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Future of Broadcast TV

Over the last 25 years Standards Developing Organisations (SDO) like ATSC or DVB have provided the necessary specification for the transition from analogue to digital TV. Analogue Switch Off has happened in many parts of the world. Now, with HD and UHD being specified as well, what will be the future roadmap for broadcast media technology and how can SDOs provide the technology for next generation broadcast?

Presenter: Peter Siebert, Broadcast Industry Advisor 

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Dr Peter Siebert  career spans 35 years.  He has held various positions within the Broadcast industry, most recently he was the Executive Director at the DVB Project Office in Geneva, where he was responsible for all organizational and technology related aspects of the DVB.  Prior to this with Siemens AG, he was influential in the design of the end-to-end IPTV and set-top box solution; at SES-ASTRA he was instrumental in the introduction of digital television via satellite for Europe, based on the DVB/MPEG-2 standards; and at Philips Kommunikations AG, he managed digital audio and video transmission.

His involvement has been on all aspects of audio-video transmission such as video transmission over telecommunication networks (PDH/SDH), satellite and IPTV networks. He was responsible for a number of ETSI specifications in the area of satellite transmission as well as for DVB standards.  He holds several patents for various aspects of audio-visual data transmission. 

Dr. Peter Siebert received his M.Sc. degree in 1984 and his Ph.D. degree in 1989 in physics from the University in Frankfurt, Germany.  In addition, he holds a degree in economics from the University in Hagen, Germany and an MBA from the Open University Milton Keynes, UK. He is a Senior IEEE Member and an elected Adcom member of IEEE Broadcast Technology Society (BTS).



Digital Terrestrial Television Broadcast Technologies

Presenter: Amal Punchihewa

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Amal Punchihewa is a researcher in audio/video signal processing and disaster communication. He possesses competencies gained over the last 35 years of service in all three sectors of ICT & broadcasting; viz. Academia, Research and Industry in senior broadcasting technology and ICT roles, including research and developments, regional capacity building in media and as head of engineering of national TV-Sri Lanka, having started a career in computer engineering.

Amal graduated with a BSc (Eng) Hons. MEng and PhD in video signal processing. He has published over 130 scholarly articles and is a Senior Member of IEEE(USA), Chartered Professional Engineer-CEng, Fellow of IET(UK) and Fellow of Engineering New Zealand.

Amal was active in the World Broadcasting Unions - Technical Committee (WBU-TC) and is still active in ITU broadcast-related technical activities. He was Vice-Chairman of the WBU-TC and is an advisor to the IET Vision and Imaging Professional Network in the UK. He also worked hard in reaching global harmonisation for broadcast technology when he was the Vice-Chairman of WBU-TC for four years.

He is a STEM ambassador for Engineering New Zealand. Amal brings his global cutting-edge knowledge from his research in broadcast and media with researchers in the Netherlands, Japan, Korea, USA and other parts of the world.  


ATSC 3.0 - Spotlight on Story-telling

Presenter: Madeleine Noland, President of ATSC

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ATSC President, Madeleine Noland, discusses the new story-telling capabilities of ATSC 3.0, aka Next Gen TV. She will cover the capabilities currently specified, including new video formats, audio advancements and accessibility capabilities, as well as how interactivity can enhance the story-telling toolbox. Security can be a key component of a content producer’s requirements as high value, high quality content is offered via an IP-based broadcast system. Noland will review the security systems and usage for Next Gen TV. Lastly, she will offer thoughts on market deployments in the U.S. and elsewhere, and peer into the crystal ball of future technologies that may become the next great story-telling device.

Broadcasting's Bright Future

Presenter: Paul Shulins, President of Shulins' Solutions

Paul Shulins

The Broadcast landscape is changing rapidly, and today’s engineers are learning new skills as the technology evolves. There is more emphasis on data delivery today and we are constantly finding better ways to deliver content to our audiences. What does this mean for the young engineers embarking on a career in broadest engineering? During this webinar I will reflect on my career in broadcast engineering, sharing experiences and observations, helping us to recognize trends and react to them wisely. Using practical experience examples like facility consolidation, adopting new technology such as HD Radio and using tools for ratings metrics, I will review some of the innovations I have been a part of, the results of those advances, and how the career has been so rewarding. I will discuss why broadcasting is here to stay, and why I believe we have the most efficient way of distributing content. For anybody interested in Broadcast Engineering this discussion will be a positive experience. A question and answer period will follow the presentation