HYBRID TELEVISION BROADCASTING PRESENTATION set for November 16
|November 9, 2015||Posted by COMauthor under CN, CS, EDCAS, EmpNet, MTT/APS||
All our IEEE Foothill Section members with interests in 4G/ 5G and Broadcast technology are invited to this upcoming technical presentation in San Diego. Thank you for the invitation, Dr Murat Karsi of the IEEE San Diego Section.
Hybrid Television Broadcasting –
Integrated Broadcast-Broadband Content Delivery
Technologies, Standards and Services
To Be Held on Monday, November 16, 2015
Speaker: Dr. Amal Punchihewa
IEEE Broadcast Technology Society
Traditional broadcasting was a one-way communication scheme as it provided little opportunities for interaction due to lack of an integrated return channel. With the penetration and popularity gained by the broadband, broadcasting can make use of broadband as a return channel to interact with the broadcast services. There are a number of technologies and standards available which offer hybrid or integrated broadband broadcast services.
Until recently, when watching online services such as catch-up TV or video on demand, the user had to do it on a personal computer or laptop. Now, with a Connected TV it is possible to access content from the comfort of your sofa and watch your favourite shows on the television.
In Asia-Pacific, Australia has already introduced Freeviewplus, a new hybrid television service integrated which with broadband in September 2014. New Zealand followed a similar path introducing hybrid broadcast broadband augmenting Freeview in middle of 2015. The hybrid broadcast and broadband platform is based on an HbbTV specification of which the latest 2.0 was released in early 2015.
This presentation will highlight and provide an overview of technologies available for hybrid television broadcasting. The presentation will also explore numerous services that could be offered using broadband including over-the-top services which new and incumbent broadcasters could offer.
Date & Time:
Monday, November 16, 2015
5:30 PM – 6:30 PM – Networking, Food and Refreshments
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM – Presentation and Q&A.
9710 Scranton Road
San Diego, CA 92121
Location is near the Frwy 5, Frwy 805 , and Genesee Ave in San Diego
BTS San Diego Chapter Chair
Free to IEEE members. $5 for non-members.
Dr. Amal Punchihewa
Director of Technology, Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union
Vice-Chair of World Broadcasting Unions-Technical Committee (WBU-TC)
Distinguished Lecturer, IEEE-Broadcast Technology Society
Amal graduated with BSc (Eng) Hons specialised in Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering from Sri Lanka, MEng from Technical University of Eindhoven, Netherlands & PhD from Massey University in New Zealand. He has published over 100 scholarly articles (peer-refereed technical journal and conference articles) in various journals including IEEE and IET digital libraries and transactions. He has held visiting positions at Tokyo University of Science (Japan) as a visiting associate professor and visiting professor. He was a
Royal Dutch fellow of Netherlands and a fellow of JSPS of Japan. He has served on technical/programme committees, organizing committees and as track/session chairs for many international conferences. He advises on many International conferences including CCBN conference in China, BES in India and BCA in Singapore. Amal is a Senior Member of IEEE, Chartered Professional Engineer-CEng, Fellow of IET (UK) & Fellow of IPENZ (New Zealand).
Amal is currently Director Technology at ABU. In that position, Amal drives innovation of media technology in the complete chain of media, starting from acquisition to consumption in the broadcasting industry. He influences the development of media technology in the best interest of ABU members. He leads a team of specialists, he facilitates technical guidelines and standards, and provides expertise related to the convergence of media, and evolving technical needs. He creates, encourages, and manages member communities, and understands and explains the trends that shape the media, to empower Members to continue to take good strategic decisions.
He ensures that the Department continues to be a vital and respected partner for its members and for the media industry. As a member of the ABU Headquarters Management Team, he also plays a major part in shaping ABU strategy.
Amal is active in many of the WBU-TC and ITU broadcast related technical activities. He is a vice chairman of the WBU-TC. He is an advisor to IET Vision and Imaging Professional Network having served as an executive of IET Vision and Imaging Professional Network.
He possess more than 29 years of experience in all three sectors of broadcasting; viz. Academia, Research and Industry in senior broadcasting technology and ICT roles, including research and developments, regional capacity building in media and head of engineering of national TV-Sri Lanka, having started career in computer engineering.