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Advanced Television Systems Committee Honors James A. Kutzner with Bernard Lechner Outstanding Contributor Award at 2014 ATSC Broadcast TV Conference

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Wednesday, 07 May 2014 20:38


Broadcast Industry Veteran Made His Mark in Public TV and Industry Collaboration

WASHINGTON, May 8, 2014 – The Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC) today announced that James A. Kutzner is the 2014 recipient of the organization’s highest technical honor, the Bernard J. Lechner Outstanding Contributor Award. The presentation was made today during the ATSC Broadcast Television Conference at the Ronald Reagan International Trade Center.

Kutzner retired earlier this year as Senior Director of Advanced Technology at PBS, where he managed engineering and technical projects within PBS. Kutzner is a past member of the ATSC Board and he chaired the ATSC Technology and Standards Group 3 on the development of the next-generation ATSC 3.0 standard. He holds a Masters degree in Engineering Management from George Washington University and a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering degree from the University of Minnesota.

The Lechner Award is bestowed once a year to an individual representative of the membership whose technical and leadership contributions to the ATSC have been invaluable and exemplary. The title of the award recognizes the first recipient, Bernard Lechner, for his outstanding services to the ATSC. The award winner is selected by the Board of Directors and presented at the ATSC’s spring meeting. Lechner passed away a few weeks ago after a long career in TV technology.

Last Updated on Thursday, 12 June 2014 07:13
Kutzner Receives Lechner Award

ATSC Broadcast Television Conference Peeks at Broadcasting’s Future

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Wednesday, 23 April 2014 11:20


"Today, Tomorrow & Beyond" Event Highlights Evolving TV Standards, New Opportunities and Technologies Shaping TV Viewing

WASHINGTON, April 21, 2014 – As the Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC) convenes stakeholders in the television broadcast industry in the nation’s capital in early May, the ATSC’s "Today, Tomorrow & Beyond" Broadcast TV Conference will examine emerging standards designed to add flexibility, internet compatibility, 4K Ultra HD program content , and more robust signal transmission to the standard now deployed and used by more than 1,600 TV broadcasters throughout America.

Highlights of the event include a keynote address by Sen. Gordon Smith, President and CEO of the National Association of Broadcasters, as well as a number of high-level panel discussions about the TV business and evolving transmission technologies. The conference will take place at the Ronald Reagan International Trade Center in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, May 8.

Experts on the various panels will examine new opportunities and challenges for TV broadcasters, offer a primer on new technologies that are shaping emerging TV standards, explain the benefits and market hurdles of new Ultra HD television sets, and showcase how TV broadcasting will adapt to meet consumer demands.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 July 2014 07:33
Broadcast Conference Agenda

Broadcast Television Conference Looks to Tomorrow with Special Session on Next-Generation Broadcast Standard

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Tuesday, 18 March 2014 08:53


Registration now open for Advanced Television Systems Committee annual gathering and 'Boot Camp' primer on ATSC 3.0

WASHINGTON, D.C - Mar11, 2014 The evolution of television broadcasting -- to include Ultra High-Definition transmission, Internet compatibility, enhanced interactivity, on-demand options, improved audience measurement tools, new audio and video functions, and robust mobility with advanced codecs -- will be the subject of a special "boot camp" seminar presented by the Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC) on Wednesday, May 7.

"The future of television broadcasting is bright, and standards being finalized this year will allow the current ATSC 1.0 system to evolve into ATSC 2.0, adding interactivity and Internet compatibility. Intensive work also is underway on the ATSC 3.0 next-generation broadcast standard, which will take advantage of advanced video and audio coding techniques to bring even more services to viewers," said Mark Richer, ATSC President. "Our Washington meetings should be considered 'must-attend' events for station management, engineering teams and business development professionals who are focused on how the core TV broadcasting business is changing."

Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 July 2014 07:34
ATSC Boot Camp

Advanced Television Systems Committee Invites Watermarking Technologies Proposals for Future Broadcast TV System

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Wednesday, 15 January 2014 14:33


Automatic Content Recognition technologies needed for future ATSC 3.0 standard

WASHINGTON, Jan. 15, 2014 - The Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC) today announced a Call for Proposals regarding audio and/or video watermarking technologies for Automatic Content Recognition to help enable interactive applications and other features of the ATSC 3.0 broadcast TV standard.

With ATSC 3.0, interactive applications and other features enhancing audio and video can be made be available by using an Automatic Content Recognition solution associated with transmitted material to identify key aspects of the material (e.g. content identification, content source, current time point in the content, etc.) This will allow the television to access the desired additional functionality via an Internet connection. The scope of this Call for Proposals is limited to a watermarking solution for Automatic Content Recognition. Respondents may propose either an audio watermark solution or a video watermark solution, or both.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 January 2014 14:44
ACR Watermark CFP

LIN Media’s Jenkins named to ATSC Board of Directors

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Wednesday, 05 March 2014 12:05


WASHINGTON, March 5, 2014 – The Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC) has named Brett Jenkins of LIN Media to the ATSC Board of Directors. Jenkins has been elected to fill the seat vacated by Jim Kutzner, PBS, upon his retirement.

As LIN Media’s Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Jenkins oversees the company’s engineering and IT functions and advises the executive team on new technologies, trends and best practices for integration. He is also responsible for developing new business models across all areas of technology, including broadcast, Internet, and mobile; and for maximizing the growth and efficiency of all broadcast and digital operations.

Previously, Jenkins served as Vice President of Technology for ION Media Networks. During his tenure there, Jenkins identified new business models for mobile media and helped lead the industry’s standardization around broadcast mobile digital TV. Jenkins also held past executive positions at Thales Broadcast & Multimedia and at Thomson.

Jenkins named to board

ATSC Board Members Elected

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Tuesday, 03 December 2013 14:20


Godfrey, Eyer and Taylor Begin Terms in January

WASHINGTON, Dec. 3, 2013 – Members of the Advanced Television Systems Committee, Inc. (ATSC) have elected three industry executives to serve on the ATSC Board of Directors for three-year terms beginning January 2014.

Former ATSC Chairman John Godfrey of Samsung, whose earlier board term expired a year ago, was elected to serve on the board again. Current board members Mark Eyer of Sony and John Taylor of LG Electronics USA were elected to serve second terms on the ATSC Board of Directors.

Other current directors whose terms continue in 2014 are: Kevin Gage, NAB; Ira Goldstone, Univision; James Kutzner, PBS; Richard Friedel, Fox; Brian Markwalter, CEA; Sam Matheny, WRAL/Capitol Broadcasting; Glenn Reitmeier, NBC Universal; Andy Scott, NCTA; Bob Seidel, CBS; Dave Siegler, Cox Media Group; and Peter Symes, SMPTE.

Board Members Elected
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