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On Tap For TV At CES: 3.0, Voice, Gadgets

How the new television transmission standard will impact stations and their competitive opportunities will be rop of mind for broadcasters at the upcoming Consumer Electronics Show. Also of interest will be the continuing disruption of media, particularly TV, the growth of virtual home assistants and more.

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Hawk-Woods Launches Mini V-Lok Battery

Hawk-Woods, developer of broadcast power solutions, announced that Mini V-Lok, its new, ultra-small and lightweight V-Lok battery, is now available in the United States through Manios Digital & Film. Mini V-Lok was developed as an alternative to standard, travel-size batteries for power-hungry broadcast equipment. “It packs a lot of power-into a small footprint,” said Manios […]

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Jeremy Strootman Joins Square Box Systems

Signaling growing momentum for the CatDV media asset management system (MAM) in the U.S. and Canada markets, Square Box Systems has appointed Jeremy Strootman as vice president, business development for North America, working alongside Ryan Servant. Strootman’s background includes stints with Telestream, JB&A and SNS. Square Box has strong business ties with all three companies. […]

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Accedo One Cloud Powers Video For 300M+ Users

Accedo says its Accedo One video experience cloud platform powered more than 300 million users in 2017. The product suite that has evolved into Accedo One was originally launched in 2013. Over the past four years, it has grown in features, functions and users. “I’m thrilled to see the increasing usage of our Accedo One […]

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Arena TV Airs First Live 4K-Over-RF Broadcast

DTC Domo Broadcast and VideoSys Broadcast teamed up to provide Arena TV with the first ultra-low delay wireless 4K camera transmitter system to be used for a live broadcast.   On Dec. 2, 2017, Arena TV deployed Domo Broadcast’s AEON 4K transmitter (AEON-TX) coupled with a camera control and fiber system designed and provided by […]

FCC’s Pai Cancels CES Appearance

Following a controversial vote to end Obama-era net neutrality protections, the agency’s chairman calls off plans to be a panelist at the tech industry’s annual trade show.

STATION ADVISORY

FCC Sets Comment Dates On 3.0 Issues

When the FCC adopted its Report and Order authorizing the next-generation TV standard ATSC 3.0, it did not resolve all issues, instead leaving a few for further public comment. Notice of the issues raised in the Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking was published in the Federal Register just before Christmas, setting Feb. 20 as the deadline for initial comments on the outstanding issues, and March 20 as the deadline for reply comments.

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FCC Starts Process To OK Tower Collocations

On Dec.14, the FCC released a public notice unveiling a draft program comment that will supposedly resolve the longstanding issues surrounding collocating equipment on so-called “Twilight Towers.”

NBC Unveils Set Designs For Olympics

NBC has built a 3,500 square foot geodesic dome as the main studio for its coverage of the upcoming PyeongChang Winter Olympics in February. The unique domed set will include a 40-foot by 16-foot LED video wall from Leyard, complemented by 18 55-inch high-definition monitors and more than 15 standup locations. Also included in the design are a primary anchor desk, interview areas and news update desk.

Grass Valley Names Shoulders President

Seven-year veteran of parent Belden, Timothy Shoulders, will focus on Grass Valley’s growth and customer experience. He succeeds Marco Lopez.

GatesAir Names John Belza CFO

The experienced finance executive will also oversee human resources and information technology, while introducing new strategies to improve company profitability and increase shareholder value.

PTZ Cameras Gaining Station Acceptance

In broadcast markets of every size, news operations are replacing traditional, pedestal-mounted studio cameras with pan/tilt/zoom (PTZ) models. In fact, PTZ camera performance is so strong that some stations are using them side-by-side with traditional studio cameras for weather sets, while others have replaced all their studio cameras with PTZ models.

CNN Rebuilds Washington Studio

Microsoft Rural ‘Net Plan Uses White Spaces

Microsoft is partnering with organizations across the country to form Connect Americans Now (CAN), a coalition that will pressure policymaker to help bring broadband internet access to rural America using unoccupied TV channels, or white spaces.

Verance Wraps Up Initial Aspect 3.0 Tests

They were conducted using the current ATSC 1.0 standard in conjunction with Fox and NBC in Phoenix, with LG integrating the Verance watermark with its webOS Smart TV operating platform.

LG Unveils 88-Inch 8K OLED Display

2017 IN REVIEW

LED Top Trend That Drove Broadcast Design

Broadcast design in 2017 was driven heavily by three letters — LED. Last year, LED video walls and video arrays continued to see monumental growth, with lower prices and greater advantages of flexibility making the technology pop up in even smaller markets. Although seamless LED walls are by no means new, they did see a significant boost last year.

2017

Kara Swisher Reviews The Year In Media

Swisher returns to Recode Media with Peter Kafka to talk about how journalism and tech are doing in the first year of Donald Trump’s presidency.

Primetime Outages Hit DirecTV Now

DirecTV Now has experienced frequent buffering and widespread outages for several consecutive nights, according to the service’s Twitter customer help page, and user comments at social media sites.

Trilithic Inc. Joins AWARN Alliance

Trilithic Inc. (which recently became a part of VIAVI Solutions) is joining broadcasters, public safety agencies and other technology companies to develop and deploy the Advanced Warning and Response Network (AWARN), which utilizes the capabilities enabled by Next Generation Television. The goal of the AWARN Alliance is to create the most advanced emergency alerting system […]

Avid Customer Assn. Commences Annual Vote

Avid, a global media technology provider for the creation, distribution and monetization of media assets for global media organizations, enterprise users and individual creative professionals, along with Avid Customer Association (ACA) leadership, has opened the second annual ACA Vote (http://www.avidcustomerassociation.com/vote) to help prioritize Avid’s product and innovation roadmap for 2018 and beyond, as well as […]

Samsung Adds CBS All Access To Smart TVs

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IP, ATSC 3.0 Top Tech On Tap For 2018

The list of gear and technologies expected to command broadcasters’ attention and wallets next year includes the transition from SDI to IP infrastructure using clouds; transmitters and other RF gear to handle station migration to new channels; ATSC 3.0; plus a lot of activity involving cameras, bonded cellar, multichannel workflow and virtual sets.

The State Of Drones, One Year Later

It’s been more than a year now since the Federal Aviation Administration issued its final rule — Part 107 — permitting journalists and others to fly small drones for commercial purposes. No longer must news outlets apply for section 333 exemptions or have an airplane or helicopter pilot on scene. A set of best practices is evolving, beyond adherence to the regulatory requirements.

DMA 8: SAN FRANCISCO

KGO Crew’s Equipment Stolen Outside City Hall

New Graphics Reflect Tegna’s Digital-First Approach

Audiotonix Buys Solid State Logic

James Gordon, CEO of Audiotonix, said: “We are growing the Audiotonix Group with professional audio brands that have exceptional technology, committed people and a real passion for what they do.

MediaTek Completes Tests Of Aspect For 3.0

This component of ATSC 3.0 will be featured in joint demonstrations of MediaTek’s digital TV platforms Integrated with Verance Aspect at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show.

DMA 41: OKLAHOMA CITY

KFOR Names Studio After Linda Cavanaugh

Amazon To Sell Apple TV, Google Chromecast