The Society of Broadcast Engineers

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The SBE Ennes Workshop at the 2018 NAB Show

March 29, 2018

On Saturday, April 7, at 9 a.m. at the Las Vegas Convention Center in rooms N262 and N264, the SBE’s annual Ennes Workshop educational program at the NAB Show takes flight for the 24th time. Attendance requires a full NAB Show registration (Conference Flex Pass, Exhibits Pass + Session 6-Pack, or Exhibits Pass + Session 3-Pack, available at a discount to SBE members) or either a PBS Techcon or NPR APRE registration and badge.

The Ennes Workshop at the NAB Show has always addressed what broadcast engineers most needed to know to be successful. The presenters are the best teachers, recruited specifically to address the topics at hand.

Info on all the SBE events at the 2018 NAB Show.

Following is a rundown of the day’s topics and presentations.

Tomorrow’s Media Toolbox – Today

9:00 – 9:10 a.m.
Good Morning and Introduction
Director’s Remarks
John Poray, CAE
Executive Director, Society of Broadcast Engineers

9:10-9:35 a.m.
IP Networking for Real-Time Video
Robert Welch
Technical Solutions Lead, Arista Networks
ST 2110 is all about professional media over managed IP networks. Robert reveals the considerations and design architectures for building, maintaining and operating the all IP real time workflow.

9:35-9:55 a.m.
Is IP Real?
Moderator: Stan Moote, IABM
Panelists: Karl Paulsen, DSI; Mike Cronk, Grass Valley; Dan Turk, NEP Mobile
The panel will hit the hard-facing details about real-time IP from the supplier through system integrator to end-users. Stan will prime the discussion with current industry questions. Attendees are welcome to also ask questions from business through to technical matters about real time IP in general including SMPTE ST-2110.

9:55 – 10:20 a.m.
Next Gen is OTT/OTA
Frederick M. Baumgartner, CPBE
Ennes Educational Foundation Trustee, SBE
Director of Next Generation TV Implementation, Sinclair Broadcast
Next Gen is in fact an overlay of the existing Internet. Every business case that makes sense relies on this overlay being IP-based, and the ultimate over-the-top (OTT) platform being broadcast over-the-air (OTA). Linear TV as we know it stops at the ATSC 3.0 air chain and from that point; it is the world of streaming video, ad-tech and the user experience (UX). That takes us to a place we are not as experienced in and workflow and interrelationships we have yet to understand.

10:20 – 10:40 a.m.

10:40 – 11:05 a.m.
Social Media Drives Local TV Viewership
Emily Stone
Director of Multi-Platform Content, WTTG, Fox 5
Social media was once considered a pain for broadcasters and many operations painstaking took these digital efforts as a money-losing, necessary evil. It is now all about having a compelling social media strategy tied directing into station activities

11:05 – 11:30 a.m.
What are MicroServices and Why Should We Care?
Steve Reynolds
Chief Technical Officer, Imagine Communications
Microservices are the software-based building blocks that have been instrumental to the success of Google, Amazon and essentially every other digital business that has gained commercial prominence in the past decade. To compete with a new breed of media creators and distributors that have fully embraced the digital age, it is critical to broadcast companies’ long-term success to understand and begin to adopt a microservices-based architecture.

11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Cyber Security Hygiene in IP Broadcast Systems
Denis Onuoha
Chief Information Officer, Arqiva LTD
Everyone knows cyber security is a key element in the media and entertainment business. The question is how to implement this in a practical manner. Denis will explain how to deal with tangible items like change management, passwords, the reality of air gaps, maintenance and legacy equipment.


The SBE Ennes Workshop this year was organized by
Tom Mikkelsen, Principal, National TeleConsultants
Stan Moote, Chief Technology Officer, IABM

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