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Broadcasters Weigh New Playout Options

TV stations and groups are increasingly turning to the cloud for playout solutions, and vendors are meeting them there with SaaS options. Above: Imagine’s Aviator control interface. The cloud-based system is designed to support both linear and OTT playout.

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Vendors Eager For ‘Reimagined’ NAB Show

With attendance predicted at around 60,000 with nearly 1,000 vendors, the NAB Show in Las Vegas next week will likely be down from its pre-pandemic numbers. However, vendors say that a more focused, less congested show might not be a bad thing.

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‘Once Adopted, There’s No Turning Back’ For Cloud’s Use In Field Production

Stations may be easing back into their studios as the pandemic abates, but cloud workflows that had been adopted out of necessity for field production are holding fast. Above, Avid’s MediaCentral Collaborate encompasses planning, assignments, task management and project tracking. It can be accessed on a web client, through a mobile app and also through the Media Composer and Adobe Premiere editing systems.

VideoElephant Selects Bitcentral To Power Its 150+ FAST Channels

Bitcentral Inc., the provider of media workflows for broadcast and digital video, today announces that it has partnered with VideoElephant, a premium video content hub, to enhance and expand its marketplace of free ad-supported TV (FAST) channels for syndication to distributors around the world. The partnership will see VideoElephant use Bitcentral’s award-winning FUEL platform to […]

With Powr.tv Buy, Bitcentral Looks To Streamline OTT Workflows

Bitcentral’s acquisition of direct-to-consumer video publishing vendor Powr.tv this week sees the company edging closer to an end-to-end streaming publishing solution, building on its AI-powered video playlisting tool.

Bitcentral Acquires Powr.tv

Bitcentral Inc., the provider of media workflows for broadcast and digital video, has purchased direct-to-consumer video publishing solution maker Powr.tv. The Powr.tv end-to-end platform allows media networks and content owners to rapidly deploy OTT and mobile applications, broaden their reach to new audiences and increase their revenue. Since its inception in 2016, Powr.tv’s OTT publishing platform […]

NEWSTECHFORUM 2022

Broadcasters Eye Cloud As Disaster-Recovery Solution

Executives from Fox Corp., Tegna, Sinclair and Bitcentral at least week’s NewsTECHForum said the cloud has become an increasingly important tool for business recovery, even with the caveat that the public cloud can be subject to its own outages.

News Production’s Journey To The Cloud In Spotlight At NewsTECHForum

Executives from Fox Corp., Sinclair, Tegna and Bitcentral will chart the trajectory of more and more news operations into the cloud or a hybrid cloud environment at TVNewsCheck’s NewsTECHForum on Dec. 14, presented in-person at the New York Hilton and virtually as well. Register here.

Bitcentral Appoints New CEO, Promotes GM Of Its Core Business To COO

Bitcentral Inc., a provider of media workflows for linear TVs and CTVs, today announced management team changes. Steve Petilli, long-time Bitcentral board member, becomes CEO; Fred Fourcher, Bitcentral’s founder continues his role as chairman of the board; and Sam Peterson is now COO. Fourcher said: “It’s our aim to deliver industry-leading media workflows for linear […]

Parleh Media Group Selects Bitcentral’s Fuel To Power Sports Betting Innovation In Canada

Bitcentral Inc., a provider of media workflows, announces that its Fuel video management and distribution platform is powering Canada’s first sports betting broadcast network, Parleh TV. Owned by The Parleh Media Group, Parleh TV is a free ad-supported television (FAST) channel built around daily shows and segments from The Parleh, which launched in June for sports fans […]

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Cloud Workflow Shifts Expand As Concerns Linger

Executives from WarnerMedia, CBS Owned Stations, Hearst Television and Sinclair told attendees of TVNewsCheck’s TV2020 virtual conference last week that their migration of workflows to cloud technology continues apace since the pandemic. However, concerns over the crucial “last mile” of their networks remain.

Nexstar Selects Bitcentral’s Create To Simplify Video Editing, Distribution

Bitcentral, a provider of media workflows, has debuted a new version of Create, a browser-based timeline editor that enables collaboration in editing and publishing video to OTT, social media, and MOS-integrated newsroom production systems. The solution is being used by Nexstar Media Group, which also played a key role in its development. Mark Turner, VP […]

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Cloud Won’t Replace Hubbing Anytime Soon

Executives from Tegna, E.W. Scripps, Hearst and Gray told a TVNewsCheck webinar last week that the cloud’s impact on master control operations is still years off, with those who have adopted hubbing still depending on traditional equipment.

How Will Hubbing And The Cloud Affect The Future Of TV Station Group Operations?

Executives from Tegna, E.W. Scripps, Hearst Television, Gray Television and Bitcentral will explore the possibilities for hubbing some or all TV station group operations — and how much of a role the private or public cloud may play in those future designs — during an Aug. 5 TVNewsCheck webinar. Speakers are (clockwise from upper left): Dave Burke, SVP and CTO, Gray Television; Kurt Rao, SVP-CTO, Tegna; Ray Thurber, VP engineering, E.W. Scripps; Stefan Hadl, VP engineering, Hearst Television; Sam Peterson, GM, core business unit, Bitcentral. Glen Dickson, TVNewsCheck contributing editor, will moderate. Register here.

Bitcentral Streamlines Operations For Entravision

Bitcentral Inc., a provider of media workflows in the U.S. and Latin America, has completed centralizing operations for Entravision Communications Corp. through its Central Control product, a comprehensive and fully integrated master control and automation system. Entravision’s shift to Central Control marks Bitcentral’s largest installation of this product in the United States, consolidating 22 broadcast […]

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TVN Tech | Vendors: Storycentric Workflow Shift Long Overdue

Equipment manufacturers say newsrooms have been too slow to embrace a storycentric model of content creation, one far more in line with consumer habits than the old evening-newscast-as-endgame paradigm. Above, Sam Adams, the morning anchor for KHQ Spokane, is preparing clips for NonStop News, the station’s 24/7 streaming channel. He’s seated at the NonStop News Desk, which is where these clips are prepared. He can produce and present the clips in a very short amount of time. The lower TV in the distance is receiving NonStop News over-the-air on ch. 6.3.

Bitcentral And Veset Partner To Provide Broadcasters Playout Flexibility

Bitcentral Inc., a provider of media workflow solutions, has formed a strategic partnership with playout platform provider Veset. Bitcentral will market, sell and support Veset Nimbus, a cloud-based broadcast playout solution, in the Americas. Veset Nimbus will be represented alongside Bitcentral’s own on-premises Central Control playout system and will allow the launch of playout services in […]

Bitcentral FUELs Audience Reach, New Monetization Opportunities For Cowles On NewsON

Bitcentral Inc., a provider of media workflows, announces support for ad trigger insertion in its FUEL online video platform. The solution is being used by Cowles Broadcasting to enable Dynamic Ad Insertion (DAI) for its launch on the NewsON service. Broadcasters, content creators, and digital publishers who use FUEL’s automation, encoding and distribution solutions, can […]

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TVN Tech | New Tech Improves News Sharing, Collaboration

Pandemic-impacted newsrooms are increasingly embracing tools that allow more content sharing and collaboration from the field and between stations with the cloud playing an ever-larger role in the remote workflows involved. Above, Bridget Naso, news anchor for KNSD San Diego, uses Dejero’s LivePlus Mobile app on an iPhone to broadcast live from home during the pandemic.

Bitcentral Enhances Central Control And Create

Bitcentral Inc., a provider of media workflows in the U.S. and Latin America, has introduced new versions of Central Control, its comprehensive and fully integrated master control and automation software, and its browser-based Create editor. The company says the new features built into Central Control and Create “provide greater efficiencies and usability for thousands of […]

Bitcentral Enhances Its Central Control And Create Solutions

Bitcentral Inc., a provider of media workflows in the U.S. and Latin America, has released updated versions of Central Control, its comprehensive and fully integrated master control and automation software, and its browser-based Create editor. The new features built into Central Control and Create provide greater efficiencies and usability for thousands of production teams. Both […]

Bitcentral Adds Two New Senior Directors To Sales Team

Bitcentral Inc., a provider of efficient media workflows in the U.S. and Latin America, has hired two new senior directors of sales, Bill Manfull and Jim Skupien. Manfull brings more than 35 years of sales and sales management experience to the Fuel team, helping to promote Bitcentral’s specialized online video platform. He most recently held […]

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KEZI adapts on the fly with Bitcentral Core News

With Core News’ field-centric workflow already in place prior to COVID-19’s lockdowns, the Eugene, Ore., ABC affiliate hit no speedbumps as it sent its team home to produce 7.5 hours of news a day remotely. For anxious viewers seeking updates at all hours of the day and night, FUEL, also from Bitcentral, made offering “Non-Stop Live” news on the station’s website an equally easy lift. Pictured is the Oasis asset management system, part of Bitcentral’s Core News suite, in use at KEZI.

 

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Sales, Marketing, Tech Openings: Work Remotely

New jobs posted to TVNewsCheck’s Media Job Center include openings for a Senior Director of Sales, a Product Marketing Manager, and a Tech Writer to work remotely for innovative software provider Bitcentral.

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Stations ‘In A Groove’ With Remote Workflows

Executives from ABC Owned Stations, Hearst, ABC News, Gray Television, NBCU Owned Stations and Bitcentral say seven months into the pandemic, remote workflows are running smoothly and more permanent changes to their operations are pulling into focus. Read the story and/or watch the full video above.

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Pandemic Proves OTT Workflow Resiliency For News

Executives from CNN, Sinclair, Fox Television Stations and Gray Television say COVID-19 has tested the capacities of their streaming workflows and found them even more adaptable and robust than they imagined.

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. […]

Broadcasters Refine Remote Workflows

Broadcasters are prepared to stick with their remote production workflows for the long haul as the pandemic stretches on with no end in sight. A TVNewsCheck webinar last week found they’re continuing to try to bring as much of the studio into staffers’ homes as possible, not only for anchors and reporters but producers, director, editors and graphic artists, too.

Bitcentral Names Greg Mason President

Bitcentral Inc., a provider of efficient media workflows in the U.S. and Latin America, has appointed Gregory Mason its new president. He will also be joining Bitcentral’s board of directors. He succeeds Camille Jayne, Bitcentral’s president since March 2017, who will retires on June 30. Mason’s career has spanned a variety of digital arenas including […]

Bitcentral Pulls Out Of NAB 2020

CEO Fred Fourcher, said: “As difficult as it was to make this decision, we believe in upholding our corporate promise of providing peace of mind to our community of employees, customers and colleagues. We are taking the stance of being overly sensitive and responsible to their health and well-being.”

Bitcentral Implements Streaming Solution For WISH

Bitcentral, a provider of efficient media workflows in the U.S. and Latin America, signed a three-year agreement to implement its production, cloud streaming and video monetization solution fuel at WISH Indianapolis, which took place this week. WISH is a CW affiliate acquired by Circle City Broadcasting from Nexstar in 2019 as part of a $42.5 […]

Greg Morrow Named Bitcentral Business Development VP

Bitcentral Inc., a provider of efficient media workflows in the U.S. and Latin America, has hired Greg Morrow as VP of business development. He will primarily focus on structuring strategic deals, partnerships and alliances to grow Bitcentral’s Fuel digital platform. Fuel is a production, cloud streaming and video monetization solution that launched in August 2018 […]

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New Facilities Insider | Building A News Network From The Ground Up

Black News Channel is constructing a $26 million facility in Tallahassee, Fla., anchored by technology from Bitcentral, Vizrt and Sony. Its engineering chief, Kenny Elcock, explains how interoperability is key.

Colin Mitchell Joins Bitcentral As VP Of Market Development For Fuel

Bitcentral Inc., a provider of efficient media workflows in the U.S. and Latin America, today named Colin Mitchell as market development VP for Fuel, non-broadcast. Launched in August 2018, Fuel is the company’s production, cloud streaming and video monetization solution, and Mitchell will be focused exclusively on elevating Fuel across multiple verticals. “As we look to increase […]

Evan Rullman Joins Bitcentral’s Fuel As National Sales VP

Bitcentral Inc., a provider of media workflows in the U.S. and Latin America, has hired Evan Rullman as the vice president of national sales for Fuel, non-broadcast. Launched in August 2018, Fuel is the company’s production, cloud streaming and video monetization solution, and Rullman will be focused exclusively on expanding Fuel across multiple verticals, as […]

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Newsrooms Getting Smarter About AI

Artificial intelligence in news is evolving beyond metadata tags. It can now help news organizations find and monetize content, generate silent videos and highlights reels and even predict trending news, and ABC News and the CBC are among the broadcasters experimenting with its capabilities.

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Flexibility, Efficiency Driving Master Control

Playout has taken a leading role in early IP deployments around the world. As master control technology providers work to transition customers, they are focused on providing platforms that can operate on premises, fully in the cloud or in hybrid set-ups.

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Stations Eye Virtual Master Control, Playout

Everyone from smaller station groups to major playout centers are examining software- and cloud-based solutions as they look at consolidation, centralization and density of operations. But whether IP and virtualization can replace all SDI functionality today remains a “big question mark” for many broadcasters. Above, Grass Valley’s iTX channel control. Click here to access TVNewsCheck’s NAB 2018 Resource Guide listing of master control and playout vendors and products or here to download it as a PDF.

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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.

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MAM Evolving To Meet Newsroom Needs

Media asset management systems are becoming more extensible, better integrated with newsroom technologies, and increasingly cloud-based, making it less important where the asset resides. Above: Earlier this year, Bitcentral announced that WFXG Augusta, Ga. was able to grow its news operations with the help of Bitcentral Oasis asset management and archive system, along with Precis for playout, a Ross OverDrive production control system and Grass Valley Edius nonlinear editing software.