FCC Preps Big Spectrum Moves

The FCC will be making some big spectrum-related decisions Friday (Feb. 28) at its February public meeting that will affect broadcast and cable operators. The commission is scheduled to vote on freeing up 300 MHz of the 500 MHz C-Band satellite spectrum for next-gen terrestrial wireless, in the process repacking satellite operators and their broadcast and cable clients into smaller space and potentially paying those satellite operators billions to exit the spectrum early.

HPA: 3.0 Can Give TV ‘Level Playing Field’

A “Broadcasters’ Panel” has been a fixture at the HPA Tech Retreat program for years. This year was no exception, with panelists discussing the future with NextGen TV and the the impact that the cloud and IP will have.

Vizio Is Adding Disney+ To Its Smart TV Platform

BRAND CONNECTIONS

LPTV, TV Translator Repack Reimbursement Prospects Look Good

Arvato Systems Receives AWS DevOps Competency Status

Arvato Systems has achieved DevOps competence status with Amazon Web Services (AWS). This award recognizes that Arvato Systems has the expertise and methodology to help customers implement continuous integration and continuous delivery practices and to help them automate and manage the infrastructure on AWS. The DevOps Competency Status underlines Arvato Systems’ expertise in the AWS […]

Riedel North America Taps Dave Caulwell For Channel Manager

TVN TECH

TVN Tech | RF Repack Marching Toward Completion

Vendors see the end of a long RF repack process ahead with FCC deadlines being met, sometimes assisted by Special Temporary Authorities and interim transmission facilities. RF vendors are now looking to other revenue opportunities as the repack slows down. (Dielectric photo)

NAB Affirms NAB Show Is Set for April

The association says it is closely monitoring COVID-19, commonly known as coronavirus, and is “prepared to devote whatever resources necessary to ensure a safe and productive NAB Show experience.”

Dielectric Expands Powerlite For NextGen TV At NAB Show

Dielectric will strengthen its global Powerlite brand for broadcasters with new systems built specifically for NextGen TV, based on the ATSC 3.0 standard. To be introduced at the 2020 NAB Show (April 19-22 at the Las Vegas Convention Center), the new Powerlite TFU-WB-LP Series addresses the unique requirements of ATSC 3.0 single-frequency networks (SFNs). The series offers multiple variations, patterns and software-defined proposal generators to help broadcasters develop perfectly-defined, multi-site low-power antenna systems. […]

TVN’S MEDIA JOBS

Openings In Media, Maintenance & Distribution

New jobs posted to TVNewsCheck’s Media Job Center include openings for a media specialist at a top 5 market O&O, a maintenance technician for a Hearst station in the midwest, and a programming and content distribution director for Illinois Public Media.

Spain Disputes Reason For MWC’s Cancellation

The decision to scrap the Feb. 24-27 event in Barcelona was taken after dozens of tech companies and wireless carriers dropped out over the COVID-19 virus, including major companies like Ericsson, Nokia, Sony, Amazon, Intel and LG. The companies cited concerns for the safety of staff and visitors. But the Spanish government said in a statement it “believes it is not public health reasons in Spain that have motivated the cancellation.”

TAG Video Systems Names Paul Briscoe Chief Architect

TAG Video Systems, a global provider of integrated software-based IP probing, monitoring and multiviewer solutions, has appointed industry veteran and technologist Paul Briscoe as chief architect for the company’s global operations. “We can’t be more pleased that Paul has joined TAG during this period of significant growth,” said Tomer Schechter, TAG CTO. “Paul’s achievements throughout media and […]

Ross Video Ups Mark Cooke To Sales Director In Asia

Open Services Alliance For Media Launches

The media organizations worldwide that form the alliance will focus on enabling improved open interoperability among service-based applications.

Sonnet Announces Professional Dual-Slot Thunderbolt 3 Card Reader For CFexpress 2.0 Type B And XQD Media

Sonnet Technologies today announced the SF3 Series – CFexpress / XQD Pro Card Reader, the latest model in its expanding family of professional media readers. The SF3 Series – CFexpress / XQD Pro Card Reader features dual card slots and a 40Gbps Thunderbolt™ 3 interface. CFexpress 2.0 Type B is a new, ultra-fast recording media developed […]

AJA Ships HDR Image Analyzer 12G With 8K Support

AJA Video Systems is now shipping HDR Image Analyzer 12G, a real-time HDR and WCG monitoring and analysis platform featuring 12G-SDI connectivity. Developed in partnership with Colorfront, HDR Image Analyzer 12G supports up to 8K/UHD2 HDR monitoring and analysis for high raster content over 12G-SDI, with the simplicity of single-cable connectivity for higher bandwidth workflows. HDR […]

TVN’S NEW FACILITIES INSIDER

TVN’s New Facilities Insider | NBCU Takes The IP Plunge In Boston

The massive NBCUniversal Boston Media Center in Needham, Mass., houses the company’s NBC and Telemundo stations plus regional cable news and sports networks in a new $125 million, 160,000-square foot headquarters. “It’s a complete game-changer,” says one GM of the greenfield build.

TVN’S WOMEN IN TECHNOLOGY

Janet Gardner And Jade Kurian: TVN’s Futurists

The recipients of TVNewsCheck’s annual Women in Technology Futurist Award — Perspective Media Group’s Janet Gardner and Latakoo’s Jade Kurian — epitomize the quality of taking a long-range view of where the television industry should be moving and figuring out how to get it there. They will be honored on April 21 during the NBA Show in Las Vegas.

Synacor, Qumu To Combine

Prime Focus Technologies Rebrands DAX To CLEAR

Prime Focus Technologies (PFT) has renamed its patented DAX Digital Dailies to CLEAR. Initially released in 2004, DAX pioneered the online dailies experience at a time when the industry was using DVDs and has been the only patented dailies solution since. While DAX has undergone several changes since its acquisition by PFT in 2014, it […]

Q&A

DSLR To Mobile: Q&A With Kara Frame

NPR Video Producer Kara Frame got involved with live digital reporting when Facebook first launched its live video capabilities in 2016. Just a couple of years later,  Facebook reported that one in five videos were shot and shared live by the platform’s millions of daily users. Frame talks about lessons learned for NPR’s launch of live digital video including the tools her and the video team used to create high-quality segments and news stories with DSLR cameras.

Sony Launches Next-Gen 4K HDR Monitors

Sony Electronics today announced U.S. availability of a new set of high-grade 4K HDR monitors from Sony’s TriMaster range. The PVM-X2400 (24’’) and the PVM-X1800 (18.4’’) professional 4K HDR monitors were first unveiled and demonstrated at the BSC Expo 2020 in London. The monitors provide high picture quality and accurate color reproduction thanks to Sony’s specified and dedicated panels, which offer ultra-high definition with […]

Kathy-Anne McManus Named Avid Chief Customer Experience Officer

Avid is expanding its total customer success strategy with the newly created role of chief customer experience officer (CCXO) reporting to the CEO. Today it appointed Kathy-Anne “KAM” McManus to ensure that all functions across Avid can “collectively deliver the greatest possible satisfaction and value for all types of customers including creative individuals, production teams […]

Eric Diez To Head Hudson MX Engineering

He joins Hudson MX following a 19-year tenure with Turner Broadcasting. Based out of the Atlanta headquarters, Diez will be overseeing the company’s rapidly expanding engineering team — which has grown by 46 engineers in the last six months alone.

FCC Eyes C-Band Public Auction In Dec.

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has laid out his plan for how the C-band will be used to spur 5G development, announcing his plans to conduct a public auction of 280 MHz of the spectrum with a potential launch date of Dec. 8.

TECH ONE-ON-ONE WITH FRANCOIS VAILLANT

TVN Tech | CBC’s Montreal Greenfield Reveals IP Challenges

Francois Vaillant, executive director of engineering at CBC/Radio-Canada, says the group opted to build an IP-based broadcast center to move CBC/Radio-Canada into the future. The greenfield project was an opportunity to be more future-proof.

Sinclair Joins NextGen TV’s Pearl Group

Sinclair Broadcast Group is the latest station group and ATSC 3.0 proponent to join the Pearl TV consortium. Sinclair CEO Chris Ripley: “Since the rubber is really going to hit the road here this year, it just made sense to join Pearl and speak … with one industry voice. I think it will speed up the rollout and the ultimate adoption of NextGen TV.”

FuboTV, Viasat To Bring Live Streaming To Airlines

Viasat Inc., a global communications company, and FuboTV, a sports and news-focused live TV streaming service, announced today a video streaming distribution and technology partnership that advances how content can be delivered and consumed in-flight. The companies say the partnership is the first to leverage innovative technology standards from the global technical association the Streaming Video Alliance, and apply […]

Comcast To Air Westminster Dog Show In 4K

CBC/Radio-Canada Chooses Dejero For Field Contribution Tech

Dejero, a provider of cloud-managed solutions has again been selected as the primary field contribution solutions provider for Canada’s national public broadcaster, CBC/Radio-Canada (CBC). As part of this renewed multi-year agreement, Dejero will help with CBC’s transition to IP workflows. A major project that CBC is currently undertaking is relocating the broadcaster’s French Services HQ […]