Thursday, November 19, 2015
6:30pm: Social, Networking & Refreshments (sponsored by Grass Valley, Evertz, CEI)
7:30pm: Meeting, Presentation & Tours
Discovery Television And Technology Center (DTTC)
45580 Terminal Drive
Sterling, VA 20166
Jim McGrath, Discovery SVP of Global Engineering
Join us at the DTTC in Sterling VA for a look at recent upgrades to Discovery's origination and uplink facility. Opened originally in 2005 to host broadcast operations for Discovery's U.S. and Canadian networks, in recent months the facility has assumed playout and uplink for Discovery's Latin American and U.S. Hispanic networks - now reaching 50 countries in the Western Hemisphere. Learn how the Discovery team overcame the technical risks and challenges of moving existing playout from one facility to another while maintaining distribution of domestic broadcasts. Also on hand for questions will be representatives from Grass Valley, Evertz, and CEI, the key equipment vendors and integrator for the project.
Due to the large number of people expected, tours will run in two groups after the presentation. The approximate schedule is as follows:
6:30-7:15pm - Guest Check-in/Networking/Dinner
7:15-7:30pm - Announcements/Dinner
7:30-8:30pm - Technical & Operations Presentations
8:30-9:00pm - Groups A, B, C tours
9:00-9:30pm - Groups D, E, F tours
PLEASE NOTE: DISCOVERY HAS ASKED US TO PROVIDE A LIST OF ATTENDEES 48 HOURS IN ADVANCE!
YOU MUST SIGN UP ON EVENTBRITE.COM TO ATTEND THIS MEETING!
The total attendees are limited to 60, and SMPTE members get priority for attendance. If you are only lukewarm about attending this meeting please do not take a space from others who want to go!
The DTTC is located near Dulles airport, a few turns off of VA Route 28. Take Sterling Blvd to Shaw Rd.
DTTC is at the corner of Shaw and Terminal Drive.
Some parking will be available in the DTTC lot, and there is an additional lot across Terminal Drive, as well as on-street parking. Ride-sharing is suggested if possible.
Nov. 19: Discovery Communications rebuilt Master Control facility, Sterling VA (Pre-Registration is required due to space limitations!)
Dec. 02: Annual Holiday Party following GV Expo (Gordon Biersch Brewery, Washington DC)
Jan, 21 2016: "Video Follows Text" in Newsroom Production, Masstech (NAB HQ, Washington DC)
Feb, 18 2016: Modern KVM Technology, IHSE (NAB HQ, Washington DC)
Mar 17, 2016: Meeting with our Student Section at Loyola University, Baltimore MD
Apr 2016: NO MEETING - NAB 2016
May 25/26, 2016: Bits By the Bay - annual 2 day conference, Chesapeake Beach, MD