Registration Now Available for the SMPTE and VSF 2008 Joint Conference

The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) and the Video Services Forum (VSF) are pleased to announce today that registration is now open for the SMPTE and VSF 2008 Joint Conference.

The Conference is set for Sunday through Wednesday, Feb. 1013 at the Intercontinental Houston Hotel in Houston, TX.

The SMPTE and VSF Joint Conference is three days of informative technical sessions on the latest technologies, including digital content quality, acquisition and distribution, issues on IPTV, as well as hot topics such as streaming media and podcasting.

In addition to technical sessions, the joint conference also showcases some of the latest applications, technologies and products in its exhibit hall and includes a number of special networking events, providing attendees the opportunity to interact with colleagues and peers.

Under the guidance of the 2008 Program Subcommittee SMPTE Chair David Lingenfelter, Director of Engineering, The Evers Group, and Bob Ruhl of VSF, the conference will explore the theme, "Distributing Digital Content in a Networked World," by offering the following technical sessions:
Content Distribution Challenges - Live vs. Streamed vs. Cached
Compression for IPTV - Making the most of available bandwidth and business opportunities
Infrastructure considerations for Next Generation Media
Dealing with the many challenges of Broadcast Audio/Video Synchronization
IP Video Content Aggregation Case Studies
IPTV Implementation - Real World Experiences

Registration for SMPTE and VSF 2008 Joint Conference is now available at www.smpte.org, along with details about the conference, exhibitors, sponsorship opportunities and session descriptions.

The pre-registration deadline to receive the early bird rate of $550 is Friday, January 11, 2008. The housing room block expires Friday, January 25, 2008.

About the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers
Founded in 1916 to advance theory and development in the motion imaging field, the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) is the leading technical society for the motion imaging industry. SMPTE has earned a strong reputation for its work in developing industry standards, recommended practices and engineering guidelines. SMPTE also publishes the award-winning SMPTE Motion Imaging Journal. SMPTE worldwide members include engineers and other technical professionals, directors and educators working in the technical and creative provisioning of motion pictures, television and new media. SMPTE also hosts more than 200 sustaining (corporate) members. Visit SMPTE online at www.smpte.org.

About the Video Services Forum
Founded in 1997, the Video Services Forum Inc. is an international association composed of service providers, users and manufacturers dedicated to interoperability, quality metrics and education for video networking technologies. The organization's activities include; providing forums to identify issues involving the development, engineering, installation, testing and maintenance of video networking technologies; exchanging non-proprietary information to promote the development of video networking technology and foster resolution of issues common to the video services industry; promoting interoperability by contributing to and supporting development of standards by national and international standards bodies. Visit VSF online at www.videoservicesforum.org.