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Is the Cable Set-Top Box Dead or Alive?

July 25, 2013

The Digital Media SIG Presents…

Netflix, Apple TV, Roku and the Xbox are all the rage for Internet TV. Yet, to borrow a phrase from Mark Twain: “The reports of the cable set-top’s death are greatly exaggerated.”  According to Comcast, along with Time Warner Cable, Charter, Liberty Global, and others, the digital cable box is more alive than ever.  Their technology supply chain of Arris/Motorola, Cisco, Pace, Intel, Entropic, Broadcom and others is counting on it. The Comcast Reference Design Kit (RDK) is a free, open-source software layer intended to accelerate the development of next-generation cable set-tops and home gateways, while bridging the gap between today’s MPEG-2/QAM set-top architecture and the promise of an all-IP future.

What role will increasingly sophisticated Home Gateways and DVRs play in slimming down the IP set-tops positioned in multiple rooms? What is the migration plan from the MPEG-2/QAM world to a hybrid QAM/IP bridge transition? In what timeframe will the end-game of pure IP video over cable be realized? Why will the Comcast RDK succeed when past efforts like OpenCable (Tru2Way) seem to have stalled? Arris recently acquired industry leader and set-top giant Motorola Home from Google for $2.3 billion: what does this mean for the cable business?

With cable’s aggressive DBS and Telco TV competitors now serving over 40 million multi-channel TV subscribers in the U.S., and the over-the-top Internet TV business growing bigger every day, one thing is for sure:  the cable industry needs to move faster than ever to stay in the game.

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to see our expert panelists discuss these and other important issues.

Dr. Anton Monk
Co-Founder and VP Technology, Entopic Communications
Dr. Monk is responsible for new technology and standards activities at Entropic. Previously, he led the engineering development of Entropic’s coax-based multimedia networking chipset. This technology was standardized by MoCA, the Multimedia over Coax Alliance, and is now the de facto standard for multimedia home networking over coax for the majority of Pay TV service providers in the United States. Dr. Monk is CTO of MoCA and serves on the MoCA Board of Directors. Prior to co-founding Entropic he was involved in the development of cable and satellite integrated circuits at Conexant and ComStream Corporation and was a researcher at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He is involved in various organizations, including Vice-Chairman of the UCSD Corporate Affiliates Program, the Technical Advisory Boards of the UCSD Electrical Engineering Department and the USD Engineering Department and is a member of the CONNECT Public Policy Committee. Dr. Monk holds a M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the California Institute of Technology and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of California, San Diego.

Paul Moroney, Ph.D
Fellow and Vice President, Advanced Technology, ARRIS Group, Inc.

Dr. Paul Moroney is a Fellow and Vice President, and leads an Advanced Technology group in the Cloud and Infrastructure Business of ARRIS Group, Inc.  The Advanced Technology group, located primarily in San Diego, covers research, innovation, and development in areas that potentially lead to customer premises and video distribution infrastructure products in the future. Dr. Moroney became part of General Instrument (later acquired by Motorola, then Google, and finally ARRIS) in 1986 as Assistant Vice President of Engineering.  He led the systems engineering activities associated with the VideoCipher and DigiCipher product lines, covering most notably the areas of access control, communications, and video compression. Dr. Moroney holds a B.S., M.S., and EE Engineering degrees, and a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  He holds over 40 patents, with at least 50 additional filings and disclosures.Jeremiah Golston
Senior Director of Technology, Qualcomm
Jeremiah Golston leads engineering and technology development for Snapdragon Media Processors optimized for Smart TV applications including Internet-enabled TV, Digital Media Adapters, and Set-Top Box IP Clients.  Prior to joining Qualcomm, Golston was a Texas Instruments Fellow and Video CTO for the Application Processor Business.  He was Chief Architect for 5 generations of DaVinci Media Processors leading video & vision technology also adopted in OMAP.  DaVinci combined real-time video performance with programming flexibility that enabled customers to create new video applications including IP STB, Security DVRs, IP Network Cameras, Telepresence, Placeshifting, and Automotive Vision. Golston received B.S. and M.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the Missouri University of Science and Technology and holds 20 patents in media processor architectures and optimized algorithms.Nick Colsey
VP, 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.


Marc Tayer
President, MediaTech Insights
Marc Tayer has over 25 years of experience in the media technology and broadband communications field. During his career he has been a catalyst in developing high-growth businesses using groundbreaking technologies including digital television, HDTV, Internet video, VOD, content protection and high-speed Internet.  He is currently an independent consultant (MediaTech Insights). From 2005 through 2009 he was SVP Marketing & Business Development at Imagine Communications, a leading innovator in digital video solutions, enabling service providers such as Comcast and Time Warner Cable to deliver bandwidth-intensive services (HDTV) with optimal video quality. Tayer worked at GI/Motorola for over 15 years, ultimately becoming VP Global Marketing and VP Business Development. He received an Emmy Award in 1996 for his pivotal role in creating the world’s first multi-channel digital television system. Upon leaving Motorola, he was co-founder and SVP business development at Aerocast, a pioneering Internet video start-up backed by Liberty Media and Motorola. Aerocast made its mark by streaming The X Games over the Internet, with entertainment quality, to cable modem subscribers in partnership with ESPN, Comcast and AT&T Broadband. He then worked for Cablevision and Rainbow Media in the areas of HDTV and new technology.  Tayer received his MBA from The Wharton School at University of Pennsylvania and his BA from Williams College.

Vinay Sathe, Perkins Coie, LLP
Marc Tayer, President, MediaTech Insights
Dan Sweeney, Vice President, Sales & Marketing, Solekai Systems Corp.
Naresh Soni, Technical Advisory Council, InterDigital Communications, LLC

July 25th, 2013

5:30PM Registration/Networking/Refreshments
6:00PM Program Begins
7:30PM Program Ends

3398 Carmel Mountain Road
San Diego, CA 92121

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