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SMPTE Long Island Subsection March 28 Meeting
"Breaking the Pictures Barrier: Why Television Research Began in 1877 (and Why No One Knows That)"
Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Hauppauge, NY
5:30 PM Social hour and networking
6:00 PM Program begins

Eventbrite - SMPTE-LI 28 March 2017 Meeting: Breaking the Pictures Barrier: Why Television Research Began in 1877 (and Why No One Knows That)

Sponsored by Adorama

Speaker: Mark Schubin
Produced by Raymond Blumenthal, Adorama

Breaking the Pictures Barrier: Why Television Research Began in 1877 (and Why No One Knows That)

It seems that television research may be traced back as far as desired.  UHD was preceded by HD and before that SD and analog.  The first regularly scheduled news telecasts appeared in 1928.  SMPTE founder Charles Francis Jenkins transmitted moving images in 1923 and published an article on the subject in 1894.  A report of an achieved crude video image appeared in a technology periodical in 1879. 

Television research can be traced back even earlier.  People in four countries, speaking three different languages, on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean, all began working on television in 1877.  Before that, however, there is nothing, not even fiction, fantasy, or spoof.

Why did television research begin 140 years ago this month, and why don't any television history books explain why?  Learn the amazing story of our origin, including why there were Emmy awards in 2016 and 2017 for achievements in the 19th century.

Mark Schubin is a multiple-Emmy-award-winning SMPTE Life Fellow and independent historian who began working professionally in television in 1967.  His blog,, is archived by the Library of Congress.  He has worked on television projects on all seven continents (including Antarctica).

Refreshments will be served. Guests and non-SMPTE Members are welcome.
This event is FREE. Registration is required. 



SMPTE-NY March 29, 2017 Meeting
"Meta Tagging Video For Fun And Profit"
Wednesday, March 29, 2017
New York, NY
5:30 PM Social hour and networking
6:30 PM Program begins

Eventbrite - SMPTE-NY March Meeting: "Meta Tagging Video For Fun And Profit"

NEP Studios
885 2nd Ave. (Corner 47th St.)
New York, NY

The future of video is mobile. Big Data, Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, Deep Learning, and Automated Workflows are the present.
They intersect at the corner of Services Blvd and Timeline Tagging Road.

SMPTE NY has assembled an expert panel to discuss that intersection from the perspectives of:
• View Start, an ecommerce software company venturing into meta-tagging video timelines for online merchants augmented by Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence services.
• IBM Watson to explain how big machines make timeline metadata tags from video and other data sources.
• Arvato, a broadcast media asset management & workflow system tagging video from all kinds of data sources.
• Telestream, a post-production, distribution and broadcast transcoding & workflow automation system dealing with traditional timeline tags like timed text (captions), ad insertion etc.


Josef Marc, CEO of View Start,
Tom Pflaum, Director Pre-Sales and Solutions at Telestream
Fabio Schiattarella, Associate Partner - Global Media and Entertainment Industry, IBM Global Business Services, IBM Watson
TBA, Bertelsmann Arvato

Produced by Jeff Cohen, TVU Networks
Refreshments will be served! Guests and non-members welcome!

Josef Marc, View Start

             Josef Marc, View Start                     Tom Pflaum, Telestream           Fabio Schiattarella, IBM Watson

Friends of SMPTE-NY:
AC Video Solutions
Arvato Systems
AudioVideo BrandBuilder Corporation
Azzurro Group
B&H Photo, Video, Pro Audio
Broadcast Integration Services, LLC
BroadStream Solutions Inc.
Calrec/Group One Ltd.
Canon USA
CER-TEC Incorporated
Cineo Lighting
Desert Moon Communications
Forest Creatures Entertainment, Inc.
Globecomm Systems Inc.
Grass Valley
Harmonic, Inc.
Hitachi Kokusai
Imagine Communications
Miltag Media Technology, LLC
Minnetonka Audio
RED Digital Cinema
Rohde & Schwarz
Ross Video
SAM Snell Advanced Media
SVA Computer Art
TVU Networks
Utah Scientific
WorldStage Inc