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TECH EMMY AWARDS



THIS COMES TO THE TIG FROM MARK SCHUBIN:

Hi, all!  Here's YOUR chance to influence the Emmy Awards: FREE!

It's that time of year again.  Today the Technical/Engineering Committee
of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences voted on
technologies to investigate for possible engineering Emmy Awards. 
Twelve technologies made the cut.  PLEASE note that the fact that a
technology is being investigated does NOT necessarily mean that any Emmy
will be awarded.  It is also possible for more than one Emmy to be
awarded for a technology.

I am providing here a list of the twelve technologies and the chairs of
the subcommittees investigating them (in one case, it's the co-chair
because the chair is currently having some e-mail difficulty).  If it
seems as though the wrong people are investigating the wrong
technologies, that's part of the committee's procedures; anyone
eligible, or working for an organization eligible, for an award cannot
chair a subcommittee investigating that technology.

This is a plea for help.  If you know anything about these technologies,
if you can suggest areas of research, if you would like to comment on
whether the technology is deserving of Emmy recognition and/or what
individual(s) and/or organization(s) should get the Emmy(s) (and, yes,
you are permitted to say nice things about yourself), PLEASE contact the
appropriate subcommittee chairperson at the e-mail address listed. 
Negative comments are just as valuable as positive.

Please feel free to spread the word (but, journalists, since the
awardees have not yet been determined, please do not publish this list).

Subcommittees may set their own dates for completing their
investigations, but figure mid-May.  Of course, with the NAB convention
coming up, it will be very useful for the subcommittees to know where to
search.  PLEASE help, as soon as you can.

Note that not all of these technologies are new.  There is no reverse
time limit.  The remote control received recognition almost half a
century after it was first introduced.  There is also no geographic
restriction; the committee seeks to recognize developments worldwide.
If you recognize a couple of hold-overs from last year, that's true.  We
can keep investigations going for more than one year, if necessary.

Many thanks for your help.  E-mail submissions were most helpful last
year.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me or the other
people listed below.

TTFN,
Mark


The 12 technologies being investigated in 1999:

1.  Generation and protocol analysis of MPEG-2 transport streams for
equipment evaluation and operational monitoring of digital television
transmission systems.  If you have information on this technology,
please contact Mike Tsinberg, mike at dtv.tacp.com.

2.  Development of DVD technology.  If you have information on this
technology, please contact me, Mark Schubin, tvmark at gateway.net.  I will
be unavailable from roughly April 20 through May 1.  During that time,
please contact my co-chair, Herb Ohlandt, herbohlandt at earthlink.net.

3.  Objective measurement of perceptual picture quality in digital
television systems.  If you have information on this technology, please
contact David Walters, davew at vwtc.com.

4.  Nonlinear/tape hybrid editing technology utilizing DV compression
and 4x recording.  If you have information on this technology, please
contact Richard Griffin, rich at plutotech.com.

5.  Pioneering efforts in the development of a multi-carrier digital
terrestrial transmission technology for standard-definition television. 
If you have information about this technology (COFDM/OFDM), please
contact Tom Moore, mooretp at panasonic.com.

6.  Development of a distribution system for sound with television known
as sound-in-sync.  If you have information about this technology, please
contact Bill Jarr, bjarr at pvimage.com.

7.  A film-based, motion-picture-format camera array specific to "time
manipulation" for television commercials and theatrical applications. 
If you have information about this technology, please contact Gene
DeSantis, GeneDeSantis at worldnet.att.net.

8.  Implementation of real-time virtual imaging for live sports
television.  If you have information about this technology, please
contact Roi Agneta, roia at mindspring.com.

9.  Statistical multiplexing of digital television signals.  If you have
information about this technology, please contact Craig Cuttner,
craig.cuttner at hbo.com.

10.  First full-time distribution of a television network by satellite
transmission.  If you have information about this technology, please
contact David Baylor, dabaylor at directv.com.

11.  Development of lens-line prompting systems.  If you have
information on this technology, please contact David Dever,
David.Dever at quantel.com.

12.  Development of advanced battery technology for ENG/EFP.  If you
have information about this technology, please contact Dan Desmet,
ddesmet at ndsamericas.com.

Again, on behalf of the entire committee and the academy, many thanks!




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