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Technical Specification for the Delivery of Television Programs to the BBC [pdf] (amazonaws.com)
20 points by CaliforniaKarl 3 months ago | hide | past | web | favorite | 6 comments



The actual document title is “TECHNICAL SPECIFICATION FOR THE DELIVERY OF TELEVISION PROGRAMMES AS AS-11 FILES TO THE BBC”. I shortened it and used the American spelling of “programmes” in order to fit the title length limit.


See also: Netflix | Partner Help Center SPECIFICATIONS & GUIDES https://partnerhelp.netflixstudios.com/hc/en-us/categories/2...

Previously: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=14612537


I found the subtitle ("Timed Text") style guides interesting, with instructions ranging from e.g. "When Americans "love" or "hate" something, it is enough to "like" or "dislike" in Finnish" to more obvious "Use a comma for decimals: 1,5 not 1.5".


This covers pre-made programs, like Doctor Who or whatever.

For live, or near-live, programs, the standard is http://dpp-assets.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/specs/...


I like how TG4 has agreed to this standard, but RTE has not.

It's probably something really minor they disagree about, or they just haven't gotten around to it.


Interesting, and feels like every editor of the BBC needs to have more than a basic knowledge / usage of these technical matters. So for example be able to inspect what every piece of software is doing with the content.




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