The Bits By The Bay conference is an annual two-day technology conference produced by members of the Washington DC section of SMPTE on the shores of the Chesapeake Bay. The conference offers an immersive educational experience in the foundations and advancements of audio and video technology for television. We also offer attendees plenty of opportunities for socialization and networking. Everyone is welcome to attend - you do not have to be a SMPTE member. Our conference has sold out every year, so please be sure to register and also book your hotel room early. We look forward to seeing you at the 2013 Bits By The Bay!
(See attached file below: SMPTE-DC 2013 Conference Poster.pdf)
Conference Dates and Times
This year the conference will be held on Monday June 10th and Tuesday June 11th.
Registration and breakfast is from 7:30 AM to 9:00 AM both days
The conference program is from 9:00 AM until 6:00 PM both days
On Monday evening we have a cocktail reception and a conference dinner.
The conference is held at the Chesapeake Beach Resort and Spa in Chesapeake Beach, Maryland. Chesapeake Beach is about an hour drive from downtown Washington DC, Reagan National Airport (DCA) and Thurgood Marshall Baltimore Washington International Airport (BWI). For directions see the attendee information packet below or this Google Maps link.
The 2013 Bits By The Bay conference is sold out. If you have not yet registered or received an acknowledgement permitting onsite payment please do not come to the conference. No walk-ins will be allowed as we're out of room. Thank you for your support and we hope you'll join us next year.
The conference is held at the Chesapeake Beach Resort & Spa, 4165 Mears Avenue, Chesapeake Beach, MD 20732
Our conference rate is $139/night for a standard waterview room (deluxe rooms at slightly higher rates are available).
Reserve your room by calling the hotel at 866-312-5596 and mention SMPTE June 9-11 or book online at http://www.cbresortspa.com/ and use group code 120610SOC
Note that the hotel will charge you for the room in advance; see the FAQs below for more information.
On Monday we present sessions designed to strengthen your technical foundation. This year we're
offering a super-session on IP and Networking fundamentals for broadcasters, which includes video
over IP, QA for IP video, ethernet A/V Bridging and the long-term outlook for IP replacing
conventional routing. Additional topics on Monday will include a model for remote switching in the
event of disaster, a roadmap for video compression, and presentations on video archiving.
On Tuesday we present the latest advancements in technology from acquisition to playout. Topics
include acquisition in using bonded cellular systems, editing in the cloud, advancements in playout
automation, CALM loudness and web caption compliance, and new compression technologies. We'll also
look at spectrum repacking and the challenges facing broadcasters and the FCC as they try to squeeze
more users into a finite spectrum. Finally we'll wrap up the day with a panel discussion on the
challenges in creating and maintaining facilities in the context of ever-changing requirements and
(See attached file below: 2013 BBTB Program.pdf)
On Sunday we can arrange golf, fishing or sailing. Please contact Bill Weston for more information. There is also a waterpark in the town and of course a beach. And on Sunday evening we have a poolside cocktail reception nearby for our out-of-town guests, presenters and sponsors.
On Monday night we have our annual conference cocktail reception, with open bar free of charge to all attendees and guests, and our conference dinner which is $40 per person.
This conference would not be possible without the generous support from our sponsors. Please thank them! If you are interested in sponsoring our conference please contact Bob Natwick
(See attached file below: SMPTE-DC 2013 Sponsor Information Kit.pdf)
Presentations and Speaker Info
If you are interested in presenting at our conference please contact Eric Wenocur
(See attached file below: SMPTE-DC 2013 Presenter Information Kit.pdf)
General Information Packet and Conference Program
Everything you need - whether your an attendee, speaker or sponsor, is in this downloadable PDF file.
(See attached file below: SMPTE-DC 2013 Conference Information and Program.pdf)
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Do I need to stay in the conference hotel?
No, you do not need to stay in the hotel to attend the conference. We have guaranteed the hotel a certain number of rooms in order to hold this event, so it certainly helps us if you do. And you'll have more fun as you won;t have to travel far at the end of the day.
Do you have one-day registration?
We only offer 2-day registrations. But you can split your registration with a friend or colleague. Just pay for a two-day registration and then send us an email letting us know who is coming on each day. If you are making several registrations on behalf of your company please be sure to give us the actual attendee names in an email.
I need to cancel my conference registration
We offer full refunds for all cancelations up to one month prior to the conference (May 10th). After that date we do not generally offer cancelations. However you may transfer your registration to anyone simply by letting us know who is taking your place. As the conference usually sells out, we also maintain a waiting list, so email us if you need to cancel and we may be able to put you in touch with someone on the waiting list.
I need to cancel my hotel registration
The hotel charges your credit card in advance for the room. They offer full refunds if you cancel up to 72 hours in advance of your day of arrival by 12 Noon.
What is the hotel check-in and check-out time?
The check-in time is 3:00 PM and the check-out time is 11:00 AM. Complimentary storage is available. Early check in may be available and late check-out is rarely a problem.
How much is parking?
Parking is free, and there is also free valet parking at the hotel entrance