5G Is Getting Better, But The Most Important Changes May Come Next Year

With the launch of Apple’s newest smartphones — the iPhone 13 series — the big question is back. Is it worth buying a new phone just to get 5G?

ATSC 3.0 Reaches The Smartphone

ATSC 3.0, the new broadcast signaling standard branded as NextGen TV, is starting to break away from the TV screen and gain its first foothold on the smartphone. One Media 3.0, a subsidiary of Sinclair Broadcast Group, said it has taken possession of its first handful of Android smartphones with embedded ATSC 3.0 antennas. This initial batch of devices — branded as the Mark One, and unlocked to run on the T-Mobile and AT&T mobile networks — are not production-grade products but are instead considered evaluation units tagged for trials and tests.

ONE Media’s ATSC 3.0 Smartphone Becomes Reality

ATSC 3.0 in smartphones took a big step forward this week with delivery of the first of hundreds of production sample phones to the Sinclair Broadcast Group, a key part of the station group’s strategy to ensure that NextGen TV one day is an integral part of mobile phones and other devices. The ONE Media Mark One phone powered by Saankhya Labs is an Android smartphone with built-in Saankhya Labs SL4000 ATSC 3.0 receiver chip providing NextGen TV reception, tuning and demodulation.

Live Vertical Converts Horizontal TV Streams To Vertical For Phones

French rolling digital news channel BFMTV debuted “Live Vertical,” a new smartphone user experience. Developed in collaboration with French start-up, Wildmoka, the Live Vertical solution automatically converts the horizontal frames of standard TV streams to a vertical format better suited to smartphone screens. The companies say Live Vertical revolutionizes the TV viewing experience on a […]


TVN Tech | NextGen TV Racing For Scale

Around 10 markets should be on-air with 3.0 broadcasts by the end of the third quarter and perhaps 20 by year’s end, according to representatives of Pearl TV and BitPath. Broadcasters are also exploring the full capabilities of the NextGen standard with several new initiatives this summer, including the launch of a NextGen-capable smartphone and a trial of advanced alerting capabilities in Washington, D.C. Above, one of the six 2020 LG OLED sets that have earned the NextGen TV logo from the Consumer Technology Association.


KSAT Reporter Shoots Weekly Foodie Segment On iPhone

A Second Camera In Your Pocket

Today’s multi-media journalists are jacks and jills of all trades. They report, write, shoot, edit, post to social media and, after all that, arrive at tomorrow’s morning meeting with three more original hard news story ideas. With so much to do, MMJs are forever in search of ways to make the job simpler. Here’s one: Use your smartphone, which you already have with you on every assignment, to tell your story more creatively.

Smartphone Ownership Now 2nd Behind TVs

An annual CTA study shows smartphones are now the second-most owned tech device, behind TV sets, growing 13% to 238 million last year.

Mobile Usage Is Even Bigger Than You Think

A new study finds that time spent on smartphones has double in just the past three years. We spend more than a trillion minutes a month on our devices. No wonder ad dollars are following.

3.0 Chips In Phones? Don’t Hold Your Breath

ATSC 3.0 technology — the audio and video transmission standard TV broadcasters are hoping to eventually migrate to — carries with it the promise of many new features, including delivering enhanced broadcast TV to mobile devices. But that means, at some point, new receivers will be needed in those devices, and that process will take time.


Phones, Tablets Over 50% Of Connected Devices

News Consumption Tilts To Phones, Facebook

A new report from the Pew Research Center depicts a news-consuming public that’s increasingly using smartphones to access its information with two-thirds of Facebook users turning to news there — a particularly chilling number given the social platform’s algorithm shift last week devaluing news in its feed. Among numerous other takeaways, the study finds 75% of Americans think news organizations are biased. 

Smartphones Drive Rise In Mobile Video Use

Mobile video viewing is growing as a share of all digital video viewing, in large part due to the increase of smartphone viewing. In 3Q 2015, the share of smartphone digital video starts worldwide was 18.1%, an increase from the year before where the share was 13.6%. The share of digital videos viewed on a smartphone was up 33% year over year.


Smartphones, Internet Eating Into TV Time

Nielsen data show an increase in the number of 18-to-34-year-olds who used a smartphone, tablet or TV-connected device like a streaming box or game console. That grew 26% in May compared with a year earlier, to an average of 8.5 million people per minute. Those devices, which all showed gains in usage, more than offset declines in TV, radio and computers. In the same age group, the demographic most highly coveted by advertisers, use of those devices fell 8% over the same period to a combined 16.6 million people per minute.


Smartphone Video: Can’t Live With, Without It

Simon Perez: “Every year, during my breaks from teaching at Syracuse University’s Newhouse School of Public Communications, I return to KPIX TV in San Francisco to work as an MMJ. On several stories, I’ve whipped out my smartphone to capture video I just couldn’t get with my professional video camera. Here are three occasions where my smartphone, shooting HD video, helped to make a professional TV story look better.” But , he adds, there are also downsides to this new trend.

Smartphones Challenge ENG Camcorders

Newsgathering keeps getting faster and easier using non-traditional equipment. But now there’s a tsunami forming that, when it hits full force, will revolutionize video newsgathering with a device not even designed for news photographers and video journalists.

TV Viewing Eroded By Smartphone Videos

Smartphone video viewing is having a corrosive effect on TV watching, research from On Device Research for the Interactive Advertising Bureau finds. The study finds most smartphone viewing is also taking place at home, as 90% of respondents reported home consumption as opposed to 49% saying they watch smartphone videos away from home.


Wireless Carriers: Next-Gen TV’s Big Obstacle

While work is progressing on developing ATSC 3.0, the next-gen broadcast TV standard that stations hope will let them deliver signals to all digital media devices, a roadblock looms. To get the tech included in smartphones will require the OK of the wireless carriers and while have no incentive to allow broadcasters into the phones, they have considerable incentive to keep them out.


New Tech Makes ENG Light, Quick, Nimble

Newsgathering experts weigh the virtues of bonded cellular against the necessity of supplementing with Ka bandwidth, the flexibility of smartphones and the enduring value of microwave.

Cartoon Net Launches Micro-Net For Smartphones


Using SmartPhones As Audio Recorders In TV News

Winter Storm Coverage Tool: Smartphones

When ice covers the roads, it can be just as hard for news crews to get around as it is for the general public. So, reporter Margaret Ann Morgan and some of her colleagues at Raycom-owned WDAM in Hattiesburg, Miss., got serious about newsgathering with their smartphones during their recent encounter with winter.


Indoor Marketing Poses Threat To Local Media

The ability to target consumers and advertise to them at the point of purchase is moving out of the blue sky zone and closer toward market implementation, posing a threat to local media’s already declining advertising revenue. At last week’s Place summit in San Francisco, the emerging indoor marketing industry showed it still has a few kinks to work out, but it may eventually pose a serious threat to local media. “The people who should be nervous are traditional media,” says Neg Norton, president of the Local Search Association. “That’s the pool of money that’s ultimately going to get reduced.”

How To Shoot News With A Smartphone

Now that smartphones with video capability are everywhere, it’s worth talking about techniques that can help the journalists who use them get the highest quality video possible.


Looks Like Screen Size Doesn’t Really Matter

When it comes to watching entertainment programming, it turns out size doesn’t matter as much as people previously thought (or hoped). According to a new study conducted by Chadwick Martin Bailey, consumers are using their tablets and smartphones to stream video programming at an increasing rate, and they’re doing it in their homes, where televisions are available.

Chevy Intros Super Bowl Smartphone, Tablet App

TV Viewers Multitask With Smartphones

Roughly 40% of tablet and smartphone owners in the U.S. used their devices daily while watching TV, while only 14% of eReader owners said they watched TV while using their device every day.

Getting Broadcast Quality Audio From iPhones

Starz Joins Mobile Barcode Push

Looking to gain a deeper marketing experience for mobile consumers, Starz Entertainment has become the first TV partner to sign up for AT&T’s new mobile barcode program.


Mobile Opens New Doors For Web Firms

With smartphone use steadily increasing in the United States, companies are preparing for the new opportunities that widespread use of mobile devices will bring.