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Net Neutrality Hot Debate Expected at CES 2010

At the MPEGIF Master Class titled “TV X.0 Present and Future” at CES a key part of the presentations and panel discussions will concern Net Neutrality and whether it is a viable concept given the infrastructural investment being made by operators around the world. The Master Class will address the complex relationships between content owners, service operators and programmers; legal precedents and challenges that face them will be explored.

The MPEGIF Master Class at CES is the latest in the long running MPEGIF Master Class series that has been a cornerstone of the NAB and IBC conferences each year. The Master Class will be held on Friday, January 8th, 2010 between 9:00am and 12:30pm in the Las Vegas Convention Centre (N260). This unique conference session will bring together industry experts representing the most influential leaders in next generation video entertainment, multimedia and television.

The CES 2010 MPEGIF Master Class showcases senior executives and experts with a track record of pioneering the adoption of new advanced technology and innovative service offerings bringing to bare new business models. They will share their experiences, challenges, and expertise with a focus on technological progress, regulatory and commercial issues, and opportunities in the overall ecosystem of Digital Television.

“In our mission to help find solutions and compromises to important issues engaging our industry, MPEGIF has always provided an ideal platform for open and constructive discussion” said Prof. Dr. h. c. Sebastian Moeritz, President of MPEGIF and CEO at dicas. “Net neutrality is a subject of extreme relevance – it must be addressed, considered and managed by all industry participants accordingly.”

“The current growth rates of TV delivered over the open internet, sometimes referred to as OTT, is staggering”, said David Price, Vice President of MPEGIF and Vice President at Harmonic Inc. “This CES Master Class is vital to provide some clarity into what operators and programmers are thinking and to the possible way the conflicting interests from different parts of the creation and delivery chain are going to work together”.


  • Christine Heckart – General Manager of Marketing and Business Development, TV, Video & Music Business, Microsoft Corp.
  • Robert Zitter – Executive Vice President & CTO, HBO
  • Paul Whitehead – Executive Director, Video Planning, AT&T


  • Jim Kutzner – Chief Engineer, Public Broadcasting Service
  • Ajay Luthra – Senior Director, Motorola
  • Yuval Fisher – CTO, RGB Networks
  • Thierry Fautier – Senior Director, Convergence Solutions, Harmonic Inc.
  • David Strehlow – Director of Marketing, Media Solutions, Huawei

This MPEGIF Master Class will be chaired by:

  • Sebastian Moeritz, President, MPEGIF / CEO, dicas
  • David Price, Vice President, MPEGIF / Vice President, Harmonic

To view the complete agenda, please visit: http://www.m4if.org/exhibitions/CES%202010/Index1.php

To register, please click here: http://www.cesweb.org/sessions/search/results.asp?categoryID=1876

About CEA:

The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) is the preeminent trade association promoting growth in the $172 billion U.S. consumer electronics industry. More than 2,000 companies enjoy the benefits of CEA membership, including legislative advocacy, market research, technical training and education, industry promotion and the fostering of business and strategic relationships. CEA also sponsors and manages the International CES. Where Entertainment, Technology and Business Converge. All profits from CES are reinvested into CEA's industry services. Find CEA online at www.CE.org.


The MPEG Industry Forum is an independent and platform neutral not-for-profit organization representing more than 20 international companies and organizations from diverse industries with the goal to facilitate and further the widespread adoption and deployment of MPEG and related standards in next generation digital media services. It provides a forum to exchange information and views on technological, economic and regulatory issues that are relevant to these services. It also provides a powerful industry voice advocating the adoption of standards and consolidating the direction of the industry in the time of transition from analogue to digital television and media services. MPEGIF has played a significant role in facilitating the widespread adoption and deployment of MPEG-4 AVC/H.264, the Emmy-Award winning video compression technology, as the industry's video compression standard powering next generation television and most mainstream content delivery as well as consumption applications including packaged media.

MPEGIF is managed by Association Management Solutions: www.amsl.com

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