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Eric Heitz
Officer - Vice-President + Webmaster



Information: Hello reader, my name is Eric S. Heitz and I’m currently serving as Engineer 4, Sr. Video Engineer for the Comcast California Region. I’ve only been a member of the SCTE and a Comcaster since 2004, however, my background relative to this industry is by far deeper.

I started out in the early 90’s gaining experience in digital video compression formats at a time when video CODECS (coding & decoding) were being developed for PC’s. It was not until I joined the privately held Chromatic Research that I began to explore the MPEG compression technique. MPEG is a compression format responsible for nearly every digital video signal we have in CATV. Circa mid-90’s Chromatic’s graphics processors were the first to decode DVD movies (based on these MPEG compression techniques) at a billion operations per second all unassisted without the aid of the main CPU, hence, an explosion occurred taking MPEG into the world of cable television.

In 1998 I joined my 3rd pre-public firm called Imedia Corporation. Imedia (later acquired by Terayon - a formidable CMTS & DOCSIS spec inventor at the time) further revolutionized the digital cable plant by pioneering the ability to statistically re-multiplex MPEG transports into fixed bandwidth. In addition, they were the first to come to market with a reliable digital ad-insertion platform still used today. These features were epic for digital cable headends World Wide and continue to be a staple for our operations. After the buy-out Terayon continued to utilize the technology besting inventions by Cisco and other mainstream competitors. I traveled throughout N.America supporting these deployments into both Motorola/GI and Scientific Atlanta based cable headends and remotely supported large European MSO's.

Presently within Comcast I am regarded as an expert in MPEG, DPI, and PSIP protocols. I have co-authored Comcast Enterprise Standards for Video Encoding & Multiplexing and frequently contribute my career exeriences to members of our DSIT and NETO labs. My skillsets support the goals of the CA Region Engineering Team, Headends within CA, Addressability, a few Headends across the Nation, Spotlight, SportsNet, local broadcasters, and other MSO's we have agreements with such as Charter Media, Suddenlink, and Wave Broadband.

I have 15 years experience in digital video techniques, well over a decade of experience in the MPEG domain / digital cable headends / and an equivalent duration of knowledge in Internet e-Commerce programming at the source code level.

I became more active in the local SCTE Sierra Chapter early 2009 when I took over the website operations implementing a completely fresh new look, database driven content management system, and email list manager based on popular OpenSource projects. The website you see today is a result of my integration and greatly improves on inefficiencies we had in the past.


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