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MPEG Group Master Class Slated at NAB Show

FREMONT, CALIF.: Two groups are pulling together a master class focused on all things DTV, from content creation and distribution to making money on it. The MPEG Industry Forum and the Open IPTV Forum will present the full-day master class, entitled “The New World of Digital Television,” on Sunday, April 19, 2009 from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the Las Vegas Convention Center Room S228. Discussions will range from lessons learned to future strategies. IPTV delivery standards will also be covered.

Four distinct sessions are scheduled: “The World in Transition,” “New Technologies for New Services,” “Revenue Generation versus Regulation in the New Digital World” and “The Standards Based Ecosystems.”

Event chairpersons include Sebastian Moeritz, president of MPEGIF and CEO of dicas; David Price, vice president of MPEGIF and of Harmonic; Monika Gadhammar, vice chair of the Open IPTV Forum Marketing Workgroup.

The speaker and panelist line-up is as follows:
Robert Clasen - Chairman & CEO, Starz, LLC
Oleg Kolesnikov - Technical Director, NTV+
Roderick Snell - Founder, Snell & Wilcox
Bob Luff - CTO, Nielsen
Kay Johansson - CTO, MobiTV
Shelly Palmer - Managing Director, Advanced Media Ventures Group & Host of MediaBytes with Shelly Palmer
Yun Chao Hu - Chairman Open IPTV Forum
Hanno Basse - VP, Broadcast Systems Engineering, DIRECTV Inc.
Alvaro Gazzolo - President & CEO, IPTV Americas
Randy Hank - Video & Planning Chief of Staff, AT&T
David Gillies - CEO, Isis Digital
Jim Kutzner - Chief Engineer, Public Broadcasting Service
Allen Harkness - Director, Licensing, MPEG LA
Scott Lofgren – Product Manager, Industry Standards and Initiatives, Intel Corp.
Stephen Christian - VP Marketing, Verimatrix
Lieven Vermaele - Director, EBU Technical and EBU IT Services

Agenda and speaker bios are available at the NAB Show Web site, and registration is available here