Philip Goswitz

Philip Goswitz
Senior Vice President, Video, Space & Communications
DirecTV

Phil Goswitz is Senior Vice President, Video / Space & Communications for DIRECTV. He is responsible for three core technology areas: (1) video and audio encoding and broadcast technologies, (2) development and operation of DIRECTV’s satellite fleet, and (3) RF Communications Systems.

In Goswitz’s nearly two decade-long career with DIRECTV, he’s led the development of national beam satellites (DIRECTV-1R, 5, 8) as well as the development of spot-beam satellites for the delivery of local channels (DIRECTV-4S, 7S, 9S). His work on DIRECTV-10, 11, 12, 14, 15 created a new generation of hybrid national beam and spot-beam satellites that delivered DIRECTV’s industry leading high-definition video services via Ka-band.

More recently, he has led the development of technologies using new Reverse Band DBS satellite transmission technologies to provide industry leading introduction of 4K UltraHD video services – much the way HD video via Ka band changed the entertainment industry in 2005. Goswitz leads all 4K UltraHD development activities within DIRECTV.

He joined DIRECTV originally after building the Galaxy 3R satellite in 1995. This satellite was the first used to launch Galaxy Latin America, the forerunner to DIRECTV Latin America.

Following this, he was one of the first two people working on the LABC (Los Angeles Broadcast Center), and he was responsible for baseband subsystems in the Broadcast Center.

Before joining DIRECTV in 1996, Goswitz held various engineering and program management positions at Hughes Space and Communications (an operating unit of DIRECTV’s former parent company, Hughes Electronics) beginning in 1979 as a satellite manufacturing technician while completing his undergraduate studies. In the next 15 years he worked his way through the satellite manufacturing career working on all phases of the business, from new business and marketing to satellite program management, testing and operations.

Goswitz holds a master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering from Loyola Marymount University.