SMPTE to kick off Professional Development Academy with IPTV inaugural event

January 4, 2008

The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers has launched the SMPTE Professional Development Academy (SMPTE PDA), a resource for continuing education on key technologies.

The inaugural event, SMPTE PDA Now, will be a live, interactive webcast Jan. 17, 2008, from 1 p.m-2 p.m. (EDT), called “IPTV – What Does it Really Mean and How Does it Work?” This session will discuss the end-to-end architectural components in an IPTV chain, from the source to IP-based set-top boxes in the home. It will cover the services that can be provided by IPTV, the role of IPTV middleware in enabling them and how IPTV can provide a platform for integration of video, voice and data.

SMPTE PDA’s guest speaker for this event is Greg Thompson, chief video architect for Cisco’s Video & Content Networking Business Unit.

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