TVNewsCheck‘s Michael Depp talks with Syncbak CEO Jack Perry about VUit, the streaming channel aggregator of local newscasts, about deals it has closed with a slate of new local partners and the prospect of hyperlocal scalability in OTT.
Local broadcast streaming company Syncbak said Friday it would host a straight-to-OTT live local event powered by Heritage Broadcasting Group on its direct-to-consumer SBTV app. This weekend’s event follows the station group’s inaugural straight-to-OTT program in August when MISportsNow streamed the 31st Annual Wood-Tic dirt track race live from Merritt Speedway exclusively on SBTV. “OTT […]
A federal judge in Iowa on Tuesday dismissed a subpoena by Aereo for documents and testimony about CBS’s minority investment in Syncbak, in addition to how Syncbak’s technology works and any documents that might mention Aereo.
Development of mobile DTV is moving slowly, and while I’m not ready to write it off, it’s comforting to know that work on a Plan B is well underway. The Big Four networks and their affiliates are actively discussing live streaming of broadcast signals. Another incentive to begin streaming is Aereo and other startups that think they can stream broadcast signals without the permission of broadcasters and that’s created a sense of urgency among station owners. It’s nice to know that if mobile DTV fails to launch, live streaming is there to keep broadcasting in the mobile game.
CEO Jack Perry says in addition to developing the platform that stations will be able to use to deliver their programming via broadband to interconnected TV sets, tablets and smart phones in their markets, his company is also lining up national programming to supplement whatever programming the participating stations choose to put on the platform. Preliminary testing on stations is slotted for next month, with the goal of a commercial rollout by January’s CES.