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Challenges and Opportunities: UltraHD Video Ecosystem

November 6, 2013

The Digital Media SIG Presents…

Consumer video is approaching a transition from current High Definition to Ultra High Definition TV (UltraHD) also called 4K/8K or Super Hi-Vision.  The promise of UltraHD includes more than just increased pixel count and higher resolution but greater realism through wider color gamut space, greater bit-depth, higher frame rate.  This transition will impact all aspects of the video ecosystem from content capture/generation, encoding, distribution, decoding, and display. Recent standards have defined elements for interoperation of UltraHD equipment. Display resolution, frame rate, chroma calculations, bit depth and color space for UltraHD are specified via ITU-R Recommendation BT.2020 (Rec. 2020 ). Supporting compression has been defined in the MPEG-HEVC/H.265 standard’s main 10 profile. NHK conducted an successful proof of concept streaming Super Hi-Vision video of the London Olympics.  With a variety of product announcements pieces of the ecosystem are ripe to converge. These elements lay the technical foundations, opening the door to the challenges and opportunity of UltraHD.

Many questions arise. What is the status of UltraHD ecosystem development in various areas: content, encoding, distribution, decoding, display? How will the market respond to the adoption of the UltraHD ecosystem? What are the current challenges with UltraHD deployment? What opportunities does this improved realism of UltraHD offer? What are the bandwidth requirements for system operators to deploy UltraHD? How long will it take to transition from today’s HD to tomorrow’s UltraHD?

Please join our experts representing different segments of the UltraHD ecosystem to discuss these and other important questions.

Jim Crammond
CTO, Service Provider Division, Intel Corporation
Jim is responsible for driving product strategy for next generation gateway/STB devices in Intel’s service provider division. Jim has over 10 years of experience in the cable industry beginning with Moxi Inc and Digeo Inc where he was engineering director delivering an advanced STB to the cable market, then Cable marketing director at Intel where Jim has worked on promoting the gateway architecture for video delivery within the home and to raise the bar on the performance of STB devices in the home to drive a new level of user experience.

Nick Colsey
Vice President, Business Development, Sony Electronics, Inc.

Nick Colsey, Vice President, Business Development, Sony Electronics Inc.: A veteran of Sony Electronics for over 20 years, Mr. Colsey is an integral member of the team responsible for Sony’s successful OTT service platforms and other interactive TV initiatives. With the advent of 4K, he is responsible for launching the world’s first 4K Ultra HD media player and the Video Unlimited 4K service.Kanaan Jemili
Senior Vice President, Product Management, Rovi Corporation
Kanaan Jemili, Ph.D. is Senior Vice President of Product Management at Rovi. Since joining Rovi in 2011, Dr. Jemili has been instrumental in managing and scaling the development, innovation, and productivity of Rovi’s CE product division. Under his leadership, Rovi has released market-leading solutions in the areas of Video Delivery, Guidance and Discovery and Multi-screen capabilities. Dr. Jemili is based in Rovi’s San Diego, CA, office.  With over 20 years of product and business development expertise, Dr. Jemili has focused his career on the areas of Audio, Video, Media and Consumer Electronics technologies.  Prior to Rovi, Dr. Jemili served in a number of senior positions at Sonic Solutions, DivX, and Verance.  Dr. Jemili holds a Ph.D. degree of Electrical Engineering from the University of Dayton.


Dan Sweeney
Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Solekai Systems Corp.
Dan Sweeney is the Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Solekai Systems, where he is in charge of all global sales and marketing initiatives.  In his role at Solekai, he oversees marketing communications and works with customers to develop and manage relationships in the digital video and smart grid industries. Previously, he was sales and marketing chief at entertainment media enterprise software company Cauldron Solutions (sold to Anystream) and ITV gaming company NTN Buzztime.  A telecommunications veteran, Dan also held senior level sales and marketing positions at Gemstar-TV Guide (sold to Macrovision), Cooke Cablevision and Showtime/The Movie Channel, Inc.  Hailing from Chicago, Sweeney earned a bachelor of Science degree in communications and marketing from Xavier University in Cincinnati, OH.

Vinay Sathe, Patent Attorney, Perkins Coie, LLP
Marc Tayer, President, Media Tech Insights
Naresh Soni, Technical Advisory Council, InterDigital Communications, LLC
Dan Sweeney, Vice President, Sales & Marketing, Solekai Systems Corp.
Louis Kerofsky, Principal Engineer, InterDigital Communications LLC

Wednesday, November 6th 2013

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