A TVNewsCheck webinar featuring top engineers from Fox, Tegna and Gray found stations are settling well into their COVID-19-induced remote workflows. Some of those workflows, including IP contribution, cloud-based collaboration and production automation, are likely to stay even after the pandemic subsides. “There’s no going back to what it was before this started,” says Tegna’s Robert Lydick.
TVU CEO Paul Shen says AI-driven products and dramatic improvements in remote production and delivery to multiple platforms are streamlining news operations like never before.
Artificial intelligence in news is evolving beyond metadata tags. It can now help news organizations find and monetize content, generate silent videos and highlights reels and even predict trending news, and ABC News and the CBC are among the broadcasters experimenting with its capabilities.
The effort of covering the historic storm fully tested Houston stations’ technological and logistical prowess and planning, while straining their human resources. With power and cable outages prevalent, the broadcasters also streamed their coverage continuously over Facebook Live so that folks with a charged smartphone could watch, too. Above, KHOU broadcast news temporarily from the facilities of noncommercial KUHT.
Now that bonded cellular technology has proved itself as an effective and reliable way to send back live video from the field, the top vendors have begun supplying software for managing and sharing all the incoming feeds.“Broadcasters have gotten over that bonded cellular hump,” says Ronen Artman, VP marketing at LiveU. “Now they want to take control of their devices.”
The Gannett Denver NBC affiliate is kicking off the NFL season — today’s Broncos Day — with day-long coverage culminating in tonight’s Broncos-Ravens matchup. Coverage began today at 4:30 a.m. and will run in various formats through tonight’s game and into its late news. The station is relying on two microwave trucks and bonded cellular gear throughout the day for the remote broadcasts. It’s also got a large social media element and is airing more coverage on co-owned KTVD.