The Future of Access to Digital Broadcast Video
Video needs to be accessible too, and both the technology and the legal environment is evolving. Accessible media is already available online at some major media sites and the work done by providers can inform work that others will need to undertake. This panel will help attendees understand what is required and how tooling for developers can help, and share information about challenges encountered and strategies employed by major video content providers in order to integrate the production processes for broadcast and online video delivery.
Andrew Kirkpatrick is Group Product Manager for Accessibility at Adobe Systems. Andrew’s team attends to accessibility issues with product teams across the Adobe product line and works with customers and standards groups, including representing Adobe on the FCC Video Programming Accessibility Advisory Committee, offering guidance for implementation of the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act; the United States Access Board Telecommunications and Electronic and Information Technology Advisory Committee, reviewing Section 508 standards; and W3C accessibility working groups such as the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines Working Group and the Timed Text Working Group. In addition, Andrew and his team define Adobe’s overall strategy for accessibility.
Craig Cuttner is Senior Vice President of Advanced Technology at HBO, a division of Time Warner. Craig has been a technologist actively in the television industry since 1978 working at CBS and HBO in engineering design, technology development, standards development and policy roles. Craig is a Fellow of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE). His expertise includes a thorough technical understanding of current and future capabilities in the production, origination and distribution of audio, video, and data signals from end-to-end in terrestrial broadcasting, cable, satellite, telco, and IP/broadband distribution from origin to consumer.
In his work at Viacom/MTV Networks, Glenn has been responsible for the broadband video delivery architecture for sites such as mtv.com, comedycentral.com, and nick.com - focusing on video encoding, streaming quality, content security, and closed captioning/subtitling issues.
Prior to his experience at MTV, Glenn developed cutting edge digital imaging and asset management systems with Atex, Leaf Systems, and the Associated Press, facilitating deployment of the first generation of newsroom digital wire photo systems, a key step in the newspaper industry's transition from film to digital photography.
Over the past several years, MTV Networks has pioneered the use of W3C TimedText for both closed captioning and multiple-language subtitling, addressing a variety of file format conversion and video player presentation issues. Glenn has participated working groups and standards bodies addressing digital closed captioning issues, including the FCC technical advisory board, NCTA, SMPTE, and W3C.
Shane H. Feldman is the Chief Operating Officer of the National Association of the Deaf (NAD) where he directs all aspects of its operations. He was co-Chair of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Video Programming Emergency Accessibility Advisory Committee Working Group 1 which submitted recommendations to the FCC for IP Protocol captioning regulations in response to the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act. In addition, Shane serves as Secretary/Treasurer of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Consumer Action Network (DHHCAN) where he helped lead the development of the Consumer Group Telecommunications Relay Service Policy Statement. He received his Master’s degree in Management from the University of Maryland University College and Bachelor’s degree in Professional and Technical Communications from the Rochester Institute of Technology.