Vizio Executive Shrugs Off Competition From Roku TVs

A Vizio executive says the company is not overly concerned with competition from Roku after the streaming platform announced its intention to design and make its own smart TVs. Speaking at the 25th annual Needham Growth Conference on Tuesday, Vizio Chief Revenue and Strategic Growth Officer Mike O’Donnell said his electronics company has been in the television space for more than two decades, and competition from other companies “is nothing new for us.”

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In IP-Based Operations World, Talent Remains As Critical As Tech

Broadcast operations isn’t all about heroes — proven technology foundations and skilled expertise will be key in 2023.

TVN Webinar: IP Networking State Of The Art

Executives from Fox Corp., E.W. Scripps Co. and CBC will share their expertise in building IP networks that suit their companies’ specific needs along with critical security considerations in the process during a TVNewsCheck Working Lunch Webinar on Feb. 23 at 1 p.m. ET. Register here.

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Blackbird Named IABM Broadcast-Media Company Of The Year

Blackbird plc, the technology licensor, developer and seller of the cloud native video editing platform, Blackbird, has been named “IABM Broadcast / Media Company of the Year.” This IABM (International Association for Broadcast and Media) Award recognizes and rewards broadcasters or media companies that have demonstrated throughout the year that they are at the forefront of […]

Riedel Expands Presence In Middle East, Names Abdul Hadi Regional Sales Manager

Moving to further strengthen its presence and support capabilities in the Middle East, Riedel Communications has appointed Abdul Hadi regional sales manager, with a focus on Qatar and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. He will manage key accounts for Riedel in the install sector and help the company to continue building its footprint in the […]

Broadcast Veteran Bob Willoughby Joins Futuri As SVP, Sales/Marketing

Futuri Media, a provider of AI-driven audience engagement and sales intelligence solutions for broadcasters and digital publishers, has hired Bob Willoughby as SVP, sales and marketing. He brings a proven track record of customer-focused selling and sales management experience to the role, where he’ll lead sales, marketing, and sales support functions. Most recently president of […]

Arkona Technologies Appoints Joe LoGrasso To Lead US Sales

Arkona Technologies GmbH, provider of IP core infrastructure solutions for top-tier broadcast productions, has named Joe LoGrasso and his 2110 Solutions team to head up sales and marketing in the U.S. Wiggo Evensen, partner manager, said: “We’re excited to welcome Joe LoGrasso as a partner for this major market. With more than 35 years of experience in the field, Joe has […]

LiveU Reports Growth In Usage At Qatar World Cup

LiveU today released its statistics from the FIFA World Cup tournament in Qatar, reflecting a massive increase in usage across the board. More than 1,000 field units were used by broadcasters and sports organizations from 60 countries, compared to 485 units from 40 countries in 2018. The tournament saw a 160% increase in live sessions […]

Rick Tuber, Emmy-Winning Film Editor, Dies At 69

NAB Applauds Low-Power Protection Act Being Signed Into Law

Following President Joe Biden signing the Low Power Protection Act into law on Jan. 5, the NAB has issued a statement applauding the new law, which provides eligible low-power television stations an opportunity to obtain interference protections.

Red Bee Media Promotes James Arnold To CEO

Red Bee Media, a global media services provider, today named James Arnold chief executive officer. He steps into the role from his previous position as chief commercial officer, “bringing his extensive experience, knowledge and dedication as a member of Red Bee Media’s founding leadership team,” the company said. As CEO, Arnold will lead the next […]

Telos Alliance Appoints Scott Stiefel CEO

Telos Alliance, a global provider of broadcast audio for more than three decades, has named Co-CEO Scott Stiefel to the role of CEO, effective immediately. Now running the day-to-day operations of the company, Stiefel will assume the reins from Co-CEO Tom Swidarski who will serve on the board of directors as vice chairman, and will […]

Four Stations Launch NextGen TV In Miami

WTVJ, WSCV, WFOR and WLTV are now broadcasting with ATSC 3.0 technology.

Audinate Broadens Access To Dante Domain Manager, Introduces Subscription Model

Underscoring its commitment to providing scalable and secure network solutions, Audinate Group Ltd. announced it is now offering a subscription model for Dante Domain Manager, its network management solution that “brings enterprise-grade system administration to the AV world.” Joshua Rush, Audinate chief marketing officer, said: “Dante Domain Manager has become a critical solution in the […]

StreamGuys Expands SGcontrol Content Access Suite With API Functionality

Streaming and podcast solutions provider StreamGuys says it has diversified the SGcontrol customer experience through a new API that lets users create rules and customize functionality for a variety of stream management and content access control applications. SGcontrol was introduced at the 2022 NAB Show as a managed service to offload complex stream management and access control functions from […]

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In A Gadget-Light Year, CES Pitches A Connected, Mobile World

Broadcasters kept their focus largely on a NextGen TV narrative headed into this week’s CES in Las Vegas, where around 100,000 attendees are expected. Sinclair is discussing its own flurry of ATSC 3.0 developments, while the demise of pay TV service Evoca was one setback in the NextGen saga.

CES: Hisense, Sinclair Demonstrate Advanced HDR By Technicolor

Hisense, Sinclair Broadcast Group and Advanced HDR By Technicolor is featuring a demo during CES 2023 showcasing high dynamic range (HDR) programming. Sinclair Broadcast Group will deliver high dynamic range content broadcast over the air to Hisense TVs that have integrated Advanced HDR by Technicolor solutions on display at the Hisense booth located at Tech […]

New Version Of Avid MediaCentral Enables Greater Workflow Efficiencies, Remote Collaboration Capabilities

Avid has just released updates to its MediaCentral workflow platform, including the new MediaCentral | Acquire IP-based ingest scheduler, along with remote collaboration and improved hybrid working support. These capabilities, Avid says, “empower media companies to accelerate production on premises and in the cloud. The introduction of MediaCentral | Acquire adds ingest management to MediaCentral | Cloud […]

Flowics Releases New Control Interface For Cloud-Native Graphics Workflows

Flowics, creator of a cloud-native platform for powering remote and in-studio production of live graphics and interactive content, has rolled out a major update to its HTML5-based broadcast graphics solution, Flowics Graphics, with a revitalized control interface. Available now in the form of a public beta version for all clients, the final release for the […]

Calrec Introduces ST2110 ImPulse1 IP Engine

Following new Argo audio mixing control platform launched at IBC 2022, Calrec announces its new ImPulse1 IP audio processing and routing engine — “a smaller, yet powerful cost-effective ST2110 version of the industry-established ImPulse.” ImPulse1 is a compact 1U solution with an optional second core for redundancy and a new 128 input channel DSP pack […]

Technical Services Group Acquires Georgia Copper

Technical Services Group (TSG), a broadcast engineering and commercial AV solutions provider, has acquired Georgia Copper, an innovator of USA-made copper grounding and bonding products for radio and TV broadcasters, data centers and emergency response services among other customers. TSG said the acquisition broadens TSG’s existing portfolio of RF, studio and facility infrastructure solutions, which […]

ENCO Acquires Rushworks

ENCO enters the new year with the purchase of Rushworks, a supplier of professional production, playback, streaming and robotics for the broadcast and professional AV markets. The acquisition, ENCO said, strengthens its “range of professional video and audio technology while adding proven products and integrated solutions that will drive expansion into new markets and applications.” […]

Brightline Names New Broadcast Lighting Specialist

Brightline, a manufacturer of lighting systems, has appointed industry veteran Kathryn Hatfield as broadcast lighting specialist. In this position, Hatfield is responsible for sales efforts to broadcasters across the country. Hatfield spent much of her career at Eclipse Lighting, a North Carolina-based lighting distributor, as vice president of sales. While at Eclipse, Hatfield sold lighting packages and […]

PILOT 2023 Innovation Challenge Applications Due Feb. 3

PILOT, NAB’s technology innovation initiative, is now accepting submissions for the PILOT Innovation Challenge through 5 p.m. ET on Feb. 3. The program will provide mentorship and promotion for winning proposals, along with an opportunity to exhibit at NAB Show in Las Vegas, April 15-19, 2023. The Challenge is seeking startups and growing companies providing solutions to […]

After Years Of Licensing Its Interface To Smart-TV Makers, Roku Will Make Sets Of Its Own

After entering the smart-TV sector years ago by licensing its interface and brand, Roku now plans to design and manufacture its own line of TV sets. The streaming company today said the Roku Select and Roku Plus Series TVs, with 11 models ranging from 24 to 75 inches, will be available this spring. Retail prices will range from $119 to $999.

CES: Sinclair To Demonstrate Enhanced NextGen Broadcast Datacasting

Sinclair Broadcast Group and its subsidiary, ONE Media 3.0, announced the companies will demonstrate key enhancements to the NextGen Broadcast standard (ATSC 3.0) at CES. Those elements will serve as the baseline for Sinclair/ONE Media 3.0’s vision of a “mobile-first” offering of video and data services, delivery of significant picture quality improvements and a more efficient merger of broadcast and broadband […]

Nextologies Enhances Glass-to-Glass Remote Workflow Solution With Acquisition Of Video Call Center

Nextologies Ltd., a provider of custom end-to-end broadcast video and streaming solutions, specializing in full-time video delivery to cable and streaming platforms, has expanded its remote production division with the acquisition of the businesses of The Video Call Center (VCC). The acquisition was finalized on Dec. 23, 2022, and the new division will retain the […]

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Broadcast Could Gain From Enhancing Tech

This week’s CES event in Las Vegas will highlight solutions coupling interactive with measurement technologies for broadcasters, who have much to gain by upgrading their game to a more digital-like experience.

Sinclair, Cast.Era, SK Telecom, Hyundai Mobis Demo Live, In-Vehicle NextGen Broadcast Automotive Services

The live demo highlighted the enhanced geo-targeting capabilities, infotainment and real-time emergency information capabilities of ATSC 3.0.

CES 2023: Tech World To Gather And Show Off Gadgets

Media previews start Tuesday and Wednesday, with the show opening Thursday and continuing through Sunday. Kinsey Fabrizio, senior vice president at the trade group Consumer Technology Association, said roughly 3,000 companies have signed up to attend the event.