Tuesday, June 18, 2013

ETIA Kicks-off: Hollywood meets Silicon Valley

What better place to host a first "summit" between the entertainment industry and internet high-tech than Stanford, home of much of the innovation that has driven both industries. This morning Wendy Aylsworth, SMPTE President, and Bernd Girod, Director of the Stanford Center for Image Engineering (SCIEN) kicked off the first Entertainment Technology in the Internet Age (ETIA) conference. They were joined by conference co-chairs Dr. Joyce Farrell, Executive Director of SCIEN and Pat Griffis, SMPTE Education Vice President.

After Pat's introduction, Bernd reminded all of us of Stanford's seminal role as one of the first four Internet nodes and home of Vince Cerf -- as well as of Google, Yahoo! and other key companies. Less well known, we got to see some photos of Muybridge's motion studies, commissioned by Leland Stanford. Wendy stressed how the ETIA conference played well with SMPTE's focus on education, as well as building future collaboration opportunities with Silicon Valley companies, starting with SMPTE's quarterly standards meetings being held locally at Xilinx later this week.

For two days we'll be treated to an all-star lineup of industry veterans and academic heavyweights who will discuss all aspects of the technical and marketing challenges facing entertainment content delivery over all types of internet-based systems -- including the Internet with a capital I, as well as IP streaming over other channels. For those who can't be here in person, I'll be blogging the conference as it goes, and this evening's marquee event -- Legal and Illegal content distribution, is there a solution? -- will be livestreamed.The smpteconnect Twitter feed is also alive with action from the conference.

-- David Cardinal

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