NextGenTV Takes A Front Row Seat at Virtual CES


Noted figures from the worlds of consumer technology, broadcasting and education will populate two live panel discussions organized by Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC) after the first day of activities conclude for the virtual 2021 CES.

“From televisions to smartphones, from set-top boxes to better TV and distance learning, CES 2021 promises to be a showcase of all things NextGen TV,” said ATSC President Madeleine Noland.

ATSC is an Exhibitor at the virtual CES 2021.  “Our goal is to amplify and aggregate all the great NextGen TV messages and announcements that consumers, retailers and other stakeholders need to know,” Noland says.

Registration is free for the ATSC panels, which include a January 12 session she will moderate — “ATSC 3.0 at the Consumer’s Fingertips.

Make your dinner arrangements accordingly: the session is set for 4pm Pacific.

Speakers include:

  • Mark Aitken, SVP of Advanced Technology, Sinclair Broadcast Group
  • Alfred Chan, VP of TV and Smart Home Business Unit, Mediatek
  • Nick Kelsey, Chief Technical Officer, SiliconDust
  • Steve Koenig, Vice President of Research, Consumer Technology Association
  • John Taylor, Senior Vice President, LG Electronics USA

One hour later, at 5pm Pacific, education experts and broadcasters will offer their views during a panel discussion entitled “ATSC 3.0 Powers Distance Education.”  Moderated by ATSC VP for Standards Development Jerry Whitaker, the Distance Education panel will include participants:

  • Aby Alexander, President/Americas, Thomson Broadcast
  • Todd Achilles, Chief Executive Officer, Evoca
  • Fred Engel, Chief Technology Officer, UNC-TV Public Media North Carolina
  • Lonna Thompson, EVP/Chief Operating Officer & General Counsel, Americas Public TV Stations

To support its CES efforts, the ATSC has launched a dedicated web page ( that is now spotlighting NextGen TV Consumer Devices (TV’s, phones, Set-Top Boxes, Systems on Chips, and more), Consumer Services (better TV, distance education, apps, deployments, audio services, advanced emergency messaging) and Future-in-the-Making (labs and testbeds around the world developing the future of NextGen TV.)

Registered CES attendees can also visit ATSC’s ATSC Virtual Booth at CES.