High-definition television pioneer Glenn Valenta, who served as the chief engineer of HDNet since it started 14 years ago, has died, reports Broadcast Beat.
Valenta died July 28 at his home after an eight-year battle with cancer, the story notes. He was 53.
“At HDNet, the network founded by Mark Cuban and Philip Garvin, Glenn provided the engineering acumen for numerous ‘firsts in high definition.’ Among them were the first Olympics in HD (2002), the Triple Crown, NASA shuttle launches; video uplinks from Iraq, a regularly-scheduled news program, as well as the first series of HD MLB and NHL telecasts,” the story reports.
Valenta’s work helped HDNet become known for its image quality, and he also helped create HDNet Movies, which only aired films in their original theatrical broadcast ratio, the story notes.
“Many of Glenn’s accomplishments were not easily recognized as the engineering challenges of the first HD network involved working behind the scenes with distributors, manufacturers, and with engineers at CableLabs,” the article notes.
HDNet co-founder Garvin said, “We have lost one of the most brilliant technical minds in television. There was no challenge Glenn was unwilling to take on and he basically engineered HDNet from part and pieces of nascent hi-def technology into a functioning network.”