Sunday, March 26th, 2017

June 2016 – Video was not the only topic of discussion at the SMPTE ETCA event. Audio was also a key part of the conversations and discussions. Sound creates a great deal of the emotion of a visual experience. It can both, enhance and soften a scene as well as direct the point of attention [...]

June 2016 – At the SMPTE ETCA event in Silicon Valley, they held a session talking about the disruption being caused by live broadcast. The panel consisted of YouTube,, Akamai and Media Melon. Currently in the broadcast arena, the dominant subjects for live content are sports and news. New content on the internet that [...]

ETCA, June 2016 – This year SMPTE had a new venue for their Entertainment Technology in the Connected Age (ETCA) conference, relocating to Campbell CA in the center of Silicon Valley from their prior location at Stanford University. The event was opened by SMPTE President Robert Seidel, who is also the CTO of CBS. He [...]

June 2016 – At the SMPTE ETCA event, a panel discussed the status of the linear programming and what it looks like now and in the future. Historically this has been the domain of the networks whose solution included full control of deciding which shows go on at what time. The single airing of the [...]

 April 2016 – At the start of NAB, SMPTE held the Digital Cinema Summit. The highlight speaker was Ang Lee who spoke following a discussion that HDR was not a tradeoff for future films, but was a technology that must be adopted due to its benefits in the story telling and immersive aspects of films. [...]

 April 2016 – One of the themes of the 2016 NAB show was the workflows and products for High Dynamic Range content. As content moves to 4K and 8K resolutions, they are also observing the ITU-R Recommendation BT.2020, specification. Known as Rec. 2020, it specifies two resolutions of 3840 × 2160 (“4K”) and 7680 × [...]

December 2015 – A major move for the broadcast industry is the transition from SDI to IP.  This transition will include not only infrastructure, but also interoperability and workflows for the new broadcast methodology.  To help guide this transition, a new industry group has been formed that is called the Alliance for IP Media Solutions [...]

June 17, 2015, SMPTE Entertainment Technology in the Internet Age, Stanford, CA—A panel reviewed the issues and technologies for audio in Internet content. Sunil Bharitkar from Dolby moderated, with panelists including Tim Carroll from Linear Acoustics on Skype, Jeffery Reidmiler from Dolby, Robert Fisher from Warner Bros. and Phil Hilmes from Amazon Lab126. Bharitkar opened [...]

June 17, 2015, SMPTE Entertainment in the Internet Age,Stanford, CA—A panel pondered the issues of consumer ownership of content. Pat Griffis from Dolby moderated the panel comprised of Danny Kaye from 20th Century Fox, Albert Koval from Ultraviolet, Richard Rutledge from Western Digital, and Colin Dixon from nScreen Media. Ownership and instantiation of the content [...]

June 17, 2015, SMPTE Entertainment in the Internet Age, Stanford, CA—A panel looked at the issues associated with multiple screen viewing. Colin Dixon from nScreen Media moderated the panel. [panelists included Mark Adams from Accedo, Chris Cukor from LG Electronics, Will Law from Akamai, and Jim Monroe from Net2TV. Dixon opened with comments about the [...]