KPLC Lake Charles, La., Begins Rebuilding

NewTekTV Expands in September To Highlight How You Can Lift Your Voice Through Video

NewTek, a provider of IP-based video technology and part of the Vizrt Group, is expanding its NewTekTV programming lineup in September. The brand new content focuses on what it calls “relevant issues for today’s socially distant production environment and highlights new opportunities that open up by adding video to businesses of all types and sizes.” […]

Comcast Looking To Enter Smart TV Wars

Comcast wants to turn the software running on its set-top boxes into an operating system for smart TVs, according to multiple industry insiders with knowledge of the company’s plans. The company began pitching TV manufacturers on the idea in recent months and had some conversations on the subject at CES in January. It’s unclear how far these talks have progressed, but the push underlines the growing importance of smart TVs as a major platform for the future of entertainment.

BRAND CONNECTIONS

Samsung OLED TVs With Quantum Dots Could Be Coming Soon

Hurricane Laura Downs Two Towers In Louisiana

Two broadcast towers in Lake Charles, La., have been damaged as a result of Hurricane Laura, which made landfall in the early hours of Aug. 27. There have been multiple reports of damages to the broadcast tower of KPLC, the area’s NBC affiliate, with pictures (above) showing portions of the tower having collapsed. Some reports are indicating there was damage to the STL (studio to transmitter link) and ENG, but that the main tower was OK. In addition, a representative from the Louisiana Association of Broadcasters confirmed that the LPTV station KSWL, a CBS affiliate, has reported that its tower fell on top of its building.

ARK Multicasting Promotes Josh Weiss To CEO

ARK Multicasting has appointed Co-Founder Joshua Weiss to chief executive officer. Since founding the company in 2018, Weiss has been an integral member of ARK’s management team and his promotion to CEO “is the natural progression of his successful leadership,” the company said. Outgoing CEO, Vern Fotheringham will remain involved with ARK as the vice chairman […]

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TVN Tech | Upping The Election AR And Graphics Game

Broadcasters won’t be hampered by remote working conditions for election night 2020, and they have a bevy of new graphics and augmented reality tools to help them tell the story. Above, Broadcasters can make complex data easy for viewers to grasp through augmented reality objects generated by Brainstorm graphics using real-time data from different sources. A Punt, a regional channel in Spain, covered municipal elections, and this interactive map shows the winning party in each town, with detailed results for the seats won in each town are shown on the chart of the left side. The bars on the bottom show a rundown of all the cities, in alphabetical order, with the results in real time.

Red Bee To Power Launch Of SportsTribal TV Streamer

SportsTribal TV is a new, free ad-supported sports streaming service, offering a wide range of 24/7 sports-based entertainment channels from around the world. Launching in late 2020, SportsTribal TV enables traditional and non-traditional sports rights owners, niche and micro-niche sports, social creators and sports storytellers to turn their video content into professionally managed, 24/7 streaming […]

WXII Illuminates News Set With Brightline LED Fixtures

Brightline, a manufacturer of energy efficient lighting systems, says Hearst-owned NBC affiliate WXII Greensboro/Winston-Salem/High Point, N.C. (DMA 49), used almost 40 Brightline L1.2 and L1.4 LED SeriesONE studio light fixtures to light its new set, which debuted in early August. The new scenic environment, designed by Devlin Design Group, was the first complete overhaul of the WXII news […]

JVC Professional Video Expands Extended Warranty Program

JVC Professional Video has expanded its extended warranty program to now also include Connected Cam 500 Series streaming handheld camcorders. With this warranty, customers are guaranteed three-year protection on parts and labor for all applicable cameras. To qualify for the extended warranty, customers must register within 30 days of the purchase date and save a copy of the confirmation […]

Dalet Announces IBC 2020 Virtual Showcase

Dalet, a provider of solutions and services for broadcasters and content professionals, today announced its virtual IBC 2020 event plans through Dalet Connect. An extension to Dalet’s online presence launched in April 2020, Dalet Connect is a digital meeting environment dedicated to media professionals looking for workflow solutions. Dalet kicks off its “Virtual IBC” on Sept. […]

ATTO To Unveil Software Update During IBC Showcase 2020

ATTO Technology, a global provider of network, storage connectivity and infrastructure solutions for data-intensive computing environments for over 30 years, has launched an IBC Showcase 2020 event page which features its latest connectivity solutions for media professionals. During the week of Sept. 8-11 ATTO will unveil new features and other updates to ATTO 360 Tuning, Monitoring, and Analytics […]

The Switch Chooses Tellyo For MIMiC Cloud-Based TV Production-As-A-Service Offering

COMMENTARY

Producing Political Drama In A Pandemic

Last week’s Democratic National Convention proved that innovative solutions are everywhere, and they are looking better and better as their use is expanded over the broadcast and digital spectrum.

TVN FOCUS ON TECHNOLOGY

TVN Focus On Technology | Shifting, Not Lifting, News Workflow To The Cloud

TV stations and networks are learning that to take full advantage of the cloud, they need to overhaul the way they produce news rather than try to replicate hardware-based workflows on a cloud platform.

TVN’S MEDIA JOBS

Chief Engineer And Master Control Openings

New jobs posted to TVNewsCheck’s Media Job Center include openings for a chief engineer in South Carolina and a master control operator in New York.

NAB Creating ‘NAB Amplify’ Digital Platform

The kind of programming offerings attendees get at the annual NAB Show will no longer be contained to a week in Las Vegas, as the organization has announced plans to launch NAB Amplify, a year-round digital platform designed to extend the impact of the NAB Show throughout the year.

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Collins | A Glimpse Into The Future Of Entertainment

The pandemic has sharpened focus on new technologies, including virtual applications. “In the next five to seven years, you’re going to see multiple waves of virtual devices ingrained into mass consumer electronics,” predicts Ted Schilowitz, futurist for Paramount Pictures.

Vice TV Transitions UK And France Linear Channels To Amagi Cloud

Vice TV, the international television network from Vice Media Group, has transitioned its U.K. and French channels to Amagi’s fully virtual cloud playout platform. All international services of Vice TV channels covering APAC and EMEA are now fully managed by Amagi. “Amagi has been a great partner as we have pioneered adoption of cloud based […]

TVU Networks Adds Audio Mixing Feature To Cloud-Based TVU Producer

Based upon extensive customer feedback, TVU Networks has added an audio mixing panel as a feature to its cloud-based TVU Producer multi-camera, cloud production solution. With TVU Producer, novice or experienced video producers can remotely produce multi-camera live events with zero latency — even when using smartphones as production cameras. “Our new Audio Mixing Panel has been a highly requested feature of […]

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TVN Tech | IBC Readies Virtual Alternative To 2020 Show

Like other COVID-19 casualties before it, IBC will offer a virtualized version of its 50,000-attendee show next month with a shifted timeframe, live and on-demand content and the return of its fledgling Accelerator Program. Vendors whose product cycles have been tied tightly to the show are eager for a return to in-person events.

Channel Master To Market TiVo Edge DVR With Its OTA Solutions

Apple Is Worth $2T, Punctuating Big Tech’s Grip

On Wednesday, Apple became the first U.S. company to hit a $2 trillion valuation when its shares climbed 1.2% to $467.78 in morning trading, capping a staggering ascent that began in the pandemic.

SMPTE Names 2020 Honorees

SMPTE revealed the industry leaders and innovators who will be honored at the Awards Gala that will be part of this year’s interactive remote SMPTE 2020. Scheduled for Nov. 11 and 12 during the society’s annual technical conference and exhibition, the online celebration will recognize business, technical, and creative leaders and students who have made substantial contributions to […]

Jenn Paonessa To Head ChyronHego’s New Venues Solutions Division

ChyronHego today announced that Jennifer Paonessa has been promoted to director of the company’s new Venues Solutions division. Focusing on custom, workflow-driven graphics solutions, Venues Solutions delivers an end-to-end sports production ecosystem that combines traditional LED content control, advanced graphics creation, and enhanced virtual and data visuals to help users boost fan engagement, team branding […]

Kieran Clarke Joins Bitcentral As Chief Revenue Officer

Bitcentral Inc., a provider of efficient media workflows in the U.S. and Latin America, today named Kieran Clarke chief revenue officer, a newly created position, effective immediately. “With more than two decades of experience in media, Kieran will add a new level of creativity and strategic insight to our team,” said Greg Mason, Bitcentral president. […]

NAB, Others Urge Funds For Tower Crew Training

Facing 5G wireless buildouts, broadcast NextGen TV buildouts and the C-band transition, communications associations are pushing Congress to pass legislation to help train the workforce that is needed for those infrastructure deployments.

Tru Optik Launches Self-Service Data Marketplace For Connected TV, Streaming Audio, Gaming Advertising

Tru Optik, an identity resolution provider across OTT and connected TV (CTV), today launched a new self-service platform for streaming media and connected device audience planning. The Data Marketplace will be made available directly to brands and agencies for the first time, as well as expand the features and capabilities it already provides to the […]

Dalet CubeNG Puts Broadcast Graphics Workflows In The Cloud

Dalet, a provider of solutions and services for broadcasters and content professionals, announced today the availability of a cloud-enabled version of its premium broadcast graphics solution for newsrooms, Dalet CubeNG, powered by the Brainstorm real-time graphics engine. The end-to-end graphics solution includes tools to create and manage the playout of superior 2D and 3D dynamic graphics and […]

NEP Group Names Brian Sullivan CEO

He joins the tech firm from McKinsey & Co. where he has been senior adviser to the Consumer, Tech & Media teams since 2019.