2018 TranSPORT

Full Program


10:30 a.m.: Registration Opens 

11:15 – 11:30 a.m.: Opening Comments
Presented by:
Keith Goldberg
, Fox Networks Group, VP, Global Operations and Transmission Services; SVG TranSPORT Chair (Click here for audio)
Jonathan Solomon, Aspera, an IBM Company, Strategic Initiative Engineer – Streaming (Click here for audio)

11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.: The State of TranSPORT: Broadcaster Perspectives (Sponsored by LTN Global Communications)
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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
Bob Baker
, Turner Broadcasting, Senior Media Transport Architect
David Chilson
, CBS, Associate Director of Broadcast Distribution Service
Chris Connolly
, NBC Sports Group and Olympics, Senior Director, Transmission Engineering and Operations
Keith Goldberg
, Fox Networks Group, VP, Global Operations and Transmission Services; SVG TranSPORT Chair
Adam Whitlock, ESPN, Associate Director, Remote Traffic Operations

12:15 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.: How FOX Sports Revolutionized the Delivery of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Using Aspera (Sponsored by Aspera)
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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

12:30 – 1:00 p.m.: The 5G Revolution: How 5G Will Transform Live Contribution (Sponsored by AT&T)
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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.
Moderator: Karen Hogan Ketchum, SVG, Director of Production
Phillip Coleman
, AT&T, Lead Product Manager
Christian Guirnalda, Verizon, Director, 5G Ecosystems and Innovation
Peter Linder, Ericsson, Head of 5G Marketing, North America
Dan Pisarski, LiveU, VP of Engineering

1:00 – 1:45 p.m.: Networking Lunch (Sponsored by Aspera, an IBM Company)

1:45 – 2:15 p.m.: Next-Gen Standards Update: The Latest from Video Services Forum and ATSC
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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.
Brad Gilmer, Video Services Forum, Executive Director
Madeleine Noland, ATSC Technology Group 3, Chair

2:15 – 3:00 p.m.: The OTT Landscape: Best Practices in Managing Latency, QoS, and Piracy (Sponsored by AWS Elemental)
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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.
Moderator: Brandon Costa, SVG, Director of Digital

Eric Bolten, Zixi, VP, Business Development
Geir Magnusson Jr., fuboTV, CTO
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

3:00 – 3:15 p.m.: Esports Case Study: Enhancing Media Workflows With Private, On-Demand, Flexible IP Delivery Via Automated Networks (Sponsored by PCCW Global)
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This case study examines event organizers’ use of PCCW Global’s Console Connect platform for live production. The software-defined platform enables on-demand, flexible, private interconnections to the cloud, media platforms, datacenters, and distribution hubs. During an event, it can provide secure, cost-effective IP delivery circuits, whether to enhance the media workflow or for delivery of the final cut. Focus of the case study is a recent esports event in Hong Kong, where Console Connect provided flexible, instant bandwidth from the stadium location to both the gaming servers and AWS for live streaming. For the Friday-Sunday event, bandwidth was provided via web portal starting on Thursday morning with turndown Monday night, with no-long term contracts.
Presenter: Jay Turner
, PCCW Global, VP, Development and Operations

3:15 – 3:45 p.m.: Networking Break (Sponsored by Nevion)

3:45 – 4:30 p.m.: UHD Delivery: 4K, HDR, and the Future of Live Sports Transmission
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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.
Moderator: Ken Kerschbaumer, SVG, Co-Executive Director, Editorial Services

Lionel Bentolila, Aldea Solutions, CEO
Steve Corda, SES Video, VP of Media Platforms, North America
Mike Johnson, Dome Productions, Senior Director of Engineering
Geir Magnusson Jr., fuboTV, CTO
Kelly Miller, Fox Networks NE&O, VP, Cable Engineering and Affiliate Tech Support

4:30 – 4:45 p.m.: Six Weeks to Go VAR: How Türk Telekom Centralized Turkish Football Federation’s VAR Operation (Sponsored by Net Insight)
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Turkish Football Federation (TFF) planned to introduce a video-assistant-referee (VAR) system targeting the 2018-19 season of Turkey’s top-flight Super Lig. Instead of locating the VAR operation at each venue, TFF opted for a centralized solution located at TFF headquarters near Istanbul. This case study will explain how Türk Telekom was able to roll out VAR in Turkey in just six weeks by implementing high-transport networking technology into its Media Transport Network (MTN). The presentation will explain how a centralized workflow enables better decision making by officials.
Presenter: Larissa Görner
, Net Insight, Strategic Product Manager

4:45 – 5:30 p.m.: The State of TranSPORT: Vendor Perspectives (Sponsored by Tata Communications)
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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.
Moderator: Jason Dachman, SVG, Chief Editor and TranSPORT Program Director
Alex Beach
, Intelsat, Director, Head of Product Development, Media
Keith Buckley, The Switch, President and CEO
Jay LaPrise, Encompass Digital Media, SVP, Global Transmission Operations
Peter Ostapiuk, Tata Communications, Head of Sales, Americas
Bill Wohnoutka, CenturyLink, VP, Global Internet and Content Delivery Services

5:30 – 6:30 p.m.: Networking Reception (Sponsored by CenturyLink, Intelsat, The Switch, Zixi)