RTS Thames Valley
Martin Parsons
Consultant and trainer for the broadcast, post-production and motion picture industries
Ciaran Doran Ciaran Doran
Exec VP Global Sales & Marketing, Pixel Power
Neil Maycock Neil Maycock
VP Global Marketing, Grass Valley, a Belden Brand
Russell Trafford-Jones Russell Trafford-Jones
Manager, Support & Services, Techex

Meeting: IBC 2018 Review

Date: Wednesday 10th October, 2018.  18:00 for 18:30 start.
Location: IET, Savoy Place, London, WC2R 0BL

If you were unable to make it to IBC this year, this RTS event that will bring you up to speed on the highlights of the Exhibition and the Conference.

The panel of experts will guide you through the through the most exciting exhibitors and give you an overview of the hottest sessions and timely topics featured in the Conference which this year had more than 400 Speakers over five days.

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Muki Kahan Chair – Muki Kulhan
Executive Digital Producer/Managing Director, Muki-International
Keith Underwood Keith Underwood
Chief Operating Officer, Channel 4
David Short David W A Short
Vice Chair of the IET Multimedia Communications Network
Aradhna Tayal Aradhna Tayal
Director Radio TechCon/IBC’s ‘What Caught My Eye’ Social Media speaker
James Lovell James Lovell
Territory Account Manager for UK Media, Cisco

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Meeting: IMF – A Thing of Dark Mystery or One of Simple Beauty?

Date: Wednesday, 6 June, 2018, 18:30 BST
Location: Pincents Manor, Pincents Lane, Calcot, Berks, RG31 4UQ

In a joint event between RTS Thames Valley and SMPTE UK Section, discover how IMF (Interoperable Master Format) will benefit broadcast and online workflows just as it has changed existing subtitling and dubbing pipelines for Film Localisation.
This meeting starts with a primer on IMF from SMPTE Standards VP Bruce Devlin (Mr MXF) who discusses the significance of the first specification (as opposed to standard) coming out of SMPTE. Steve Fish will then look at the use of IMF in Turner Internationals Television business. Finally Andy Lampard delves in to IMF for Film Localistion.
As a bonus, you may find out something about ST 2110 as well!

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Bruce Devlin, @MrMXF
Steve Fish is VP Media & Technology Architecture, Turner Broadcasting
Andy Lampard is the Head of Research and Development at Motion Picture Solutions.

Meeting: NAB Review & Diversity in the Workplace

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Date: 16th May 2018. 18:30
Location: Pincents Manor, Pincents Lane, Calcot, RG31 4UQ View Map

A panel of experts covers two topics: NAB and the power of diversity.

NAB saw an sharp uptick in AI-based products, big names moving around the floor and a 10% drop in attendance. This meeting explores whether that impacted the NAB experience and if we are seeing any evidence of that in our businesses. Does it affect your decision on attending industry shows? Why do you think less people are attending? Or is it now quality over quantity? The panel will discuss with an open Q&A at the end for feedback.

The evening will also discuss diversity in the workplace. With industry manufacturers and suppliers having less than 2% female CEO’s – where is the diverse workforce? Is there an opportunity for them? What can companies do to ensure a more diverse workforce? What are the benefits?

Book now as this is always a popular event and numbers are limited.
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Meeting: Is 2110 the Future of Broadcasting?

Wednesday, 14 March 2018 at 18:30. SMPTE’s ST2110 is the most important advance in television since John Logie Baird went head to head with EMI-Marconi in the BBC’s 1936 trials at Alexandra Palace, London. In this joint meeting between SMPTE and RTS Thames Valley:

  • What is ST2110?
  • Why is it so important to the future of broadcasting?
  • Will Television will now become software?
  • What are the ramifications for traditional hardware manufacturers?
  • Where does the cloud fit in?

Tony Orme, writer of ‘Building IP Media Facilities’ and for The Broadcast Bridge, answers these questions and many more he digs deeper into IP and its resurgence in popularity.

Registration closes today, 9th March.

Meeting: 5G, what does it mean for media and broadcast?

RTS Thames Valley
Meeting: Wed 15 November 2017, 18:30 – 21:30 GMT
Location: Pincents Manor, Theale, RG31 4UQ View Map

Chaired by John Ive of the IABM, this meeting looks at 5G which officially launches in 2020. How will it change the media landscape?
More bandwidth and network performance is welcome and could change once again how we view and use mobile devices and even outperform fixed installations. There are challenges with the requirement of a new network infrastructure which raises the question of the speed of penetration.

    Discussing this are

  • Steve Plunkett, Chief Technology Officer, Ericsson
  • Matt Stagg, Head of Mobile & Video Content at EE


Meeting: Cybersecurity in Broadcasting

Date: 18:30-21:30 Wed 25th October 2017
Location, Pincents Manor, There, RG31 4UQ | Map

RTS Thames Valley proudly presents an illuminating evening discussing the highly topical and relevant subject of Cybersecurity with the broadcast and media community. With General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) just around the corner, broadcasters increasingly embracing file delivery (DPP, IMF, etc.) and going headlong into Live IP solutions (ST 2110, IS-04/5/6) are we leaving ourselves wide-open for hacking?
We have two very well connected speakers, one from a Corporate IT outsource company (Ramsac) and the other from one of the UK’s major broadcasters (Arqiva).
Robert May will discuss the subject from the Corporate Network aspect, covering all essential good practice and encouraging us to prepare for GDPR, which will be law on May 25, 2018.
Denis Onuoha will cover the broadcasters more specific concerns – from Cloud-based delivery through to staff using USB sticks on the playout system! With the world’s media becoming an ever-increasing target to hackers, are we just making ourselves even more vulnerable moving to IP?