Principal Consultant / Founder
Ian Nock has worked in high technology industries for over 25 years and his technical expertise covers every aspect of the video delivery ecosystem from contribution to consumer, including architecture and delivery of conditional access, digital rights management, video playout, networks, video encoding, video processing, access networks, and video consumption devices (STB, Mobile and PC). From a management experience, he has managed large, small, and geographically dispersed multicultural teams, and comfortable with working at all levels.
Starting in mechatronic engineering undertaking research and development in everything from potato chip packet dynamics through hypodermic needle sharpness to artificial intelligence based control of heavy machinery, he moved into large scale IP network technologies and security and then onwards into TV through the startup and launch of WizjaTV in 1998, one of the first DTH platforms in Europe, broadcasting from the UK to Poland.
After a number of expansions in Central Europe, Ian moved on into UPC (now Liberty Global) in 2000 to develop and launch their initial forays into digital cable and interactive services, and was responsible for the architecture, development and delivery of their Interactive Platforms across their complete footprint including cable, satellite, and IPTV.
After leaving UPC (now Liberty Global) in 2004, Ian moved into consulting, delivering his expertise to a number of tier 1 operators and vendors in the TV and video space. Ian founded his latest consulting enterprise in 2012, originally called Altim Media, as part of the Altim Group of companies. Ian spun it out of the group in 2013 as Fairmile West to be able to focus much more closely to the video and consumer devices tech space.
As Founder and Principal Consultant of Fairmile West, Ian continues to work with TV / video operators and technology vendors, supplying critical expertise to them in technology strategy and technology product development for video services, traditional and OTT, and consumer devices including STBs.
Having taken an early interest in UHD through designing and delivering the one of the first generation of 4K STBs for operators in Europe, Ian additionally works with industry bodies such as the Ultra HD Forum to foster the commercial deployment of UHD services worldwide, specifically becoming the Chair of the Interoperability Working Group of the Ultra HD Forum in December 2017.
He is a longstanding member of the IET, IEEE, RTS and Fellow of the SCTE: The Society for Broadband Professionals. He is also the incoming Chair of the IET Multimedia Communications Network. He blogs at http://fairmilewest.com, on LinkedIn and can be found on Twitter at @iannock.