QUARTERLY REPORT

Belden 4Q Broadcast Revenue Down 16.3%

Comcast Unveils Start Of Personalized TV

Comcast says it will make available 50 “virtual” channels for the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea — a precursor to personalized television. Each virtual channel will air only content on specific Olympic sports and athletes. The channels will be accessed through the Xfinity television remote.

DirecTV to Air Pro Am Golf Tournament In 4K

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STATION ADVISORY

FCC To Randomly Inspect Repacked Stations

The FCC said yesterday that it will be inspecting approximately 60 of the more than 900 TV stations changing channels as a result of the incentive auction and the repacking of the TV spectrum that took place after that auction. The FCC notice says that it is hiring contract employees who will conduct these inspections on a randomly selected set of stations to assess the equipment that they have on hand and will be replacing when moving to their new channel.

Walmart Acquires Virtual Reality Startup

Media Megadeals To Watch In 2018

The big deals coming down the pike this year, even as the deals landscape looks more dicey then expected.

Vitec Updates Broadcast Segment Reporting

Dolby’s Pytlarz A TVN Tech Women To Watch

Jaclyn Pytlarz, Dolby’s senior engineer for applied vision science, will be recognized by TVNewsCheck for developing color mapping and display management algorithms on a wide variety of displays, including HDR and wide color gamut displays.

Voice UI Is The Future. But When?

Propelled by what we can legitimately call The Alexa Movement, voice is now perceived as the future of the User Interface. But we need numbers: How many of us continue to use Alexa (or Siri, or Google assistant) after the novelty has worn off? What do we use it for? This will help us understand the likely actual future of Voice UI.

ATEME Grows 29% In 2017; Hints At Acquisitions

Equipment Failure Cited For Super Bowl Glitch

The big game’s telecast went dark for several seconds on Sunday night. The Twitter account for NBC Sports PR attributed the darkness to a “brief equipment failure.”

JESSELL AT LARGE

Hane Brings Know-How, Passion To 3.0 Push

The lawyer and former tech executive John Hane is a solid choice to lead Sinclair and Nexstar’s new Spectrum Co. He knows spectrum, he understands business and he clearly shares those groups’ passion for the non-broadcast potential of spectrum once enhanced and amplified by ATSC 3.0.

YouTube’s Live TV Service Available For Apple TV

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.

Service Provider Vubiquity Bought By Amdocs

Multibillion-dollar, multi-national Amdocs has signed a definitive agreement to acquire media service provider Vubiquity. The $224 million cash deal has been approved by both companies’ boards of directors, and is expected to close during the second quarter of the year..

NAB HOT TECH TOPICS

Broadcast TV Audio Riding The IP Wave

As broadcasters’ comfort level in doing things over IP networks has risen, more and more vendors are offering ATSC 3.0-compatible products that include such features as immersive sound and object-based audio. At the same time, wireless microphone vendors and their customers are tackling the present-day challenge of moving off of the 600 MHz UHF spectrum. Above: Audinate’s new line of Dante adapters bridges the gap between analog audio and IP networking. Click here to access TVNewsCheck’s NAB 2018 Resource Guide listing of broadcast audio vendors and products or here to download it as a PDF.

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NAB 2018 Tech Hot Topics Products: Broadcast Audio

For the third year, TVNewsCheck is augmenting its coverage of NAB Show Hot Topics tech trends stories with information that can make your visit to the NAB Show easier. This week’s focus is IP workflow (read the main story here). These companion resource guides on the technology covered each week are compilations of information provided by vendors. To […]

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KPNX Phoenix Deploys Mediaproxy Software

Tegna-owned NBC affiliate KPNX Phoenix (DMA 11) has selected Mediaproxy’s LogServer software solution for its next-generation compliance and monitoring. LogServer captures and logs all KPNX broadcast content. For monitoring of broadcast video and ATSC transport streams, KPNX has upgraded its master control room with Mediaproxy’s LogPlayer client software and Monwall multiviewer. The software-based Monwall provides […]

ATSC’s Richer to Receive APTS Award

America’s Public Television Stations (APTS) will hold its 2018 Public Media Summit February 26-28 in Washington. The theme of the 2018 Summit will be The Power of Public Media. The 2018 Summit will feature presentations and discussions on the most important issues facing public service media. On Tuesday, Feb. 27, at 11 a.m., the 2018 EDGE Award […]

VR And AR: New Ways Of Telling Stories

Virtual and augmented reality give journalists the ability to tell stories that the audience can experience rather than simply consume. Both involve computer-generated imagery but use it differently.

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Tedial’s Fernández-Campón To Present At HPA

Julián Fernández-Campón, director of architectural solutions at Tedial, an independent MAM technology solutions specialist, will share the benefits and considerations of adopting IMF in Media Asset Management Systems with attendees of the HPA 2018 Tech Retreat. Fernández-Campón’s presentation, titled “How Adopting IMF in MAM Systems Results in Greater Efficiency and Lower Costs” will take place on Wednesday, Feb. 21, […]

Ericcson Sells Media Solutions Majority Stake

Ericsson announced two major developments with its media operations: (1) the sale of a majority interest of 51% in its Media Solutions Business to private equity firm One Equity Partners; (2) and its decision to maintain ownership of Ericsson’s former Broadcast and Media Services, which was renamed Red Bee Media in November 2017.

John Hane To Lead 3.0 Datacasting Company

He will oversee the nascent Spectrum Co., the ATSC 3.0 spectrum consortium founded by Sinclair and Nexstar to promote “spectrum utilization, innovation and monetization by advancing the adoption of the ATSC 3.0 transmission standard across the broadcast industry.”

New Look For HLN’s ‘Morning Express’

Cox’s Adeogba A TVN Tech Woman To Watch

The director of news technology for Cox’s KIRO Seattle will be recognized by TVNewsCheck for having transformed workflows at several stations and for her ability to lead teams of people through change. She will be honored during April’s NAB Show in Las Vegas.

‘Nightline’ Sheds Longtime Logo Motif

NEP May Be Put Up For Sale For $2.5 Billion

The private equity backers of NEP Group are mulling a full or partial sale of the broadcast services company, according to people with knowledge of the matter. Crestview Partners, which owns most of NEP, is working with an adviser to sell its stake in the company, said the people. Carlyle Group has a first option to buy that interest, which could give the company an enterprise value of about $2.5 billion, the people said.

Engineers To Gather At NewsTECHFutures

HesskampHolcombeKoetterThe one-day retreat on May 31 in Atlanta will focus on live IP production, AI, AR and news personalization. It will also feature a technology tour of CNN led by Turner’s Bob Hesskamp, Michael Koetter and Matthew Holcombe.

Government’s 5G Network Plan Gets Panned

A reported White House proposal to nationalize a 5G network currently being developed by the private sector drew opposition Monday from telecom regulators (including all five FCC commissioners) and industry groups.

James Malone, Founder Of Total RF, Dies