DirecTV Will Move One Of Its Satellites In Danger Of Exploding Out Of Orbit

Tru Optik, Skydeo Partner In Multiyear Agreement

Tru Optik, an identity resolution provider across OTT and connected TV (CTV), signed an exclusive partnership agreement with mobile data platform provider Skydeo Inc., to enhance mobile device identity resolution and audience-based targeting capabilities across Tru Optik’s Household GraphTM. As part of the agreement, Skydeo’s mobile data marketing platform, which consists of more than 300 million […]

Tedial Names Manuel Martínez Ruíz Regional Sales Director, Spain

Tedial, an independent MAM technology solutions specialist, has promoted Manuel Martínez Ruíz to Tedial’s regional sales director, Spain, effective immediately. He is based at the company’s headquarters in Malaga and will be responsible for sales in the region and will manage customer accounts in Spain. The company said his contributions have been instrumental in the […]

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TVN Tech | For Election 2020, It’s IP In A Landslide

Stations and broadcast networks alike are heavily turning to IP contribution to cover the presidential primaries this year as past contention problems have largely dissipated and cellular networks greatly improved. For some, however, dedicated fiber and satellite trucks will still play a key role.

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NATPE 2020 | Sook Sees Plenty Of Promise For OTA, Nexstar

Nexstar CEO and President Perry Sook says leagues like the NBA may turn to broadcasters for their over-the-air advantage amid underperforming cable ratings, and that NextGen TV is the greatest tool a TV group can use “to control its destiny.” And he’s bullish about Nexstar’s biggest competitive advantage — its local news and sales forces.

OPEN MIKE FROM BRAD PRICE

View: AV-Over-IP Boosts Broadcast Security

The AV-over-IP stack is a growing function of broadcast technology that can’t be overlooked or ignored when it comes to management, observability, quality of signals and security.

Dalet Names Matthew Carter Head Of Sales For UK, Benelux, South Africa

Dalet, a provider of solutions and services for broadcasters and content professionals, today appointed Matthew Carter head of sales U.K., Benelux and South Africa. Carter, who led global sales engineering for the recently acquired Ooyala Flex Media Platform business, will spearhead Dalet sales initiatives with oversight of Dalet market strategy, customer workflow design and implementation […]

NextGen TV: ‘This Is Year One’

The standard has been approved, testing is ongoing and new TV sets with support for NextGen TV (aka ATSC 3.0) debuted at CES2020 earlier this month. Now comes the hard part — marketing it. That was among the chief topics at SMPTE’s NextGen TV Summit hosted by WETA Washington last week.

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Five M&E Tech Trends To Watch In 2020

Chandar Muthukrishnan: From small-time studios to international broadcasters, everyone in the Media & Entertainment industry is rethinking their technology choices and weighing their options. Here are the top five tech trends likely to have a major impact in 2020.

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TVN Focus On Digital | Behind NBCU’s Digital Overhaul

Last month, NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations unveiled a complete revamp of its digital platforms with a home-grown new CMS and a fresh UX for all screens. As its architects explain, the results dramatically streamline workflow for newsrooms and give consumers and advertisers a richer experience.

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Management Openings In Sales And Engineering

New jobs posted to TVNewsCheck’s Media Job Center include a local sales manager opening for KWES in Odessa-Midland, Texas (DMA 145), and a chief engineer for KIMT, the CBS affiliate in Rochester, Minn. (DMA 150).

WKMG Orlando Offers Online Newscast In 360 Degrees

AFC Viewers To Get CBS Sports’ Top Tech

When CBS Sports closes out its NFL season with Sunday’s Tennessee Titans–Kansas City Chiefs AFC Championship matchup, it will mark the conclusion of one the network’s most technologically innovative campaigns. From the addition of Field Eye (Line-to-Gain camera technology) to an increase in high-speed cameras to more live aerial shots, the CBS Sports team has significantly boosted its NFL production complement this year and will lift equipment levels even higher for its largest production of the year on Sunday in Kansas City.

News Gear Vendors Stress Speed To Air

News crews are always in a hurry, trying to be the first with a liveshot from the latest breaking story. Two critical pieces of gear that facilitate speed of deployment are tripods and battery packs and manufacturers are making pods and power supplies that offer new, innovative tools for news shooters.

FCC Seeks Engineers For Honors Program

The FCC is opening a window for applications under its Honors Engineer Program that was launched in 2018. During this window, the program is open to recent graduates with an engineering degree and current students who will graduate this spring. “Engineers play a critical and essential role in the work of the FCC, and our recent […]

TVU Networks Names Jared Timmins SVP Of Solutions

TVU Networks, a provider of IP-based live video solutions has hired Jared Timmins as senior vice president of solutions. Based in the Atlanta area, he will lead the company’s Global Solutions Team, which will partner with TVU customers to help them quickly adapt to changes in consumer media consumption. Prior to joining TVU, Timmins held […]

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TVN Tech | OTT Monitoring Faces Complex Challenges

Broadcasters must deal with a host of complexities in delivering consistent video quality to their OTT viewers. Vendors are trying to help — and cut monitoring costs — with a range of technologies including monitoring by exception, real-time distribution alerts and using machine learning.

Ross Video Helps Cornerstone Technologies Grow

Live video production used to be synonymous with the broadcast industry, but the last decade has seen a content explosion as corporations, sports clubs, stadiums, live event organizers and educators have all harnessed the story-telling power of live video to benefit their audiences. Cornerstone Technologies (based in Salt Lake City, Utah), watched this emerging trend […]

SMPTE 2020 Call For Papers Now Open

SMPTE is seeking technical manuscript proposals for the SMPTE 2020 Annual Technical Conference & Exhibition (SMPTE 2020), Nov. 9-12, at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites in Los Angeles. With this year’s call for papers, the society has introduced a new two-phase submission and review process designed to enhance the quality above the already high […]

Bitcentral Implements Streaming Solution For WISH

Bitcentral, a provider of efficient media workflows in the U.S. and Latin America, signed a three-year agreement to implement its production, cloud streaming and video monetization solution fuel at WISH Indianapolis, which took place this week. WISH is a CW affiliate acquired by Circle City Broadcasting from Nexstar in 2019 as part of a $42.5 […]

New Year, A Clearer Vision For Broadcast?

Trends that will shape the industry include the ratcheting up of OTT streaming services, shuffled alliances between content companies, downsizing and consolidation among technology vendors, and ongoing adoption of IP, AI, advanced advertising and NextGen TV.

TV Nets Ask Senate To Use C-SPAN Cameras For Trump Impeachment Trial

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Election Year Threats In Spotlight At CBR

An incident response simulation focused on a period of heightened risk will open TVNewsCheck’s Cybersecurity for Broadcasters Retreat on Feb. 12 in Orlando.

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Monitor Tower Lighting Or Be Prepared To Pay

The FCC announced that Scripps Broadcasting has agreed to a $1.13 million settlement to resolve violations of tower lighting monitoring rules. What makes this case especially interesting is that the party who is paying the fine and instituting a years-long compliance plan wasn’t even the party responsible for the wrongdoing.

Tech & Engineering Emmy Winners Set

Yvette Kanouff, a pioneer in video and digital services, will receive the NATAS Lifetime Achievement Award. The awards will be presented at a gala as part of the 2020 NAB Show.

Antennas Direct Buys Mohu In OTA Deal

Antennas Direct said it acquired Mohu to become the largest antenna company in the U.S. at a time when more consumers are cutting the cable TV cord.

Steve Newberry Appointed CEO Of QUU

QUU Inc., has named Steve Newberry chief executive officer, effective April 1. In addition, he will serve on the company’s board of directors and receive an equity stake in QUU. QUU was founded by Joe Harb in 2007 and is based in Mercer Island, Wash. The company’s technology enables radio stations to take full control of the RDS/HD […]

Sinclair, SK Telecom Debut US 3.0 Business

The new Cast.era joint venture plans to provide NextGen TV solutions for the television industry rollout, starting with Sinclair stations this year. It will focus on three main business areas: cloud infrastructure for broadcasting, ultra-low latency OTT broadcasting and personalized advertising.

Weather Co. Debuts Enhanced Max Platform

Designed to respond to breaking weather alerts, the “One Click Play-to-Air” interface is designed to accelerate broadcast production workflows and give broadcasters access to improved on-air tools and resources for expedited weather data analysis and presentation.

Comcast Flips: No Super Bowl In 4K