SMPTE Technology Forum To Feature UK Connected TV Startup zeebox Co-Founder, CTO

Anthony Rose to moderate panel on 10 to 15 year trajectory of content


13 – 15 May 2012 ● Intercontinental Hotel ● Geneva, Switzerland ●

White Plains, NY, 23 February 2012 – The Society of Motion Picture & Television Engineers (SMPTE) today announced that Anthony Rose, the co-founder and CTO of the connected TV startup firm zeebox, will moderate a panel on the content of the future at the SMPTE Forum on Emerging Media Technologies, an executive-level symposium to be held by the Society 13-15 May in Geneva and produced in collaboration with the European Broadcasting Union (EBU).

Rose will lead The Forum panel “Content of the Future,” which will focus on the kinds of content people will want – and be willing to pay for – amid the rapid convergence of broadcast, Internet, wireless, and social media technologies.

Rose will bring with him his experience from zeebox, which lets users turn live television into a two-way, social and interactive experience via a free smartphone-, tablet-, or browser-based application. Using the application, consumers can chat, share, and tweet about live programming, learn more information about what they’re watching via interactive metadata tags, and make program-related purchases. Providing a complete feedback loop, the application can also update users, in real time, about the most popular live programs available.

No stranger to the connected TV experience, Rose oversaw the launch of the BBC iPlayer, which enables users to search, download, and play back television programming on their computers. He was also CTO at the open, next-generation platform provider YouView, the connected TV joint venture in the UK whose partners include the BBC, ITV, and British Telecom.

“Anthony’s intimate understanding of the current consumer content demands and the technologies that can enable and accelerate their interactivity is a critical perspective for media companies that are looking to create business models for multi-screen delivery,” said David Wood of the EBU and the chair of the symposium’s program committee. “We are delighted to have him joining us at The Forum.”

Other executive presenters at The SMPTE Forum include those from ABC Australia, ATSC, BSkyB, Cisco Systems, EBU, Ericsson, Fraunhofer IIS, Grass Valley, IBM, Intel, MPEG, NHK, Radio Bremen, Radio Television Hong Kong, Screen Digest, Singapore Broadcasting Company, Sony, the Sports Video Group, Technicolor, and Warner Bros.

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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