SBE Chapter 37
SBE Chapter 37
July 6, 2022  

Our Next Meeting


All Are Welcome at SBE Meetings;
SBE Membership is not Required

Meeting Date:

July 28, 2022 at 6:30 PM Eastern


Virtual via Zoom (12:30 and 6:30 PM July 28, 2022)


Our meeting will be held virtually. 

Please Register in advance for this meeting using this Zoom link.  After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. To learn about Zoom, please see this tutorial.

We typically open the meeting 30 minutes prior to the scheduled meeting time to give everyone time to mingle and visit, begin Chapter 37 business at the scheduled meeting time, and introduce our guest speakers shortly thereafter. 

To save valuable time when we have large attendance, we have omitted the opportunity for attendees to introduce themselves.  (Sorry, it just takes too long.)  Instead, please feel free to add your affiliation to your name in Zoom and say "Hello" via Zoom's chat function. 

Please note that Chapter 37 meetings are being recorded.  If you prefer not being recorded, please disable your camera and mute your audio.

Shifting to ATSC 3 - NYC's Lighthouse Alternative

Skip Pizzi

Guest Speaker: Skip Pizzi

ATSC 3.0 is a subject much in the news today.  Our July meeting highlights an important anticipated milestone in the format’s implementation with plans to initiate ATSC 3.0 broadcasting in U.S. market number ONE: New York City.  (More here.) 

Guest speaker Skip Pizzi, Senior Consultant to Public Media Venture Group, will present an overview of the ATSC 3.0 format's advantages, discuss progress in its adoption worldwide, and provide first-hand knowledge of the building and stumbling blocks in launching the new television broadcast format. Skip's presentation will outline the "lighthouse" model being used in most markets to transition from ATSC 1.0 to 3.0.  He will then focus on a unique approach to be used by The WNET Group in the NYC transition (for which he is Project Manager), which could offer some advantages over the traditional model.

A major effort is now underway to launch NextGen TV service (the consumer-facing name for ATSC 3.0) in New York City and surrounding areas - the largest television market in the country encompassing approximately 7.45 million TV households - according to Nielsen. The WNET Group's WLIW(TV) ("WLIW21") will serve as the host station for ATSC 3.0 broadcasts for PBS (and possibly other) content in the New York metropolitan area.  (More here.)

In preparation for its NextGen TV debut, WLIW21 has completed extensive engineering testing and operational planning, relocated its transmission facilities to One World Trade Center in lower Manhattan, installed a new transmitter and related equipment, and upgraded the station's physical plant. As with any launch of ATSC 3.0 service, the transition is subject to FCC approval.  The WNET Group will make a separate announcement upon the launch of the NextGen TV service.

This meeting is brought to you by SBE Chapter 15, New York City and SBE Chapter 37, Washington DC.  Special thanks to sponsor Jim Peck of SCMS for sponsoring the video conference and other technical support costs. 

Due to the widespread interest of this topic, the presentation will be held once during the daytime and again during the evening, as listed below.  The following organizations are participating:

  • SBE Chapter 2, Northeastern PA (12:30 pm)
  • SBE Chapter 46, Baltimore MD (12:30 pm)
  • SBE Chapter 54, Hampton Roads VA (12:30 pm)
  • SBE Chapter 60, Richmond VA (12:30 pm)
  • SBE Chapter 15, New York NY (6:30 pm)
  • SBE Chapter 37, Washington DC (6:30 pm)
  • SMPTE Washington DC Section (6:30 pm)
  • Other organizations, yet to be confirmed (watch this space!)

If you're interested, you can join at either time.  However, your local organization business meeting will be held only once, at the times listed above.  This Zoom invitation should work for the daytime and evening meetings.

We look forward to (virtually) seeing you soon!


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