Mission and Purpose
The German TV Platform is an association of various companies, organizations, and institutions concerned with the development of digital media. It includes commercial and public broadcasters, hardware manufacturers, infrastructure operators, service and technology providers, research institutes and universities, as well as German state and federal authorities. The more than 50 members of the German TV Platform hail from nearly every field of the media supply chain. With this kind of composition that transcends sectors and industries, our organization is and has been – for a quarter of a century – the only industry-based institution in Germany with a membership base of such wide scope!
Due to the dazzling speed at which digital electronic media have developed since the foundation of this registered organization back in 1990, its purposes and objectives have changed and expanded (History). The German TV Platform (Statutes German / English) thus no longer deals with traditional media technology alone, but also with the convergence of consumer electronics, information technology, and telecommunication – including mobile communication. A special focus of the organization’s mission is to promote the exchange between market players and socially relevant groups, to coordinate their specific concerns, and to inform the public at large about new technical and technological developments in the area of digital moving-image media.
The topics which the German TV Platform is concerned with are a direct result of current technical innovations and their significance for viewers and suppliers. The General Assembly reassesses these priorities year after year and makes adjustments where necessary.
Membership in the German TV Platform is open to all interested companies, institutions, and organizations which deal with digitalization and the development of audiovisual media or take part in the process of convergence. The only condition is that they are willing to support the objectives laid down in the Statutes and make an active contribution in the German TV Platform’s working groups (Becoming a member).