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Iowa Public TV to Host Digital Television Symposium

Iowa Public Television will host the 11th annual Iowa DTV Symposium Oct. 4, 5 and 6 at the Hotel Fort Des Moines. Representatives from digital television content, production and technology are expected to attend this event in Des Moines.

The symposium will feature technical presentations and informative and up-to-the-minute content. Jack Perry, president and CEO of Decisionmark Corp., will deliver the keynote address at the opening day luncheon on Oct. 4. In his address, "Competing with the Clutter," Perry will chart the future of broadcasting and what it means for local broadcasters. His presentation will explain that the nation's 1,733 local broadcasters needn't lose out to newer technologies such as Internet TV or wireless devices, and that by taking appropriate steps, these broadcasters can recapture market share that has been lost with the advent of cable.

During the proceedings, the Brian Schwab award will be presented to Leitch's Craig Beardsley for his 2004 presentation, "HD Origination In Theory and Real Life." (This award was created in 2002 by IPTV to honor Brian Schwab's contributions to Iowa Public Television and the DTV Symposium. Each year at the closing of proceedings, attendees choose the best technical paper presentation and an award is made to the presenter the following year. )

At this year's symposium Avid (opens in new tab) will offer training sessions on the company's NewsCutter XP software and Panasonic will host sessions on the attributes of memory-based storage. Also, Young & Rubicam and Sony will jointly host "Flight," a presentation that addresses the demand for information in the area of high definition in advertising.

For more information on the 2005 DTV Symposium, including a complete list of speakers and their presentation topics, visit the Iowa Public TV Web site.