Best of Show Awards are judged by a panel of engineers and industry experts on the criteria of innovation, feature set, cost efficiency and performance in serving the industry.
Broadcasters and agencies agree on the need to automate ad buying and selling, but problems persist, including incompatible automation platforms. The biggest roadblock, however, seems to be figuring out how to pay for it. “It is an unfortunate truth that neither side wants to pay for this,” said Videa’s Shereta Williams. “It is also an unfortunate truth that this is an expensive business.
Sales of most media technology companies are basically flat while their R&D and marketing costs continue to run high, forcing some to reexamine how they sell in a traditionally demanding and rapidly changing market. Above, a Vizrt virtual set demonstration this week at the NAB Show.
Rohde & Schwarz has expanded and optimized its R&S Venice platform for live production, studio production and channel playout applications. R&S Venice offers stability and a wide range of features. Thanks to the use of open standards, the media server is interoperable with systems from other manufacturers and can easily be integrated into existing infrastructures. […]
Sinclair’ EVP Steve Pruett used an NAB panel on Wednesday to lay out a loosely defined vision for a nationally distributed Sinclair news platform.
The shoulder-mounted GY-HC900 “Connected Cam” features the same streaming capability that has made ProHD camcorders popular with many station groups.
TVNewsCheck Honors Women In Tech
TVNewsCheck’s 2018 Women in Technology Awards, presented at the NAB Show on Tuesday, honored a trio of women praised for their sharp thinking, strong leadership, listening and communication skills. HBO’s Diane Tryneski (center), Dolby Laboratories’ Jaclyn Pytlarz (left) and KIRO’s Deb Adeogba all accepted awards. (John Staley photo)
TVNewsCheck presented its 2018 Women in Technology Awards (the eighth annual) on Tuesday at a ceremony in Las Vegas. HBO’s Diane Tryneski (center) was honored with the Women in Tehnology Leadership Award, while Dolby Laboratories’ Jaclyn Pytlarz (left) and KIRO Seattle’s Deborah Adeogba (right) received Technology Women to Watch honors. (John Staley photo)
The FCC chairman says his approach to broadcast regulations is “You either believe in scrapping outdated regulations or you don’t. We do.” And he thanks broadcasters for their support, especially during the controversy over net neutrality which resulted in death threats.
Among the lessons learned in the wake of covering a tragedy is the value of counselors for staff and the importance of having close working ties with law enforcement when such a catastrophe with numerous moving parts unfolds.
On The NAB Exhibit Floor: Haivision
Haivision | https://www.haivision.com/ Haivision provides media management and video streaming solutions. It has rolled out a new video streaming appliance in the KB Series, the KB Max portable video encoder for 4K UHD, 360 VR and HD internet streaming at NAB 2018. The KB Max is a high-quality, small form factor 4K UHD streaming appliance […]
It’s splitting its advertising technology business into a separate division, Imagine Ad Tech, to be run by SVP-GM Sarah Foss, who previously was chief product officer of Imagine Advertising Solutions. The rest of Imagine will go into Imagine Playout and Networking Solutions, to be run by President Steve Reynolds, who previously was Imagine CTO.
Execs Offer Disruption Survival Tips
Media companies need to manage expectations as they navigate through change. They can’t adopt the mentality that they always need to be on the leading edge of new platforms and trends, and they also need to recognize and admit to failure when it comes.
Broadcast leaders who’ve come up through their companies’ digital ranks have a different vantage point than their C-suite peers. Leaders from Raycom, E.W. Scripps, ABC Owned Television Stations are Capitol Broadcasting say their experience with digital media risks, failures and the process of constant iteration has shaped their approach to the broadcast helm for the better.
FCC Commissioner Michael O’Rielly is spearheading a review of the FCC’s children’s television requirements that he hopes to launch in the summer and complete by year’s end.
On The NAB Exhibit Floor: NewTek
NewTek | Booth SL5016| https://www.newtek.com/ NewTek offers end-to-end, all-IP video production with new products, technology updates, virtualized control room software, affordable yet uncompromising 4K workflows. NewTek Product & Technology Announcements at NAB 2018: NewTek LiveGraphics A new paradigm in video graphics – create in Adobe Photoshop and animate in After Effects, then output in 10 […]
Sony and CenturyLink conducted a test for a large news customer of the long-distance Remote Integration (REMI) connection between New York and London via a fiber link. For the test, Sony simulated a live broadcast and switched live between cameras in New York and London.
It says that in the wake of the SAM merger it is “taking the best of the best” from both companies, folding some products from one company into the other’s and letting other products expire after the natural life cycle, with a focus on three areas: live production, news and content delivery.
On The NAB Exhibit Floor: IBM Aspera
IBM Aspera | Booth SL5910| https://www.ibm.com/cloud/high-speed-data-transfer IBM Aspera is showcasing advancements to its Streaming for Video Solution. Building on the success of its FASPStream protocol, Aspera continues to disrupt the status quo with exciting new capabilities. This latest evolution enables live and near-live video streaming at the highest quality with no added latency over commodity […]
Major TV broadcasters and media agencies support the industry’s development of open standards-based business interfaces for local TV.
Enthusiasm runs high as the next-generation TV standard has its official ribbon-cutting launch in Las Vegas. In addition to panels, exhibit booths of new gear, NAB Show attendees can take a ride from the Central to South Halls in an autonomous vehicle equipped with ATSC 3.0 sets, receiving an ATSC 3.0 signal sent from an experimental Sinclair transmission facility 15 miles away.
The new team is being created to assure data portability and ease customer adoption of industry standards.
On The NAB Exhibit Floor: EVS
EVS | Booth SL3816| www.evs.com EVS specialized in technology for live video production. It is introducing the latest live production server into its iconic XT range – XT-VIA — its most significant update to the XT series yet. XT-VIA lets facilities providers and content creators benefit from enhanced UHD-4K and IP operation as well as an […]
On The NAB Exhibit Floor: Harmonic
Harmonic | Booth SU810| www.harmonicinc.com Harmonic will showcase its innovations in OTT and broadcast video delivery. Tackle OTT Challenges with Innovative Solutions Harmonic will highlight its award-winning VOS media processing family including the new VOS SW Cluster media processing software and VOS 360 media processing SaaS. VOS SW Cluster embeds market-leading media processing capabilities with […]
Engineers and business execs agree that the technology used to automate the buying of spots by ad agencies — still has a long way to go in trying to level the playing field with broadcasters’ more nimble digital competitors.
AI isn’t just a future dream for local news organizations. Its early applications have already arrived, and wider adoption and lower costs will mean an increased presence in a range of roles, experts say.
A new Knight Foundation study finds good news for local TV broadcasters in the future information landscape, suggesting they’ll have the dominant role. Their more aggressive presence on social media may be prodding that along.
With content creation seen as a major strength, leaders at NAB’s Senior Leadership Summit were greeted by a SmithGeiger survey that shows local TV news ranks as most trusted and viewed across all key 18-54 demos.
Facebook defended its News Feed changes and touted improvements for local publishers in an NAB Show session that gave no heed to problems engulfing the platform and local media’s growing skepticism.
Revenue Coming On Smart Home Plays
Voice platforms like Amazon Echo and Google Home are opening up a new front for media companies to reach consumers. Digital executives at broadcast and newspaper groups say that making early plays there and iterating quickly to a more seamless experience will earn them an important foothold in the smart home.
The integration of products is designed to give news producers new tools including game-quality on-air graphics as well as new photorealistic and hyper-realistic elements for on-air virtual sets.
The web is closing in on television as a news source for U.S. adults, but the Pew Research Center points to signs that local TV news still has a healthy standing and engenders more trust among viewers.
As tests of the next-gen standard get underway and demos are being offered in Las Vegas, Sinclair’s Mark Aitken and Pearl TV’s Anne Schelle see a commercial launch of ATSC 3.0 services possible in about two years.
KSNV’s ND Defends Sinclair’s Promo
Mark Neerman: “If you look at the words, there is nothing wrong with it…. It was only a promo.” However, he added: “When we do it again next time, we will probably give local stations more freedom to come up with the messaging.”
On The NAB Exhibit Floor: Vocas Systems
Vocas Systems | Booth C8238| https://www.vocas.com/ Vocas Systems is a developer and manufacturer of camera accessories including rail supports, shoulder pads, matte boxes and focus controllers. It will introduce a range of new products at NAB 2018, including accessories designed for the Sony Venice, the Panasonic AU-EVA 1 and other new cameras. In addition, the […]
On The NAB Exhibit Floor: Square Box Systems
Square Box Systems | Booth SL5421| www.squarebox.com Square Box Systems is a privately owned software company specializing in media asset management and production workflows. The company is previewing a range of new content analysis capabilities for its flagship CatDV media asset management (MAM) solution, leveraging the latest artificial intelligence (AI) technology for speech recognition and […]
On The NAB Exhibit Floor: Audinate
Audinate | Booth N4511| https://www.audinate.com/ Audinate, developer of the Dante media networking technology, today announced plans to support SMPTE ST-2110 in the Dante platform by the end of 2018. SMPTE ST-2110 is a new suite of standards developed by the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers to support real-time media network distribution using IP […]
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 2018 NAB Show in Las Vegas. The proof of concept will be presented in the Pilot booth, April 9-12. The display will demonstrate the way in […]
New apps, services and solutions are intended to accelerate news workflows and improve the collaboration, accessibility and distribution required to engage news viewers on any device.