Thursday, May 8, 2008

2008 ATSC Annual Meeting Looks to Future of Digital Broadcasting

Paving the way for next-generation digital television (DTV) standards, the Advanced Television Systems Committee, Inc. celebrated its 25th Anniversary at the 2008 ATSC Annual Meeting today.

Morning and afternoon panels featured industry experts on a range of topics of keen interest to digital television stakeholders -- lively discussions commemorating the ATSC's Silver Anniversary, the organization's groundbreaking work over the years, and the ongoing activities focused on the future of DTV.

Randall Dark was a featured industry expert on "HDTV, We've Come a Long Way," addressing HDTV's major progress since the 1980s. Peter Fannon, Panasonic Vice President and former head of the Advanced Television Test Center, chaired the panel.

The first ATSC meeting was held on May 13, 1983, at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) headquarters in Washington, DC. The ATSC was formed by the Joint Committee of Intersociety Coordination (JCIC). The JCIC was composed of the NAB, the National Cable and Telecommunications Association (NCTA), the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), and the Society of Motion Picture & Television Engineers (SMPTE). Today, the ATSC is made up of approximately 165 member organizations from all segments of the television industry.

More information online at Advanced Television Systems Committee.