National Events

May 21-22, 2009
Global Summit on Emerging Technologies
Prague, Czech Republic

July 21-24, 2009
SMPTE Australian Section 2009 Conference

October 27-29, 2009
SMPTE 2009 Technical Conference & Exhibition
Hollywood, CA

Section Events

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for details of each event

November 13, 2008
Hollywood Section
Joint Meeting with ASC Technology Committee

November 14, 2008
Hong Kong Section
Media Convergence in the New Era: Content and Technology

November 18, 2008
New England Section
The Transition to DTV

Rocky Mountain Section
DTV Transition Boot Camp

November 19, 2008
San Francisco Section
Archiving Digital Media

November 20, 2008
Washington, DC Section
DTV Transition Roundtable




November 2008

Thank you all…The 2008 SMPTE Annual Tech Conference & Expo was a Huge Success!
This year’s conference attendance was up more than 50%. Program highlights: Dr. Karlheinz Brandenburg, widely known as the "father of the MP3" as keynote speaker; keynote panelists such as the Executive producers of "Lost", "Heroes" and "CSI"; over 50 top of the line exhibitors; a dozen cutting-edge technical sessions; the first movie theatre launch of Immersive Sound; and a red carpet Honors and Awards Ceremony hosted by TV personality and producer Robb Weller. We’d like to thank the many SMPTE member volunteers who assisted. Here’s a big round of applause to all who helped.

SMPTE 2009: Annual Tech Conference & Expo- Mark Your Calendars
The 2009 annual tech conference will be held at the Hollywood Renaissance Hotel in Hollywood, California on October 27-29, 2009. We hope to see you all there!

SMPTE 2009: Early Bird Exhibitor Sign Ups
The Early bird rate (a savings of $200) is only available until November 30, 2008. Please email Mariette Yost at if you know of a company that is interested in exhibiting or supporting SMPTE through a sponsorship. Close to 20 spaces have been purchased during year-ahead sign up. Check out for updated information for SMPTE 2009.

CBS Set to Host Benefit- Mark Your Calendars
Please join caring friends of Pete Santorella and Janet Weller for a social evening to benefit Rebecca. Rebecca is their 13 year old daughter who is valiantly fighting cancer.  Beautiful baskets, auction items such as: trips, special shows, autographed items, etc. will be among the items available.  Save the date: December 9, 2008 at 5:30PM to be held at the CBS Broadcast facility in New York City. Please contact regarding details and donations.

Don't miss the next SMPTE PDA Now educational webcast
Topic: DTV Transition – The Bigger Picture
Time: November 13 – 1:00 PM- 2:00 PM Eastern

There are many resources out there supporting consumers during the DTV Transition. But will you be able to answer the tough questions from viewers like "I got the digital converter and hooked it up to my antenna. Why can’t I get any pictures on my television?" or "Sure I have more channels since everything went digital, but why are some channels a lot louder than others?"

Get the right answers on November 13, 2008 as SMPTE PDA Now presents DTV Transition - The Bigger Picture. Join TV Technology’s Tom Butts as he moderates a panel of experts including Bill Hayes of Iowa Public Television and Matthew Goldman of Tandberg Television.

To register today, go to

DTV Transition Resources
As part of the DTV Transition Coalition, SMPTE would like to help support your transition efforts. We will be searching for resources you can use and adding them to the DTV Transition Resources Page on the SMPTE PDA website. If you find a helpful resource you would like to share with other SMPTE members, please contact Joel Welch, SMPTE’s Director of Professional Development at

SMPTE PDA Anywhere
2008 SMPTE and VSF Joint Conference Recordings

SMPTE PDA is proud to announce that session recordings captured at the 2008 SMPTE and VSF Joint Conference held February 10 – 13 in Houston Texas are now available as an exclusive SMPTE Member benefit! Catch all the highlights from the conference by visiting us at Follow the link and instructions labeled "SMPTE and VSF 2008 Joint Conference Recordings"

SMPTE International Conferences- Mark Your Calendars 
SMPTE Australian Section 2009 Conference- Call for Papers
July 21 – 24, 2009 Sydney Convention & Exhibition Centre, Darling Harbour

SMPTE Australia is seeking proposals for technical papers and tutorials to be presented in Paper Programmes including new ‘Boot Camps’ and ‘Master Classes/Workshops’ at this year’s Australian Section Conference. Papers selected will be informational in nature and must address one or all of the eleven technical topics drawing relevance to the theme, ‘Empowering the Next Generation’. [Register Now]  [Submit a Paper]

GSET Corporate Sponsorship Opportunities are Available
May 21-22, 2009 Prague, Czech Republic

Corporate sponsorship opportunities are now available for the inaugural Global Summit on Emerging Technologies presented by SMPTE and IABM in association with the European Broadcasting Union (EBU). The summit will bring together global thought-leaders to explore the technologies that will define the content business of the future, as well as the whole foundation for the media and entertainment worlds in the next decade. [More Information]

If you are interested in setting up a sponsorship review meeting with leaders from the organizations, please contact Mariette Yost at for more details.

Electronic Services

We have just completed a major update of the member database.


Please note that there are now three postal addresses in your member record.

  • "Company Address" will be the address visible to other members in the Member Directory if you choose to share this information. SMPTE will not use this address for mailing purposes.
  • "Mailing Address" will be the address where all postal communication from SMPTE is sent. You can set this to be "same as Company Address" or enter different information. For example, if you want your office address to be visible to other members, but want your Journal and postal renewal invoices mailed to your home, enter your office address under "Company Address" and your home address under "Mailing Address."
  • "Billing Address" will be the address where your postal renewal invoices are mailed. You can choose to use either your "Company" or "Mailing" address, or enter different information.

Also, if you live outside North America, please check that your address is formatted in an acceptable way. Note that all US States, Canadian Provinces, and Countries have been normalized to international standards.

If you have any problems, or need help in making changes please contact Sally-Ann D'Amato at SMPTE Headquarters (see "About SMPTE/Contact Us")

Finally, please check your email address. And, if you have more than one email, it is a good idea to enter a secondary address. Then, if your primary address ever becomes unreachable, we have a way to contact you. Also, for those participating in Engineering Groups, the secondary address is very useful. All SMPTE email will be sent to your primary address, but the mailing lists will accept postings from either email.




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