March 2008 Meeting

SMPTE Philadelphia Section Meeting Notice
Guests and Non-members Welcome

March 11, 2008

New Jersey Network, Trenton, NJ

Steven Tadzynski, CBT
New Jersey Network

“One Year to Go… (to the shutdown of analog broadcast)”

With less than a year to go, DTV confusion reigns in the public arena: cable/satellite delivery vs. OTA, “a new HD set is necessary for DTV”, “all set top boxes are HD”, etc.
The weak federal awareness and education program, coupled with a slow response from some broadcasters, is fueling an issue that becomes larger every day.

Live demos of the Zenith, Magnavox, GE and Digital Stream DTV-to-Analog converter boxes were shown before the main presentation. A UHF yagi antenna pulled in Philadelphia stations from 35 miles away. Bob Ross discussed the transition from the broadcaster’s perspective, while Pete Putman talked about DTV devices and consumer acceptance. Kimberly Maki, Executive Director of SMPTE, made some exciting announcements about SMPTE membership.

Robert J. Ross – Sr. V.P., East Coast Operations, CBS Broadcasting Inc.
Robert J. Ross has served as Vice President, East Coast Operations, for CBS Broadcasting since the Fall of 1998. He oversees all east coast operations and engineering for the CBS Television Network. Ross has worked for 30 years in all areas of broadcast engineering, with 19 years at Westinghouse Broadcasting, working at stations WBZ-TV, WJZ-TV and KYW-TV. Before the CBS/Westinghouse merger, he was the Vice President of Engineering for the Group W television stations. Ross is the past chair of the Toolkit working group of the Media Security and Reliability Council (MSRC), a Federal Communication Commission Advisory Committee. He is also a SMPTE Fellow and a member of the SBE and AES.
Pete Putman – President, ROAM Consulting LLC
Based in Doylestown, PA, Putman’s company provides training, marketing communications, and product testing/development services to manufacturers of projectors, monitors, integrated TVs, and display interfaces. In addition, Putman maintains, a fast-growing Web site that covers digital TV, HDTV, and display technologies. Putman has written extensively on HDTV and display technology for Pro AV, Ultimate AV, Home Theater, Studio Monthly, and Film and Video magazines. His articles have covered microdisplay imaging, flat panel technology (LCD, plasma, OLEDs), video format converters, electronic cinema, digital television reception and display, LED imaging, and networked AV installations. Putman is Adjunct Faculty for the International Communications Industries Association, as well as a SMPTE and Society for Information Display (SID) member. He also holds certifications from the ICIA and the Imaging Science Foundation (ISF).

Meeting Videos

Bob Ross presentation

Pete Putman presentation

Kimberly Maki presentation

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Meeting Photos

Pete Putman, Bob Ross, Kimberly Maki

DTV to Analog Converter Box live demonstration

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