Zitter, Robert

Media Technology Advisor | Former CTO of HBO

Zitter, Robert

Bob Zitter currently provides advisory services to media and technology companies worldwide.

Zitter is the former Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer for Home Box Office. He was responsible for overseeing all of the company’s technology efforts worldwide, including consumer technology, distribution, origination, production operations, engineering and IT.

A technology leader and innovator throughout the history of HBO and within the industry at-large, Zitter was responsible for HBO’s pioneering introduction of digital compression technology in 1992, the development and launch of HBO HDTV – the first national high definition cable network in 1999, the first on-demand television service, HBO on Demand and the technology aspects of HBO GO, the company’s successful service for Internet connected devices. He was also one of the founders of HBO’s businesses in Latin America, Asia and Europe.

Before joining HBO, Zitter was a cable operator and broadcaster with Schurz Communications, Inc. based in the mid-west, and previously supervised network operations for ABC-TV in New York. He directed television programs while serving in the US Army from 1969-1971.

Zitter was inducted into The Cable Television Hall of Fame in 2006 for his exemplary contributions to the growth and development of the cable industry and is also a recipient of the NCTA’s Vanguard Award for his outstanding leadership in science and technology. In 2013 Zitter was inducted into the Satellite Industry Hall of Fame. He served on the FCC’s Technology Advisory Council and has been a director of The North American Broadcasters Association. He is past president of the Maryland-Delaware Cable Association.

Zitter has a BA degree from Colgate University and an MBA from Frostburg State University in Maryland. He has been active in numerous civic organizations and currently serves as president of the Board of Trustees of Bi-Cultural Day School in Stamford, CT.