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KHOU Opening Downtown Houston Studios

Broadcast Pix Promotes Two Executives

Broadcast Pix has promoted Bob Poucel to executive vice president and general manager, and Russell Whittaker to worldwide director of channel sales. Poucel will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of the company, including the supervision of all departments and senior managers, while Whittaker will manage the Broadcast Pix sales team and marketing department. Both […]

Imagine Doubling Down On IP, Execs Say

The Gores Group, owner of the media tech company, is committed to its strategy of leading the media’s transition to software-based IP production and distribution, say the newly named CEO Tom Cotney and man he replaced, Charlie Vogt, who will join Gores and look to expand Imagine’s “product set” through mergers and acquisitions.

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Alrai TV Uses Imagine For Playout Automation

Imagine Communications has installed a playout system at Alrai TV, a premium family entertainment satellite service based in Kuwait. The system integrates with existing islands of operations, provided by Imagine in the past, covering production, news and playout.   Imagine has worked closely with Alrai since 2004. In the past 18 months, the two companies have […]

TVN’s NewsTECHForum Offers Cutting-Edge Insights, Info

The fifth annual conference examined the convergence of technology with news gathering and distribution. It featured keynote speakers, panels and case studies covering topics that included: Evolving to the Newsroom of the Future; The Contribution Revolution; Chasing Millennials in 2018; Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality and the State of the Art in TV Graphics; Drones & News Photography; Tech Leaders on the Future of Newsroom Technology; and Conquering the Multiplatform News Jungle. Above, keynote speaker Campbell Brown of Facebook with TVN’s Harry Jessell.

AIMS And MNA Announce Merger

AIMS And MNA Announce Merger Operating as AIMS, the joint organization can support IP interoperability standards across a larger cross section of the media and entertainment industry

Pilot, Local Media Association Set Video Summit

Pilot, NAB’s innovation initiative, in partnership with the Local Media Association (LMA), will host The Video Summit: A Forum for Video Business Solutions on Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018, at NAB headquarters in Washington. The event will explore new strategies for video as they relate to over-the-top providers, broadcast, social media and emerging content distribution platforms. “The rapid expansion […]

ATSC OKs Monroe Advanced Emergency Info Spec

The Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC) has approved the Advanced Emergency Alerting (AEA) specification as part of the A/331 standard, which is based primarily on designs submitted by Monroe Electronics and supported by broadcasters and equipment manufacturers across the industry. With the approval of the A/311 Signaling, Delivery, Synchronization, and Error Protection standard on Dec. […]

Quantum Unveils Scale-Out NAS For IP Workflows

Quantum Corp. has a new Xcellis scale-out solution that delivers the highest levels of storage performance and scalability in a cost-effective, Ethernet-based appliance. Powered by Quantum’s StorNext shared storage and data management platform, the multiprotocol, multiclient Xcellis Scale-out NAS system unites robust media and metadata management with industry-leading performance — three times better than that of competing NAS systems […]

Ross Video Adds Acuity, Carbonite Native IP Support

Ross Video has added native IP support for Acuity, its most powerful production switcher, and Carbonite Black mid-size production switcher. Named AcuityIP and CarboniteIP, respectively, both switchers are now able to seamlessly interface to standards-based SMPTE ST 2110 and ST 2022-6 infrastructures, making them ideal for customers planning COTS-based AIMS-compliant IP facilities.  Connectivity to COTS […]

NEWSTECHFORUM 2017

Stations Press Ahead With Social Platforms

Major groups keep experimenting, looking to find the best ways to use Facebook and YouTube, both to expand their brands and eventually generate some revenue.

NEWSTECHFORUM 2017

Technology Chiefs Eye Future Efficiencies

IP delivery, cloud-based workflows are seen becoming pervasive as they will make it easier for broadcasters to capture, share and distribute news content. Above (l-r): Andrea Berry, moderator; Bruce MacCormack, CBC; Del Parks, Sinclair; and Jonathan Solomon, Aspera. (Photo: Jack Pagano, Ariana Television Network)

Utah Scientific Chief Tom Harmon To Retire

COO and EVP of Finance Dave Burland is chosen to take over as president on Jan. 1, while  Harmon will become board chairman.

Audinate Offers Dante IP Core for Xilinx FPGAs

Audinate, developer of the Dante media networking technology, has announced the availability of Dante IP Core, a soft IP solution for audio manufacturers. It allows OEMs working with FPGA-based designs to add Dante audio connectivity to AV products at a lower cost and with greater flexibility than ever before. Development teams can save time, reduce […]

GatesAir Implements Quality, Environmental Standards

GatesAir, a global provider of wireless, over-the-air content delivery solutions for radio and TV broadcasters, says it has successfully implemented the latest iterations of the ISO 9001 standard for Quality Management Systems (QMS), as well as the ISO 14001 standard for Environmental Management Systems (EMS).  In addition to these highly respected standards, set in 2015 by the […]

AT&T Testing Fast Internet Over Power Lines

AT&T has started trials in Georgia and a non-U.S. location to deliver high-speed internet over power lines, the No. 2 wireless carrier said on Wednesday, marking its latest push to offer faster broadband service to more customers.

DMA 34: COLUMBUS, OH

WSYX Uses Video Walls For Ultimate Flexibility

NEWSTECHFORUM 2017

The Skies Are Clearing For News Drones

Looser rules plus technology improvements should spur broader adoption of the newsgathering tool.

NEWSTECHFORUM 2017

WaPo Sees Monitization Promise In YouTube

Micah Gelman, the paper’s director of video: “YouTube is a place that people come to watch video specifically. People are much more accepting of a pre-roll experience there….We can sell [YouTube] in a way that we cannot sell Facebook.” (Photo: Jack Pagano, Ariana Television Network)

DMA 2: LOS ANGELES

KNBC Upgrades Studio With LED Video Wall

Descript App Edits Audio Files Directly From Text

‘CBS Weekend News’ Gets Graphics Update

NEWSTECHFORUM 2017

Bonded Cell Matures In Reliability, Acceptance

Bonded cellular — using IP over the wireless network — is the go-to medium for TV reporters in the field, while microwave and satellite are secondary, though still important, alternatives. However, some predict a resurgence in microwave as those vendors rise to meet the challenges of bonded cellular. And bonded is not sitting still, it’s moving ahead with 5G wireless technology.

NEWSTECHFORUM 2017

VR And AR Becoming Standard News Tools

NewsTECHForum panelists agree that virtual sets and AR are the next step in news production. They’ve become practical because computing power has increased to the point where it can render “photo-realistic” backgrounds and graphics.

NEWSTECHFORUM 2017

Making News Millennials Will Want To Watch

One of the biggest challenges for news operations is stopping young consumers’ thumbs from moving from a new story to other distractions on mobile devices. Techniques that news organizations are testing to attract and retain millennials include fresh presentations, voice interfaces, automation, augmented reality and creating chat-like apps.

NEWSTECHFORUM 2017

How To Align Traditional TV And News

The needs of both digital and legacy news teams are progressively being aggregated into one system at many stations. But there still plenty of pain points to go around.

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Station Monetization A Key Goal For Facebook

According to the social platform’s Campbell Brown, “we want to get monetization products out there — especially if publishers have a subscription business where you’re trying to get direct connections with your audience.” Above, Brown with TVNewsCheck Editor Harry Jessell at NewsTECHForum. (Photo: Jack Pagano, Ariana Television Network)

Napodano Named Disney|ABC Group CTO

Industry vet Mike Napodano has been hired as chief technology officer for Disney|ABC Television Group. Napodano will oversee the DATG’s long-term technology vision and implementation. He also will be responsible for media operations and distribution, network operations and engineering, IT strategy and operations, and an integrated, enterprise-wide consumer data platform.

NBC News Fires Tech Exec Over Allegations

NBC News’s senior director of news engineering and technical operations, Larry Gaetano, was fired Friday after the network performed an investigation into his workplace behavior. Gaetano was a 20-year veteran of NBC News who was most recently based in the network’s Washington bureau.

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Ergen And Smith: Thing 1 And Thing 2

What do the two TV entrepreneurs have in common? They are both betting that the future lies in spectrum and the Internet of Things. They just envision different ways of realizing the vast potential. The real question is can they get a return on the hefty investments they will have to make so that they can compete is the space.