In the tangle of innovation that is advanced television, we're on a sort of triple-brink: HD is growing up into UltraHD/4K, which is expanding toward High Dynamic Range/HDR, just as Virtual Reality/VR and 360-degree viewing are adding a giant dose of experiential immersion. See what's happening behind the scenes at INSIGHT UltraHD, a 4K/UHD channel currently distributing 200+ hours of mostly-original 4K/UHD content to viewers in Europe, Russia, Australia and India. Examine a side-by-side comparison of 4K /UHD and HDR content, as well as samples of VR content developed for EPIX original series "Graves" and "Berlin Statino," premiering this fall. Plus: VR and 360 degree video offer completely different and immersive ways to make viewers feel like they're "on the scene" -- and what better place for being on the scene than breaking news? See the AP's plans to launch VR and 360 video. And oh -- by the way -- ever wonder how much these bandwidth-slurping new video products are going to tax network capacity? Learn all about it on the Imagine Park stage.
Nora Ryan, EPIX
"Solving the Millennial Equation"
Nathan Griffiths, Associated Press
"The Next News Experience? Immersive Storytelling through Virtual Reality"
Craig Heiting, Deluxe On Demand
"Making 4K UHD Relevant: Bringing HDR to the Consumer"
Charles Cheevers, ARRIS
"Bandwidth Requirements in the Next 5 Years: A (Virtual) Reality Check"
Mariam Zamaray, INSIGHT Ultra HD
"Using 4K-Ultra HD Soon: Why 4K-Ultra HD and How to Deliver It?"
Leslie Ellis, Independent Technology Columnist, Ellis Edits Inc.
Rian Bester is COO & CTO of Insight Ultra HD.
Charles is responsible for the two to five year technology vision of ARRIS CPE Business and the evolution of home gateways, set-top boxes and user interaction with all digital services. He is responsible for defining architectures for CPE devices and the cloud to ground solutions and evolving customer digital life requirements. With 14 years in cable, he has developed DVB, DOCSIS headend and CPE solutions.
Leslie Ellis is owner of Ellis Edits Inc. and Translation-Please.com, a Denver-based analysis/writing firm specializing in the technologies used in cable, multichannel and broadband delivery systems. Her specific focus is "translating" the dense language surrounding the technologies and technology strategies of service providers, and particularly cable service providers.
Nathan Griffiths, Interactive Editor at the Associated Press, builds interactive data visualizations and news applications and is now focused on developing alternative digital formats for storytelling, including 3-D, 360 video and virtual reality. Prior to working for the AP, he worked for a decade in the technology industry. He has a Master’s degree in Journalism from the University of Hong Kong.
Craig Heiting is Senior Vice President of Business Development at Deluxe OnDemand, a business division of Deluxe Entertainment Services Group. In his role, he oversees sales for the company’s leading media management and delivery workflow solutions to enable operators to move, manage, and monetize premium content for any service or device.
As Senior Director, Digital Programming & Product, Shane Lindley is responsible for creating innovative interactive experiences that enhance EPIX’s original series content and drive engagement across a range of digital platforms.
Nora Ryan is Executive Vice President & Chief of Staff at EPIX, directing creative, communications and planning for the multi-platform premium network, a joint venture of Viacom and Paramount Pictures, Lionsgate and MGM Studios. A member of the team which launched the network in October 2009, she has helped build the brand on television and across all emerging platforms, as EPIX has pioneered the development of TV Everywhere with thousands of movies and original programs available on tablets, game consoles and other connected devices.