NAB 2011

Automation, Traffic: Doing More With Less

Among the myriad of broadcasting gear on display at next week’s NAB Show in Las Vegas are automation, traffic and billing equipment and software. There’s growing interest in these products since TV broadcasters need to be able to oversee a growing number of channels with a shrinking number of staff.


HD, Digital Still In Infancy At Most Stations

On eve of NAB 2011, a new report by Positive Flux surveys executives at more than 350 U.S. TV stations and finds huge untapped potential, including more than $250 million in annual unrealized cost savings for stations. It also finds that while many station executives see HDTV conversion as a competitive necessity, they have not recognized the inherent opportunities for process improvement and cost-savings the changeover can bring.


On TAP: Building A TV Tech Farm Team

A new program from the NAB Educational Foundation offers college students and recent grads a chance to take part in a six-month Technology Apprenticeship Program.  It offers promising young technology students a chance to gain hands-on experience at TV or radio stations, and also get up to speed on the latest technological advances. TVNewsCheck‘s Women in Technology Leadership Award supports the TAP program.

Vizrt, Motion Analysis Partner On Motion Tracking

While virtual sets offer limitless creative options for live 2D/3D sets, the calibration and alignment of multiple cameras with the synthetic set can be a prohibitively complex and time-consuming process. But with its Viz Virtual Studio, Vizrt provides an intuitive user interface and compatibility with most major camera-tracking solutions. One such camera tracking system is CamTrak […]

NAB 2011: Shoutback Concepts Products Preview

2011 NAB Show Preview Shoutback Concepts Booth SU10814 As a pioneer delivering private white label daily deal solutions through media partners, Shoutback Concepts has developed an end-to-end solution media organizations can use to capture digital revenues. Beginning in 2010 Shoutback launched its white label media application to newspaper and magazine media outlets. In just a year’s […]

NAB 2011: DSI RF Systems Products Preview

2011 NAB Show Preview DSI RF Systems Booth SU8517 DSI RF Systems Inc., a provider of services and hardware development for the broadcast industry for over 25 years, has introduced its NewsShark transmission system for ENG. The NewsShark system is a two and-a-half pound encoder unit that snaps on the back of most popular camera […]

NAB 2011

Nevion Adds Video-Over-IP Monitoring To Ventura


Thoughts From An NAB Maverick

He negotiated must-carry, pushed through regulatory reform and helped facilitate the transition from analog to digital television broadcasting. For 23 years, Edward O. Fritts was at the helm of the National Association of Broadcasters, steering the organization from a modest-sized lobbying firm to one of the most powerful and influential lobbying organizations in Washington.

NAB 2011

Mobile DTV Will Be Everywhere At NAB Show

Panels, papers, prototypes and ready-to-go technology exhibits on the emerging broadcast mobile market will be a big part of next week’s NAB Show in Las Vegas. Says ATSC’s Jerry Whitaker, “This is the year that broadcast stations want to put mobile on the air and are indeed acting on that.”

NAB 2011

Hitachi To Debut 4 High-End HDTV Cameras

The new cameras’ primary design concept is full compliance with the SMPTE424M standard.  The cameras employ a new 1080/60p native-scan ultra-advanced 2/3-inch, Interline CCDs (UAIT) that Hitachi says ensures the most accurate color reproduction and highest picture detail.

NAB 2011

Investment Banks Bullish On Broadcast Tech

With the 2011 NAB show less than two weeks away, Investment bankers and private equity firms appear to be more interested in the broadcast technology sector than they have been in a while. So what are their objectives for the NAB Show?  In a word: deals.

NAB 2011

Harris To Intro ATSC Mobile DTV Applications

The new applications demonstrate the viability of ATSC’s Non-Real-Time Content Delivery Candidate Standard. Among the uses are glasses-free 3D, electronic couponing, mobile digital signage, interactive mobile tweeting, Roundbox widget server applications, traffic and travel info and emergency alerting.

NAB 2011: Bitcentral Products Preview

2011 NAB Show Preview Bitcentral Booth SU1917 Bitcentral, which offers open-content workflow solutions to broadcasters, will demonstrate improvements to newsroom workflows. The new products and features are designed to help professionals tell stories better and will include a browser-based editing system that enables newsrooms to collaborate and edit stories while being ingested from anywhere in […]

Tech Buyers Gearing Up For NAB 2011

Broadcast and cable networks consider delivery, solutions and production in their ever-evolving technology plans. An improved advertising market and some notable technological trends promise to both boost attendance and open up some wallets at this year’s NAB Show in Las Vegas, April 9-14.

NAB 2011: Quantel To Show Updated Enterprise sQ

NAB 2011: RSG Media Systems Products Preview

2011 NAB Show Preview RSG Media Systems Booth N5434 RSG Media Systems is a provider of software applications for the media and entertainment industry and digital publishers. It will introduce its  new Content Lifecycle Management (CLM) suite, designed to help content owners and brokers extend the rights management capabilities of RSG’s signature right management software, […]

NAB 2011

Network Affils To Meet At NAB Show

All Fox and CW affiliates will gather in Las Vegas, along with the affiliate boards of directors of ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox.

CAPEX 2011

Big Green Light For The Gray Model

Tech VP Jim Ocon implemented that Gray model at WOWT Omaha and is rolling it out across all the company’s 36 stations. Its focus is getting all the stations on the same page technically, including greater use of automation, upgrading to HD news production and a steady push toward IP-friendly, open format equipment. He also says Gray will be very aggressive with its mobile rollout once receiving devices are available. “We see this as the future.”

NAB 2011: Digital Rapids Products Preview

2011 NAB Show Preview Digital Rapids Booth SL6010 Digital Rapids is a provider of professional hardware and software tools, technology and expertise for bringing video to wider audiences and the latest viewing platforms. Digital Rapids Transcode Manager (New)—The next generation Digital Rapids Transcode Manager enterprise-class distributed media transcoding software features new dynamic workflow capabilities and […]

NAB 2011: Sound Devices Products Preview

2011 NAB Show Preview Sound Devices Booth C2946 Sound Devices LLC designs and manufactures portable audio mixers, digital recorders and related audio equipment for feature film, episodic television, documentary, news-gathering and acoustical test and measurement applications. Sound Devices will introduce the latest hardware accessory for its 788T Digital Recorders, the new CL-WIFI, which allows users […]

NAB 2011: TC Electronic Products Preview

2011 NAB Show Preview TC Electronic Booth SU10217 TC Electronic focuses on new technologies and products in digital signal processing as well as other aspects of the digital audio technology world, including loudness control/monitoring, digital amplification and networking. Radar Meter—This loudness metering solution provides a standardized, precise and clear presentation of any audio signal. This meter […]

NAB 2011

Genachoswki To Keynote At NAB Show

FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski will deliver a keynote speech during the 2011 NAB Show in Las Vegas, show organizers announced today. Genachowski’s remarks will be made during the FCC Chairman’s Breakfast on Tuesday, April 12.

Nab 2011: Grass Valley Adds Features To Switchers

At NAB 2011, Grass Valley will introduce the latest software versions for its line of Kayenne Video Production Center (v3.0) and Kayak (v7.0.4) high-definition switchers. Both new software versions streamline production workflows, making crews more productive by giving the technical director (TD) more control over camera settings, macro editing, and signal routing. Multi-Camera Control The […]

NAB 2011

Sony Aims To Reclaim Acquisition Status

NAB 2011: LiveU Products Preview

2011 NAB Show Preview LiveU Booth SU8808 LiveU offers portable video-over-cellular backpack solutions that use multiple cellular or other links simultaneously to provide a seamless broadband channel for live video transmission. LiveU will be presenting its enhanced LU60 series, a bonded 3G/4G solution with RF boosting technology — even with LTE and WiMAX. LU60 enhancements […]

NAB 2011: Utah Scientific Products Preview

2011 NAB Show Preview Utah Scientific Booth N4511 Utah Scientific is a worldwide provider of analog, digital and HDTV routing switchers, master control switchers and related control software. Enhancements for Utah Scientific Routing Switchers—Utah Scientific will introduce a new family of I/O boards that enables embedded signal processing (ESP) functionality in multirate UTAH-400 Series 2 […]

NAB 2011: Digital Nirvana Products Preview

2011 NAB Show Preview Digital Nirvana Booth N3834 Digital Nirvana is a provider of monitoring, logging, compliance, content republishing and services solutions to television networks, stations and broadcast-related industries. MonitorIQ Broadcast Monitoring System—Multichannel signal monitoring, logging, compliance, QC, archiving and content repurposing for TV. Accepts HD/SD-SDI, ATSC/QAM, DVB-T/C/S2 or ASI, recording audio, video, VANC metadata […]


ENG Innovations Coming Into Focus At NAB

New camcorders, drives, software, ASI modules, lenses and laptops promise to advance the state of the art for newsgathering, editing and archiving at next month’s NAB Show.

NAB 2011: Axon Products Preview

2011 NAB Show Preview Axon Booth N3024 Axon develops, manufactures and markets high quality broadcast equipment for the conversion, processing and compliance recording of audio and video signals, integrating advanced signal processing techniques, innovative engineering and modular flexibility. Cortex ultra compact monitoring and control system—This software-based solution has been enhanced with additional features, a hardware […]

NAB 2011: Fast Forward Video Products Preview

2011 NAB Show Preview Fast Forward Video Booth C12719 Fast Forward Video (FFV) designs, manufactures, and markets digital video recorders and board-level solutions for professional broadcast, presentation, industrial, and military applications worldwide. sideKick HD (New)—Making its debut at the 2011 NAB Show, the new sideKick HD is a recording solution designed to ease production workflow […]

NAB 2011: Triveni Products Preview

2011 NAB Show Preview Triveni Booth SU3202 Triveni Digital Inc., a subsidiary of LG Electronics, develops systems that let television service providers and broadcasters enhanced programs and services to their viewers. Its offerings include products for program guide and metadata management, data broadcasting and video quality assurance. Enhanced GuideBuilder NRT Metadata Platform (New)—The GuideBuilder metadata […]

NAB 2011: Thomson Broadcast Products Preview

2011 NAB Show Preview Thomson Broadcast Booth SU4917 Thomson Broadcast has pioneered many developments in solid-state technology, digital adaptive pre-correction (DAP), Digital Radio Mondiale (DRM) and digital audio broadcasting (DAB). Its portfolio includes transmission products for terrestrial television, radio broadcasting and scientific applications, combined with world-class systems integration services. Elite 100 GreenPower Transmitter Line (NEW)—Thomson’s […]

NAB 2011: Tedial Products Preview

2011 NAB Show Preview Tedial Booth N6506 Tedial is a content management company specialising in media asset management (MAM), hierarchical storage management (HSM) and business process management (BPM) software. Tedial’s technology lets broadcasters take full advantage of file-based workflows by optimising and automating operational processes. Tedial’s solutions are vendor- and hardware-independent, releasing customers from proprietary […]

NAB 2011: SGL Products Preview

2011 NAB Show Preview SGL Booth N2821 SGL (Software Generation LTD.) is a provider of content archive and storage management solutions to the broadcast industry. Products making their worldwide debuts at NAB 2011 include: Support for LTFS—A new system for writing data to the LTO Program (HP, IBM & Quantum) Linear Tape File System (LTFS). […]

NAB 2011: Wosza Products Preview

2011 NAB Show Preview Wowza Booth SU9313 Wowza Media Systems offers a unified, any-screen media delivery solution for live video, video-on-demand, live recording and video chat.. Wowza Media Server 2—Wowza Media Server 2 is a high-performance video engine that unifies delivery of live and on-demand video and audio streams to multiple clients and devices, eliminating […]

NAB 2011: Sensio Products Preview

2011 NAB Show Preview Sensio Booth N251 Founded in 1999, Sensio Technologies Inc. is a pioneer in the 3D industry with a broad portfolio of licensed products, based on quality, content, usability and compatibility. These include its flagship technology, Sensio Hi-Fi 3D, a frame-compatible format. Sensio will be presenting a newly expanded offering that specifically […]

NAB 2011: Products Preview

2011 NAB Show Preview Booth N3737 is a technology company that connects broadcasters, brands, outdoor media owners and digital screen networks with online and mobile consumers through an interactive platform that modifies broadcast playout, digital screens or any other display type based on user-submitted content or other data sources. Synchronized Companion App (NEW)—The […]

NAB 2011: Chyron Products Preview

2011 NAB Show Preview Chyron Booth SL1520 Chyron offers Web, mobile, HD, 3D, and newsroom integration solutions broadcast graphics. AXIS Graphics Online Content Creation—Chyron will highlight its AXIS Graphics platform, a cloud-based on-demand graphics service. The cloud-computing graphics creator is designed specifically for the broadcaster. AXIS simplifies, streamlines, and facilitates the graphics creation workload across […]

NAB 2011: Digital Alert Systems Products Preview

2011 NAB Show Preview Digital Alert Systems Booth C2952 Digital Alert Systems is a provider of next-generation Common Alerting Protocol (CAP) and Emergency Alert Systems (EAS). DASDEC-II Models: DASLC and DASLCR (New)—The new DASLC and DASLCR provide core Emergency Alert Systems (EAS) and Common Alerting Protocol (CAP) functionality, offering dual monitoring inputs and analog-only switching […]

NAB 2011: DNF Controls Products Preview

2011 NAB Show Preview DNF Controls Booth N2115 DNF Controls is a provider of hardware- and software-based control solutions for equipment used in the television broadcast, audio/video production, industrial post-production and graphics markets. Tally Manager (NEW)—The Tally Manager is a flexible, modular tally control system that monitors video signal usage from source to on-air, and […]