Trinity Broadcasting Renews Intelsat Contract

The religious broadcaster extends its long-term HD and SD North American distribution agreement for another decade.

DMA 11

Pearl Group To Demo 3.0 In Phoenix In 2018

Anticipating FCC authorization of the ATSC 3.0 broadcast standard on Thursday, the consortium of leading station groups is planning to set up experimental 3.0 station next spring to explore service enhancement and business opportunities. The project will also include creatng a “lighthouse” station to continue regular digital service to existing sets. Joining Pearl (Cox Media, E.W. Scripps, Graham, Hearst, Meredith, Nexstar, Raycom and Tegna) in the effort will be Fox, NBCUniversal and Univision.

DMA 63: LEXINGTON, KY

WYMT Set Channels ‘Mountain’ Branding

BRAND CONNECTIONS

VR Continues To Expand Across NBA

Toshiba Sells TV Unit To Hisense Of China

TOKYO (AP) — Troubled Toshiba Corp. is selling 95 percent of its TV and other visual products subsidiary to Chinese electronics maker Hisense Group as part of its effort to stay afloat. Tokyo-based Toshiba announced the 12.9 billion yen ($113 million) deal Tuesday. It’s set to be completed by or after February 2018, pending regulatory […]

Sales Professional Alberto Salazar Joins GatesAir

GatesAir today appointed Alberto J. Salazar as director of sales for the Central and Latin American (CALA) region. A broadcast industry veteran who has held key sales roles with Harmonic and Thomson Video Networks, Salazar will drive regional strategies and initiatives across a broad territory from Mexico to Argentina, and throughout the Caribbean islands. He reports directly to Joseph (Joe) Mack, […]

Pilot Reveals Innovation Challenge Winners

Pilot, an innovation initiative of the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), announced the winners of its second annual PILOT Innovation Challenge yesterday, Nov. 12, at NAB Futures in Palo Alto, Calif. The Pilot Innovation Challenge recognizes creative ideas that leverage technological advances in the production, distribution and display of engaging content. Over 150 ideas were submitted to address the challenge question, […]

‘Meet The Press’ Switches To Brighter Graphics

Roku Sees Its Future In Smart TV Software

Coming off of a stellar first earnings report as a public company, Roku CEO Anthony Wood says the future of Roku is smart TV software, not its connected TV hardware product that it’s most commonly known for. Per eMarketer, more Americans use Roku’s connected TV device than any other similar device, like Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV or Apple TV.

SCOTUS Takes Technological Step Forward

The court is making new legal filings available online starting Monday, years behind the rest of the federal court system.

NBC To Use SkyCam as Live Play-by-Play Camera

TVN TECH

Sinclair Plunges Into Cloud-Based Playout

Sinclair is using public cloud-based playout to broadcast a three-hour block of children’s programming loaded across 51 stations. So far, so good, says CTO Del Parks. “It’s been pretty bulletproof.” And it also just may be the future for the whole industry.

Dingell Questions FCC About ATSC 3.0 Impact

Michigan Democrat Debbie Dingell asks FCC’s Pai about what types of information would be collected from consumers to implement targeted advertisements under the new standard, and how the data would be handled and protected to ensure consumers’ privacy.

New Marketing Leader At Grass Valley

Effective immediately, David Cohen is assuming the role of vice president of marketing for Grass Valley. His new role includes responsibility for marketing communications and product marketing, where he will focus on driving demand for Grass Valley’s products and solutions, promoting the Grass Valley brand and developing go-to-market strategy.   Cohen has spent six years […]

Panasonic Ships Compact Cinema Camera

Panasonic Media Entertainment Co. is delivering its AU-EVA1 5.7K handheld cinema camera, distinguished by a pixel count of 5720 H x 3016 V (17.25 million), Dual Native ISO ratings of 800 and 2,500, and 14-stops of dynamic range. The highly-anticipated EVA1 has a suggested list price of $7,495. “The EVA1 has generated enormous interest since […]

Audio-Technica Shipping High Density Wireless System

Audio-Technica, a supplier of transducer technology, is now shipping its 6000 Series High Density Wireless System, a spectrum-efficient solution that allows users to pack 31 channels in 4 MHz of bandwidth. The 2016 FCC Incentive Auction has resulted in a repack of the broadcast spectrum, reducing the amount of spectrum available for wireless microphone operations and driving […]

Dejero Unveils Two HEVC Products

Dejero has added two new products to support HEVC (H.265) encoding and decoding. Dejero PathWay and Dejero WayPoint enable the use of HEVC video compression in support of remote and mobile broadcasting, a feature that is particularly relevant to on-location teams working with limited bandwidth. “We’re leveraging the efficiencies of HEVC while applying novel techniques […]

ITG Supports FCC Ownership, 3.0 Actions

The group of independent stations says the commission should to go further at its Nov. 16 vote on relaxing the ban against owning two Big 4 affils in a market. It also suggested that the FCC defer a final decision on the must-carry status of Next Gen TV signals.

Avid, Viacom In Production Infrastructure Deal

A multi-year agreement is designed to enable more flexible, scalable and virtualized production across Viacom’s premier entertainment brands, providing tools for greater efficiencies and creative collaboration, in addition to lower operational costs.

Turner, Intel To Show NBA Games In VR

Turner Sports has partnered with Intel to broadcast weekly NBA on TNT games in virtual reality beginning with the 2018 NBA All-Star Weekend, which will be held Feb. 16-18, 2018. In the multi-year deal, Intel will become the exclusive provider of VR for the NBA on TNT and deliver live content for weekly matchups via its Intel True VR technology.

Sling TV Now Available On Samsung Smart TVs

CBC’s ‘The National’ Breaks Traditional Design Mold

DMA 19: CLEVELAND

NAB, CTA To Launch 3.0 Test Station

A joint NAB-CTA “Living Laboratory” in Cleveland is designed to help broadcasters and manufacturers prepare for the launch of ATSC 3.0 services.

STATION ADVISORY

FCC Locks In Dates For Lifting Mod Freeze

The FCC announced in October that it would be lifting its 2013 freeze on certain TV station modification applications that would increase a station’s coverage area. Today, it said the thaw will begin on Nov. 28, and will be quite short in duration, ending at 11:59 p.m. ET on Dec. 7. During this period, full-power and Class A TV stations that were not assigned a new channel in the repack will be able to file for minor modifications of their facilities.

DMA 25: RALEIGH-DURHAM, NC

Fire Prompts Evacuation At WRAL Studio

Overheard At Digiday Video Anywhere Summit

Nestled alongside the cliffs of Laguna Niguel, Calif., at the Digiday Video Anywhere Summit, both digital and traditional media companies had a lot of things to gripe about. They also shared a lot of insights into what works and doesn’t work on social and streaming video platforms, as well as finding the right video talent. Here are some of the best things discussed at the event.

Altice USA, Sprint Agree To Wireless Partnership

Dielectric, Quincy Set Repack Deal For 9 TVs

The Phase One and Two deal covers antennas, filters and/or transmission line customized for each station, with Dielectric’s modeling software driving accelerated delivery timelines.

CenturyLink Completes Level 3 Acquisition

TVN TECH

SUVs Take The Mobile Market By Storm

IP-based vehicles with on-air appeal are big sellers to stations. Many use a combination of point-of-view cameras and bonded cellular transmission to deliver “live and drive” pictures as they move down the road, both of the surrounding area and the on-air talent in the cabin. Many also feature heavy station branding and integrated pop-up flat panel displays, allowing them to serve as a studio in the field for live shots. Above, NBC Boston’s Weather Warrior from Accelerated Media Technologies.