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Video Walls Advance Set Design, Storytelling

A step up from past LCD video walls, the new LED technology is increasingly featuring in new news set designs, enabling crisper images and more flexibility.

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CNN Rides The IP Train Into Hudson Yards

The global news giant has built the first major broadcast facility to be completely based on the SMPTE 2110 IP networking standard. “The idea behind going IP was to get everything across CNN’s facilities connected,” says Bob Hesskamp, EVP of broadcast engineering for Turner. “The other reason we did this was we wanted to build a facility that wasn’t out of date on Day One, that was software-configurable, expandable and easier to make changes to.”

Sony Acquires 45% Stake In Nevion

More Studios Against Ga. Abortion Law

A slew of major Hollywood studios with business in the state finally spoke up about how the “highly restrictive legislation” may require them to reevaluate taking productions there. Following similar announcements by Netflix, Disney and WarnerMedia were Viacom, CBS, Sony, AMC and NBCUniversal.

SnapStream Adds Direct Integration With Sony Ci Media Cloud

Sony Electronics, through its Intelligent Media Services business, and SnapStream announced direct integration between Sony’s Ci Media Cloud platform and SnapStream’s flagship TV recording, search, clipping, monitoring and compliance product. This new integration enables SnapStream users to seamlessly send TV clips from SnapStream directly to Ci Workspace where it is instantly available for collaboration and sharing workflows. Key metadata captured in […]

Sony Returns To Profit On Games, Spotify

Sony reported an 87.9 billion yen ($787 million) January-March profit Friday, a reversal from the 13.3 billion yen loss racked up the previous year. Quarterly sales totaled 2.1 trillion yen ($19 billion), up 9% from 1.9 trillion yen.

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MAM: Removing Barriers To Creativity

Media asset management systems, some of which interact with the cloud and use artificial intelligence to personalize content, are growing in acceptance among TV broadcasters as they add scaled-down functionality, standardization and microservices.

Sony Stock Surges Following News Report

Sony Corp. shares climbed more than 9% on Tuesday after a Reuters report saying Third Point LLC was again raising its stake in the Japanese conglomerate stoked speculation that fund owner Daniel Loeb was preparing to agitate for more change.

Sony Sells Crackle Majority Stake

The entertainment company has sold a majority stake in the online video business to Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment, part of the Connecticut-based company behind the inspirational book series. Together, the two companies will operate a new joint venture, Crackle Plus, that will house the ad-supported streaming service.

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Cameras, Lenses Come Into Focus At NAB

While both HDR and 4K technologies have gotten much attention at past NAB Shows, this year’s gathering will see camera offerings that can handle dual SDR and HDR workflows, streaming capability, a smart studio and control solutions. At the same time, lenses continue to evolve to offer higher levels of zoom.

Sony Turnaround Chief Hirai To Retire

Sony Corp. on Thursday said chairman Kazuo Hirai, who helped engineer the electronics giant’s recent revival, will retire in June, bowing out as the Japanese company is on track for another record profit this year.

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Sony Taps New Head Of Broadcast Business

Katsunori Yamanouchi, who has been president of Sony’s Professional Solutions Americas business since April 2016, will be succeeded by Theresa Alesso, its president of Imaging Products and Solutions and a 28-year Sony veteran.

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Stations Look To Stream From Any Device

Cox’s WFTV Orlando is at the cutting edge of field transmission, using streaming cameras on vehicles that can be remotely controlled by a tech back at the station and transmitting over a 4G link. As more stations want that kind of capability, vendors are responding with bonded cellular and other wireless gear to improve efficiencies and connectivity and are working to include high-speed 5G wireless technology.

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CBS Pumps Up Super Bowl Tech With 8K, AR

Among the tech innovations on tap are Panasonic 8K cameras, which will be used to generate replays from each end zone, part of the 115 cameras the network will use, including a bevy of Sony 4K replay cameras. And for the first time, CBS will also use a live wireless handheld camera with AR graphics and camera-tracking capability designed to provide real-time virtual graphics from the players’ perspective on the field.

Sony Chief To Make Entertainment A Priority

Kenichiro Yoshida says he considers Sony “a creative entertainment company” and sees the PlayStation Network as a way to bring Sony movies, shows and music to consumers.

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PlayStation Game Sales Drive Sharp Rise In Sony Profits

TOKYO (AP) — Sony Corp. profits nearly tripled in the latest quarter, boosted by a jump in PlayStation 4 software sales, the Japanese electronics and entertainment giant said Tuesday. The company reported profits of 226.4 billion yen ($2.0 billion) for the April to June quarter, up from 80.9 billion yen in the same period last […]

NAB 2018

Sony Touts Trans-Atlantic IP Production

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.

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Sony To Open Digital Media Prod. Center In L.A.

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Sony Will Be Riding IP Wave Into NAB Show

Cloud services, virtualized workflows and IP networking technology grab the spotlight as the company prepares for the Las Vegas showcase. Its Media Solutions Division, a new organization it formed last December, is focusing on selling media workflow systems for applications like cloud-based master control and OTT video distribution. Above, Sony’s new XVS-9000 production switcher supports 4K, HD and HDR content.

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Stations Eye Virtual Master Control, Playout

Everyone from smaller station groups to major playout centers are examining software- and cloud-based solutions as they look at consolidation, centralization and density of operations. But whether IP and virtualization can replace all SDI functionality today remains a “big question mark” for many broadcasters. Above, Grass Valley’s iTX channel control. Click here to access TVNewsCheck’s NAB 2018 Resource Guide listing of master control and playout vendors and products or here to download it as a PDF.

PlayStation Vue Adds Local Content Away From Home

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IP Delivering Video From Field To Screen

New streaming encoders in cameras are delivering HD picture quality good enough to go directly to air. That gives stations new options for IP contribution besides the common bonded cellular workflow. Above, KOAA Colorado Springs uses a JVCKenwood ProHD portable bridge in the field. Click here to access TVNewsCheck’s NAB 2018 Resource Guide listing of field operations vendors and products or here to download it as a PDF.

Sony CEO Kaz Hirai Replaced By CFO

Sony Corp. named Chief Financial Officer Kenichiro Yoshida as its new president and CEO on Friday, replacing Kazuo Hirai, who led a turnaround at the Japanese electronics and entertainment company and will stay on as chairman.

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Interoperability, Virtualization Power IP Workflow

Interoperability got a big boost in December 2017 with the publication of SMPTE’s 2110 suite of standards for handling professional media over managed IP networks. Equipment manufacturers and software developers are moving forward quickly to build ST 2110-compliant products. At April’s NAB Show, attendees are certain to see plenty of ST 2110 products introduced, and hear lots of discussions about how to migrate to IP and how best to work in hybrid SDI-IP environments in the meantime. Click here to access TVNewsCheck’s NAB 2018 Resource Guide listing of IP workflow vendors and products or here to download it as a PDF.

PlayStation Dropping Tribune Fox Affiliates

On Friday night, PlayStation Vue started to notify subscribers that Tribune’s Fox affiliates were being dropped from the OTT service after failing to “come to an agreement on terms” with the station group.

PlayStation Vue Adds 11 Fox, NBC Affils

Poking its head out to fire a round in the superheated battle for virtual MVPD bundle supremacy, Sony has announced that its PlayStation Vue service has added nearly a dozen Fox and NBC affiliates as well as Hallmark channels.

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Sony Hits Decade High On Blow-Out Quarter

Sony Corp. is prospering again. Shares climbed 11% to their highest since 2008, after the company increased its annual operating profit outlook to a record 630 billion yen ($5.6 billion). That exceeded the 591 billion yen average that analysts were projecting.

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Why Apple Should Buy Sony

Access to superior image sensors, a giant entertainment library and the PlayStation ecosystem — by any measure, Apple acquiring Sony makes a lot of sense.

IBC 2017

Sony Unveils New IP Live Compliant Products

Sony will support two key standards for IP Live interoperability with one regarding SMPTE ST 2110 media transport over IP, and a second regarding AMWA NMOS Device Discovery and Registration, the company said at IBC. 

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Sony Reports Soft 4Q, Full-Year Earnings

Late Thursday night Los Angeles time, Sony reported revenue of $17 billion and earnings of 19 cents a share for the three months ended March 31, which the company classifies as its fiscal fourth quarter. For the full year, the Japanese conglomerate hauled in $67.9 billion in revenue — a 6% dip from last year — and reported earnings of 51 cents a share — a 52% slide.

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Sony Acquires Crispin Corp.

The announcement comes after the successful completion of joint project by Sony and Crispin to create a cloud-based ingest operation for Tegna, called the Media Clearinghouse, and an earlier project, Public Media Management, which provides master control and cloud-based distribution service for PBS.

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Master Control Slowly Moving To Cloud, Pt. 2

Many agree master control and playout are headed to the cloud. But there is less agreement about the timing. While industry consolidation is spurring continued interest in centralizing master control and playout in the cloud, factors like looming UHD rollouts and satisfaction with channel-in-a-box and integrated playout solutions likely mean a mix of solutions will be deployed for some time. Be sure to look for Part I here. Click here to access TVNewsCheck’s NAB 2017 Resource Guide listing of master control and playout vendors and products or here to download it as a PDF.

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Master Control Slowly Moving To Cloud, Pt. 1

Broadcasters increasingly are getting comfortable with the idea of replacing their existing baseband master control and playout infrastructure with a cloud alternative when the next technical refresh happens. However, for those looking to the public cloud questions remain about live TV. There’s also a nagging concern that must be addressed before broadcasters hand their cash registers over to something as ethereal as the cloud. Be sure to look for Part II on Monday, April 17. Click here to access TVNewsCheck’s NAB 2017 Resource Guide listing of master control and playout vendors and products or here to download it as a PDF.

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Tegna Centralizes Ingest With Sony Cloud System

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IP Tech Tackles Workflow, Wireless Costs

The bonded cellular technology at the heart of today’s IP newsgathering systems has achieved such a level of maturity that many vendors have begun addressing the finer points, such as how to more closely integrate the workflow of reporters in the field with the newsroom and maintaining network speeds even when working within the confines of a VPN. At the same time, frenemy and outright competitors have arisen and are looking to make headway with stations by offering systems they say will reduce or eliminate ever-rising wireless data bills. Photo: LiveU. Click here to access TVNewsCheck’s NAB 2017 Resource Guide listing of ENG/IP Newsgathering vendors and products or here to download it as a PDF.

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Broadcast Cameras Set To Focus On 4K, HDR

Drip, drip, drip. The trickle of changes in television capture and delivery continues to flow. But as next-gen TV inches towards finalization as a standard and the prospects for FCC authorization grow those drips will turn into a torrent. Broadcasters and camera vendors alike are getting serious about how to prepare for these changes while maintaining and improving existing HD workflow and program delivery. Click here to access TVNewsCheck’s NAB 2017 Resource Guide listing of broadcast camera vendors and products or here to download it as a PDF.

Sony Seeks Patent On Measuring Journalist Veracity

Sony Vue Dumps Viacom Networks

Sony’s PlayStation Vue is adjusting its lineup of television channels and droping Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon and other Viacom-owned television networks. Viacom’s networks no longer will be part of the subscription service as of Friday.

QUARTERLY REPORT

Sony Net Profit Plunges 86% On Rising Yen

The Japanese electronics and entertainment giant reported a 4.8 billion yen ($45.8 million) net profit in July-September. Net profit was 33.6 billion yen in the same period a year earlier. Sales dropped nearly 11% to 1.69 trillion yen ($16.1 billion) in the last quarter, down from 1.89 trillion yen a year earlier, The culprits? A strong yen and lagging smartphone sales.

Sony’s Shapiro On Move To Next-Gen Services

On Oct. 26, Sony will be awarded a Technical Emmy for its HDC-4300 camera. For Sony Professional Solutions Americas President Alec Shapiro and the rest of the Sony team here and around the world, the evening will be the culmination of a process that began with what he describes as a close relationship with the sports-production community.