Posted on November 1, 2016 in ATSC News
Matt Goldman has been involved with ATSC for two decades and dealing with ATSC 3.0 since its inception. He is perhaps best-known in ATSC circles as the co-creator of PSIP, the Program and System Information Protocol that replaced the simplistic “Program Paradigm” with a robust program discovery and tuning mechanism for the ATSC A/53 Digital TV Standard (now referred to as ATSC 1.0).
“I affectionately became known as the ‘Captain of the MPEG Police’ for my tenacity and making sure that ATSC standards built on top of the foundation of the MPEG-2 specs stayed true to the foundation specs’ meaning and intent,” said Goldman, who is currently Senior Vice President of Technology, TV & Media, for Ericsson.
Goldman’s career in broadcasting technology began in 1992 as the system architect of the first generation of compressed-video servers for Digital Equipment Corp., which led to involvement with the Moving Picture Experts Group. Notably, he is one of the creators of the MPEG-2 systems standard, the foundation transport technology used today in terrestrial broadcasting, direct broadcast satellite, digital cable, and DVD/Blu-ray video.
He moved to Silicon Valley in 1996 to develop MPEG-based systems solutions for DiviCom and later worked for the Fox Broadcasting Company designing the control protocol for the industry’s first compressed-domain high definition program splicer. He joined TANDBERG Television, which was acquired by Ericsson in 2007, as Director of Technology for the Americas region and was then promoted to Vice President of Technology in a global role.
Goldman has worked on four projects on that have received Technology & Engineering Emmy® Awards, and he earned the Best Paper Award at the 2015 NAB Broadcast Engineering Conference for co-authoring a technical paper on high dynamic range (HDR). Starting next year, he will serve as President of the Society of Motion Picture & Television Engineers.
3.0’s Fascinating Future
Since Ericsson is a leading manufacturer of media processing equipment, including video encoders, transcoders, media packagers and network infrastructure, the company is very interested in ATSC 3.0, Goldman explains.
Goldman initially was involved The TG3 Technology Group’s architecture, physical layer and transport layer groups, and more recently, he’s turned his attention to next-generation video, in particular to HDR. “Some people consider HDR the most important advance in TV images since color replaced black and white,” he says.
“ATSC 3.0 enables broadcasters to implement new business models not even thought of 20 years ago, including hybrid broadcast and broadband; delivery to any device, whether pedestrian, in-vehicle or stationary; and companion screen enhanced services. In addition, picture and aural quality is much more realistic and immersive.”
Some of ATSC 3.0’s features that most impress Goldman are system discovery and signaling, enabling signal lock and recovery in very adverse conditions, the robust emergency alert system, and multiple layers and types of signal multiplexing that enable different types of services to be delivered simultaneously under very different signal-to-noise ratios.
Goldman received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and initially was a chip and module design engineer for military signal processors before launching his broadcast technology career.
When not burning the midnight oil on behalf of his company, ATSC and SMPTE, among others, Goldman says he “enjoys spending quality time with family as well as riding our Indian motorcycles through the back roads of New Hampshire.”
He and his wife, Kathleen, have three children, two dogs, a cat and a parrot, who all seem to get along as well as the industry groups he participates in.
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