NAB 2015

O’Reilly: Eliminate Dynamic Reserve Pricing

That’s just one of the proposals Republican FCC Commissioner Mike O’Reilly has for his colleagues. He’s also got five plans to lighten the regulatory load on broadcasters.

NAB 2015

NAB Won’t Push To Up Auction Opening Bids

The NAB is “comfortable” with the FCC’s current formula for calculating the opening bids it will use to entice broadcasters to sell spectrum in a reverse auction so that it can resell it to wireless carriers in a conventional forward auction. “It’s important for us to get the entire auction right, not just this one issue,” says NAB’s Rick Kaplan. Among other things, the NAB has to make sure non-selling broadcasters are not harmed in the repacking of the TV band that will follow the auction.

NAB 2015

Hill Status Report On Legislative, FCC Issues

Taking on updating the nation’s communications laws, last revised in 1996, is a gargantuan undertaking, one that has drawn bipartisan support in Congress, at least on the broad strokes. Topping the list of issues that have broadcasters nervous are a major update of the Communications Act and FCC actions, including next year’s incentive auction.

NAB 2015

Patience Is Key To Successful Drone-ing

While waiting for the government to develop regulations for drone use by news outlets, NAB Show attendees are urged to adopt safety protocols and have proper insurance coverage so they will be prepared.

NAB 2015

NBCU Adopts Panasonic AVC-Ultra Cams

The camcorders will be used for field news acquisition for all NBC News shows as well as for use by MSNBC, CNBC and Telemundo.

NAB 2015

Smith Reaffirms TV’s Value, Lists Challenges

NAB President Gordon Smith opened the group’s annual gathering with a list of priorities that included FCC ownership rules, the threat to the “retransmission consent process” posed by the cable TV industry and the FCC’s management of the upcoming incentive auction. He also declared that local broadcasting is “more important today than [it] has ever been,” particularly when it comes to providing news and information that is relevant to their communities.

NAB 2015 Tech: JVC’s MESH Video Network

JVC | Booth C4314 | Website: JVC Professional Video is unveiling the JVC Private MESH Video Network at the 2015 NAB. A solution for wireless, multi-camera coverage of sports, parades, and other location shoots, the JVC IP solution uses the Silvus Bi-Directional Radio System to transmit very high quality video from remote locations with […]

NAB 2015 Tech: Sony’s 4K IP Switcher

Sony | Booth C11001 | Website: At NAB 2015, Sony is demonstrating an advanced 4K live over IP solution for live broadcasting. This solution centers on the world’s first 4K ready, IP networked live production switcher. The exhibit will also present prototypes of a baseband processor and a live server currently-in-development that will be […]

NAB 2015 Tech: Ross Video’s openGear

Ross Video | Booth N3906 | Website: Ross Video and Embrionix jointly announced today that they will be showing openGear modules that provide SMPTE ST-2022-2/TR-01 compliant, JPEG 2000 (J2K) over IP transport using new Embrionix J2K decoder Small Form Factor Pluggable Transceiver (SFP) technology. Ross plans to offer a new line of openGear J2K products […]

NAB 2015 Tech: Grass Valley’s iTX v2.6

Grass Valley | Booth SL206 | Website: Grass Valley, a Belden Brand, today announced the latest iTX Integrated Playout Platform version 2.6 with its new broadcast engine. This new broadcast engine, the company said, delivers simulcast for greater scalability; is better adapted for live content with the most complete real-time processing algorithms; and provides […]

NAB 2015 Tech: Snell’s Kahuna, Sirius & Maverik

Snell | Booth SL2009 | Website: At NAB 2015, Snell unveiled a format-independent, integrated multiviewer for its Kahuna switcher range, three new ‘Mav’ modules for its Maverik configurable switcher control panel and four major developments for its Sirius 800 series enterprise-level, multi-format router range. The new Kahuna multi-format multiviewer is fully integrated into the […]

NAB 2015 Tech: Anvato’s TV Everywhere Cloud DVR

Anvato | Wynn Hotel | Website: TV Everywhere platform provider Anvato has introduced Anvato Cloud DVR, a fully integrated, pure software cloud recording and storage solution for TVE. Expanding upon on the strengths of the Anvato Media Content Platform (MCP) and Anvato Watch offerings, Anvato Cloud DVR enables television broadcasters, networks and service providers to give viewers access […]

NAB 2015 Tech: MediaPower Enters U.S. Market With XOR

European media technology solutions provider MediaPower has entered into a sales and distribution agreement with XOR Media, to be the exclusive distributor of MediaPower turnkey systems in North America. MediaPower and XOR Media have had a long-standing partnership through MediaPower’s distribution of XOR Media products in the EMEA region but this reinforced partnership brings MediaPower’s […]

NAB 2015: Wohler’s Intelligent Adaptable Monitoring

Wohler Technologies | Booth SU3116 | Website: Wohler Technologies has introduced the first of a range of new products in the company’s new iAM (intelligent adaptable monitoring) series of audio and video monitoring solutions: the iAM-MADI. Each of the iAM Series signal monitors provides a monitoring and analysis toolset, as well as built-in networking […]

NAB 2015 Tech: Volicon’s Archiver

Volicon | Booth SU7916 | Website: Volicon is debuting the new Archiver option for its Observer Media Intelligence Platform. Addressing broadcasters’ need for convenient, cost-effective long-term storage of aired content, the Archiver option, Volicon says, “reliably makes high-quality versions of aired programming, promos, and advertisements readily available for use cases ranging from ad verification […]

NAB 2015 Tech: ChyronHego’s VistaCam

ChyronHego | Booth SL1110 | Website: ChyronHego today announced the launch of VistaCam, an all-new broadcast graphics solution for panoramic in-studio video displays. VistaCam provides an ultra-high-resolution “video wall” backdrop for in-studio shows. At the 2015 NAB Show, ChyronHego will highlight VistaCam on an ultra-high esolution video wall demonstration that also features the company’s […]

NAB 2015

Here Comes The One-Man-Band Anchor

ChyronHego introduced Studio MediaMaker, what it describes as the in-studio equivalent to what video journalists do in the field. The product provides an “easy-to-use” way to put news on-air without the need for a control room or technicians, the company says.

Stay Up To Date On 2015 NAB Show News

To be sure you don’t miss issues and announcements of importance to you at the 2015 NAB Show in Las Vegas, TVNewsCheck is providing links below to all our coverage.

NAB 2015

Sinclair Targets College, High School Sports

The station group sees ad sales in such programming as one key to generating bigger multicast revenue.

NAB 2015

ABC To Move To Cloud-Based Master Control

To make the transition, Disney/ABC Television Group will use Imagine Communications’ VersioCloud, IP-enabled master control and playout software, replacing traditional broadcast master control that relies on various discrete pieces of technology, such as graphics and branding systems and playout servers. With this new cloud model, the network’s affiliates will continue to have the ability to do local inserts of their own news and other programming, commercials and promos.

NAB 2015: Volicon/Nexida Products Introduction

 Volicon/Nexidia | Booth SU7916 (Volicon) & SL13705 (Nexidia) | Websites: & On Sunday at the 2015 NAB Show, Volicon and Nexidia announced the release of a joint solution that enables comprehensive automated monitoring of closed-caption quality and descriptive video in compliance with the latest FCC regulations, put into force on March 16, 2015. […]

NAB 2015: Harmonic Products Introduction

Harmonic | Booth SU1210 | Website: Harmonic  has launched the Spectrum X next-generation media server system. Designed for production and playout applications, the Spectrum X media server system eases the transition to IP broadcast workflows by integrating SDI and IP I/O on the same chassis. The software-based system leverages Harmonic’s VOS technologies and combines […]

NAB 2015: Avid Products Introduction

Avid | Booth SU902 | Website: Avid introduced the Avid ISIS | 1000  shared storage system, providing independent video and audio professionals and facilities the same level of real-time collaboration proven for over a decade on the most demanding productions in the industry. Starting at $17,995 and powered by the Avid MediaCentral Platform, ISIS […]

NAB 2015: Elemental Technologies Products Preview

Elemental Technologies | Booth SU2724 | Website: Elemental Technologies, a supplier of software-defined  video solutions for multiscreen content delivery, has expanded its product line to support statistical multiplexing and enhanced management operations in large-scale video processing deployments. New capabilities enable broadcasters, content owners and pay TV operators to implement flexible and scalable unified infrastructure […]


NAB Exhibition Holds Keys To TV’s Future

Many station owners and managers at the convention next week may not bother to visit the exhibit floor, but they should, simply to pay their respects. It’s technology that just might save them. It has allowed TV stations to produce more news and air more channels at less and less cost and it will soon permit them to broadcast to mobile devices.


NAB 2015

DC At NAB ’15: Spectrum, Video, Drones, More

Washington is full of minefields for broadcasters. But at no time has the regulatory and legislative environment been so littered with tripwires. As broadcasters gather this week in Las Vegas for the NAB Show, D.C. will take center stage. The issues broadcasters are facing in Washington could have a profound affect on the business. It all depends on what Washington regulators and legislators will decide to do.

NAB 2015

AccuWeather, Baron In Weather Partnership

The new partnership brings together Baron’s radar technology and patented storm tracking and forecasting of tornadoes and severe thunderstorms, and AccuWeather’s displays of the StoryTeller Interactive Touchscreen Solution.

NAB 2015

Learn How Media Economics Affect Strategy, Tech


Renewed Vision Enters Broadcast Market


A New Season For Master Control Automation

Changes in technology, changes in broadcast business models and changes in TV viewing habits have worked together to usher in a change of season from “big iron” master control switchers, which — with the assistance of automation technology — control everything needed to put a channel on air, to a season when less expensive, fully capable channel-in-a-box solutions have proliferated. Now another change appears at hand as cloud computing technology makes its presence felt. Read the earlier Hot Topics installments here.

‘Scandal’ Star To Host NAB TV Luncheon

Actor Scott Foley will preside over the April 13 event at the NAB Show in Las Vegas that will see Shonda Rhimes be inducted into the NAB Broadcasting Hall of Fame.

NAB 2015: RTW Products Preview

RTW | Booth C2134 | Website: RTW, a provider of visual audio meters and monitoring devices, will present its TMR7 TouchMonitor audio meter, Smart Series of audio meters and SurroundControl Series of metering, monitoring and controlling systems. RTW TMR7 TouchMonitor — Based on the same technology and flexible, modular configuration as RTW’s TM7 TouchMonitor, […]

NAB 2015: Primeview USA Products Preview

Primeview USA | Booth SL2417 | Website: Primeview USA, a provider of advanced broadcast display solutions, will unveil products featuring OLED technology and HD-SDI connectivity. Show attendees can experience first-hand the studio quality large format 55” OLED display from Primeview. The new technology offers superior color and motion clarity with true black reproduction, a […]

NAB 2015: Verance-Linear Acoustic Products Preview

Verance-Linear Acoustic | Booth N5738 Verance Corp., a provider of watermarking solutions, today announced it has partnered with Linear Acoustic to integrate VP1, an open solution for first-screen ACR (automatic content recognition), into the Aero family of real-time and file-based TV station audio processors. VP1 was submitted by Verance to the Advanced Television Systems Committee […]

NAB 2015: L-S-B Broadcast Technologies Products Preview

L-S-B Broadcast Technologies | Booth N6715 | Website:  L-S-B Broadcast Technologies will be showcasing seamless IP video switching solutions at the NAB Show. The company will present two SDN setups with equipment from Lawo/Arista and Sony/Juniper, showing the seamless source timed switching of live video streams in an IP environment — all controlled by […]

NAB 2015: Triveni Digital Products Preview

Triveni Digital | Booths SU8802 & N5637 | Website: Triveni Digital will demonstrate a new targeted advertising application for the ATSC 3.0 next-generation broadcast television standard at the 2015 NAB Show, April 13-16. The demonstration, which includes technologies from LG Electronics, Zenith and GatesAir, will be featured at the ATSC Technology Pavilion, booth N5637, […]


What’s Hot In Vegas For Three Top TV Techs

Pete SockettBlake RussellAndy SukWRAL’s Pete Sockett, Cordillera’s Andy Suk and Nexstar’s Blake Russell talk about what’s on their minds and wish lists when they arrive at next week’s NAB Show. Among the topics and gear they’re interested in: the upcoming spectrum repack, ATSC 3.0, text-to-speech, master control, 4K and ENPS.

NAB 2015: Fujifilm Products Preview

Fujifilm | Booth C7025 | Website: At next week’s NAB convention in Las Vegas, the Optical Devices Division of Fujifilm North America will introduce its 4K Ultra HD series of lenses for broadcast applications. Designed for a 2/3-inch sensor, the new UA80X9, the first field lens in the series, has an 80x zoom and […]

NAB 2015: Signiant Products Preview

Signiant | Booth SL10716 | Website: Signiant, a provider of intelligent file movement software, will be featuring its Signiant Flight, a hybrid SaaS solution that accelerates the movement of large data sets into and out of cloud storage. Signiant is also rolling out new features for Flight, including enhanced end-to-end encryption and increased flexibility of […]

NAB 2015: Vizrt One Products Preview

Vizrt | Booth SL2417 | Website:  Vizrt, a provider of production tools for the digital media industry, will demonstrate the latest version of its Viz One Workflow Engine at its booth at the NAB Show. Viz One is Vizrt’s media asset management (MAM) system that combines broadcast tools across the enterprise to easily find, […]