Sinclair Eyes Cost-Effective UHD Conversion Solution

Sinclair Broadcast Group thinks it has found a cost-effective solution in conversion technology that can take standard-dynamic range (SDR) content and transform it to high-dynamic range (HDR) content in real-time, a technology it demonstrated at last month’s NAB Show.

NAB Show: Cobalt Digital To Show New Line-Up Of EO/OE 12G Mini-Convertor BBG Boxes

Cobalt Digital will introduce a new series of BlueBox Group (BBG) EO/OE 12G mini-converters at the 2022 NAB Show (April 23-27 in Las Vegas) in Booth N3713. The lineup consists of five 12G versions that include single and dual coax-to-fiber, single and dual fiber-to-coax, and a coax/fiber transceiver. The announcement was made by Suzana Brady, Cobalt’s SVP of worldwide sales […]

Cobalt Digital Names Berend Blokzijl EMEA Sales Director

Cobalt Digital, designer and manufacturer of edge devices for live video production and master control, and a founding partner of openGear, has increased its international sales team with Berend Blokzijl, now director of sales for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA). The announcement was made by Suzana Brady, SVP of worldwide sales and marketing, who said […]

Cobalt Digital Opens Representative Office In China

Cobalt Digital, designer and manufacturer of edge devices for live video production and master control, and a founding partner in the openGear initiative, has kicked off 2022 with the launch of a Representative Office in China. Based in Beijing, the office is staffed by local sales and support professionals. The office, which represents Cobalt’s expanded […]

Cobalt Digital Live Streams Demos To Fill IBC Void

Cobalt Digital has announced plans to fill the IBC void with live-streamed demos of solutions that were to be highlighted at IBC before the in-person show was canceled. The designer and manufacturer of edge devices for live video production and master control, and a founding partner in the openGear initiative, is live-streaming demos of its […]

Cobalt Digital Launches Indigo ST 2110 Series to Provide Native Processing Over IP

Cobalt Digital, designer and manufacturer of award-winning edge devices for live video production and master control, and a founding partner in the openGear initiative, has unveiled Indigo ST 2110, an openGear-based uncompressed solution featuring multiple 25G interfaces and 4K support. Cobalt Digital’s Indigo ST 2110 is a highly integrated ST 2110 factory option that adds native SMPTE […]

Cobalt Digital Enhances Its 9904-UDX Scaler/Frame Synchronizers

Cobalt Digital has released an enhanced version of its 9904-UDX family of openGear advanced scaler/frame synchronizers. The 9904-UDX series of Up/Down/Cross Converter/Frame Sync/Embed/De-Embed Audio Processors now accepts 3G Level B-DL signals in addition to 3G Level A (the two main formats for 3G-SDI support), a feature already adapted into the workflow at The Foundation post-production provider. The support […]

Cobalt Digital Announces Multiple Promotions

Gene Zimmerman, president of Cobalt Digital, today announced the promotion of four key team members noting that the multiple moves “are an indicator of the company’s unprecedented growth in difficult times.” Cobalt is a designer and manufacturer of award-winning edge devices for live video production and master control. “We are fortunate to have such talented, skilled […]

Cobalt Encoders/Decoders Include RIST Main Profile

Cobalt Digital, designer and manufacturer of award-winning edge devices for live video production and master control, says that its implementation of the Reliable Internet Stream Transport (RIST) Main Profile now includes full support for certificate-based authentication. The enhanced functionality gives users of Cobalt’s 9992 encoder/decoder family and 9990 decoder an added level of security by ensuring the identity of the remote site […]

Cobalt Digital Expands openGear Portfolio To Include Ward-Beck Analog DA’s And Converters

Cobalt Digital, a designer and manufacturer of award-winning edge devices for live video production and master control, and a founding partner in the openGear initiative, has acquired the IP and manufacturing rights to multiple Ward-Beck openGear cards, effective immediately. The products being integrated into the Cobalt family include several analog audio and video distribution amplifiers, […]


TVN Tech | 1080p HDR Gains Momentum For Major Sports

Costs are inhibiting a flood of 4K sports production, but 1080p HDR offers numerous practical advantages, among them that the improvement in picture quality is more readily apparent to consumers than the gain from 4K resolution. Above, Sony tested an 8K camera at the Sony Open in Hawaii last year, but doesn’t expect 8K to be used for regular sports production for several years.

Webinars This Week: Latakoo, TAG, Palo Alto, MFM, Cobalt Digital, Bitmovin

A hefty list of organizations plans live and on-demand webinars, briefings and demos this week. TAG, latakoo, Cobalt Digital, Palo Alto Networks and the Media Financial Management Association are on the list. There’s also continuously updated coverage of new product announcements and, starting this week, press conferences, here and for TVNewsCheck’s day-by-day coverage of how broadcasters are coping with stay-at-home orders while covering the pandemic, visit here. 

Weigel Relies On Cobalt Digital For EAS Insertion, CALM Compliance

Chicago-based Weigel Broadcasting Co., which owns and operates stations in nine markets in addition to MeTV and other digital multicast networks, is using Cobalt Digital’s software-defined 9922-FS-DSP platform for openGear frames to provide microservices for Emergency Alert System local insertion and CALM compliance for its terrestrial stations. Most recently, the company purchased five cards in March for KTLN, […]

Cobalt Digital Solutions At IBC Support 4K Workflows

Cobalt Digital will showcase its card-based 4K and HDR workflow solutions for openGear frames at IBC 2019 (Sept. 13-17, RAI Amsterdam) at its stand 10.B44. Product highlights will include its new decoders and encoders, RIST Main Profile, bi-directional SDR/HDR conversion solution for live production, and new multiviewers and distribution amplifiers. Plus, the company will debut a new 12G […]

Cobalt Digital Promotes Kyle Wilken To Firmware VP

Cobalt Digital today announced the promotion of Kyle Wilken to vice president of firmware. Wilken joined the company in 2013 as a senior FPGA engineer, and was previously promoted to embedded systems development manager in 2015. “Over the past six years, Kyle has become an invaluable member of the Cobalt Digital engineering department. His contributions to […]

Cobalt Digital To Demo 9971 Series UHD Multiviewers

Cobalt Digital will demonstrate its new 9971 Series of UHD multiviewers for the openGear platform next month at the NAB Show (booth SL9111) in Las Vegas. The new cards support a variety of asynchronous signals and offer HDMI outputs for economical monitoring on consumer-grade 4K monitors. Three models — the 9971-MV18-4K with 18 SDI inputs, 9971-MV6-4K with six […]

Cobalt, Starfish Partner On Transport Stream Splicing

Cobalt Digital today announced a partnership with Starfish Technologies, a U.K.-based broadcast technology company, to provide transport stream splicing using the Starfish Technologies TS Splicer software and the Cobalt SCTE-104/35 insertion system. The companies say the new solution creates an affordable, automated ad insertion or media replacement system for broadcast, IPTV, satellite, and cable TV applications. Designed […]

Cobalt Digital Receives Tech & Engineering Emmy

Cobalt Digital is one of the recipients of the 70th Annual Technology & Engineering Emmy Awards that will take place in partnership with the National Association of Broadcasters at the NAB Show at the Wynn Encore Hotel and Spa on Sunday, April 7, 2019 in Las Vegas. Cobalt was one of the companies selected to receive […]


On The NAB Exhibit Floor: Cobalt Digital

Cobalt Digital | Booth SL6505 | Cobalt Digital Inc. designs and manufactures 12G/3G/HD/SD and IP-based conversion, terminal, throwdown and multiviewer technology for broadcast television. Cobalt Digital has introduced the OG-PC-x86 modular PC card, which the company developed in direct response to customer demand for an appliance-type package that houses all system components, including associated computers, […]


IBC 2017: Signs Of A Quickening IP Transition

The media and entertainment industry, which now ranks as the most disrupted in the world according to the Global Center for Business Transition, more fully embraced IP and virtualized technology at the annual international tech exhibition in Amsterdam this week. Imagine’s Charlie Vogt (above) says his company is investing “hundreds of millions” to keep pace.


On The NAB Exhibit Floor: Cobalt Digital

Cobalt Digital | Booth N3308 | Website:  Cobalt Digital announced the launch of Channel Integrator, a new product that provides a single point of audio and video processing and control for converting a wide range of input sources and protocols to the desired outbound configuration. With Channel Integrator, Cobalt has combined features and processes […]


On The NAB Exhibit Floor: Cobalt Digital

Cobalt Digital | Booth N3308 | Website: Cobalt will introduce a new system that combines FAST (frame-accurate SCTE 104 trigger) insertion with enhanced HLS SCTE 35 streaming on a single platform. Built for both openGear frames and Cobalt BBG-1100 Series stand-alone units, the FAST-Stream system is a comprehensive solution for providing HLS streams with frame-accurate […]


Cobalt Digital’s Noronha To Present At VidTrans

Cobalt Digital Acquires ImmediaTV

Cobalt Digital has bought ImmediaTV, a Silicon Valley company focused on IP-centric video processing solutions in both openGear and stand-alone formats for broadcast, live event, streaming and IPTV applications. The two companies have worked together closely for several years creating bundled solutions for mutual customers. By acquiring ImmediaTV’s products and video compression expertise, Cobalt said […]


From The IBC Exhibit Floor: Cobalt Digital

Cobalt Digital | Stand 10.B44 | Website: Cobalt Digital will highlight new tools to assist in monetizing content, including the new +SCTE104-FAST option that adds frame-accurate DPI trigger insertion to the the openGear and BBG-1000 Series of audio, video, and data signal processors. The ANC-MON series of ancillary data decode and display products has […]

Cobalt Digital Debuts Compact OpenGear Routers

Cobalt Digital today debuted its 9941 series, a range of compact routers for the openGear platform. These openGear offerings enhance the density and flexibility available to system designers who are increasingly standardizing on Cobalt’s wide range of openGear-based products.  The 3G/HD/SD-SDI/ASI/MADI versions of these modular router cards range in size from 12 x 12 or 24 […]

Cobalt Digital Updates Blue Box Converters

Cobalt Digital today announced updates and additions to the popular Blue Box Group family of fiber-interface converter boxes. MK2 is the second generation of fiber optic BBG units. MK2 supports Cobalt’s BBGConfig software for setup and status-monitoring over USB and includes the following throwdown fiber-conversion products:  BBG-EO-MK2 Single 3G/HD/SD-SDI/ASI/MADI Transmit BBG-OE-MK2 Single 3G/HD/SD-SDI/ASI/MADI Receive BBG-2EO-MK2 […]

Cobalt Digital Adds openGear Fiber Cards

Cobalt Digital today announced the release of two new fiber cards for its openGear modular terminal gear system. The 9410DA Series of 3G/HD/SD-SDI single-channel, dual-channel, and transceiver fiber cards provides up to 40 channels of 3G/HD/SD-SDI extension in two rack units. Even with such high signal density, the 9410DA card modules include several distribution amplifier […]


Cobalt Digital Signs On With TICO Alliance


John Snow, Cristian Garcia Join Cobalt Digital


Confusion, Questions On Text-To-Speech Rule

With the FCC’s Nov. 30 deadline for TV station implementation of audible captioning rapidly approaching, vendors of the necessary equipment say that many broadcasters remain confused about what is and isn’t required of them to comply; the difference between EAS rules and the new rule; and even the difference between text-to-speech and speech-to-text.


Cobalt Digital, Nexstar Collaborate On Text-To-Speech

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Cobalt Digital Expands Range Of Broadcast Products