The mandated over-the-air analog-television broadcast cutoff deadline is less than sixteen months away. Much has been accomplished, yet much remains to be done.

Digital television is a special application of computer science and information technology. The DTV transition brings to the broadcast community new SMPTE and ATSC standards, new technologies, plus a need for different knowledge and skills.

SMPTE’s mission includes educating through seminars and communicating the latest technology developments, as well as promoting interaction among members and others in the community.

In concert with this objective, plus broadcast professionals’ needs resulting from the DTV transition, SMPTE’s Washington DC section and WEBE (Association of Washington Executive Broadcast Engineers) produced, managed and held an intensive two-day HDTV Boot Camp for broadcast and program-production personnel.

The seminar, held on 19-20 September 2007, was hosted by WUSA-TV/DT (Washington, DC, CBS affiliate), with Ron Peters (Special Projects Supervisor) and Victor Murphy (WUSA Director of Technology) providing exceptional support and assistance.

DC Section Manager -----David J. Weinberg, SMPTE