October 18, 2021
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Sinclair Hit by Ransomware Attack
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Sinclair Broadcast Group was hit by a ransomware attacking that affected local TV programming and operations over the weekend. In a statement released this morning, the Baltimore-based station group, one of the largest in the nation with 184 stations in 84 markets, said that it has identified the attack on Saturday, Oct. 16 and on Sunday, it identified that certain servers and workstations in its environment were encrypted with ransomware, and that certain office and operational networks were disrupted. Data also was taken from Sinclair which is working to determine what information the data contained.
Full Story: TV Tech (10/18),  The Hollywood Reporter (10/18),  Next TV/Broadcasting+Cable (10/18) 
In the News
Tentative Agreement Averts IATSE Strike
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The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) has reached a tentative three-year agreement with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) for The Basic and Videotape Agreements which affects 40,000 film and television workers represented by 13 West Coast IATSE local unions.
Full Story: TV Tech (10/17),  CNN (10/17),  Variety (10/17) 
With cyberattacks on the rise world over, the long-standing problem of video piracy has become an even more vexing and costly issue because content producers, studios and streaming companies are making their most valuable films and TV available on streaming services. Marvel’s “Black Widow” blockbuster film, which got an early airing on Disney+, was also the most pirated movie of the pandemic era according to TorrentFreak.
Full Story: TV Tech (10/15) 
SuperCloud International has launched what it is billing as the world's first 5G TV service via its new UMAXX.TV entertainment brand on smart TVs. The launch, SuperCloud International founder Jim Devericks said, was the result of over fifteen years of research and development.
Full Story: TV Tech (10/15) 
The meaning of virtualized playout has changed significantly in the last 12 months. In this deep dive into cloud-based technologies for playout, TV Tech explores the rapidly changing tech landscape and the new products that vendors are bringing to market.
Full Story: TV Tech (10/15) 
‘Trash Can’ Sound
Dennis Baxter takes a close look at the audio problems that occur when TV journalists report from home and describes some of the techniques and technologies that can help them avoid `trash can’ audio.
Full Story: TV Tech (10/15) 
Products
World Literacy Foundation Streams Awards With Assistance From Vizrt, NewTek
The World Literacy Foundation’s recent virtual global literacy awards were produced using NewTek’s TriCaster 2 Elite and Talkshow VS4000 as well as the NDI IP media protocol. The World Literacy Awards honor those who proactively foster literacy skills among the 773 million people worldwide, as estimated by UNESCO, who cannot read and write.
Full Story: TV Tech (10/15) 
Canadian sports betting broadcast network Parleh TV has chosen Bitcentral’s FUEL video management and distribution platform to power its newly launched service. Since June, sports fans who bet have turned to the free, ad-supported television channel for daily shows and segments offering must-watch content in an easy, lean-back way so viewers can curate content streams they find relevant.
Full Story: TV Tech (10/15) 
Quantum Updates CatDV Asset Management & Production Platform
Quantum has announced the availability of the Quantum CatDV 2021 Platform Update with new features, performance enhancements, and a range of new deployment options to address the needs of content production teams. The update introduces a new review and approval framework with real time messaging, support for clip stacking meta-folders to flexibly organize content with versioning to make team-based collaboration faster and more focused, and many more new features.
Full Story: TV Tech (10/15) 
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Industry Roundup
After throwing cold water on regional sports network owner Sinclair Broadcast Group’s plans for a direct-to-consumer service that would show games, Major League Baseball is reportedly in talks about launching a streaming service that would let fans watch their local teams without subscribing to cable.
Full Story: Next TV/Broadcasting+Cable (10/17),  New York Post (10/17) 
Ebooks
The NAB Show Daily Is Here for You!
We all missed our time on the NAB Show exhibit floor this month, but you can still learn about some of the tech trends and new product launches you would have seen in Las Vegas. We’ve got the news right here for you, all wrapped up in one digital edition. The NAB Show Daily New Product Guide offers a look at some of the latest media and entertainment industry trends and what key experts and NAB Show exhibitors are saying about them. This special issue also features some of the products that show exhibitors have unveiled this month. We hope you enjoy it. We’ll see you on the NAB Show exhibit floor in April!
Full Story: TV Tech (10/13) 
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