As I did on previous years since 2004 when it was known as “CEA’s HDTV Summit: Partnership, Policy and Profits and 2003 Academy of Digital Television Pioneers Awards”, this Tuesday April 24th I attended again the “CES on the Hill” press event, this time in the Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, DC, and the following day I was also invited to the Digital Patriots dinner, this time at the Newseum in Washington, DC, to honor three leaders that contributed their efforts to the consumer electronics industry, those are Senator Ron Wyden and Representative Jason Chaffetz, and I quote “for their support of technology innovation”, and David Rubenstein, Managing Director of Carlyle Group, “for his efforts to advance technology”, as said by the Consumer Electronics Association’s President and CEO, Gary Shapiro.
Some of the products shown at CES on the Hill were: the Hopper whole house DVR system from DISH Network shown by Mr. Aaron M. Johnson, Corporate Communications Manager. LG’s passive 3D LCD TV shown by John Taylor, LG Electronics USA’s Vice President of Government Relations and Communications (long time friend of HDTV Magazine’s co-owner Dale Cripps, and mine as well).
Just across the hall, the Open Mobile Video Coalition was demoing their products and system for a similar purpose of mobile TV, but rather using over-the-air broadcasting bandwidth, which now claims to use only a few Kbps from the 19 Mbps a HDTV signal ideally would need for quality from the allotted 6 MHz channel bandwidth (the image was very clear on the mall devices demo). A demo of the more efficient H.265 compression standard soon to be implemented was compared with the currently used H.264 MPEG-4; H.265 may open the doors for a near future 4K Blu-ray using the same disc (so I can have content for my 4K projector).
I had the pleasure and opportunity to share the dining table with Tom Butts, Editor-in-Chief of TV Technology magazine, NewBay Media L.L.C., with whom I agree on many of his views, especially about the struggle that over-the-air broadcasters are going thru with the FCC and the nation’s plans to redistribute their bandwidth for other purposes.
And finally, do you know which speech of the Digital Patriots Dinner I liked the best? Mr. David Rubenstein’s by far. His words, out of the typical political rhetoric of Washington’s Congress, were very down the earth and were said with humility, giving sincere recognition to who in his view were the real patriots in this country. Mr. Rubinstein was for me the best of the event, congratulations.
Posted by Rodolfo La Maestra, May 3, 2012 7:34 AM
About Rodolfo La Maestra
Rodolfo La Maestra is the Senior Technical Director of UHDTV Magazine and HDTV Magazine and participated in the HDTV vision since the late 1980's. In the late 1990's, he began tracking and reviewing HDTV consumer equipment, and authored the annual HDTV Technology Review report, tutorials, and educative articles for HDTV Magazine, DVDetc and HDTVetc magazines, Veritas et Visus Newsletter, Display Search, and served as technical consultant/editor for the "Reference Guide" and the "HDTV Glossary of Terms" for HDTVetc and HDTV Magazines. In 2004, he began recording a weekly HDTV technology program for MD Cable television, which by 2006 reached the rating of second most viewed.
Rodolfo's background encompasses Electronic Engineering, Computer Science, and Audio and Video Electronics, with over 4,700 hours of professional training, a BS in Computer and Information Systems, and thirty+ professional and post-graduate certifications, some from MIT, American, and George Washington Universities. Rodolfo was also Computer Science professor in five institutions between 1966-1973 in Argentina, regarding IBM, Burroughs, and Honeywell mainframe computers. After 38 years of computer systems career, Rodolfo retired in 2003 as Chief of Systems Development from the Inter-American Development Bank directing sixty+ software-development computer professionals, supporting member countries in north/central/south America.