The SMPTE Board of Governors continues to look for ways to improve what can be done for international members of the Society, and create localised presence under the SMPTE banner.

New Zealand members have expressed a desire to have events run locally, and to participate in events run in Australia. The Australia Section, which includes New Zealand members of SMPTE, is strongly committed to improving participation across the region.

Right now is a perfect time to determine if we have the numbers and drive to formalise a SMPTE Subsection in New Zealand.

Let’s find out if we can do this. To gauge interest we invite you and all of your interested colleagues and friends to a SMPTE function on:

Monday 21st November at the Crowne Plaza,

Albert St, Auckland

Albert Room level 6 at 5.30pm.

The special topic for the meeting will be “The challenges of HD transmission over IP”, presented by our guest speaker from T-VIPS in Norway, Espen Myhre. TVIPS is at the forefront of enabling technology for IP transmission and DVB T2 transmission. As broadcast and media delivery becomes more and more IP-based, this is a timely and highly relevant subject.

John Maizels, SMPTE Director of International Sections, will be present to give us some background on current SMPTE initiatives, and assist us to get involved. There will be time for Q & A with Espen and John, and a general discussion on the exciting possibility of establishing a SMPTE subsection in NZ to serve the local community.

This is not just an event for current SMPTE members. We’d like to meet and be open to anyone who is involved in any aspect of the media industry, whether in technology or creative roles.

Drinks and canapés will be served on arrival.

There will be door prizes and a chance to win one year of SMPTE MEMBERSHIP just by being present. We certainly look forward to seeing you on the evening.

Please register your interest and attendance with Nicola Brierton at no later than 17th November. There is no charge for SMPTE events but reservations are essential for catering purposes.


Ray Sanders