The Future of Television

Testcard by Sam Greenhalgh

Testcard by Sam Greenhalgh

The October Talk will be given by our very own Dr Nick Lodge who will be talking about his work in the field of television.

Poster for Nick Lodge

Poster for Nick Lodge

In today’s multimedia world, what do we mean by ‘television’?  It is a digital audio-visual medium which must be capable of telling a story and of conveying: the buzz of a live sporting event, the atmosphere of a rock concert, the emotion of a news report, the social engagement of a drama and the awe of a mountain landscape. In short, it needs to recreate a wide range of real-world cues to such an extent that viewers feel that they are experiencing reality.  We cannot do this on a tablet; we need a large screen or head-mounted display, we need 3D audio, we need body-tracking and we may even need motion platforms and smells. The future of TV is about understanding how the human brain and senses interpret ‘reality’ and how technologies can match and manipulate our senses in order to evoke feelings of ‘being there’.  And it is also no small matter to produce entertaining content, to deliver it to the viewers and to ensure that it doesn’t make them sick!

In his entertaining talk Nick will examine the psychology and technology driving today’s TV developments:  high dynamic range video, enhanced colour gamut, high frame-rates, point clouds, ultra hi-res, haptics, light fields and many others.

Nicolas Lodge has spent his career leading the research & development of advanced media technologies. He has initiated very many award-winning European broadcast systems and world standards.  Throughout the 1990s he was head of strategic R&D for the entire UK commercial TV sector. Following this he was CEO of a wireless media start-up in Bristol and today runs his own consultancy. Nick has BSc, MBA and PhD degrees and is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering & Technology and the Royal Television Society.