The SMPTE Executive Strategy Webcast series is designed exclusively for our Executive Members. The Executive Strategy Briefing Webcasts are invitation-only webcasts where Executive Members discuss technologies and strategies of concern to the industry-at-large with their peers. Participate in the conversation with the executives responsible for engineering strategy at the industry's most notable companies.

Previous Webcasts

SMPTE’s Centennial Year: Wrap Up and Look Forward to the Future

Original Airdate: 14 December 2016

SMPTE celebrated its 100th anniversary in the spirit of the significant technological advancements made by its founders and the Society’s other industry luminaries. Exciting centennial events throughout the year culminated in the Centennial Gala.

During this special December Executive Member Webcast, SMPTE President Robert Seidel, President-Elect Matthew Goldman, and Executive Director Barbara Lange will look back at highlights of 2016. Because the centennial celebration has served as a call-to-action for the Society to continue its industry leadership through its Next Century, they also will discuss the Society’s bright future regarding standards development, membership, and education.


Looking to the Future - Building on the Past Business Models Changing as Entertainment Technology Evolves

Original Airdate: 22 September 2016

Innovations in technology have changed the way content, from movies and TV to commercials and games, are produced and distributed, from the earliest days of cinema to the dawn of TV and on to the now ubiquitous streaming companies.

Well defined windows were once the status quo, but in many respects, those barriers have been broken. What was once the norm is no longer.

Technology changes have democratized the industry at all points on the value chain and have given rise to a growing number of companies in all market segments, including those where entertainment was not the basis for the company's’ origins.


Virtualization In Modern Media Networks and Systems

Original Airdate: 23 June 2016

A major discussion topic across the industry today is centered around migration from Serial Digital Infrastructure to packet based switching, routing, signal distribution and media control. The process is likely to evolve over time as new equipment, software and related interfaces become available. Next generation core switching, routing and signal distribution promise great potential to "change the way we do business". Communications and data center service providers having previously successfully adopted and deployed Virtualization techniques in servers and storage, are now turned their attention to virtualizing and updating their networks with a vengeance. Thus the buzz fueling Cloud, SDN and NFV.


Media Landscape – Traditional TV And Connected Devices

Original Airdate: 1 December 2015

One of the most challenging questions before the Industry these days is how the roles of traditional television and connected devices will play out. What is the role for tradition television? Will it become the “aging relative” of today’s connected devices? Will it become simply one of many ways to enjoy content?


A Conversation With SMPTE leadership: The Society’s Strategy and Direction

Original Airdate: 24 March 2015

When was the last time you had a chance to speak to and ask questions directly to the SMPTE Leadership Team? During this unique Executive Strategy Briefing Webcast, you will have that opportunity.

Robert Seidel, SMPTE President, Matthew Goldman, SMPTE Executive Vice President and Barbara Lange, Executive Director share their vision for the future of the Society, including where it is going and how it will get there.


Major IP and Communication Government Actions Affecting Broadcast and Motion Pictures: From Aereo to Net Neutrality

Original Airdate: 9 December 2014

Over the past 12 months, while Congress has been gridlocked, the courts and the FCC have continued to engage in decision-making that has and will impact the broadcast and motion-picture businesses. From the Supreme Court to the U.S. District Courts, judges have decided such controversial cases as Aereo (“you are a cable operator,” say the justices; “no you are not,” says District Judge Alison Nathan); Dish Networks (the Hopper and PrimeTime Anytime®); “fair use” (Google Books, TVEyes, etc.); and more. This webcast will discuss the impact of these and other cases affecting your business. Meanwhile, the FCC has not exactly been silent.


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

Original Airdate: 9 September 2014

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 we 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 Common Challenges of Broadcast Technology Strategy

Original Airdate: 18 March 2014

Did you read the reports from CES 2014 that, judging by what was seen, Ultra-HD may be ‘the biggest train wreck since 3DTV’? Want to know why? If we do try to cross broadcasting and wireless broadband, will the result be more camel than stallion? Broadcast Technology Managers are faced with many difficult strategic decisions - and pressure from above to answer the great imponderables – exactly how much will it increase my audience, and how much will it really cost? While not providing easy answers, this webcast is intended to help executives and managers understand what to seriously consider not doing.

Panelists David Wood, Clyde Smith, and Mark Schubin will provide insight into the challenging road ahead.