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Great Britain: European HDTV Summit Set for Feb. 16

It took a while to get rolling, following several years of SD-only digital transitions in several countries of Western Europe (where many newly deployed DTV sets have no HD capabilities, to begin with), but HD is now in the midst of launching via satellite and cable.

To coincide with HD's quickened rollout pace, the Third European HDTV Summit will be held at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) in London on Feb. 16. By that time, BAFTA said, a handful of HD services will be well underway. The summit will be sponsored by SES-ASTRA, with the support of Pioneer,Texas Instruments-DLP,Tandberg Television,GlobeCast and Pace. The full program is available at:

Summit presenters, so far, will include:

  • Greg Moyer, General Manager, Voom HD Networks
  • Alexander Oudendijk, Senior VP/CCO, SES-ASTRA
  • Markus Schmid, Chief Marketing/Sales Officer, Premiere
  • Andy Blustin, Strategy Manager, BBC
  • David Justin, Senior VP Marketing/Globecast
  • Neil Gaydon, Marketing Director, Pace Micro Technology
  • Marnix Somers, Director, Consumer Plasma Division, Pioneer
  • Paul Geurten, Senior Marketing Manager, Philips