From Zoom To Quibi, 2020’S Tech Winners & Losers

We streamed, we Zoomed, we ordered groceries and houseplants online, we created virtual villages while navigating laptop shortages to work and learn from home. In many ways, 2020′s pandemic-induced isolation threw our dependence on technology into overdrive, snipping away at our real-life connections while bringing digital relationships to the fore. But for every life-changing Zoom, […]

Comcast To Air 23 College Basketball Games In 4K

11 Top TV Execs On The Biggest Thing They Learned During The Pandemic

Plus, how Covid-19 has changed their industry and what trends are likely to stay.

BRAND CONNECTIONS

2021 HPA Tech Retreat Details Virtual Conference Plans

Nexstar Launches NextGen TV In Denver

The debut on KDVR and KWGN marks the company’s 12th market and 22nd station to roll out ATSC 3.0 in this year. Nexstar plans to convert 32 more stations in 20 additional markets in 2021

ONE Media Launches STIRR Radio App In Seattle

The NextGen TV service will deliver TV and radio to anyone with a NextGen television set connected to the web.

Vimeo To Become Stand-Alone Company In 2021

TVN FOCUS ON JOURNALISM

TVN Focus On Journalism | Collaboration Lessons For A Post-Pandemic World

Newsrooms see a “better normal” in terms of collaboration on the other side of COVID-19. Leaders from E.W. Scripps, Tegna, Fox Owned Stations and the Howard Center for Investigative Journalism says remote pandemic projects between universities, stations and even different station groups have revealed new efficiencies in communication and technological fluency that will carry forward.

TVN’s NewsTECHForum: The Story In Videos

Here are the complete videos and story links for TVNewsCheck’s NewsTECHForum, featuring a keynote interview with veteran news producer David Bohrman and news and technology leaders from ABC News, Hearst, Tegna, NBCU Owned Television Stations, CBS Owned Stations, ABC Owned Stations, Gray Television, Graham Media, Sinclair, E.W. Scripps, Meredith, BBC, AJ+ and more.

TVN’S NEWSTECHFORUM 2020

NTF 2020 | Broadcasters Explore Cloud Options For News

TV broadcasters are aiming to move live production workflows to the cloud, but executives from Sinclair, ABC News and Vizrt said at last week’s NewsTECHForum it will take faster tech development from vendors and possibly new financial thinking from customers.

TVN’S NEWSTECHFORUM 2020

NTF 2020 | Broadcasters Hold Firm On Remote Workflows

Tech leaders at E.W. Scripps, Meredith and Hubbard Broadcasting as well as at tech vendor Avid say that remote production workflows are getting more refined, while vaccine promises also have them hopeful of a return to newsrooms. “The adrenaline that goes through a newsroom is hard to duplicate at home,” said Scripps CTO Ray Thurber at last week’s NewsTECHForum.

Connected TV Devices See Record Holiday Sales

Connected TV devices are proving to be a popular gift this holiday season, as Strategy Analytics is reporting that global sales of CTV devices are expected to reach record heights, largely due to both the holidays and people recovering from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Talking TV | Collaboration Evolves For TV In ’20

TVNewsCheck Editor Michael Depp talks with writer Paige Albiniak about TV’s rethink on how to collaborate amid the pandemic’s forced virtualization as well as lessons learned by station groups like E.W. Scripps, Tegna and Fox. 

TVN TECH

TVN Tech | Devoncroft Assesses A Disrupted Tech Market

This month’s virtual Devoncroft Executive Summit took the measure of a media technology market radically altered by COVID-19, from a 10% hit to its overall market size, a reassessment of how of it does business and a big potential shift in its sales and marketing efforts. Above, Devoncroft’s Josh Stinehour emphasized that technology investment by broadcasters is an opportunity to drive increased revenues, not simply a cost center.

NEP Group Names Andrew Jordan Global CTO

TVN’S NEWSTECHFORUM 2020

NTF 2020 | News Storytelling Sees Creative Flourish In Pandemic Year

Journalists from AJ+, NBCLX, NBCU Owned Stations and Graham Media said 2020’s confluence of major stories prompted a surge of creativity and experimentation in video news storytelling. They told a NewsTECHForum panel that working conditions prompted the acquisition of new skills and more elasticity in their story length.

TVN’S NEWSTECHFORUM 2020

NTF 2020 | Digital News In 2021? Personalization, Data And ‘Authentic’ Streaming Reporting

News leaders from CNN, BBC News Labs, ABC Owned Stations, Gray Television and The Weather Company foresee improving news personalization and story versioning, expanded data journalism and a less polished, more authentic look to reporting on streaming channels, they said in a NewsTECHForum panel on Wednesday.

Next-Generation Lawo Audio Console Core And Most Compact mc² Mixing Console Unveiled

In a debut streamed live from the Jazz Club Karlsruhe, just a few minutes from Lawo headquarters in Rastatt, Germany, the company on Wednesday unveiled two new additions to the Lawo mixing portfolio: the Phase II of its incredibly powerful A__UHD Core audio engine, and the next generation of Lawo’s most compact, feature-filled all-in-one mixer: […]

Simon Says Intros Assemble, A New Way To Edit Video

Simon Says, a timecode-based AI transcription platform for video professionals, today launched Simon Says Assemble, a new product and significant expansion to the Simon Says platform that makes video editing as simple as copying and pasting text. Assemble lets production teams and clients quickly and easily lock story from the web; import and transcribe interview […]

Object Matrix Partners With Blackbird For Cloud Video Editing

Object Matrix, a provider of object storage solutions to the media industry, has partnered with Blackbird plc, developer and seller of the cloud video editing platform Blackbird. The partnership includes the integration of Object Matrix’s MatrixStore, the on-prem and cloud storage platform, with Blackbird, the world’s fastest, most powerful professional cloud video editing and publishing platform. […]

Capitol Broadcasting Rolling Out ATSC 3.0

With the addition of its WRAL and WRAZ, plus noncommercial WUNC shortly, Raleigh, N.C., has 9 stations airing the new NextGen TV technology.

TVN’S NEWSTECHFORUM 2020

NTF 2020 | Magic Walls, AR Within Reach For All TV Newsrooms

David Bohrman, a veteran producer with tenures at ABC News, NBC News and CNN, told NewsTECHForum attendees Tuesday that news organizations of all sizes should embrace technologies like “magic” video walls and augmented reality, where he has been a pioneer. “The more of us that experiment with it and use it, the more creative we can be at helping to tell the stories,” he said.

TVN’S NEWSTECHFORUM 2020

NTF 2020 | Pivots Never Stopped For TV News In 2020

COVID-19, a historic election and Black Lives Matter protests kept local and national TV newsrooms in a state of perpetual vigilance this year. News executives from ABC News, Tegna and Hearst at TVNewsCheck’s NewsTECHForum on Tuesday said the year’s challenges revealed some remarkable resiliencies in their newsrooms, but also made their journalists a bigger target.

7 Seattle Stations Launch ATSC 3.0 Broadcasts

KOMO, KIRO, KCPQ, KING, KONG, KZJO and KUNS have implemented NextGen TV technology.

NBC Opens Expanded Capitol Hill Studio

Hans Hoffmann Elected SMPTE President

SMPTE today announced that Hans Hoffmann, head of media fundamentals and production at the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), has been elected by the SMPTE membership to serve as SMPTE president for the 2021-22 term. He currently serves as SMPTE executive vice president and, on Jan. 1, 2021, will become the first European to serve as the […]

‘Maury’ And ‘Steve Wilkos Show’ Tap The Video Call Center For Remote Production

NBCUniversal Television Distribution announced a partnership with The Video Call Center to bring virtual guests to Maury and The Steve Wilkos Show, for the 2020-21 season. With the VCC’s Caller Cloud solution, the production teams can reach more people and expand the range of the stories they tell, while maintaining safe, remote practices. The VCC […]

Cable TV Test Of 3.0 Coming To Portland, OR

Seven stations in the market are working together with Comcast to test how
NextGen TV signals could best be transmitted by cable TV systems.

USSI Global Looks Forward As It Celebrates 35 Years

USSI Global, a turnkey provider of customized network, broadcast and digital signage systems and services worldwide, is celebrating its 35th anniversary by helping broadcasters mitigate interference of the long-standing C-Band satellite spectrum to make room for new 5G services. USSI Global is also providing ground station and user terminal services across the globe for LEO satellite internet providers, and offering indoor and outdoor digital signage […]

Beachfront And SeaChange Launch Linear TV Programmatic Ad Solution For Cable Operators

Beachfront, the convergent TV advertising platform, and SeaChange International, a provider of video delivery platforms, have partnered to enable real-time, programmatic monetization of linear spot, over-the-top (OTT) and video-on-demand (VOD) ad inventory. The joint solution is already deployed in the U.S. — including with a global operator and regional cable company — and enables Beachfront’s […]