Media Technology Pacific Announces Second Conference for 2016

Media Technology Pacific (MtP) has confirmed that they have scheduled their second conference for 3-4 March 2016 in Auckland, New Zealand. The conference will focus on Media Technologies in the Connected World and also look at the future of Spectrum and Technologies for Terrestrial Broadcasting.

The New Zealand Minister of Communications and Broadcasting, the Hon Amy Adams, has agreed to provide the opening address.

The 2016 Media Technology Pacific Conference will continue to explore new and emerging technology trends in the Media space. “We will look at how new and emerging technology trends in content viewing and listening are more and more focused around “apps” and where this may take technology,” states Gerry Smith, Conference Chair.

The conference will include presentations and papers covering a wide range of topics. Some of the confirmed details of are:

  • John Drinnan, media writer for the New Zealand Herald, will share his thoughts on where the NZ Media landscape is heading. John has been writing about media in New Zealand since the deregulation of the television industry in the late 1980s. John’s presentation will focus on the business side of the digital revolution in media.
  • At the 2014 Conference, keynote speaker, Mike McMahon (then CTO with Lightbox) gave aninsight into the technologies behind Lightbox. Mike is now working in Europe and will again join the conference in 2016.
    Mike’s presentation will be titled “Curating across multiple OTT walled gardens”. Mike will look at the bundling of 3rd party OTT walled services into a personalised, easy to navigate UI which bubbles up the most relevant content and allows single search/discovery from across the various walled garden OTT offerings.
  • Freeview NZ will give an overview of the technologies behind the HbbTV “FreviewPlus” platform that provides “on demand” access to shows & films from TVNZ On Demand, 3NOW and Māori Television as well as the new FreeviewPlus TV guide for next 8 days ahead as well as rolling back 8 days to catch up previously aired content.
  • HWW provided an insight to the world of “Metadata” at the 2014 conference. HWW is now a part of Gracenote. Gracenote is a leading entertainment data and Technology Company and uses metadata to power the world’s top music services providers, consumer electronics companies, media companies and cable and satellite operators.
    Gracenote will provide an update on their activities including the technologies behind creating, collecting and organising detailed information to make TV, sports, movies and music more accessible to and discoverable by fans.
  • Avid will deliver a look at Newsroom technologies and how these have developed and need to develop to cater not only the traditional 6.00 news but the immediate “on line” requirements.
  • MediaHub Australia’s Alan Sweeney will provide a look into playout technologies and Media Hub’s views on where playout technologies are trending including the full workflow and playout of channels, ingest, storage, data Centre services, media asset management, QC and system integration.


  • Quad core processors, Android software and Googlecast all now form part of the current generation of “Smart TV’s. Leading Consumer Display Manufacturers Sony and Panasonic will join in a panel discussion on their current and emerging technologies. The latest Products from these Consumer Display Manufacturers will also be on display.
  • Khush Kundi of Ericsson will again present at the conference. Khush will look at how Ericsson are transforming the way people watch television with technologies such as Cloud DVR platforms, Media Delivery Network Platforms and Media First TV Platforms.
  • Mark Blair of Brightcove has also confirmed he will return. Brightcove is a leading global provider of powerful cloud solutions for delivering and monetising video across connected devices. Brightcove technology supports HbbTV through support in Video Cloud for MPEG-DASH, as well as DRM packaging through common encryption (CENC) and license serving for Microsoft PlayReady and Marlin DRM.
  • Accedo’s Matt Kossatz returns to provide an update on Accedo’s solutions that enable VOD and Linear TV services across multiple platforms. The Accedo VIA and Accedo AppGrid platforms (as used at Lighbox) solves the technology challenges of delivering an experience across all connected video devices.
  • Bruce Hume and Switch Media return and Bruce looks at leveraging HbbTV to deliver much more than just catch-up. Bruce’s presentation will provide a look into live broadcasting enhanced apps, games and more.



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