Olympics: Tirico Debut, Ice Skaters Stumble

NBC’s first night, before Friday’s opening ceremony, had the feel of spring training. You could see it in the team ice skating, where men took tumbles one after the other. NBC’s Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir, to their credit, didn’t make excuses for anyone

Tedial Adds Hamblin As Media Architecture Director

Tedial, a MAM technology solutions specialist, today appointed Brian Hamblin as director of media architecture, effective immediately. Hamblin, based in Los Angeles, will be responsible for defining solution guidelines to fulfill customer business requirements, and educate customers in the use of best-practices for broadcast and media operation/workflows. Prior to joining Tedial, Hamblin was director of […]

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The Case For Busting Up Big Tech

Four companies dominate our daily lives unlike any other in human history: Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google. We love our nifty phones and just-a-click-away services, but these behemoths enjoy unfettered economic domination and hoard riches on a scale not seen since the monopolies of the gilded age.

NBC Shifts From Super Bowl To Olympics

NBC is about to make television history when it starts broadcasting the Winter Olympics today — less than a week after airing Super Bowl LII. Never before has a U.S. broadcaster transitioned between these two huge events so quickly.

NAB’s Pilot Highlighting Broadcast Innovation

The new Broadcast Innovation Stories campaign will feature 10 video profiles focusing on people in the broadcasting industry working on innovative technologies that provide programming and information to viewers and listeners in unique ways. 

Belden/Grass Valley Purchases Snell

Belden today closed the acquisition of Snell Advanced Media. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The deal makes Grass Valley one of the largest media technology suppliers.

NAB HOT TECH TOPICS

Media Asset Management For The Masses

More and more broadcasters are investing in software-based media asset management systems that use metadata to track a piece of content from ingest through production to playout, then archive it in a way that allows easy future access. Above, a Bitcentral Oasis asset management and archive system at Raycom’s WFXG Augusta, Ga. Click here to access TVNewsCheck’s NAB 2018 Resource Guide listing of MAM and storage vendors and products or here to download it as a PDF.

NAB 2018 Tech Hot Topics Products: MAM/Storage

For the third year, TVNewsCheck is augmenting its coverage of NAB Show Hot Topics tech trends stories with information that can make your visit to the NAB Show easier. This week’s focus is media asset management and storage (read the main story here). These companion resource guides on the technology covered each week are compilations of information […]

Bringing AI To Closed Captioning

NBC’s Dave Mazza, Team Ready For Games

The 2018 Winter Olympics from PyeongChang, South Korea, will be under way in less than 24 hours, and, for Dave Mazza, SVP-CTO of NBC Sports Group and NBC Olympics, launch preparations have gone smoothly so far.

Samsung, Roku TVs Said Vulnerable To Hacking

NBC: Winter Olympics Will Not Stream In 4K

QUARTERLY REPORT

Belden 4Q Broadcast Revenue Down 16.3%

Comcast Unveils Start Of Personalized TV

Comcast says it will make available 50 “virtual” channels for the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea — a precursor to personalized television. Each virtual channel will air only content on specific Olympic sports and athletes. The channels will be accessed through the Xfinity television remote.

DirecTV to Air Pro Am Golf Tournament In 4K

STATION ADVISORY

FCC To Randomly Inspect Repacked Stations

The FCC said yesterday that it will be inspecting approximately 60 of the more than 900 TV stations changing channels as a result of the incentive auction and the repacking of the TV spectrum that took place after that auction. The FCC notice says that it is hiring contract employees who will conduct these inspections on a randomly selected set of stations to assess the equipment that they have on hand and will be replacing when moving to their new channel.

Walmart Acquires Virtual Reality Startup

Media Megadeals To Watch In 2018

The big deals coming down the pike this year, even as the deals landscape looks more dicey then expected.

Vitec Updates Broadcast Segment Reporting

Dolby’s Pytlarz A TVN Tech Women To Watch

Jaclyn Pytlarz, Dolby’s senior engineer for applied vision science, will be recognized by TVNewsCheck for developing color mapping and display management algorithms on a wide variety of displays, including HDR and wide color gamut displays.

Voice UI Is The Future. But When?

Propelled by what we can legitimately call The Alexa Movement, voice is now perceived as the future of the User Interface. But we need numbers: How many of us continue to use Alexa (or Siri, or Google assistant) after the novelty has worn off? What do we use it for? This will help us understand the likely actual future of Voice UI.

ATEME Grows 29% In 2017; Hints At Acquisitions

Equipment Failure Cited For Super Bowl Glitch

The big game’s telecast went dark for several seconds on Sunday night. The Twitter account for NBC Sports PR attributed the darkness to a “brief equipment failure.”

JESSELL AT LARGE

Hane Brings Know-How, Passion To 3.0 Push

The lawyer and former tech executive John Hane is a solid choice to lead Sinclair and Nexstar’s new Spectrum Co. He knows spectrum, he understands business and he clearly shares those groups’ passion for the non-broadcast potential of spectrum once enhanced and amplified by ATSC 3.0.

YouTube’s Live TV Service Available For Apple TV

Sony CEO Kaz Hirai Replaced By CFO

Sony Corp. named Chief Financial Officer Kenichiro Yoshida as its new president and CEO on Friday, replacing Kazuo Hirai, who led a turnaround at the Japanese electronics and entertainment company and will stay on as chairman.

Service Provider Vubiquity Bought By Amdocs

Multibillion-dollar, multi-national Amdocs has signed a definitive agreement to acquire media service provider Vubiquity. The $224 million cash deal has been approved by both companies’ boards of directors, and is expected to close during the second quarter of the year..

NAB HOT TECH TOPICS

Broadcast TV Audio Riding The IP Wave

As broadcasters’ comfort level in doing things over IP networks has risen, more and more vendors are offering ATSC 3.0-compatible products that include such features as immersive sound and object-based audio. At the same time, wireless microphone vendors and their customers are tackling the present-day challenge of moving off of the 600 MHz UHF spectrum. Above: Audinate’s new line of Dante adapters bridges the gap between analog audio and IP networking. Click here to access TVNewsCheck’s NAB 2018 Resource Guide listing of broadcast audio vendors and products or here to download it as a PDF.

NAB HOT TOPICS

NAB 2018 Tech Hot Topics Products: Broadcast Audio

For the third year, TVNewsCheck is augmenting its coverage of NAB Show Hot Topics tech trends stories with information that can make your visit to the NAB Show easier. This week’s focus is IP workflow (read the main story here). These companion resource guides on the technology covered each week are compilations of information provided by vendors. To […]