Digital Broadcasters Vendor News has learned that that Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU) 2006 General Assembly in Beijing heard how bad is the state of terrestrial TV broadcast archiving across the world.
It seems that the rapid advances in storing and transmission formats of TV programming has left valuable archive materials stranded.
The range of programs includes culturally important content with a historical perspective, and recordings of national events that are priceless in that they are the sole record of many such occasions.
Many TV program hours are untransferable to a more permanent digital format in their current locations because the original analog equipment has worn out or been replaced.
The findings were based on a survey undertaken by the World Broadcasting Unions on the state of the world’s audiovisual archives.