Kevin Gage, late of NAB and now CTO of ONE Media, a joint venture of Sinclair Broadcast Group and Coherent Logix, is leading a technical drive to develop a new TV standard that will give stations the ability to broadcast TV signals to smartphones while simultaneously serving all those TV receivers linked to roof-top antennas. “That’s the nut that we’re trying to crack,” he says, adding “and we believe that we have cracked it.”
The trade group’s chief technology officer is pursuing “new opportunities.” Lynn Claudy, NAB SVP, will serve as the association technology department’s interim head.
There weren’t many American broadcasters at the European-based International Broadcast Show this past week in Amsterdam, but the ones who made the trip were focused on the future of U.S. terrestrial broadcasting. Broadcast tech execs who traveled to IBC included: Robert Seidel of CBS; Kevin Gage of the NAB; Sam Matheney of Capitol Broadcasting; Ira Goldstone of Univision; Mark Aitken of Sinclair Broadcast Group; and Dave Siegler of Cox Media Group.
The global interactive broadcasting standard will be the focus of U.S. broadcasters at next month’s IBC gathreing in Amsterdam. Says Kevin Gage, NAB’s chief technology officer: “Our job is to go look at what are potential future capabilities of television in the U.S. The outreach with HbbTV is all part of the learning process.”
The association’s new chief technology officer’s marching orders include fostering technology that will ensure that broadcasters can keep pace with all the other digital media. Part of that is helping to create standard for the next generation of TV.
NAB CTO Kevin Gage tells the board that the time has come for a broadcast lab to speed development of broadcast TV and radio technology. A final vote on establishing the lab could come early next year.
While Kevin Gage was hired to help the association get — and stay — ahead of the digital game, the new chief technology officer is finding a more pressing demand on his time: making sure TV broadcasters emerge unscathed from the FCC’s push to take back TV spectrum. But he’s also focused on helping develop technology that can lead to new business and revenue streams for broadcasters.
The 20-year technology vet helped launch WB Network, headed the technology group at Warner Music and developed on-line strategies at NBCU.