September Executive Strategy Webcast


Last Updated: September 8, 2014 4:46 pm GMT
(Hollywood, California--September 8, 2014) To most technical types inside the television community, the term "digital" refers to serial digital video in facilities, digital compression on contribution and distribution links, or ATSC digital terrestrial transmission to the home. However, to most people outside the industry, and to a growing number of people inside the industry, digital television now means professional video content delivered over a network that features a one-to-one connection between the content and the consumer. Today digital television means video over the Internet, otherwise known by the popular colloquialism "over-the-top" (OTT). Soon, as major cable operators execute strategies to convert their cable systems to all IP and all unicast, this definition of digital will eventually apply to multichannel video programming distributors (MVPDs) as well. As it has in other industries such as music and print, digital has come to mean a radical new way of distribution, with new capabilities and challenges.

TITLE: Television Distribution in Transition: "That Was Not Digital, This Is Digital"

SPEAKER: Michel Proulx, former Chief Technology Officer of Miranda Technologies

WHEN: Sept. 9, 1 p.m. EDT

This webcast will explore how digital distribution is impacting the television ecosystem from both business and technology points of view. Michel Proulx, our presenter, will conduct a survey of the capabilities of digital distribution providing a contrast to equivalent capabilities in conventional distribution. We will also look at the challenges facing digital distribution today. Knowing that advertising represents a very important source of revenue for most broadcasters, Proulx will focus specifically on how digital distribution could dramatically change the advertising model. This presentation concludes with a call to action for each of the members of the television ecosystem to better understand digital distribution and to plan their next digital transition.

The Executive Strategy Briefing Webcasts are invitation-only webcasts where SMPTE Executive Members discuss with their peers technologies and strategies of concern to the industry at large.

SMPTE Executive Members will receive a separate invitation.

September Educational Webcast — Open to the Press

TITLE: Security — Part 1 (The first in a three-part SMPTE webinar series analyzing the Open Web Application Security Project Top 10)

SPEAKER: Justin "JD" Nir, Consultant, Independent Security Evaluators

WHEN: Sept. 18, 1 p.m. EDT

The Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP) Top 10 is a guideline the media and entertainment industry commonly relies upon for ensuring Web applications are secure. However, misunderstandings about certain nuances of the guideline often result in improper implementation, which leads to systems that fail against modern adversaries. This three-part SMPTE webcast series will analyze the security flaws identified by the OWASP Top 10, discussing for each:

  • What it is
  • Why it matters
  • How to detect it
  • How to defeat it
  • Nuances that are widely misunderstood, and how to address them properly

This first session will cover:
  • Injection
  • Broken authentication and session management
  • Cross-site scripting (XSS)

Register here:

SMPTE educational webcasts are free to the press and to SMPTE members. Members of the press simply register as SMPTE members and enter "MEDIA" as the SMPTE member number.

Reminder: SMPTE 2014 Annual Technical Conference & Exhibition
Registration Now Open

WHEN: Oct. 21-23, with opening Symposium Oct. 20

SPEAKER: Hollywood, California

Registration details for both the Symposium and the Annual Technical Conference & Exhibition are available at


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