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SBE at PBS TechCon 2020

SBE @ PBS TechCon

An SBE Tutorial at PBS TechCon

After a successful partnership in 2019, the SBE is again providing a program for the PBS TechCon. Held at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino (Conference Center rooms 301/302), the SBE program will be presented on Saturday, April 18.

The morning session focuses on audio quality. Most have a fair grasp of the basics of microphones and how to capture sound, but there are nuances in capturing the best possible audio. The afternoon session will focus on the decision points of ATSC 3.0 implementation.


• Full Day (both sessions)
• Morning Session: Audio for Radio, TV, Performance
• Afternoon Session: Managing Modulation for NextGen Broadcast


SBE at PBS TechCon is supported by these SBE sustaining member companies.


Comark   Dielectric   GatesAir

Technical Broadcast Solutions   Triveni Digital


Morning Session

Audio for Radio, TV, Performance

9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Capturing Audio for Broadcast - an Expert Tutorial
Most people have a fair grasp of the basics of microphones and how to capture audio, but despite using the same microphones and mixers, differnt people will capture different audio quality. Steve Savanyu is deeply experienced and can describe and explain audio capture and mixing in terms broadcast engineers can best relate to, meaning a fair amount of physics and explanations of why things work the way they do. Audio Technica will facilitate and support the program with the equipment necessary to demonstrate and teach miking and mixing.

Presenter: Steve Savanyu; Director of Education Services; Audio Technica

Afternoon Session

Rebuilding Our Over-The-Air TV Infrastructure

Experts will discuss the modulation/workflow profiles that are most realistic for various uses: datacasting, mobile file downloads, low and high resolution content, emergency communication and potential other uses of NextGen transmission.

1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Home and Master TV Antenna Systems Updated

Over-the-air reception of ATSC 3.0 is important for some cable headends, satellite and other MVPD services. It's also important back at the station, and part of NextGen is that stations, in particular in times of emergency, will likely share content and other data. Post repack, and with the conversion to ATSC 3.0, the RF environment for reception has changed. Strong signals from adjacent LTE/5G spectrum and single-frequency network boosters is somewhat more complex than back in the analog TV days. Test equipment for maximizing the reliability of OTA reception is in the works. A new generation of outdoor and indoor antennas is in the offing. This joint presentation covers the design of simple to master antenna systems, including amplifiers, modulators, splitters and filters.

Presenters: speaker to be confirmed

2:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

The Business of NextGen Broadcast

The economics behind NextGen TV are not as discussed as the technology. We are on track, by 2024, to enter a world where digital advertising moves ahead of traditional advertising. As an industry, we are moving to a NextGen Broadcast distribution platform that moves our industry further into digital media - actually broadcasting interactive content - where in the past we sought to drive viewers to our digital streaming and news services. What are the drivers for adoption? How fast or slow will it likely take? How does that impact stations and broadcast engineers?

Presenter: Rick Ducey; Managing Director; BIA Advisory Services

3:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.


3:15 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Using the NextGen Broadcast Host Manual

While the ATSC 3.0 transition picks up steam, the process of conversion has become somewhat clearer. What last year was questions is now answers largely found in Pearl TV's Host Station Manual. Contained within is guidance on sharing spectrum to clear channels, licensing, equipment, configurations, selection of MOD/CODs, monitoring, logging, controlling, various video and audio enhancements including HEVC, HDR, WCG, and HFR as well as AC-4, and much much more. This tutorial is designed to introduce broadcast engineers to the wide knowledge base, identify the key understandings and concepts, and provide the knowledge to frame questions and identify the resources for assistance. The SBE will soon offer certification for NextGen Broadcast/ATSC 3.0. This is a good place to start with or fine tune your understandings in preparation for the SBE certification exam.

Presenter: to be confirmed

5:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.


MGM Grand facility overview

MGM Grand Conference Center third floor overview


The SBE at PBS TechCon is organized by Fred Baumgartner, CPBE, CBNT.

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