S. Merrill Weiss
S. Merrill Weiss is a consultant in electronic media technology and technology management. His career spans over 52 years in broadcasting and related industries, with over 42 years devoted to the development of new digital technologies and standards, largely in the video, data, control, and radio frequency transmission realms.
Weiss helped produce the tests that led to the very first digital video standard and was a major contributor to the development of the Serial Digital Interface (SDI) for digital video facility infrastructure. He designed the RS-422 (9-pin) machine control system that became the industry standard. He participated in the development of the first digital television broadcast transmission system and developed the concept and design of Single-Frequency Networks for digital broadcast television starting in 1990. In the late 1990’s he co-chaired a joint task force of the EBU and the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) that prepared a technology roadmap for the following two decades and that led to such industry developments as file-based workflows. He has chaired development of the Archive eXchange Format within SMPTE. More recently, he has contributed to the development of the world’s first IP-based digital television broadcast system, chairing work on modeling of the ecosystem and on inter-layer communications, scheduling, and studio-to-transmitter links (STLs). As part of the latter effort, he was the lead architect for the STL Security Layer. He has chaired committees in several standards development organizations continuously for over 35 years.
Merrill is Certified as a Professional Broadcast Engineer (CPBE) by the Society of Broadcast Engineers (SBE). He is a Fellow of SMPTE. He has received awards from SMPTE (3), the IEEE Broadcast Technology Society (3), the National Association of Broadcasters (2), and the Advanced Television Systems Committee. He holds six international patents in the field of radio frequency transmission, and he is a graduate of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.