(L to R) AWS Elemental's Sam Blackman with astronauts Whitson and Fischer (Nabshow.com)
The AWS and NASA live stream at the NAB Show on Wednesday showed real-time capabilities of 4K broadcasting. Astronauts Peggy Whitson and Jack Fischer discussed benefits of using the technology in space.
Nexstar Chief Financial Officer Tom Carter took to the NAB Show floor Tuesday to discuss the company's plans, including a possible Tribune acquisition. Carter also urged broadcasters to use the post-auction repack as a time to kick-start Next Gen TV, also giving Nexstar three to five years to complete its transition.
Ford's Scott Burnell at the NAB Radio Show Luncheon talked about how listening habits have changed and how multiplatform listening in vehicles supports these habits. Burnell also stressed the importance that human interaction brings to radio and how the industry should continue to use on-air personalities to reach listeners.
While Scripps is considering strategic acquisitions if the ownership cap is lifted, the company won't be building up to the cap, Chief Operating Officer Adam Sysmon told his audience at the NAB Show. Next Gen TV also was a hot topic, with the company set to begin deployment by the end of the year, said Senior Vice President Brian Lawlor.
The challenges and complexities of Amazon original show "Man in the High Castle" were the topic of discussion during an NAB Show panel. Portraying places that never existed while maintaining historical accuracy, developing multi-dimensional characters and even selecting music for the show have all been carefully planned out to create the most profound effect on audiences, Executive Producer Daniel Percival said.
John Kean was named as this year's NAB Radio Engineering Achievement Award recipient. Kean has worked as a senior technologist for NPR, was instrumental in the development of NPR Labs and was also the developer of a interactive online mapping system for FM and DTV.
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Practical applications for unmanned aircraft systems, or drones, are taking off in 2017, and they offer broadcasters multiple cost-effective business solutions. In this webcast, the current and future regulations governing drone usage are explored. Review the processes and methods for utilizing drones for electronic news gathering (ENG) and other real-world uses, such as drone inclusion in tower maintenance programs and live event promotions. The webcast is free for NAB members and $99 for non-members. Register and learn more here.
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