2018 TranSPORT

Full Program

10:15 a.m.: Registration Opens 

10:55 – 11:00 a.m.: Opening Comments 

11:00 a.m. – 11:45 p.m.: The State of TranSPORT: Broadcaster Perspectives
TranSPORT 2018 kicks off with the first of two sessions focused on the current state of the industry. Transmission-focused execs from major sports broadcasters weigh in on top-of-mind issues like security, budgets, and next-gen technology. With live-sports-production workflows evolving at a breakneck pace and at-home productions on the rise, how are connectivity needs changing? Learn how are industry leaders are confronting these challenges, as well as preparing for what’s next, including HEVC, ATSC 3.0, 4K, HDR, and more.
Moderator: Jason Dachman, SVG, Chief Editor and TranSPORT Program Director
Confirmed Panelists:
David Chilson
, CBS, Associate Director of Broadcast Distribution Service
Chris Connolly
, NBC Sports Group, Senior Director, Transmission Engineering and Operations
Keith Goldberg
, Fox Networks Group, VP, Global Operations and Transmission Services; SVG TranSPORT Chair
Jason Justman, SinclairDigital, Senior Principal Architect
Adam Whitlock, ESPN, Associate Director, Remote Traffic Operations

11:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.: How FOX Sports Revolutionized the Delivery of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Using Aspera
For the production of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, FOX Sports needed an integrated best-of-breed solution that would quickly enable it to edit content in near real time for all 64 World Cup matches in Russia using their state-of-the-art production facilities in Los Angeles. Hear how IBM Aspera FASPStream and Telestream Lightspeed Live and Vantage solutions enabled high-quality streaming to FOX Sports’ remote production teams in near real-time over unmanaged IP networks. As a result, FOX was able to reduce or eliminated significant production costs while increasing the amount of HD & UHD content uploaded (nearly 2 petabytes) that was used to produce over 150 feature pieces and countless promotional & editorial highlights.
Presenter: Mike Flathers, Aspera (an IBM Company), CTO

12:00 – 12:30 p.m.: The 5G Revolution: How 5G Will Transform Live Contribution
Although worldwide commercial 5G services aren’t expected to launch until 2020, the live-sports-production industry is already chomping at the bit to unpack all that next-gen technology can offer live contribution. Because of 5G’s low latency — less than 1 millisecond compared with 4G’s 50-80 milliseconds — the technology would open up huge possibilities for at-home production and a host of other applications. Learn how 5G could impact your operation in the future.
Confirmed Panelists:
Phillip Coleman
, AT&T, Lead Product Manager
Dan Pisarski, LiveU, VP of Engineering

12:30 – 1:15 p.m.: Networking Lunch

1:15 – 1:45 p.m.: Next-Gen Standards Update: The Latest from Video Services Forum and ATSC
The Video Services Forum (VSF) is hard at work creating the next wave of recommendations that will guide the future technology decisions of broadcasters and live-content creators. In addition, the ATSC 3.0 next-gen TV standard is set to revolutionize the way broadcasters deliver content to viewers, including over-the-air transmission of UHD, HDR, immersive audio, and personalized addressable content. Hear the latest on VSF activities and ATSC 3.0 developments that will help to pave a roadmap for the future.
Confirmed Presenters:
Richard Friedel, Fox Networks Group, EVP Technology and Broadcast Strategy
Brad Gilmer, Video Services Forum, Executive Director

1:45 – 2:30 p.m.: The OTT Landscape: Best Practices in Managing Latency, QoS, and Piracy
With new OTT platforms popping up seemingly every day and traditional broadcasters ramping up their TV Everywhere efforts, delivering a live-streaming experience with minimum latency and maximum quality has never been more important. Hear from top digital execs from sports-media companies and live-streaming vendors on how they are reducing latency, improving quality, battling piracy, and ensuring that sports fans have the best possible live-streaming experience.
Confirmed Panelists:
Eric Bolten, Zixi, VP, Business Development
Evan Statton, AWS Elemental, Senior Solutions Architect
Andre Vawdrey, NBC Sports Digital Technology, Director, Partner Solutions
Ben Ziskind, Fox Networks Group, Director, Live Video Products

2:30 – 2:45 p.m.: Case Study #1

2:45 – 3:15 p.m.: Networking Break

3:15 – 3:45 p.m.: UHD Delivery: 4K, HDR, and the Future of Live Sports Transmission
Over the past three years, delivery of live 4K UHD sports content to the home has become commonplace in the U.S., Canada, and the UK. And live HDR (in both 4K and 1080p) productions have heated up in 2018, thanks to the efforts of a handful of broadcasters and streaming outlets. Industry leaders take the stage to address what hurdles remain in creating an end-to-end 4K HDR ecosystem, how this could potentially impact the broadcast center, and what to expect over the next 12 months.
Confirmed Panelists:
Lionel Bentolila, Aldea, CEO and President
Mike Johnson, Dome Productions, Senior Director of Engineering

3:45 – 4:00 p.m.: Case Study #2

4:00 – 4:45 p.m.: Beyond Sports: Newsgathering in an IP Age
The ENG industry has undergone a titanic revolution over the past decade, with bonded-cellular and IP-based technology changing the way news content is created. The repercussions of this transformation have extended well beyond the news business: sports-content creators have also adopted these solutions in an effort to deliver high-quality content faster and more efficiently than ever. Top newsgathering organizations and vendors take the stage to discuss how the business has changed and what their sports-focused counterparts can learn from their experiences.
Confirmed Panelists:
Bob Baker, Turner Broadcasting, Senior Media Transport Architect

4:45 – 5:30 p.m.: The State of TranSPORT: Vendor Perspectives
TranSPORT 2018 closes out with a second session addressing the state of the industry – this time featuring execs from top terrestrial, satellite, and IP transmission vendors. The need for bandwidth on-site at remote sports productions has increased exponentially in recent years, as broadcasters look to leverage their facilities back home more than ever. As the connectivity demands of live sports broadcasters and streaming outlets evolve, learn how these industry leaders are adapting and finding innovative new ways to serve both the client and the fan.
Confirmed Panelists:
Alex Beach
, Intelsat, Director, Product Development, Media
Keith Buckley, The Switch, President and CEO
Jay LaPrise, Encompass, SVP, Global Transmission Operations
William Wohnoutka, CenturyLink, VP, Internet and Content Delivery Services

5:30 – 6:30 p.m.: Networking Reception