The Section meeting on March 17 was held at the Washington, DC headquarters of Eurovision Americas. Eurovision, the operational service of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), the world's largest provider of international transmission services for live sports and news events. It provides programming and transmission services to national broadcasters and associated networks in 80 countries in Europe and elsewhere. About 30 SMPTE members and guests, and employees from Eurovision and some of the co-located associated broadcast organizations, heard a presentation by Jay Hahn, Vice President and Engineer-in-Charge and Ron Hacker, Consultant to Eurovision.
The talk covered the Eurovision network arrangements for feeding video, audio, and data over satellite and fiber circuits between Washington, New York and international destinations. Ron Hacker explained the arrangements for DTM (Dynamic Synchronous Transfer Mode) technology for video and data connections over fiber, with various advantages over ATM. Jay Hahn described Eurovision operations for the 24-hour news exchange network and major news and sports events, and provided some background on the design and implementation of the Washington facilities for program origination and routing. Questions on the DTM system were answered by Erling Hedkvist of Net Insight Inc.
Following the presentation, attendees had the opportunity to tour the facilities and discuss further issues about the system design and operations. Many thanks are extended to Eurovision for their hospitality and excellent refreshments
-Graham Jones, Section Manager and Program Chair
Washington DC Section members with Jay Hahn at Eurovision Americas Headquarters