NAB Show Rebooting For The Future

While most broadcasters and equipment vendors still view the annual NAB Show as an essential stop, attendance and exhibitors have declined the past few years. Show organizers are being proactive by tweaking the schedule of next year’s show in an effort to attract fresh traffic.

IP Transition Boosts Flexibility, Content Options

Transitioning from SDI to IP has enabled Canal+ to produce content more efficiently and to find new ways to reuse it, said Pierre Maillat, broadcast imagineer at the French pay TV provider. He spoke at a Cisco-sponsored event at the NAB Show where Roger Crothers, head of technology for BBC Wales, said the BBC’s first dive into IP workflow would create a roadmap for moving the rest of its six major broadcast centers to IP and that he anticipates new synergies to emerge when that happens. Ted Schilowitz, futurist for Paramount Pictures, added that IP better delivers the experience younger viewers have come to expect. A pair of video highlights of the session are here. Pictured (l-r): Dave Ward,  SVP chief architect and CTO of engineering, Cisco; Gene Arantowicz, solution engineering manager and media practice lead, World Wide Technology; Schilowitz; Maillat and Crothers.

4K 4Charity Races Past $1M At NAB Show

Elemental Technologies, an Amazon Web Services company, announced the 4K 4Charity Fun Run held at the 2019 NAB Show raised more than $68,000 for Girls Who Code, a national nonprofit […]


Tish Graham Of ABC Talks Women In Tech

ABC’s Tish Graham is the first woman to lead technology at a television station group. As the winner of TVNewsCheck’s 2019 Women in Technology Leadership Award, she discusses what it takes to succeed in the challenging and changing TV industry. (Video by John Staley)


Jessell | News And Views From NAB 2019

Good feelings about the broadcasting business at the NAB last week were tempered by the slow pace of ownership regulations at the FCC and Justice Department and the threat from the ever-growing roster of direct-to-consumer streaming services. Some other random takeaways: Is the convention shrinking? | ATSC 3.0 felt more like ATSC 2.4. | There’s a repack disconnect. | Reporting on the Trump White House.


Five Takeaways From NAB 2019

The NAB Show still features a mind-numbing sprawl of video cameras and booms and rigs, enough to overwhelm even the most rabid broadcast engineer. But NAB has truly evolved to become a gathering that now represents the present and future of media.

Black News Channel Taps Vizrt Tool For Launch

Black News Channel (BNC), a new cable news channel aimed at African-American viewers, announced at the NAB Show in Las Vegas that it will use an end-to-end workflow from Vizrt […]

Red Bee Achieves 3.5 Second Latency For Live OTT Feed

Red Bee Media said on the second day of NAB Show 2019, it managed to reach a record low latency on its live OTT feed. The feed was created with […]

Regulatory Issues From The NAB Show

Questions about regulations from Washington don’t disappear just because you are spending time in Las Vegas, and this week’s NAB Show brought discussion of many such issues. Here’s a recap of news about some imminent actions on some  issues pending before the FCC.

Full Range Of Solutions From Grass Valley At NAB

At NAB Show 2019, Grass Valley demonstrated its end-to-end offering of reliable, open standards-based solutions for content creators and broadcasters. “In today’s rapidly shifting mediascape, the battle for attention from […]


Broadcasters Make Big 3.0 Bet At NAB

A consortium of station groups pledges to launch the new next-gen transmission standard in top markets by the end of next year. But while broadcasters seem to have found consensus on how to get 3.0 signals on-air, their long-term plans for business models are still unclear. And there are also some tough decisions broadcasters will need to make about what kind of single frequency network they need to build out.


NAB Show Attendance Dips From 2018

The official count from Las Vegas is 91,460, down 1.6% from 92,912 in 2018. The 2018 total was off 10.2% from 103,443 in 2017.


Full-Tilt SVOD Competition Ahead

Looking ahead to big streaming service launches this year from Apple, Disney and WarnerMedia, a panel of providers at the NAB Show said the overall market will likely keep growing but everyone competing in it had better be at the top of their game.


LPTV Industry Association Announces Award Winners

The Advanced Television Broadcasting Alliance (ATBA) hosted the Fifth Annual Low Power Television and Translator Industry Awards during the  Annual Low Power Television Industry Association Reception and Awards during the […]


Sterling K. Brown Accepts NAB Television Chairman’s Award


In Praise Of Women Who Tech

TVNewsCheck honors six individuals for their contributions to television technology with presentations of its annual Women in Technology Awards. (Photo by John Staley)


Pai: More Relaxed Ownership Rules Coming

The FCC chairman tells the NAB Show that when it comes to the commission’s review, “we will not be deterred by those whose regulatory views are not guided by facts and reasons, but instead were set in stone in the era of Laverne & Shirley, Starsky & Hutch and The Captain and Tennille.”


For OTT Builds, UX Is The Key

Complexities are shifting when it comes to building a streaming service, and user experience (UX) and latency — especially when it involves live content — are moving to the front of media technologists’ priorities.


FCC Commissioners Push For Diverse Ownership

FCC Commissioners Michael O’Rielly, Brendan Carr and Geoffrey Starks weighed in on localization and local broadcasters’ coverage of crises during an NAB Show panel session.

Matrox Launches 4K/Multi-HD Webcasting-Remote Production Encoder

Matrox Video has introduced the Matrox Monarch EDGE, a 4K/multi-HD, low-latency encoder for webcasting and remote integration (REMI) applications. A powerful H.264 encoder that can flourish in any workflow, Matrox Monarch […]

Haivision Adds Peer-to-Peer Low Latency Streaming To SRT Framework

Haivision, a provider of in video streaming solutions, today announced SRT Peer-to-Peer (SRT P2P), a new, open-source contribution to the SRT framework for low-latency video delivery to broad scale audiences. […]

New Version Of Blackbird On Microsoft Azure Available

Forbidden Technologies plc, developer and seller of cloud video platform Blackbird, says that the new version of Blackbird on Microsoft Azure delivers even faster cloud video performance. Blackbird is exhibiting at […]


Smith: Big Tech Must Not Stifle Local News

National Association of Broadcasters President Gordon Smith put out the welcome mat Monday for “content creators, producers, distributors and technology companies from all corners of the globe,” suggesting they were all part of a next generation of storytellers — ”everybody has a story to tell,” he said. But he also signaled that Big Tech might not be on the same page.


For OTT Revenue, Diverse Models Needed

Against market headwinds, OTT monetization won’t happen with a single scheme. Instead, it needs a flexible range of subscription models, advertising and even transactional approaches, experts say.

3.0 To Be Deployed In 40 Markets By Year-End

A broad coalition of television station groups as well as public broadcasters announced at the NAB Show on Monday that ATSC 3.0 will be rolled out in 40 U.S. markets by the end of 2019.


Tech Vendors Still Fighting Headwinds

The top executives of Arista Networks, Imagine Communications, MediaKind and Belden describe a tough selling market as broadcasters try to maintain an eroding linear TV business while investing significant dollars in new digital platforms that are still largely unprofitable.

Shure Introduces Twinplex Mics At NAB

Today, at the 2019 NAB Show, Shure unveiled TwinPlex, the company’s new line of premium subminiature (5 mm) omnidirectional lavalier and headset microphones. Designed to stand up to the toughest […]

NAGRA, BitRouter, Harmonic Demonstrate 3.0 Solution

At the NAB Show, NAGRA, BitRouter and Harmonic will demonstrate a new solution that provides broadcasters and device manufacturers with the most flexible way to prepare for the launch of the […]

Teradek Unveils Zero-Delay 4K Wireless Video Transmission System

Teradek today introduced Bolt 4K, which it says defines “a whole new category of wireless video systems.” The technology, found exclusively inside Bolt 4K, offers 8x the reliability of previous […]


Revamped Imagine Sees Services, Ad Tech Growth

At NAB 2019, a year after a major corporate overhaul, the company unveiled a new maintenance program for customers with aging legacy equipment and announced a major customer win for its advertising software with Australian broadcaster Nine Network.

Synamedia Adds Automation Capabilities To Its Virtual DCM

Synamedia, an independent video software provider, today announced new automation capabilities for its Virtual Digital Content Manager (DCM) with Smart Rate Control that it says will save operators up to […]


Avid Overhauls Media Composer, Intros Nexis Cloudspaces

The inventor of TV’s first non-linear editing platform has reimagined the solution, adding a new UI, distributed processing, finishing and delivering capabilities and other features. It also brought to market a new cloud-based version of its storage platform, offering customers a free, three-month trial.


KCBS Los Angeles To Launch On OTT

KCBS will be CBS Television Stations’ second station to launch an OTT stream, signaling the company’s confidence in the platform as both an essential conduit to new viewers and a potent future revenue stream.

Arrow Bundles NetApp Storage With Axle AI Software

Arrow Distribution has announced immediate availability of a range of integrated solutions for corporate and university video teams based on NetApp storage systems and software from Axle AI. The three […]

Matrox To Showcase HD Encoders, Codec Cards, 4K IP KVM Extenders

At NAB 2019 (booth SL3811), Matrox will showcase its full range of award-winning HD and 4K/multi-HD encoders, SMTPE ST 2110 NIC and hardware codec cards, and high-performance 4K IP KVM […]

Qvest Media Partners With Avid For Azure Integration

Systems architect and ICT integrator Qvest Media has expanded its long-standing partnership with Avid to become an Avid Certified Cloud Partner for use in Microsoft Azure. Qvest Media and Avid […]

TAG V.S. To Show Software-Only, IP-Based UHD Multiviewer, Monitoring Platform

At next week’s NAB Show, TAG V.S., an international specialist in advanced IP monitoring and high-quality UHD Multiviewers, is demonstrating its flagship MCM-9000 multiviewer and monitoring platform optimized with support […]


Change Your Tools To Change Your News

Broadcast newsrooms struggling to “break out of the formula” and accelerate change should start by changing their tools. The tools we use shape the journalism we produce. Whether your newsroom goal is to increase inclusiveness of your reporting, innovate in story and show formats, or simply to develop more efficient workflows to free up reporters’ time for more enterprise content, there are tools that can accelerate news transformation.

Synamedia To Show Video Processing Innovations At NAB

Synamedia, an independent video software provider, will demonstrate new video processing technologies at next week’s NAB Show in Las Vegas.  These solutions, developed to help media companies and pay-TV providers generate […]

AWARN Alliance Demonstrating Advanced Alerting Resources

Using a new user experience design for advanced alerting and ongoing emergency information, the Advanced Warning and Response Network (AWARN) Alliance will demonstrate the power of ATSC 3.0 to integrate official emergency […]