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The 2013 NAB Show exhibits open next Monday in Las Vegas, and as part of Broadcast Engineering’s continuing coverage of the annual gathering, Michael Grotticelli and I will interview on camera several industry luminaries.
The videos will be available on the Broadcast Engineering website. Just go to the Broadcast Engineering home page, click on the “resources section” on the far right of the home page and go to the video section.
While there are still a few interviews to confirm, I thought it would be worthwhile to give listeners a preview of the interviews scheduled so far.
Here’s a rundown of my scheduled interviews.
On Monday, April 8, I’ll be speaking with Barry Sandrew, founder, Chief Creative Officer and Chief Technology Officer of Legend3D, a Carlsbad, CA, based company specializing in the conversion of 2-D motion picture, television and commercial content to 3-D content. The company, which relies on its own proprietary image processing technology as a central element of the conversion process, counts among its conversion credits Sony Pictures’ “The Amazing Spider-Man,” Paramount Pictures’ “Transformers: Dark of the Moon,” and conversion of 2-D shots for Walt Disney Pictures’ “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.”
I plan to talk to Sandrew about his NAB presentation: “The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of 3D Films: An Essential Guide to the Advantages and Pitfalls of Conversion.”
My other Monday interview is with Greg Herman, president and CEO of WatchTV, a Pacific Northwest LPTV station. Herman once headed the now-defunct Community Broadcasters Association and later sought permission from the FCC for a test of OFDM TV and data transmission as the head of SpectrumEvolution.org. I will be asking Herman about the impact on LPTV broadcasters of an incentive auction and repacking of TV spectrum used by full-power and Class A stations. I want to find out his perspective on the viability of low-power TV broadcasting following the repack.
On Tuesday, April 9, I begin my video interview schedule from NAB with a conversation with Jay Adrick, a technology advisor to Harris, and winner of the 2013 NAB Television Engineering Achievement Award. Adrick will bring us up to speed on the most recent developments related to Mobile-EAS as well as what it feels like to receive this year’s NAB television engineering honor and what he plans to concentrate on following his retirement from Harris.
Later on Tuesday, I will be speaking with Mark Aitken, VP of Advanced Technology for the Sinclair Broadcast Group. During this interview, I want to find out Aitken’s perspective on where television broadcasters head going forward. I’m especially interested to learn his current thinking on a proposal he made a year and half ago for a way that TV broadcasters and wireless operators could work together to leverage the strengths of each other’s RF infrastructure. I also will ask him about the plans of Verizon Communications to begin broadcasting video content to relieve network congestion and what he thinks it may mean for TV broadcasters.
On Wednesday, April 10, I will begin my video interviews with Jim Kutzner, Senior Director, Advanced Technology at PBS. Last week, ATSC announced it was seeking proposals for the physical layer of ATSC 3.0. I plan to ask Kutzner, who chairs ATSC TG3 on ATSC 3.0, about this development as well as where the technical group is headed with development of this new digital television standard.
Finally on Wednesday, I will speak with Brian McHale, VP of Technology for Fisher Communications, as well as his associate Zach Bloom about Fisher’s soft launch of Mobile DTV in Seattle at KOMO-TV. I plan to ask the pair about what they’ve learned so far, the response of consumers to the Mobile500 MyDTV app and when Fisher anticipates formally launching Mobile DTV service.
Also be sure to look for Michael Grotticelli’s video interviews with Mark Haden from MLB Network; Mark Richer from ATSC; Erik Moreno, Senior VP at FOX Network Group and co-general manager of the Mobile Content Venture; automation consultant Sid Guel; and Dave Folsom, VP and Chief Technology Officer at Raycom Media.
If you’re attending this year’s NAB and see me traversing the Las Vegas Convention Center, be sure to say hi. Also, please remember to check out these NAB video interviews. Here’s wishing you a great NAB.