CTO, NBC Sports Group Digital
Eric Black was named Chief Technology Officer of NBC Sports Group Digital in 2015. Black manages all IP-delivered platforms for NBC Sports Digital, including its numerous websites, applications and connected devices. He also oversees NBC Sports' Playmaker Media, a separate business which provides end-to-end video support service for companies in need of best-in-class live streaming and VOD solutions. Under Black's leadership, NBC Sports Digital and Playmaker Media have streamed some of the most prestigious properties in sports, including five Olympic Games, two Super Bowls, Sunday Night Football – primetime television's No. 1 show -- the National Hockey League, Premier League, National Basketball Association, NASCAR, the Triple Crown, Notre Dame Football, and the Open Championship, among many others. The systems built by Black have focused on both high concurrent traffic and scale, and now operate on more than 15,000 events per year, resulting in billions of consumed minutes. In addition to the tens of thousands of events that air each year across NBC, NBCSN, Golf Channel, Telemundo, NBCUniverso and six NBC Sports Regional networks, Playmaker Media provided streaming video solutions for the Presidential debates and 2016 election coverage for NBC News. The service currently provides end-to-end services for the Olympic Channel, the International Olympic Committee's global digital platform. In 2017, Black pioneered a partnership between Playmaker and iStreamPlanet, owned by Turner. Together, the two companies will deliver digital services for many of sports' biggest upcoming events: Telemundo Deportes' coverage of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia; CBS and Turner Sports' March Madness coverage; Super Bowl LII and the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in PyeongChang, Korea.
16-Sep-2017What Will 5G Mean for Media?
16-Sep-2017Conference Panel Session: What will 5G mean for media?