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The SBE Ennes Workshop at the 2020 NAB Show

On March 11, the NAB announced that the 2020 NAB Show will not be held in April because of the coronavirus pandemic. With that, the SBE has cancelled all its events originally scheduled in April. As the NAB explores presenting the convention at a later date, the SBE will work with the NAB to possibly reschedule its convention events as well.

SBE Ennes Workshop

On Saturday, April 18, at 9 a.m. at the Las Vegas Convention Center, the SBE's annual Ennes Workshop educational program at the NAB Show takes flight for the 26th time. Attendance requires an NAB Conference registration (Conference Pass, Session 3-Pack, or BEITC Pass, available at a discount to SBE members).

The Ennes Workshop at the NAB Show has always addressed what broadcast engineers most needed to know to be successful. The presenters are the best teachers, recruited specifically to address the topics at hand.

Following is a rundown of the day's topics and presentations. Check back regularly as the program agenda is updated.

Multiplatform SuperSession

9:00 - 9:10 a.m.
Good Morning and Introduction

Tom Mikkelsen; Broadcast Technology Consultant

Remarks and opening comments

John Poray, CAE; Executive Director; SBE

9:10 - 9:35 a.m.
Update on ATSC 3.0
Madeleine Nolan; President; ATSC
Continuing update on the progress of ATSC 3.0 and various market transition activities.

9:35 - 10:20 a.m.
Multiplatform is Key
Moderator: Stan Moote; CTO; IABM

Panelists: Nino Doijashvili; Business Development; Tulix
      Greg Loose; Head of Media and Entertainment; Veritone

Multiplatform has become a business necessity, but it's also extremely complex. No wonder it's been top of the must-see list at trade shows and conferences for several years. In this supersession we examine what multiplatform actually means today, across creation, repurposing, management and monetization, with tangible examples. This supersession will finish with a panel to debate the various opportunities to simplify workflows.

10:20 - 10:40 a.m.

10:40 - 11:00 a.m.
Next Generation Audio
Paola Sunna; Senior Project Manager, Technology & Innovation; EBU
Continuing on the theme of multiplatform, the focus of Next Generations Audio (NGA) is to have consumers experience audio content in optimized quality lining up with whatever platform they are using. The promise of NGA is to free producers from having to create multiple audio mixes by producing multi-purpose audio package.

11:00 - 11:25 a.m.
Understanding Internet for Video Transport
Malik Kahn; Ex Chair; LTN Global
The Internet has become key for both multiple platform delivery, backhauls and net distribution feeds. Malik explains how, where and why redundancy is essential.

11:25 - 11:40 a.m.
IP/SMPTE ST 2110 Update and Implementations
Karl Paulsen; CTO; Diversified
IP is vital for multiplatform operations; Karl will review some of the installs and how ST 2110 and SDI work in harmony.

11:40 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
BXF and TAXI Standards for Multi-platform Distribution
Chris Lennon; MediAnswers
With recent developments in the fields of content delivery specifications, HDR, AFD, proxies, captioning/subtitling and automated QC have broadened the relevance of BXF (Broadcast eXchange Format). Chris will give an update on BXF and explain how the TAXI (Trackable Asset Cross-Platform Identification) initiative will provide an open, standardized means of tracking content across all forms of distribution, addressing many use cases, from audience measurement to ad insertion, second screen apps, and a wide array of others.


The SBE Ennes Workshop is organized by
Tom Mikkelsen, Broadcast Technology Consultant
Stan Moote, Chief Technology Officer, IABM

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