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COMMENTARY

Why Cloud Playout Is A Game Changer

SES Video’s Frank Hoffmann: “As the business environment becomes more complex and challenging, broadcasters have a greater need to adapt and be flexible. Cloud-based video solutions for services like playout are seen as a promising way to achieve this flexibility and easy scalability — the idea being that using cloud playout will allow media companies to launch “pop-up channels” faster, deliver traditional and OTT content more efficiently, and ensure they have a low-cost, reliable disaster recovery strategy in place.”

Tech Lessons Learned In The 2010s

The end of the decade is upon us and time to take a look at how the last 10 years impacted broadcasters. As usual, it’s a mixed bag of successes and a few failures, illustrating the rocky path for our industry as we transition from television as we knew it to a whole new paradigm.

BRAND CONNECTIONS

Apple Reportedly Entering Satellite Business

Apple Inc. has a secret team working on satellite technology that the iPhone maker could use to beam internet services directly to devices, bypassing wireless networks, according to people familiar with the work. The Cupertino, California-based iPhone maker has about a dozen engineers from the aerospace, satellite and antenna design industries working on the project with the goal of deploying their results within five years, said the people.

FCC Names New Chief Technology Officer

Dr. Monisha Ghosh joins the commission from the National Science Foundation. Her background includes extensive experience with wireless technologies, HDTV and cognitive radio for TV white spaces.

ATSC Elects New Board Members

Members of the Advanced Television Systems Committee elected four industry executives to serve on the ATSC board of directors for three-year terms that begin in January 2020, while two directors were appointed to the ATSC board by their respective professional associations. Current directors who were reelected are Dr. Jong Kim, LG Electronics, and Pete Sockett, […]

TVN’S NEWSTECHFORUM

Missed NewsTECHForum? Watch The Videos

TVNewsCheck brought together executives from all the major station groups — and one soon-to-launch cable network — for a two-day event this week exploring the latest intersections of news and technology. Complete video coverage of its many panels and interviews is available now. (Photo: Wendy Moger-Bross)

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Feeding The Voracious Multiplatform Beast

As television news broadcasters move to expand their reach into web, mobile and OTT platforms, they are adopting a number of tools and strategies including more automation, better collaboration tools and, in some cases, internal software development. L-r: Gray’s Mike Fass, Avid’s Ray Thompson, Fox’s Emily Stone and ABC’s Fabian Westerwelle. (Photo: Wendy Moger-Bross)

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NewsTECHForum | With IP, Location Is Everything

Moving to smaller physical footprints — or moving hardware completely from expensive urban environments to less expensive real estate — is a big driver in the transition to IP networking. But at the same time, some of the country’s biggest news operations still want to keep high-value content close by to ensure quick access for breaking news coverage — and that can mean sticking with on-premise storage. L-r: ABC’s Marcy Lefkovitz, Meredith’s Tom Casey, CBS’s Jeff Birch and Masstech’s Mike Palmer. (Photo: Wendy Moger-Bross)

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NewsTECHForum | Local OTT Connects With Viewers

OTT executives from CBS and Sinclair are finding local content — and breaking news — has been winning over viewers on their streaming services. L-r: NBC’s Saleem Malkana, Sinclair’s Scott Ehrlich, CBS’s Adam Wiener, Fox’s Steve Chung and TownNews’s Susan Bell. (Photo: Wendy Moger-Bross)

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NewsTECHForum | Wordlaw: ‘Why Not Us And Why Not Now?’

Gary Wordlaw, the local TV news veteran who has been tapped to oversee all content for the new Black News Channel, says the new service will strive to “just tell the truth, report the facts of the story.” (Photo: Wendy Moger-Bross)

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NewsTECH Forum | Patrick Paolini: Reimagining Local’s Landscape

The GM of Fox’s Washington duopoly is overseeing moves into podcasting and other new media, something he calls a survival necessity. “We’re competing with everyone, and for every dollar that we can get, so, to me, you have to have more places to monetize.” (Photo: Wendy Moger-Bross)

LG Smart TVs Add CBS All Access App

Broadcasters Have To Sell NextGen TV’s Sizzle

Some might say it’s too soon to begin selling the sizzle of Next Gen TV. Perhaps, but being early isn’t stopping T-Mobile from promoting its 5G service. No longer will it be enough for stations to promote upcoming programming; it will soon become as important, if not more so, to sell the benefits of the 3.0 wireless network — in other words “the sizzle.”

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NewsTECHForum | Honoring Outstanding Local Social Media

The winners of TVNewsCheck’s Social Media Excellence Awards demonstrate some of the many ways the still-emerging medium can be used to benefit both viewers and the stations. L-r: TVNewsCheck’s Michael Depp; Social News Desk’s Kim Wilson; ABC Owned Television Stations’ Michael Koenigs; WJLA’s Caroline Patrickis; KABC’s Hanna Maxfield; and KKYV’s Lindsey Grewe and Tony Keith. (Photo: Wendy Moger-Bross)

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NewsTECHForum | News Orgs Set Goals For Election Coverage

News organizations need more people covering more territory as well as a heightened awareness of how better to avoid mistakes and protect themselves against deep fakes, according to a panel at TVNewsCheck’s NewsTECHForum. L-r: Brian Scanlon, AP; Barb Maushard, Hearst; Cameryn Beck, Scripps; and Jamie Burgess, Microsoft News Labs. (Photo: Wendy Moger-Bross)

New Mexico State Replaces Satellite With LTN Managed Network Solutions

LTN Global, a global provider of broadcast-quality IP video transport solutions, signed a three-year agreement with New Mexico State University (NMSU) to be the school’s primary IP transmission provider. NMSU has replaced its satellite transmission with multipoint distribution through LTN Managed Network Solutions. “We’ve been very pleased with our move to LTN. Our audience demands a […]

PlaceIQ And FourthWall Media Partner To Connect TV Advertising With In-Store Visits

FourthWall Media, a provider of television analytics, and PlaceIQ, which offers aggregated location data, have partnered to help advertisers and brands see, measure and improve the effectiveness of their TV advertising on in-store visitations. Powered by FourthWall’s Reveal analytics platform, the offering uses anonymized matching of TV ad exposures with mobile location data to determine the impact […]

Red Bee Delivers MCR To Fox Sports Netherlands

Red Bee has signed a multiyear contract to deliver master control room (MCR) services to Fox Sports in the Netherlands. Fox Sports will be providing high-end international sports content to their viewers using Red Bee’s multi-tenant IP-based Global MCR Platform in Hilversum. As part of the contribution and distribution, Red Bee will provide mobile encoding […]

LynTec XPC Series Wins Innovative Product Award

LynTec, a manufacturer of electrical power control solutions for professional audio, video, and lighting (AVL) systems, announced that its new Xtend Power Control (XPC) series won a Sound & Video Contractor 2019 Innovative Product Award. The XPC remote relay modules and stand-alone controller add virtually unlimited flexibility to the company’s extensive power control options. The […]

TV3 Catalonia Upgrades To HD-HDR With Leader LV7300

Catalonia’s public broadcaster Catalan Audiovisual Media Corp. (CCMA) has chosen Leader Electronics Corp.’s LV7300 rasterizer as the master reference instrument as part of an upgrade to HD-HDR at its audiovisual production center in Barcelona. The CCMA’s primary channel is TV3 Catalonia that is transmitted to viewers in Catalonia, Andorra and the Balearic Islands. Supplied by […]

Utah State Uses Dante To Connect Instructors With Remote Students

Audinate, developer of Dante media networking technology, worked with Utah State University to implement a Dante audio network that helps offer a series of online courses and live, interactive broadcasts where students can remotely attend live classroom presentations — and also communicate with the instructor. This is mission critical for the university in its effort […]

TVN TECH

TVN Tech | 2020 Vision: IP, Cloud, 3.0, 5G Come Into Focus

Next year should see broadcasters making advances in the continuing move to IP, greater use of cloud platforms and significant progress for two new wireless technologies: ATSC 3.0 and the various 5G services being rolled out by wireless carriers. Above, a Sony camcorder and prototype 5G transmitter were used to test camera backhauls over Verizon’s 5G network during a recent NBC NFL broadcast.

Vizio Launches Smart TV Advertising Business

TV manufacturer Vizio has debuted Vizio Ads, a new business unit that will let brands, agencies and advertisers purchase TV ad inventory across the Vizio SmartCast platform. Ad inventory will be available within the launch and discovery environment, partner OTT apps and throughout Vizio’s WatchFree service.

DMA 70: SPOKANE, WA

KHQ Spokane Hit By Cyber Attack

A “very sophisticated” cyber attack on the software running KHQ’s news broadcasts has journalists at the Cowles Spokane, Wash., NBC affiliate reading off paper scripts and resorting to technical workarounds for video. “It’s very late ’90s all of a sudden in here,” said Traci Zeravica, director of content and communications for the station.

FCC: TV Repack Is On Track

Currently in Phase 7 of its broadcast incentive auction repack, the FCC said that as of Dec. 6, 697 of 987 stations being repacked (71%) have moved off their pre-auction channels, with 79% of those having fully transitioned to permanent facilities.

APTS Makes Case To FCC For Aiding FirstNet

America’s Public Television Stations is turning to an FCC rulemaking in an attempt to aid its five-year quest to involve public TV stations in a new national emergency communications system. “To leave public television stations … on the sidelines of the FirstNet infrastructure is to ignore a robust, reliable and ubiquitous partner whose public safety capabilities have proven effective in a variety of critical use cases,” APTS told the FCC in comments.

Nokia’s First Branded Smart TV Just Debuted

TVN’S MEDIA JOBS

News & IT Openings In Highly Desired Cities

New Jobs posted to TVNewsCheck’s Media Job Center include openings for news producers at various Scripps stations acros the country, including an assistant news director for KUSI in San Diego and an IT network administrator for WINK in Fort Myers, Fla.

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Sales, Research, IT Openings At Hearst’s KCCI

New jobs posted to TVNewsCheck’s Media Job Center include openings at Hearst’s KCCI Des Moines, Iowa, for a sales manager, broadcast IT manager and a research director.