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DTV conference planned The seventh annual Digital Television seminar, Digital Television 2000, will be held Dec. 6-8, in the Hyatt Regency Grand Hall in Atlanta. The event is sponsored by Broadcast Engineering, in cooperation with Video Systems and Millimeter magazines.

The conference schedule offers an in-depth look at converting from analog to digital on Wednesday, covering issues including format decoding, signal processing and noise reduction, and facility infrastructure, as well as MPEG and DTV antenna technology. Conference attendees will also have the opportunity to tour CNN's and Crawford Digital's facilities.

Events on Thursday will begin with a keynote address by Charles Jablonski, senior vice president of network engineering and operations for Geocast. Speakers will discuss issues related to building a digital facility, including DTV and ATSC standards, handling metadata, digital routing in a multichannel environment, automation and media management, and linking systems with IP technology. Other topics will include datacasting, HD storage and playout, and HD production systems.

Thursday night, proponents of 8VSB and COFDM will have a chance to defend their respective reception modulation schemes in a special "DTV Shootout" moderated by Michael Silberglied of Silverknight Productions. The discussion will offer participants the latest reception data and results, and the opportunity to explore problems and solutions for DTV reception.

On Friday, engineers will have the chance to take an in-depth look at the entire Webcasting process, from content generation through playback, during a special day-long Webcasting/streaming session. The session will begin with the basics of streaming and initial concerns such as selection of formats, pre-production and encoding. It will also offer broadcasters a guide to selecting a service provider and actually building a Web facility, as well as a live demonstration of the entire process. Friday's session will end with a look at the future of the industry presented by Broadcast Engineering editor Brad Dick.

Video Systems and Millimeter will offer production sessions on Friday over networking and serving the non-broadcast HD market.