EXECUTIVE SESSION WITH BRETT JENKINS

TVN Executive Session | Nexstar: Bigger Scale, More IP Opportunities

Nexstar sees more potential to transition to IP workflows with its acquisition of Tribune, says CTO Brett Jenkins. It’s also aiming to light up some major-market NextGen TV signals in the second quarter amid what Jenkins sees as a climate of strong consumer acceptance and adoption of the new ATSC 3.0 standard.

TVN TECH Q&A WITH BRETT JENKINS

Merging Tech, Repack Keeps Jenkins Busy

Brett Jenkins, VP and CTO of Media General, which now includes the former LIN Media stations, discusses the challenges of integrating the technical operations of both broadcast groups, how to deal with the upcoming spectrum repack, the growing role of digital and its unique demands, how technology is helping the group’s stations share local news stories and his thoughts about the future of terrestrial digital television.

TECH SPOTLIGHT

Sinclair Developing Next-Gen TV Standard

Spearheaded by Mark Aitken, Sinclair’s VP of advanced technology, the new “broadcast-centric”  transmission standard is being designed to address an issue Sinclair feels is being left out of ATSC’s efforts: the ability to reach viewers on their mobile devices. “ATSC 3.0 ought to be whatever broadcasters want it to be,” Aitken says. “This process should be about bringing broadcasters to the table for a solution, rather than having it dictated to them by TV set manufacturers.”

TECH ONE ON ONE

LIN’s Jenkins And His Busy Tech Agenda

As LIN Media’s chief tech, Brett Jenkins has numerous balls in the air. First there’s continuing the HD transition at the group’s growing portfolio of stations. Next, there’s his work on ATSC that is planning TV’s next-generation standards. And then there’s also automation, mobile DTV, streaming and keeping an eye on the emerging 4K technology.

LIN Media Names Brett Jenkins CTO

The former Ion Media tech VP is chosen for a newly created position focusing on advancing the company’s technology strategies and opportunities.