Vidispine Joins Arvato Systems

Software platform Vidispine, used to build data-driven, cloud-based video content management solutions, is merging with global IT specialist Arvato Systems, part of Bertelsmann. The companies say the solutions that Vidispine offers “are highly complementary to the Arvato Systems portfolio. Looking to the future, both the technical and business strategies of the two companies are very […]

Ooyala Updates Include Live OTT Enhancements

Ooyala, a provider of software and services designed to simplify the complexity of producing, streaming and monetizing video, has debuted a new set of enhancements to Ooyala Live, its end-to-end solution for creation, management, delivery and monetization of live streamed events and linear TV channels on any device. Among other developments, Ooyala Live, through a […]

TiVo Wins Set-Top Patent Case Against Comcast

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KTVB Develops 360 Youtube Video Strategy

With 360 video, you can make your audience feel as if they are doing more than just watching a story. Xanti Alcelay, director of photography at KTVB Boise, Idaho, says that when 360 video is done well, it’s as though the viewer is actually in the story. “We’re still looking to see what the best stories are,” he says. “What I’ve found so far is the best stories are the stories where you’re leveraging the power of the 360 camera to put the viewer in a situation that they wouldn’t find themselves in.”

NAB Show Reveals New Event Schedule

New events will replace the Television, Radio and Technology luncheons. The NAB Show Opening is moving from Westgate to Las Vegas Convention Center North Hall.

Broadcast Pix Cloud-Based Production Switcher Shipping

BPswitch integrated production switchers, the FX4 and FX6 models, from Broadcast Pix are now shipping. This series allows live production via cloud-based control from a traditional control room or anywhere a browser-based interface can be accessed via a tablet, smart phone or laptop. Using the company’s BPNet IP ecosystem, powered through the ioGates cloud-based media management […]

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KETK Gets A $4 Million Dollar Makeover

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FCC Clears The Way For ATSC 3.0

Broadcasters are free to move to the next-gen television transmission standard that has been in development for more than seven years. They view it as a potential game changer that is designed to enable them to enhance their broadcast abilities to mobile devices and allow them to tap into new business opportunities.

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MAM Evolving To Meet Newsroom Needs

Media asset management systems are becoming more extensible, better integrated with newsroom technologies, and increasingly cloud-based, making it less important where the asset resides. Above: Earlier this year, Bitcentral announced that WFXG Augusta, Ga. was able to grow its news operations with the help of Bitcentral Oasis asset management and archive system, along with Precis for playout, a Ross OverDrive production control system and Grass Valley Edius nonlinear editing software.

Grass Valley Intros New T2 Digital Recorder/Player

Grass Valley, a Belden Brand, developed its new T2 Series 3 SD/HD audio/video playout center “with versatility, reliability and efficiency in mind, three factors broadcasters depend on when creating content in demanding live event and mobile production environments.” T2 Series 3 features an intuitive 7-inch LCD touch panel on its front panel, as well as 1-channel input […]

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WFMZ Turns To Devlin For New Set Design

Poised between the Philadelphia and New York broadcast markets, sits Maranatha Broadcasting’s WFMZ Allentown, Pa. The independent station in the Lehigh Valley, north of Philly and only 90 miles west of New York City, has served the northern tier of the Philadelphia market since 1976, and has grown to provide 46 hours of news each […]

ChyronHego Names Ung Chief Product Officer

ChyronHego today appointed Boromy Ung chief product officer, reporting to President-CEO Johan Apel. As leader of ChyronHego’s global product management division, Ung has taken charge of the vision and roadmap for the company’s award-winning family of solutions for live television, news, and sports production. Ung has more than 14 years of progressive product management and […]

PR, VI Stations Seek Repack Speed-Up

Broadcasters tell the FCC that in light of the devastation from Hurricanes Irma and Maria, “there is good cause to accelerate transition of the stations to post-auction channel assignments in order to avoid wasteful duplicative construction and to enable stations to utilize approved TV Broadcaster Relocation Fund reimbursements to subsidize restoration of broadcast television service to the people of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.”

Trinity Broadcasting Renews Intelsat Contract

The religious broadcaster extends its long-term HD and SD North American distribution agreement for another decade.

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Pearl Group To Demo 3.0 In Phoenix In 2018

Anticipating FCC authorization of the ATSC 3.0 broadcast standard on Thursday, the consortium of leading station groups is planning to set up experimental 3.0 station next spring to explore service enhancement and business opportunities. The project will also include creatng a “lighthouse” station to continue regular digital service to existing sets. Joining Pearl (Cox Media, E.W. Scripps, Graham, Hearst, Meredith, Nexstar, Raycom and Tegna) in the effort will be Fox, NBCUniversal and Univision.

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WYMT Set Channels ‘Mountain’ Branding

VR Continues To Expand Across NBA

Toshiba Sells TV Unit To Hisense Of China

TOKYO (AP) — Troubled Toshiba Corp. is selling 95 percent of its TV and other visual products subsidiary to Chinese electronics maker Hisense Group as part of its effort to stay afloat. Tokyo-based Toshiba announced the 12.9 billion yen ($113 million) deal Tuesday. It’s set to be completed by or after February 2018, pending regulatory […]

Sales Professional Alberto Salazar Joins GatesAir

GatesAir today appointed Alberto J. Salazar as director of sales for the Central and Latin American (CALA) region. A broadcast industry veteran who has held key sales roles with Harmonic and Thomson Video Networks, Salazar will drive regional strategies and initiatives across a broad territory from Mexico to Argentina, and throughout the Caribbean islands. He reports directly to Joseph (Joe) Mack, […]

Pilot Reveals Innovation Challenge Winners

Pilot, an innovation initiative of the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), announced the winners of its second annual PILOT Innovation Challenge yesterday, Nov. 12, at NAB Futures in Palo Alto, Calif. The Pilot Innovation Challenge recognizes creative ideas that leverage technological advances in the production, distribution and display of engaging content. Over 150 ideas were submitted to address the challenge question, […]

‘Meet The Press’ Switches To Brighter Graphics

Roku Sees Its Future In Smart TV Software

Coming off of a stellar first earnings report as a public company, Roku CEO Anthony Wood says the future of Roku is smart TV software, not its connected TV hardware product that it’s most commonly known for. Per eMarketer, more Americans use Roku’s connected TV device than any other similar device, like Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV or Apple TV.

SCOTUS Takes Technological Step Forward

The court is making new legal filings available online starting Monday, years behind the rest of the federal court system.

NBC To Use SkyCam as Live Play-by-Play Camera

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Sinclair Plunges Into Cloud-Based Playout

Sinclair is using public cloud-based playout to broadcast a three-hour block of children’s programming loaded across 51 stations. So far, so good, says CTO Del Parks. “It’s been pretty bulletproof.” And it also just may be the future for the whole industry.

Dingell Questions FCC About ATSC 3.0 Impact

Michigan Democrat Debbie Dingell asks FCC’s Pai about what types of information would be collected from consumers to implement targeted advertisements under the new standard, and how the data would be handled and protected to ensure consumers’ privacy.

New Marketing Leader At Grass Valley

Effective immediately, David Cohen is assuming the role of vice president of marketing for Grass Valley. His new role includes responsibility for marketing communications and product marketing, where he will focus on driving demand for Grass Valley’s products and solutions, promoting the Grass Valley brand and developing go-to-market strategy.   Cohen has spent six years […]

Panasonic Ships Compact Cinema Camera

Panasonic Media Entertainment Co. is delivering its AU-EVA1 5.7K handheld cinema camera, distinguished by a pixel count of 5720 H x 3016 V (17.25 million), Dual Native ISO ratings of 800 and 2,500, and 14-stops of dynamic range. The highly-anticipated EVA1 has a suggested list price of $7,495. “The EVA1 has generated enormous interest since […]

Audio-Technica Shipping High Density Wireless System

Audio-Technica, a supplier of transducer technology, is now shipping its 6000 Series High Density Wireless System, a spectrum-efficient solution that allows users to pack 31 channels in 4 MHz of bandwidth. The 2016 FCC Incentive Auction has resulted in a repack of the broadcast spectrum, reducing the amount of spectrum available for wireless microphone operations and driving […]

Dejero Unveils Two HEVC Products

Dejero has added two new products to support HEVC (H.265) encoding and decoding. Dejero PathWay and Dejero WayPoint enable the use of HEVC video compression in support of remote and mobile broadcasting, a feature that is particularly relevant to on-location teams working with limited bandwidth. “We’re leveraging the efficiencies of HEVC while applying novel techniques […]