COMMENTARY BY ROBERT POLETIEK

Migration From Satellite To IP Has Already Begun, And It’s Time To Get On Board

Zixi’s Robert Poletiek: “Over the past five years audiences have begun a mass migration towards consumption of IP-based content streaming services at an accelerated pace. Viewers globally are spending many more hours at home with the choice of an infinite amount of personally curated content on-demand, whenever and wherever they want. In turn, the necessity to recalibrate the broadcast experience for content, services and entertainment by a workforce that is also increasingly remote is vital for the modern broadcaster.”

Imagine Communications Unveils Enhancements To SNP, Magellan SDNO

In support of evolving customer requirements, Imagine Communications has added a range of new functionality to its globally deployed Selenio Network Processor (SNP) platform and Magellan SDNO  Control System. These new software feature releases are designed to enhance customers’ existing investments, driving further efficiencies in production, playout and distribution architectures. The SNP update also activates the feature licensing system, […]

Scripps Sets Networks Distribution Leadership

Brad Samuels, Damian Riordan and Yvonne Haugh will report to Jeffrey Wolf in overseeing distribution of the national networks on platforms including broadcast, cable, satellite, over-the-top and streaming.

Hearst Ups John Robertson To Distribution VP

He will now oversee the company’s relationships with OTT distributors and its NextGen TV applications.

NAB SHOW 2020

Red Bee Media Withdraws From NAB 2020

“With travel restrictions and other safety measures already in place, we now have to get creative and explore alternative ways of connecting with current and potential customers around the globe.”

AMC Nets Set Dish/Sling TV Distribution Deal

AMC Networks today announced a comprehensive, long-term distribution agreement with Dish Network and Sling TV that includes continued carriage of AMC Networks’ linear channels AMC, BBC America, IFC, SundanceTV, WE tv and BBC World News, as well as the launch in the coming months of AMC Networks’ targeted SVOD services Acorn TV, Shudder, Sundance Now and Urban Movie Channel; AMC Networks’ ad-free offering AMC Premiere; and its IFC Films Unlimited streaming service.

Hopkins Picked To Lead ViacomCBS Distribution

Viacom and CBS, nearing the completion of their merger, said that Ray Hopkins will serve as president, U.S. network distribution for ViacomCBS. Hopkins has been responsible for helping to drive CBS’s retransmission consent revenue. Tom Gorke, the top distribution at Viacom, is leaving the company.

Trinity Broadcasting Renews Intelsat Contract

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

Nexstar Taps Hopkins To Be Distribution SVP

Former Tribune Media executive Keith Hopkins brings extensive carriage and distribution experience and MVPD relationships to his new role.

 

TVN TECH'S ROAD TO IP

Support Growing For SMPTE IP Standard

The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers committee at work on a new standard for professional video over IP is nearing the stage where its work can be put to the test. Many are hopeful the SMPTE 2110 standard will deliver what’s needed for the industry to coalesce around an IP protocol that broadcasters and others in the industry can support.

 

CNN: Content, Distribution Not Separate

CNN believes that in a platform era, there’s more it can do to get its journalism out there. “We already offer immense value,” says Mitra Kalita, the news network’s VP of digital programming. “What we want to do — very broadly — is to figure out if there’s a new event that happens and people turn to CNN, how do we keep them there. It also means finding new readers in all the places they are. I don’t see content as separate from distribution.

IBC 2016 PRODUCTS PREVIEW

From The IBC Exhibit Floor: Globecast

Globecast | Stand 1.A29 | Website: www.globecast.com Globecast provides agile and seamless content acquisition, management and distribution services globally. The company 12 interconnected facilities, including Los Angeles, London, Singapore, Paris, Rome and Johannesburg. New at IBC 2016 Remote production — Globecast is pioneering a new remote production service, turning the concept of traditional supply of a […]

Hearst TV Taps Radziul As Distribution VP

Former CBS and Cablevision executive Nicholas Radziul joins the television station owner to lead expansion of distribution and puts him in charge of network affiliations and retransmission consent transactions.

 

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