Bits By the Bay 2017

Event Type: 
Event Date: 
Wednesday, May 24, 2017 - 09:00 to Thursday, May 25, 2017 - 18:00
Chesapeake Beach Resort & Spa
4165 Mears Avenue
20732 Chesapeake Beach, MD
United States
Event Details: 
















Bits By The Bay 2017 has SOLD OUT!

The next wave of television is upon us. New ways for creating and acquiring content include higher resolutions and frame rates with wider color gamut, while on the other end of the spectrum GoPro cameras, mobile phones and Skype are being used to creatively capture content where professional cameras can’t go. Combined with user-generated content, wireless Internet-connected devices and body-worn cameras, television facilities are being flooded with content of all types that needs to be managed and monetized.

New technologies also enable new business models. UHD, video over IP, OTT and ATSC-3.0 are transforming the landscape of television and changing how content is produced, played out and delivered. Highly targeted advertising changes how ads are delivered and viewership monitored. Contemporary operators rely on media management, metadata and IP-centric facilities as the enabling glue to link these emerging technologies and opportunities. Are you prepared? Join us at Bits By The Bay 2017 as we address these issues and more and help you navigate these technologies to implement and deliver the next wave of television.

Bits By The Bay sells out every year, so don’t delay – register today!

Register for the conference:

Conference Overview



Registration and Pricing



Request for Presentations

Sponsorship Opportunities

Who Should Attend?

Stay Informed!


Contact Us


Conference Overview

Bits By The Bay is the premier technology conference in the Mid-Atlantic area devoted to broadcast and professional video, audio and motion imaging. It originally started as the WEBE-SMPTE Conference in the 1980s and was produced by the Washington Executive Broadcast Engineers in association with the SMPTE Washington DC Section. For many years the conference was held on the Eastern Shore in Ocean City, MD and Rehoboth Beach, DE. After moving around to several sites the conference has relocated to Chesapeake Beach, providing easy access for Washington, Richmond and Baltimore attendees and from several local airports.

Today Bits By The Bay attracts senior engineers and engineering management representing a wide range of local end-users including TV stations, TV station groups, broadcast and cable networks, government agencies, defense, and corporate users and the systems designers, integrators and consultants that serve them. We also have a significant number of attendees from New York and other distant regions.

Our presenters represent leading senior technologists and thought-leaders in the industry. We offer a mix of content from training and workshops on the fundamentals of essential technologies to presentations on the latest developments and forthcoming technologies that will shape our industry. 




The program is now online here



Conference Schedule

Tuesday, May 23rd

6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Welcoming Reception
(offsite, nearby)

Shuttle buses provided to/from hotel


Wednesday, May 24th

7:30 AM -  9:00 AM

9:00 AM – 6:00 PM

6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Registration and Breakfast

Conference Sessions

Cocktail Reception (open bar)

Conference Dinner (buffet)


Thursday, May 25th

7:30 AM -  9:00 AM

9:00 AM – 6:00 PM


Registration and Breakfast

Conference Sessions




7:00 PM - on

Join the SMPTE Washington DC Section managers for a true Chesapeake wrap-up meal of hard-shell crabs at Abner’s (across the street from the hotel). Not included in conference. RSVP required.




Registration and Pricing

Conference Pricing

Note: Bits By The Bay sells out every year; in 2016 we sold out even before early-bird registration had expired.

The availability of walk-in registration is highly unlikely. We reserve the right to increase walk-in rates if the conference has already been posted as sold-out.


SMPTE & HPA Members

Non-SMPTE Members

Walk In

(if available)

Early-Bird rate

(until March 24th )




Regular Registration

(after March 24th)



$350 at the door

SMPTE members

and non-members

Presenters &

SMPTE Managers



All registrations include all meals and breaks – breakfast and lunch on both days – as well as the Tuesday evening reception and the conference cocktail reception and dinner on Wednesday. 


Sponsors are entitled to a specific number of complimentary registrations depending upon the sponsorship level chosen. Additional sponsor registrations are at the Early-Bird, Regular or Walk-in Registration rates above

Refund policy: You may cancel and receive a full refund on your registration until April 24th. No refunds or cancellations after April 24th, but registrations may be transferred at no charge upon request to a person of the same registration type.

One-day and split registrations: We do not offer one-day registrations, only full-conference registrations. Companies registering their employees may have different employees registered for each day with advance approval – please contact us for more information.

Payment is via the EventBrite website (credit card) or check in advance payable to the “SMPTE - Washington DC Section”. We do not accept purchase orders or issue invoices.

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The conference is held at the beautiful Chesapeake Beach Resort & Spa on the Western shore of the Chesapeake Bay. The facility includes several restaurants, the Chesapeake Beach Railway Museum and a spa. Chesapeake Beach is home to the largest charter fishing fleet on the Bay and May is the beginning of the rockfish season.


4165 Mears Avenue

Chesapeake Beach, MD 20732




When booking use reservation code 170522SMP_001 to get the SMPTE room rate and room block.

Book online:

Or call: 866-312-5596

The hotel rooms will sell out; please book now!


Hotel Rates

Standard Rooms


Limited availability, book early

Deluxe Suite



Junior Suite



King Suite




If the event hotel has sold out, the nearest other hotels in the area are:

(Note – transportation to and from these other hotels is on your own and not provided by the conference)

Holiday Inn Express Prince Frederick 

355 Merrimac Ct, Prince Frederick, MD ‎20678

(410) 535-6800.


SpringHill Suites Prince Frederick

75 Sherry Ln, Prince Frederick, MD ‎20678

(443) 968-3000


Herrington Harbour Marinas 

7149 Lake Shore Dr. Friendship, MD ‎

(410) 741-5100

(nice, closer, on the water, more expensive)




Transportation and Parking:    The conference location is about 70 minutes from Baltimore-Washington International (BWI) and Reagan National (DCA) airports. Parking is free onsite.

Taxis, Uber and shuttle services are not believed to be available from the airport to the hotel.

A shuttle bus is available from the hotel for the offsite reception on Tuesday or attendees may carpool; very limited parking is available at the reception site.

Google Maps GPS Coordinates

From downtown DCA and Reagan National airport we recommend taking Suitland Parkway.

Coming from the DVG Expo?

Here are the directions from the DVG Expo near Richmond (about 2 hours 15 minutes) -  we recommend the southern route using Route 301 over the Harry Nice bridge, a scenic trip though the old tobacco farms of Southern Maryland, unless traffic warrants driving the DC Beltway.


Request for Presentations

Please provide us your presentation submissions here:

Request for Presentations Brochure

Presentation PowerPoint Template (optional)

Presenters must also separately register for the conference and make their hotel reservations if needed.


Sponsorship Opportunities

We offer a range of sponsorship opportunities and benefits. The following sponsorships are available:

Sponsorship Level


Special benefits

General Sponsorship


Complimentary conference admission for 1 attendee including the conference dinner.

Recognition in the program, signage, and displays.

Opportunity to provide branded promotional material and company literature.

$500 if paid before January 15th.

Premium Sponsorships

See below

All the benefits of General sponsorship plus additional recognition and sponsorship opportunities

A/V Sponsorship


Complimentary conference admission for 2 attendees including the conference dinner.

Tuesday Cocktail Reception


Co-sponsorship of the pre-conference reception on Tuesday night

Complimentary conference admission for 2 attendees including the conference dinner.

Wednesday or Thursday Breakfast


Complimentary conference admission for 2 attendees including the conference dinner.

Recognition during the sponsored breakfast

Wednesday or Thursday Break

(AM or PM)


Complimentary conference admission for 1 attendee including the conference dinner.

Recognition during the sponsored break

Wednesday or Thursday Lunch


Complimentary conference admission for 4 attendees including the conference dinner.

Recognition during the sponsored lunch.

Wednesday Cocktail reception


Complimentary conference admission for 4 attendees including the conference dinner.

Recognition during the reception

Conference Dinner



Complimentary conference admission for 4 attendees including the conference dinner.

Recognition during the dinner.

Conference Dinner Wine  (share)


Complimentary conference admission for 1 attendee including the conference dinner.

Recognition during the dinner.


You can see the latest sponsorship availability and sign up for your sponsorship here:

Sponsors please note:

  • Once you have signed up for your sponsorship you will be entitled to the number of complimentary conference and dinner admissions as shown above.
  • Go to the attendee registration page and register your complimentary attendees as Sponsor Registrations.
  • You can also sign up any additional attendees beyond your complimentary registrations as regular (paid) attendees as well as dinner guests.
  • Please be sure to also book your hotel room(s).


Please note that there is no exhibit space or demo zone this year; other promotional opportunities are outlined on the sponsorship flyer below.

Sponsorship Brochure


Who Should Attend?

The Bits By The Bay conference attendees come from a wide range of experience and roles in the professional video and television industry. From engineers and designers building facilities and systems to managers and leaders responsible for charting the course of technology for their companies, we strive to provide meaningful and insightful education for all of our attendees. Our diverse topics range from emerging theory and developments to practical implementation and hands-on workshops. Our presentations are provided by senior technologists, evangelists and CTOs from leading industry technology development companies.

To support our community and help nurture the next generation of technologists and leaders, we try to make our conference as affordable as possible. Thanks to the extraordinary generosity of our sponsors, the Bits By The Bay conference costs only a fraction of what other similar technology conferences cost to attend. Such value also does not go unnoticed – Bits By The Bay has sold out every year since it launched, and sooner each year than the year before it. In 2020 the Chesapeake Beach Hotel and Spa is expected to undergo substantial expansion which will allow us to handle more attendees; until then please sign up now before we sell out!

In addition to education, Bits By The Bay also provides an excellent opportunity for industry networking at meals, breaks and receptions.

Past attendees

Our attendees mostly come from the Mid-Atlantic area, but a number of attendees come from the New York area, from Atlanta and Florida in the south, and from as far west as Denver and LA. A number of attendees come from the federal government agencies, Department of Defense and DoD contractors.

Our past attendees have included representatives from:

Past presentations

We publish on our website all of the presentations after the conference for the attendees so that they can review what they’ve learned and keep them for reference. Presentations from prior conferences (made available 6 months after the conference for non-attendees) are available here.


Stay Informed!

RSS and Twitter feeds coming soon!



Weather and Dress Code:    The weather in May is typically mild with highs around 80 and lows around 60° F. Dress for the conference is casual.

Meals:    All meals are included. The Cocktail Reception on Wednesday includes an open bar, and wine is included with the Conference Dinner on Wednesday.

What else is there to do in the area?    Chesapeake Beach is home to several restaurants; Abner’s Crab House across the street from the hotel is known for its hard-shell crabs. Chesapeake Beach has the largest charter fishing fleet on the Chesapeake Bay, and day-fishing excursions can be arranged through the hotel. The hotel also has complete spa center. On weekends in May the town waterpark is open. At the southern end of the county – about 30 minutes from Chesapeake Beach – is Solomon’s Island and the Calvert Marine Museum. You can also explore the beaches and cliffs of Calvert County and hunt for sharks teeth and other fossils from millions of years ago.

Calvert Marine Museum on Solomon’s Island

Chesapeake Beach Railway Museum


Charter Boat Fishing


In-town restaurants:




Rod ‘N’ Reel


4165 Mears Avenue


Abner's Crab House          


3725 Harbor Road

Hard-shell crabhouse

Trader's Seafood Steak & Ale


8132 Bayside Road

Local hangout


Neptune’s Seafood Pub

(410) 257-7899

8800 Chesapeake Ave

North Beach, MD 20714


Westlawn Inn

(410) 257-0001

9200 Chesapeake Ave

North Beach, MD 20714

Fine dining

Local favorites:



Jerry’s Place

(410) 535-3242

1541 Solomons Island Rd S

Prince Frederick, MD 20678

Crabs & Seafood


Adam’s Taphouse Grill

(410) 586-0001

2200 Solomons Island Rd S

Prince Frederick, MD 20678

BBQ & Ribs (chain)


Stoney’s Seafood House

(410) 535-1888

896 Costley Way

Prince Frederick, MD 20678

Maryland’s best crab cakes


Plus many nice restaurants on Solomon’s Island at the southern tip of the county.


Who is the SMPTE and the SMPTE Washington DC Section?  

SMPTE was founded in 1916 as the Society of Motion Picture Engineers (SMPE) to provide standardization in the emerging motion picture industry. Today the Washington DC Section has approximately 300 members. The Section holds monthly meetings, usually the evening of the third Thursday each month except during the summer, where industry technologists and luminaries provide informative presentations. We also regularly hold tours of nearby facilities.

What is origin of Bits By The Bay? Bits By The Bay was originally the WEBE-SMPTE conference, an annual technology conference co-produced by the Washington Executive Broadcast Engineers and SMPTE. The conference had been held in October on the Atlantic Shores of the Delmarva Peninsula. In the early 2000s, as WEBE membership waned, SMPTE became the sole producer and when the conference was moved to Chesapeake Beach in 2009, Chesapeake Beach Mayor and SMPTE member Bruce Wahl renamed it “Bits By The Bay”. Today Bits By The Bay is an annual two-day technology conference produced by the SMPTE Washington DC Section at the Chesapeake Beach Resort & Spa on the Wednesday and Thursday before Memorial Day weekend.

Do you have exhibit space or allow demos? We tried a demo zone in 2016 and found the venue and program were not conducive for this. There will not be an exhibits area or demo zone this year; we will revisit this after the hotel’s upcoming expansion is complete.

What about Student and Government attendees? Student and government attendees are welcome. We do not offer specific student or government rates.


Contact Us

For assistance with Bits By The Bay please contact the conference coordinators below or simply send an email to

Bits By The Bay Conference

Washington DC Section

Program Committee

Overall Conference Coordinators and
Program Managers


Rick Singer

Singer Media Engineering 

(202) 280-7899

(703) 477-5133


Peter Wharton

BroadStream Solutions Inc.

(202) 744-1256

Skype: peter_wharton

SMPTE Secretary/Treasurer


Attendee Coordinator

Karl J Kuhn , Textronix

Past Section Chair


Sponsorship Coordinator

Melissa Watts



Website Coordinator

Tom Hackett

Communications Engineering Inc.

Washington DC Section Chair


With additional support from:

Bruce Wahl, NPR/PBS

Mayor, The Town of Chesapeake Beach

Section Chair

Tom Hackett

Communications Engineering



Melissa Davis

Evertz Microsystems Ltd.


Section Managers

Herbert Jay Dunmore

Loyola University


Rob Forman



Barry Lauer



J Nephi Griffith



Renard Jenkins



James E O’Neill

TV Technology Magazine


SMPTE Eastern Regional Governors

John Luff

HD Consulting


George Hoover

NEP Broadcasting