2023 SVG TranSPORT

Full Program

9:15 – 9:55 a.m.: Registration and Coffee

9:55 – 10:00 a.m.: Welcoming Remarks Presented by BitFire
Presenter: Ben Grafchik
, BitFire, VP, Business Development

10:00– 10:45 a.m.: The State of TranSPORT: Where We’ve Been, Where We Are, and Where We’re Headed
After navigating a harrowing 3½ years of pandemic-related upheaval and cord-cutting, the sports-media industry is looking to the future for new ways to better engage fans. This annual state-of-the-industry session brings together transmission-focused executives from major sports broadcasters to address the most pressing issues facing the business today and what to expect in the coming years.
Intro presented by: Sean Sullivan, Astound Business Solutions, Senior Director, Media Network Architecture
Moderator: Jason Dachman
, SVG, Editorial Director, U.S. and TranSPORT Program Director
Chris Connolly
, NBC Sports Group, VP, Olympic Venue Engineering
Julie Morrison, Warner Bros. Discovery, Manager of Content Transmissions
Paul Spinelli, Sinclair Broadcasting Group, Director, Distribution and Network Systems
Adam Whitlock, ESPN, Director, Remote Traffic Operations

10:45 – 11:00 a.m.: Sony Case Study: Rapid Deployment of Sports Contribution for a Major Sporting Championship
Viacom18 Media Private Ltd., a Mumbai-based joint venture between Network18 Group and Paramount Global, is a burgeoning media entity in India and possesses exclusive digital media rights for the esteemed TATA Indian Premier League. In pursuit of seamless connectivity, they sought a comprehensive solution to interconnect 12 stadiums with three studio facilities across India. Their discerning choice was a Sony Networked Live solution, employing the Nevion VideoIPath media orchestration platform in tandem with the Nevion Virtuoso software-defined media node. This case study presents a comprehensive review of the project’s requisites, obstacles, and the meticulously engineered solutions that were successfully executed in record time.
Presenter: Keith Bickford
, Sony Electronics, Solutions Architect, Networked Solutions

11:00 – 11:30 a.m.: Networking Break

11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.: REMI Revelations: How the Rise of Remote Productions Has Skyrocketed Connectivity Needs
With REMI/remote productions becoming ubiquitous throughout the industry in recent years, the number of video and data paths between the venue and the broadcast center has exploded. As a result, the majority of live sports productions require a new level of connectivity. Hear from transmission experts at broadcasters and vendors on how they are confronting connectivity needs to deliver live games to fans.
Moderator: Adam Whitlock, ESPN, Director, Remote Traffic Operations
Tom Buffolano
, The Switch, Head of Business Development, College Sports
Janel Moorefield, LiveU, VP of Sales, Sports
Brian Nelles, PSSI Global Services, CTO and EVP
Stephen Repass, Ross Production Services, Vice President

12:15 – 1:00 p.m.: The 5G Factor: From Acquisition to Distribution, How 5G Could Change the Game
5G technology continues to entice sports-broadcasters around the world with the promise of ultra-high-speed solutions for acquisition, contribution, and distribution. From 5G-enabled cameras to bonded-cellular backhaul to ATSC 3.0 Next-Gen TV broadcasting, hear how 5G has the potential to serve as a hyperdrive engine for tomorrow’s live sports broadcasts.
Moderator: Steve Hellmuth, SVG Chairman Emeritus
Brad Cheney
, Fox Sports, VP, Field Operations and Engineering
Jérémy Guevel
, Haivision, Sales Business Development
Matt Keiler, TVU Networks, VP of Sales, North America
Tim Stevens, Verizon Business Group, Global Leader, Strategic Innovation for Sports, Media & Entertainment

1:00 – 2:00 p.m.: Networking Lunch

2:00 – 2:45 p.m.: Plotting Your Transport Roadmap for the Future: CDI, JPEG XS, RIST, RTMP, SRT, Zixi, BitFire, and Beyond
Today, new compression standards like JPEG XS; transport protocols like RIST, RTMP, and SRT; and transport services like Zixi and BitFire are more crucial than ever in ensuring reliable, low-latency transmission of live sports content over the internet or IP networks. Meanwhile, AWS’s Cloud Digital Interface (CDI) technology allows users to transport high-quality uncompressed video inside the AWS Cloud, with high reliability and ultra-low latency. Industry leaders take the stage to discuss how these IP- and cloud-based workflows are changing the face of live-video transport.
Moderator: Chris Connolly, NBC Sports Group, VP, Olympic Venue Engineering
Jim Akimchuk, BitFire, CTO
Ghislain Collette, Haivision, VP, Product Management
Ciro Noronha, RIST Forum, President; Cobalt, CTO
Emeka Okoli, Zixi, SVP, Customer Success and Business Solutions
Paul Spinelli, Sinclair Broadcasting Group, Director, Distribution and Network Systems

2:45 – 3:00 p.m.: Matrox Video Case Study: Remote Sports and Production and Streaming on a Budget
Scott MacLean, President of Universum Media, discusses the challenges of producing local and remote sports broadcasts for small and medium-sized markets. Learn about Scott’s clients’ requirements and his company’s approach to delivering high-quality content for professional, amateur, and collegiate sports.
Moderator: Angus Mackay, Matrox Video, Product Marketing Manager
Presenter: Scott MacLean, Universum Media, President

3:00 – 3:30 p.m.: Networking Break

3:30 – 4:15 p.m.: Fiber and Satellite Provider Perspectives: A Glimpse Into the Future of TranSPORT
When it comes to contribution for live sports productions, there is no one-size-fits-all solution. From dedicated fiber networks to satellite uplinks to the public internet, and everything in between, it’s important to find the right balance of availability, capacity, cost, and latency for your specific event. Leading connectivity providers detail the latest challenges and opportunities in live-sports backhaul and how they’re adapting to a changing industry.
Moderator: Rich Wolf, Brklyn-Media, Media, Operations & Technology Advisor
Tim Jackson
, Globecast, SVP, Sales and Marketing, The Americas
Steve Stennett, Intelsat, Senior Product Manager, Media
Brad Wall, LTN, CTO

4:15 – 5:15 p.m.: Networking Reception

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