President & Chief Technology Officer
Technologist and visionary, Brent Smith provides innovative technology solutions to cable operators throughout the world. Smith drives the roadmap and future product strategies for Evolution Digital; understanding the goals in the market and developing products that stretch the current perceived technological limitations.
Smith has developed over fourteen new product concepts, which led to successful deployments in over 7 major countries in the last three years. Technologies such as DTAs in the US adapted by Comcast whose main focus was bandwidth reclamation to Hybrid IP DTAs for Cablemas in Mexico achieving transition to all digital and launching OTT IP VOD through one box. Most recently, Smith worked to create a Network PVR solution on the Hybrid IP DTA to launch the most cost-effective fully functioning STB for Columbus Communications and the Flow brand in the Caribbean market.
In January 2015, Smith was appointed to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)’s Downloadable Security Technical Advisory Council (DSTAC). The DSTAC’s mission is to promote the competitive availability of navigation devices (e.g., set-top boxes and MVPD-compatible television sets) in furtherance of Section 629 of the Communications Act.
Smith’s unique ability to build strategic partnerships with worldwide leaders in mutually beneficial technology areas has proven priceless to Evolution Digital.
The technology advancements the company has achieved in a record time can be partially attributed to key partners with strengths that compliment Evolution’s technology and break previously perceived barriers. In Evolution’s short history, Smith has spearheaded technology partnerships with Conax, Cubiware, TiVo, Rovi, Avail-TVN, and numerous chipset and hardware manufacturers, licensing companies and associations throughout the world.
Prior to Evolution, Smith was instrumental in the development of worldwide strategic partners for Scientific Atlanta (now Cisco). Smith built the Scientific Atlanta Canadian revenue from 2-3 million annually to in excess of 110 million per year, primarily through securing long term contracts for the transition to digital with the key customers in Canada, predominantly Rogers and Videotron. During his career at Scientific Atlanta, Smith established the branch office to service the Middle East and India and developed key relationships with major cable operators in India for all Scientific Atlanta digital products.
Brent Smith will be speaking during Acronym Soup: How to Survive the Multiscreen Chaos
• Gain insight about the latest technologies, and how can they facilitate content across screens.
• Get a feel for how news out of the Consumer Electronics Show in January will affect this multiscreen world in 2016.
• Find out how programmers, distributors and vendors can take advantage of the latest multiscreen trends and technologies.
• Glean perspective on how understanding the complexities surrounding multiscreen content can help you and your team edge out competitors.