X Races To Contain Damage After Elon Musk Endorses Antisemitic Post

IBM, a major advertiser on X, has pulled its spending from the social media platform, whose employees are grappling with what to tell its other advertisers, according to internal messages. X’s chief executive, Linda Yaccarino, and others at the company scrambled on Thursday to contain the fallout.

IBM Selling The Weather Company To Francisco Partners

IBM said Tuesday it’s selling its weather unit, including its mobile app and websites, Weather.com, Weather Underground and Storm Radar. The buyer is Francisco Partners, a tech-focused private equity firm. The price was not disclosed. As part of the deal, IBM will retain access to the company’s weather data, which it uses to power some of the AI models it sells to enterprise clients.


News Sharing And Collaboration Is Getting Easier And Smarter

Broadcasters are calling on a combination of cloud, software and transport technologies to facilitate collaborating and sharing at a station or across groups. The pandemic has shifted the many news sharing tools into high gear. Above: Dalet Pyramid Cut is Dalet Pyramid’s web-based feature-rich video and audio editor.


Digital weather meets the future: speed, flexibility, simplicity

Broadcasters racing to keep up with creating content for an expanding array of distribution platforms told The Weather Company their meteorologists needed two things: speed to publish and the ability to work remotely. The weather provider responded with Max Velocity, a browser based platform that enables lightning fast story creation in a tool so easy to use that it expands the potential user pool to non-meteorologists and even sponsors.



NBCU Local Adds AR To Weather Coverage Arsenal

Nate Johnson, director of weather operations for NBCUniversal Local, says the group’s NBC and Telemundo stations are using augmented reality to enhance weather reporting. Every tool counts, he emphasizes, since competition for talent is getting stiffer as Fox readies its own weather network. 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.


Automated Captioning Leaps Forward, Improving Its Business Case

Continuous advances in AI, machine learning and natural language processing have boosted automated closed captioning’s value well beyond regulation compliance. Above: The caption edit user interface for Digital Nirvana’s Trance transcription and captioning solution.


Premium app offers stations entry into expanding subscription economy

Broadcasters aiming to diversify digital revenue streams in the wake of disruption in the programmatic advertising universe may consider partnering with The Weather Company, an IBM Business, and offering a premium version of their mobile weather app. The Max Mobile Premium app, pictured here, uses AI-powered messaging to invite Max Mobile users to upgrade. 


Cloud brings new possibilities to weather storytelling, workflows and TV operations

Meteorologists will soon be able to quickly and easily share their best work with colleagues at other stations in their group, thanks to a new solution, Max Cloud, from The Weather Company, an IBM Business. Company executives mapped out their journey to the cloud during a TVNewsCheck webinar.


TVN Special Report | TV’s Mobile Apps Embrace Customization, Notifications

When it comes to mobile apps, broadcasters still face a range of options from a single- or multiple-app approach to adopting back-end tech allowing user personalization. But some goals remain constant: keeping users on owned-and-operated mobile platforms over social and monetizing the experience wherever possible.


Using weather to engage younger audiences

Local TV, considered one of the most trustworthy sources of news by consumers navigating challenging times, could cement relationships with newer and younger viewers by capitalizing on their ability to deliver superior weather content on TV, social, mobile, OTT and the web.


TVN Tech | Pandemic Tees Up AI’s Role In Archives

Artificial intelligence has been touted for several years as a potential tool for cleaning up the metadata in broadcasters’ archives and making old clips more easily retrievable. COVID-19’s role in scuttling much live programming may finally push AI’s value for MAMs into the foreground.


Can multi-platform weather turn a viewership bump into a long-term trend?

Weather forecasts, long the most popular feature of local TV newscasts, are serving as respite for audiences gripped, and exhausted, by news about the global coronavirus pandemic. Can meteorologists, often adept at multiplatform engagement, help cement the relationship with the large numbers of new and younger audience members tuning in? Kevin Eubanks, chief meteorologist at KSL-TV Salt Lake City, Danielle Breezy, chief meteorologist at Nexstar Media’s WKRN Nashville, and Rodney Thompson, senior strategist at The Weather Co., an IBM Business, will talk about strategies for winning the loyalty of new and younger viewers during a June 4 TVNewsCheck webinar. Register here. 

IBM Buying Red Hat In $34 Billion Deal

IBM and Raleigh, N.C.-based open-source softward firm Red Hat said in a joint statement that IBM would buy all Red Hat common shares at $190 apiece — 63% above Red Hat’s closing price Friday. The two companies said the deal, approved by their respective boards, is subject to Red Hat shareholder and regulatory approval and should be completed in the latter half of 2019.


On The NAB Exhibit Floor: Pilot

Pilot, an innovation initiative of the NAB, together with IBM and Frankly Inc., will demonstrate a proof of concept for using Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology for local broadcaster video at the […]

LTO Program Outlines Generation 8 Specifications

The LTO Program Technology Provider Companies (TPCs) — Hewlett Packard Enterprise, IBM and Quantum — have released the specifications of the latest LTO Ultrium format, generation 8, which is now available for […]

IBM Joins NAB’s PILOT Program

IBM has joined the National Association of Broadcasters’ (NAB) PILOT program. PILOT brings together innovative companies, educators and advocates with broadcasters to advance broadcast technologies and cultivate new media opportunities. PILOT consists […]

IBC 2017

Telestream, IBM Unveil New Remote Tech

At IBC 2017, Telestream and IBM Aspera debuted a new solution for high-speed capture and production of live, broadcast quality video from remote locations for faster production turnaround.

IBC 2017

Telestream, IBM Enable High-Speed Live Video

Vantage with Lightspeed Live Capture powered by Aspera enables high-quality streaming to remote production teams for near real-time editing and production over standard IP networks.

IBM Buying The Weather Co., But Not Weather Ch.

IBM Closes On Its Aspera Acquisition

Watson Computer Beats ‘Jeopardy’ Champs

Jeopardy! has a new champion, and its name is Watson. During the Wednesday finale of the three-day Jeopardy! challenge that pitted all-stars Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter against an IBM supercomputer, the machine beat the men. Watson finished with $77,147, Jennings with $24,000 and Rutter with $21,600.

Computer Taking On ‘Jeopardy!’ Champs For $1M

YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, N.Y. (AP) — It’s the size of 10 refrigerators, and it swallows encyclopedias whole, but an IBM computer was lacking one thing it needed to battle the greatest […]

‘Jeopardy’ To Pit Humans Against IBM Machine

NEW YORK (AP) — The game show “Jeopardy” will pit man versus machine this winter in a competition that will show how successful scientists are in creating a computer that […]