CCW 2013: Six Must-Attend Tech Sessions

Six Must-Attend CCW 2013 Sessions

The Content & Communications World show is the appetizer to the big shows — The International CES and the NAB Show. But sometimes the appetizer is the best part of the meal, and the CCW is shaping up to be a great show.

Broadcasters attending this year’s event in New York City (Nov. 13-14) can easily fill their two-day schedule with must-attend sessions. Based on descriptions and what’s currently going on in the local TV broadcasting landscape, I recommend the following:

How Do I Deliver Video To Mobile Devices

When: Nov. 13, 10:15 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.

Speaker: Andy Howard, founder, managing director of Howard & Associates

It’s no surprise that your viewers constantly have their heads buried in smartphones and tablets, so now it’s time to do something about it. This session breaks down how to encode video for mobile playback; what transport mechanisms should be chosen; and how to design your system based on the network the enduser views the video on.

Get A Head Start On Your HEVC Implementation

When: Nov. 13, 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Speaker: Keith Wymbs, VP marketing at Elemental Technologies

I met with Elemental’s Keith Wymbs at this year’s IBC Show — he’s very knowledgeable when it comes to high-efficiency video codec, or HEVC, also known as H.265. As broadcasters transition to ATCS 3.0, the next-generation television standard, HEVC — which has the ability to deliver 4K video at less than 12 Mbps — will likely be the compression standard of choice.

Better HD In The Age Of 4K

When: Nov. 13, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Moderated by Mark Schubin, technology consultant, SchubinCafe.com. Speakers: Alan Adelman, performance lighting director; Steve Hellmuth, EVP operations and technology, NBA Entertainment; and Clyde Smith, SVP new technology, Fox Network Center.

4K is the big buzz word, but for many local TV stations, HD will continue to be the norm. So how can we make our HD images look as good as possible? This panel session to conference attendees will explain how things like lens choice and lighting can impact the quality of HD images. It’ll also answer the question: Can 4K acquisition benefit your station’s HD-only distribution?

SMPTE Standards Development: Progress And The Road Ahead

When: Nov. 13, 12:30 p.m. to 1 p.m.

Speaker: Peter Symes, director of standards and engineering, SMPTE

It seems like SMPTE is publishing new standards every day. This is a great opportunity to catch up on the latest, including video-over-IP, 10Gb/s fiber interfaces and UHDTV (4K) Mapping.

ATSC 3.0: What Do We Need & When Do We Need It?

When: Nov. 13, 2:45 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.

Moderated by Jim Kutzner, senior director advanced technologies, PBS. Speakers: Winston Caldwell, VP of spectrum engineering, Fox; Brett Jenkins, CTO LIN Media; and Dave Siegler, VP technical operations, Cox Media Group.

There’s been plenty of talk about ATSC 3.0 (have you read our proposal preview?), the next-generation television standard that could see life in the next three to five years, so what needs to be done in preparation of its arrival? The session will answer that question and give an update on the progress of the standard to date.

The Next-Generation Of Satellite Newsgathering Is Here

When: Nov. 13, 4:15p.m. to 4:45 p.m.

Speaker: Martin Turner, director of media business, Inmarsat

Satellite is becoming a popular tool when it comes to ENG, and Inmarsat is launching a new BGAN streaming speed which aims to change the way journalists gather news from the field. Learn about the higher data rate streaming and how it will deliver a step change in video quality and value for money.

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