Digital Simulcast: Stepping stone to cable's all-digital future

Mon, 08/08/2005 - 8:00pm

Webcast Seminar and Panel Discussion

Digital Simulcast—
Stepping stone to cable's all-digital future

Original Webcast
Thursday, August 18, 2005


It’s happening today with cable operators of all sizes—from the smallest independents to the biggest MSOs. What are the benefits and strategies behind digital simulcast? How are operators introducing simulcast to their networks today? Find out, FREE, at this special live Webcast from CED.

By the conclusion of this one-hour live event, you’ll know…

  • The current and future benefits of digital simulcast
  • The speed with which major, mid- and small-sized MSOs are deploying digital simulcast/simultrans networks
  • Similarities and differences in how cable operators are deploying the technology—and the reasoning behind the different approaches
  • The necessary steps for a successful digital simulcast rollout
  • Operational and technical challenges that must be addressed in duplicating analog channels in the digital tier
  • The role of advertising insertion in the digital domain
  • The real cost of digital simulcast deployments
  • The right timing and strategic approach for cutting-over analog subscribers to an all-digital tier
Moderated by CED’s Editor, Jeff Baumgartner, whose decade-plus experience in the industry includes a stint as broadband editor at Multichannel News and as the Denver Bureau Chief for CableFAX Daily.

Please join Jeff and our guest presenters on August 18:

John Donahue
Senior Vice President, Engineering & Operations
Comcast Corp.

Craig Moffett
Vice President & Senior Analyst
U.S. Cable and Satellite Broadcasting
Sanford C. Bernstein & Co.

Pragash Pillai
Vice President, Advanced Engineering, Digital Video
Charter Communications

Craig E. Moffett, Vice President and Senior Analyst, U.S. Cable and Satellite Broadcasting, Sanford C. Bernstein & Co.

Craig E. Moffett joined Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. as the senior analyst for U.S. Cable and Satellite Broadcasting in 2002. Moffett spent eleven years at The Boston Consulting Group, where as a partner and vice president he led the firm's global practice in telecommunications. At BCG, he led client relationships spanning the local exchange, wireless, long distance, and equipment sectors in the U.S., Latin America, and Europe. His consulting relationship with RBOC Bell Atlantic (and pre-cursor Nynex) spanned more than a decade. He was the author of more than twenty articles in telecommunications journals, and published forecasts of the over-capacity and subsequent price collapse of the U.S. inter-exchange, CLEC and equipment markets in early 1999. Most recently, Moffett was the president of SOTHEBYS.COM, the e-commerce venture of the venerable auction house, which he led through its technology development phase and launch in early 2000, and subsequently led to the highest first-year sales of any consumer website ever launched. As a member of the executive committee of Sotheby's Holdings, Moffett was an instrumental member of the crisis-response team that steered the company through the challenges arising from anti-trust proceedings related to its pricing activity during the mid-1990s.

Pragash Pillai, VP Advanced Engineering – Digital Video, Charter Communications, Inc.

Pragash Pillai is a member of Charter Communications Corporate Engineering team. His responsibilities include digital video network architectures, system engineering, system integration, and technology assessments. He manages a team that is responsible for the end-to-end development of products and architectures that reaches 6.1 million customers across Charter's 37-state territory. In his five years with Charter, Pillai has gained extensive experience in a wide variety of new technology service developments, including Charter's all-digital network (Simultrans), Video On Demand (VOD), High Definition Television (HDTV), Digital Video Recorders (DVRs), OCAP, Digital Compression and Multiplexing, Conditional Access System, Small System Digital (SSD) networks, interactive television channels, set-top box designs, home networking. He served as vice chairman of the St. Louis chapter of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) in 2003. Pillai has received numerous professional honors and distinctions including CED's 2004 Pacesetter Award, Multichannel's 2004 Cable's Next Generation of Innovators, SCTE's 2003 Young Engineer Award, and IEEE's 2002 Young Engineer Award for St. Louis. He currently serves as a technical advisory board member for RGB Networks, N2 Broadband, and Broadcom and has been actively involved on a number of industry panels for Digital Video technologies.

Underwritten By:
Terayon, Scientific-Atlanta, EGT, RGB Networks, Motorola


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