HD Production, Broadcasting and Gaming to be Addressed
AUSTIN, TEXAS, September 7, 2007 -DisplaySearch, the worldwide leader in display market research and consulting, today unveiled its keynote speakers for its 5th Annual HDTV Conference, to be held October 10 -11, 2007 in Los Angeles, California. Specifically, the conference will feature keynotes from some of the HDTV industry's most prominent visionaries representing the three major sources of HD content - movies, TV and gaming. The prestigious keynotes include John Lowry, Chief Technologist at DTS; Bryan Burns, Vice President of Strategic Business Planning & Development for ESPN; and Philip Rosenberg, Senior Vice President of Sony Computer Entertainment America.
"We are pleased to bring all major sources of HD content to this year's HDTV Conference and are thrilled to have such prestigious keynotes addressing the successes, challenges and outlook for HD content of all types," noted DisplaySearch Founder and President, Ross Young.
"Is HD Technology Better than Most of the Images It Delivers?" John Lowry, DTS
During his keynote, Lowry will provide an update on the state of image quality and his thoughts on what makes good image quality, the history of image quality, where is it going and where is it today. In addition, he will discuss what makes a good DVD and other topics related to the industry.
Since 1998, Lowry has been at the forefront of computer -based film restoration and enhancement with DTS Digital Images, the Burbank, California -based company he founded, which has enhanced and restored more than 200 major motion pictures for Walt Disney Studios, Paramount Pictures, MGM, Lucasfilm and others, including such classic titles as "Bambi," "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs," "Alice in Wonderland," "Mary Poppins," "Roman Holiday," "The Adventures of Indiana Jones" and the "Star Wars" trilogy. Prior to that, he founded Digital Video Systems in 1974, where he was one of the pioneers in digital video, doing system design of digital time base correctors, frame store synchronizers, test -signal generators, and B -MAC satellite scrambling and encryption. He also developed one of the first multimedia CD -ROM projects in 1998 -helping children to learn to read using CD -ROM software -and also formed Lowry Digital Images in 1998. Lowry holds numerous patents on video processing technology and is a life fellow of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers.
"How Full Is the Glass?" Bryan Burns, ESPN
Mr. Burns will discuss the growing, complex and productive relationship between content providers, set manufacturers and distributors. More networks are going HD every day, and the HD nets themselves are carrying more originally -produced HD programming, distributors are carrying more HD services, and the percentage of sets sold that are HD has increased dramatically in the last four years. In the future looms 2009's digital transition, the elimination of analog feeds from broadcast stations, MPEG4 transmission to allow more HD services, and increased viewing of HD channels. Burns' keynote will also outline the challenges that all entities involved with HD will face as high definition becomes the mainstream format for television in the US.
Burns has been vice president of strategic business planning and development of ESPN since April 2000 and currently serves as the head of ESPN HD and ESPN2 HD, and he was an integral part of creation of the two services. Burns is also charged with directing the growth of high definition telecasts within ABC Sports programming. During his time with ESPN, Burns has been responsible for the conception of a wide variety of ESPN's video products, including ESPN Game Plan, ESPN FULL COURT and MLS/ESPN Shootout. He also designed ESPN Today, ESPN NOW and ESPN EXTRA, video and interactive channels.
"HD Gaming: The Resolution Revolution" Philip Rosenberg, Sony Computer Entertainment America
Video games have come a long way since the original Nintendo 8 -bit NES, and no other consumer audience is more demanding of ultra -realistic entertainment experiences than gamers. Rosenberg will provide an overview of how the HD revolution has affected video games and what companies in the industry are doing to prepare for the exponential increase in demand of HD content. As more and more consumers grow accustomed to high definition experiences on TV, they will naturally demand the same from their interactive entertainment experiences. Investment in the right technologies from both hardware manufacturers and software developers will be of paramount importance in ensuring long term success in the industry. In addition, Rosenberg will also discuss Sony Computer Entertainment's decision to include a Blu -ray drive in every PlayStation 3 - not simply a decision made for high definition movie play back, but one essential in terms of providing the ample storage space needed for true next -generation games in full 1080p resolution.
Rosenberg brings to his position more than 25 years of experience working directly within the games and entertainment industry. In his role as senior vice president of Sales and Business Development, he oversees Sony Computer Entertainment America's sales and channel relations in the US, Canada and Latin America. As the head of Business Development, he targets new opportunities for growth while driving the company forward in its three -platform strategy.
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DisplaySearch has co -located the HDTV Conference with the DVD Forum North America DVD conference, which takes place on Tuesday, October 9, 2007. Register for both events and save $100. For more information on both events, please visit www.displaysearch.com/hdtv2007. Media interested in attending should contact Heather Boudreau at firstname.lastname@example.org
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