Content management systems are the workhorses of local stations’ digital operations. Executives from Tegna, NBCU, CBS, Gray, Nexstar and Fox have discovered that user simplicity and integrations for multiplatform distribution have become essential attributes. Note: This story is available to TVNewsCheck Premium members only. If you would like to upgrade your free TVNewsCheck membership to Premium now, you can visit your Member Home Page, available when you log in at the very top right corner of the site or in the Stay Connected Box that appears in the right column of virtually every page on the site. If you don’t see Member Home, you will need to click Log In or Subscribe.
Alpha Networks | Stand 5A28 | Website: http://www.alphanetworks.tv/ Alpha Networks, a pay-TV technology company that specializes in back-end software, will introduce its next-generation platform tucanoRED. Featuring an open CMS/CRM architecture as a service (SaaS) business model, tucanoRED simplifies subscriber management as well as the delivery of different service offerings for live and on-demand content delivered […]
Media companies seeking more creativity and control over their content management systems are turning to open-source solutions, which enable increased levels of customization. In the second of a two-part special report on CMSs, Diana Marszalek looks at the pros and cons of the open-source route for publishers, where flexibility must be weighed against back-end support. Read part one, on how media companies are asking more of their CMS systems, here.
Many media companies are asking more of their content management systems, including more monetization and audience segmentation opportunities. In part one of a two-part special report on the state of the CMS industry, Diana Marszalek looks at the new tools being rolled out with many CMSs and how the media’s more sophisticated needs don’t always come off the shelf so easily.
The story of content management system providers in 2014 is about a large but dwindling number of vendors jockeying for the dollars of cash-strapped publishers. For media management players, the competition is intense, Patrick Duprey reports as he looks at a head-spinning wave of mergers and acquisitions that has left a less crowded marketplace competing with open-source systems and in-house development.
Three years ago Gannett set out to design and build a content management system that would replace the existing systems and serve every Gannett newsroom – from USA Today to KHOU Houston to the Fort Collins Coloradoan. The project has avoided the catastrophic problems that doomed some of its competitors’ transitions, and, as it nears the end of the process, the company says it’s generally pleased with the results.
For TV broadcasters, newspapers and radio stations, a truly cross-platform CMS that can easily cross over legacy lines and integrate disparate systems and workflows is the grail. A future in which media companies become multimedia organizations may be closer than some think. “Those barriers are coming down,” says WorldNow’s Craig Smith. “The industry needs to break down those barriers.” Part three of a three-part special report. Read the full report here.
Local newspapers and broadcasters today are seeking content management systems that are faster and more complex than ever before. And while vendors are constantly developing new products to keep up with evolving demands, the industry is facing contraction. “There are just too many players, and nobody is really big enough to have any control,” says Internet Broadcasting’s Elmer Baldwin. “There are some that just aren’t going to survive.” Part two of a three-part special report. Read part one here
Schurz Communications has forged an unprecedented, multi-year, multiplatform deal with two CMS providers — Internet Broacasting and TownNews.com — while also tipping a new “content federation” forged with Hearst Corp., Post Newsweek and The News Press & Gazette. The move could signal a directional shift in the legacy-bound world of CMS providers.