2019 TranSPORT

Full Program

Monday, October 14:

All day: Video Services Forum (VSF)

Tuesday, October 15

8:00 a.m.: Registration Opens for VSF and SVG TranSPORT Events

8:30 – 10:15 a.m.: VSF October Meeting Series (CLICK HERE for more info)

10:15 – 10:45 a.m.: Networking Break and SVG TranSPORT Registration Open

10:45 – 11:00 a.m.: Welcoming Remarks
Charles Mensching, AT&T, AVP, Sales
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Keith Goldberg, Walt Disney Television, VP, Global Operations; 2019 TranSPORT Committee Chair
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11:00 – 11:40 a.m.: The State of TranSPORT: Broadcaster Perspectives
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TranSPORT 2019 kicks off with this annual “state of the industry” session featuring transmission-focused execs from major sports broadcasters sounding off on the most pressing issues facing the industry today. Hear how the connectivity needs for live-sports-content creators are evolving and how major broadcasters and streaming outlets are confronting these challenges using fiber, satellite, IP, and a host of other next-gen contribution methods.
Moderator: Keith Goldberg, Walt Disney Television, VP, Global Operations; 2019 TranSPORT Committee Chair
David Chilson
, CBS, Director of Broadcast Distribution Operations and Engineering
Chris Connolly, NBC Sports Group, Senior Director, Transmission Engineering and Operations
Paul Spinelli, Sinclair Broadcasting Group, Director of Engineering
Adam Whitlock, ESPN, Associate Director, Remote Traffic Operations

11:40 – 11:55 a.m.: Net Insight Case Study: Cingularity Delivers Critical Connectivity for At-Home Production of Major Tennis Tour
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This case study will discuss how to deploy a secure high quality and minimal delay fibre network for at-home production. Learn how Cingularity leveraged Net Insight technology to connect international tennis venues across 5000 miles to centralized control rooms.
Per Lindgren
, Net Insight, Co-Founder and CTO of Media Networks
Dan Pope
, Cingularity, Managing Director

11:55 a.m. – 12:35 p.m.: The 5G Revolution: How 5G Will Transform Live-Sports Production and Delivery
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While major U.S. cellular providers began rolling out 5G networks in earnest this year, and the technology promises to dramatically impact the way live sports events are produced and delivered to fans. 5G’s ultra-low latency opens up huge possibilities for wireless cameras, backhaul, at-home production, and a throng of other applications. Learn how 5G has been utilized at events like the U.S. Open, NBA Summer League, PyeongChang Winter Olympics, and more, as well as how the next-gen technology could impact your operation in the near future.
Moderator: Ken Kerschbaumer, SVG, Co-Executive Director, Editorial
Mike Flathers, IBM Aspera, CTO
Steve Hellmuth, NBA Entertainment, EVP, Media Operations and Technology
Daniel Pisarski, LiveU, VP of Engineering

12:35 – 1:20 p.m.: Networking Lunch 

1:20 – 2:00 p.m.: Traditional vs. OTT Distribution Tech: Where Are We?
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With more eyeballs shifting from linear TV to streaming outlets, fans expect an equally high-quality viewing experience regardless of the screen on which they are watching. Whether they are an authenticated or direct-to-consumer OTT service, sports-content creators must find ways to stream at scale, match the low latencies of broadcasts, and offer unique new streaming experiences to differentiate from broadcast. Leaders from major broadcasters and OTT services dissect their technological strategies and offer a peek at where the business is headed.
Moderator: Brandon Costa, SVG, Director of Digital
Phil Green
, Endeavor Streaming, SVP, Partnership Development
Jason Justman
, SinclairDigital, Senior Principal Architect
Abe Zerbib, TAG Video Systems, CEO
Ben Ziskind, Fox Corp., Executive Director, Live Video Platform

2:00 – 2:15 p.m.: ATSC 3.0 Update: The Latest on Next-Gen Broadcast Standard
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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 developments on ATSC 3.0 and how it will help to pave a roadmap for the future of television.
Luke Fay, Sony, Senior Manager, Technical Standards

2:15 – 2:50 p.m.: Cloud vs. On-Prem: The Shifting Future of Encoding, Playout, and Distribution
As more and more media organizations look to virtualize their infrastructure and shift portions of their workflow to the cloud, many companies are using on-demand cloud encoding services to supplement, or even supplant, their on-prem systems. Cloud vendors and encoding experts take the stage to discuss the latest technological development and how to find a happy medium between on-prem and the cloud.
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Moderator: Paul Spinelli, Sinclair Broadcasting Group, Director of Engineering

Rick Clarkson
, Signiant, Chief Strategy Officer
Bryan Samis, AWS, Senior Specialized Solutions Architect
Mark Senecal, Imagine Communications, VP, PLM and Engineering

2:50 – 3:00 p.m.: Technology Spotlight: How Microsoft Azure’s Cloud-Based Workflows Are Powering the M&E Industry
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Demand for content is skyrocketing, straining existing on-premises systems and processes. Learn how Microsoft Azure is working with SES to create a broadcast-grade managed cloud service, as well as how Azure’s cloud-based workflows are transforming the Media & Entertainment industry with Walt Disney Studios, Technicolor and others.
Presenter: Scott Bounds, Microsoft, Media Industry Lead

3:00 – 3:15 p.m.:  Networking Break

3:15 – 4:00 p.m.: Public vs. Private: The State of IP Contribution and Internet-Based Production
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With the growing success of using IP networks for contribution and the flexibility offered in production, several media organizations are dramatically rethinking their internal infrastructures. Does the transition from hardware- to software-based solutions mean that SDI is DOA, or will there remain a hybrid infrastructure for the foreseeable future? Industry leaders discuss how increased network reliability using both public and private internet, as well as the introduction of future codecs, promises to make IP the new normal for broadcast supply chains.
Moderator: Adam Whitlock, ESPN, Associate Director, Remote Traffic Operations
Eric Bolten
, Zixi, VP of Business Development
Imry Halevi
, Harvard University Athletics, Assistant AD, Multimedia and Production
Joseph Hopkins, LTN Global, SVP, Sales and Business Development
Jon Landman
, Teradek, VP, Sales
Al Nuñez, MediaLinks, SVP of Sales, Americas & EMEA

4:00 – 4:40 p.m.: Compression 2020: JPEG XS, HEVC, SMPTE VC-6, and Beyond
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Compression standards continue to evolve as the delivery of live-sports video continues to grow exponentially and the industry launches new higher-bandwidth UHD and HDR services. As the industry looks to lower latency and complexity while also boosting resolution and quality, experts in the field break down the challenges and opportunities surrounding next-gen compression technologies including JPEG XS, HEVC, SMPTE VC-6, and more.
Moderator: Ken Kerschbaumer, SVG, Executive Director, Editorial Services
Kevin Ancelin
, VITEC, VP, Worldwide Broadcast Sales
Matthew Goldman, MediaKind, SVP of Technology
Andy Rayner, Nevion, Chief Technologist
Laurence Venner, V-Nova, Professional Video Product Manager

4:40 – 5:15 p.m.: The State of TranSPORT: Vendor Perspectives
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TranSPORT 2019 is once again bookended by a pair of “state of the industry” sessions, including this closing panel featuring execs from top terrestrial, satellite, and IP transmission vendors. 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
Lionel Bentolila
, Aldea Solutions, CEO
Ryan Korte, CenturyLink, Senior Director, Architecture
Bobby Stevens, SES, Sales Director, Sports and Events

5:15 – 6:15 p.m.: Networking Reception