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WTA Broadcast Forum @ SATELLITE 2016

When: Tuesday, March 8, 2016
Where: Room: Baltimore 3-5
Gaylord National Harbor
United States

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The Promise and Perils of Ultra HD
March 8, 2016
10:45 AM-12:00 Noon
Room: Baltimore 3-5

Once a format in search of a market, Ultra HD is showing the early signs of broader adoption. The first company to roll out Ultra HD was not a broadcaster or satellite TV company but Netflix. DirecTV got into the game with the launch of UHD channels, and companies from BBC and Canal+ to Echostar and Eutelsat are conducting serious demonstration projects. SES CCO Ferdinand Kayser told an audience at IBC 2015 that the company expects there to be 220 UHD channels over Europe by 2025. The stakes are high for the satellite industry, because the adoption of Ultra HD should drive greater demand for bandwidth in contribution, distribution and satellite TV, though advances in compression will inevitably limit how much bandwidth is really required. In this panel, customers and service providers discuss what early experience with trials and deployment is telling us about the future of Ultra HD, what issues and challenges confront the market, and what we can expect in the years ahead. Moderated by: Maury Mechanick, Counsel, White & Case, LLP


  • Kazuyoshi Shogen, VP (International Affairs), Corporate Planning Division, B-SAT
  • Dr. Peter Siebert, Executive Director, DVB Project
  • Thomas Van den Driessche, Chief Commercial Officer, Newtec
  • Antonio Arcidiacono, Director of Innovation, Eutelsat
  • Steve Richeson, SVP of Global Sales & Business Development, Advantech Wireless
Occasional-Use in a Fully Networked World
March 8, 2016
1:45-3:00 PM
Room: Baltimore 3-5

Occasional-use has long been the high-wire act of the satellite business. Whether for sports, news, events, disasters, military incursion or corporate meeting, satellite has been the primary path to get live video, voice and data where it needs to go, calling for high flexibility, dexterity and performance from everyone involved. In an increasingly networked world, however, that primary role is changing. Opportunities for satellite contribution are eroding under the pressure of terrestrial alternatives. The ubiquity of networks and mobile devices means that satellite, where it remains primary, must interface with an ever more complex constellation of systems to deliver value to customers. A fundamental shift in operations and business practice is taking place, and this session brings together customers and service providers to explore what occasional-use is becoming as we transition to a fully-networked world. Moderated by: M. Brett Belinsky, President, Delivery Operations, Deluxe Entertainment Services Group and Former Chairman, WTA


  • Chris Myers, Executive Vice President Global Business Development, Encompass
  • John Bozza, Commercial Director, SIS LIVE
  • Michele Gosetti, Executive Vice President - Contribution & Media Services Business Division, GlobeCast
  • Avi Cohen, Chief Executive Officer, RR Media
  • Joel Nirenberg, Vice President, Strategic Solutions, ScheduAll
Can Satellite Services Prosper in Online and Mobile Video?

March 8, 2016
3:15 - 4:15 PM
Room: Baltimore 3-5

The enormous growth of video streaming has been a boon to content owners and Internet Service Providers but less joyful for the service providers that have long dominated video distribution. The market continues to evolve with the rise of original online programming as a competitive differentiator for Netflix, which is expanding internationally at a rapid pace, and the precedent-shattering decision of HBO to offer subscriptions outside the cable MSO market. Meanwhile, European over-the-top video revenues grew 51% in 2013 alone to reach $2.3 billion and are expected to pass $13.7 billion by 2020. Yet these same developments also create new opportunities for service providers nimble enough to seize them and deliver solutions that combine multiple transmission paths and technologies. As more players find their way into the marketplace, it gives service providers the chance to apply their experience and technology to a new customer base. This session opens a discussion among service providers and the companies they serve about the current and future direction of a market that is shifting beneath their feet. Moderated by: Mike Antonovich, Senior Vice President, Global Sales, Media Global Links


  • Ed Behan, Vice President, Video Solution, Globecomm
  • Bruce Elbert, President, Application Technology Strategy
  • Donald Gabriel, General Manager, Sales, EchoStar
  • Peter Ostapiuk, Head of Media Product Services, Intelsat
  • Koby Zontag, VP Media Sales and Business Development, PCCW Global


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