SMPTE Technology Forum To Feature Radio Television Hong Kong Chief Engineer

Public broadcaster’s John CS Yip to discuss media business models, structures needed for future success


13 – 15 May 2012 ● Intercontinental Hotel ● Geneva, Switzerland ●
Early-Bird Registration Ends 31 January


White Plains, NY, 26 January 2012 – The Society of Motion Picture & Television Engineers (SMPTE) today announced that John CS Yip, the chief engineer for the public broadcaster Radio Television Hong Kong (RTHK) and a keen explorer of techno-economics as applied to emerging media technologies, will join a distinguished panel of industry leaders to discuss the kinds of business models and overall structures that media companies will need to be successful in the next 10 to 15 years at the SMPTE Forum on Emerging Media Technologies, an executive-level symposium to be held by the Society on 13-15 May in Geneva and produced in collaboration with the European Broadcasting Union (EBU).

The early-bird registration for the symposium ends 31 January.

Yip will join The Forum panel “Show Me Where The Money Is,” which will discuss the collaboration and/or consolidation that will be required in the next 10 to 15 years; how organizations can optimize capital investments on new technologies while maintaining value across their operations; the various factors that influence growth; the projection of likely outcomes of investing in new technologies while avoiding mistakes; and evaluating the impact of other issues such as regulatory incentives, pricing and market competition, content availability, nurturing consumer habits, a fast-expanding range of consumer devices, quality of services and of the consumer experience, and the transition to the cloud.

RTHK operates multiple radio channels and produces educational, entertainment, and public affairs programs that are broadcast through local television stations in Hong Kong.

“The singular vision of RTHK to be the leading public broadcaster in the new media environment – and its keen understanding of how local broadcasters have the opportunity to become global players and compete for international audiences through niche programming – make it a perfect fit for The Forum,” said David Wood of the EBU and the chair of the symposium’s program committee. “We’re delighted to have John bring that important insight to our attendees.”

Other executive presenters at The SMPTE Forum include those from ABC Australia, ATSC, BSkyB, EBU, Ericsson, the Fraunhofer Institute IIS, Grass Valley, IBM, Intel, NHK, Radio Bremen, Screen Digest, Sony, the Sports Video Group, Warner Bros., and zeebox.

The SMPTE Forum on Emerging Media technologies is the only symposium to bring together leading motion-imaging technologists, researchers, scientists, practitioners, manufacturers, and strategic thinkers. Over the course of two days, it will provide a science-based, non-commercial opportunity for executives and other senior leaders from the broadcast, broadband, and cinema industries to discuss the most important and innovative research taking place over the next 10 to 15 years, with a particular focus on technologies likely to come to market within the next three years. All in an environment designed for easy networking.

Program and registration information for The Forum is available at Regular updates will also be available via Twitter at #forum2012.

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