January 21, 2022
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Peacock Launches Local News Channels From NBC Owned TV Stations
NBCU’s streaming service Peacock has dramatically expanded its local news coverage with the launch of new 24/7 local news channels from NBC owned television stations in several major markets. With the launch on January 20, Peacock users have free access to the coverage from NBC 5 Chicago (WMAQ), NBC 10 Philadelphia (WCAU), NBC10 Boston (WBTS) and New England Cable Network (NECN), and NBC 6 Miami (WTVJ).
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NBC Preps For ‘One-Two Punch’ Of Winter Olympics, Super Bowl Coverage
February is shaping up to be one for the record books for NBC Sports and NBC Olympics as the network will present both the Winter Olympic Games from Beijing and Super Bowl LVI from SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, Calif. “It’s going to be a challenge, but it’s going to be a wonderful challenge and an amazing opportunity for all of us,” said Pete Bevacqa, chairman of NBC Sports.
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With its publication in the Federal Register, the comment deadlines for the Federal Communications Commission's request for input on making multichannel video programming distributors' (MVPDs) closed captioning settings more accessible have been set. Initial comments are due February 17 and replies March 4.
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Emily L. Barr, president and chief executive officer of Graham Media Group, has announced that she will retire from that position later this year. Catherine Badalamente has been named her successor. Barr has won numerous awards over the years for her work in broadcast TV and local media, including being named the Broadcaster of the Year in 2020 from Broadcasting & Cable magazine. Later this spring, she will be inducted into the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame.
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U.S. Sales of VR/AR Gear More Than Doubled During 2021 Holidays
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The virtual reality/augmented reality category of tech hardware and accessories had a very successful 2021 holiday period in the U.S. according to new data released by The NPD Group. Their sales tracking service found that unit sales of VR/AR hardware and accessories were up 180% during the five-week holiday period from the week of Thanksgiving through Christmas (Nov. 21, 2021 – Dec. 25, 2021) and that VR/AR hardware and accessories saw a 153% spike in revenue versus the prior year.
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As part of its virtual winter Press Tour announcements of new programming, PBS has outlined some notable diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives, including a long-term initiative to support diverse voices in public media and a $3.6 million three year commitment to support the work of mid-career, diverse creators. In making the announcements, PBS noted that during the 2021 season, over 50 percent of PBS’s primetime schedule included diverse on-screen talent and/or addressed specific subject matter and that it is committed to building on this foundation.
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Didja has announced that its live local broadcast TV platform LocalBTV is now operational in 21 US TV DMAs and that 15 new markets were added in 2021, making the service available in over 30% of U.S. homes. The LocalBTV platform currently powers 704 local broadcast TV channels, as well as 88 hyper-local Community Video channels across its current 21 markets/DMAs.
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The non-profit organization charged with next-generation digital television deployment in Brazil has recommended to the Brazilian government that it choose several ATSC 3.0 technologies for Brazil’s TV 3.0 Project, which is scheduled for a 2024 launch, the Advanced Television Systems Committee announced this week.
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NewsON Launches on Samsung TVs
The local news streaming service NewsON has launched its app on Samsung smart TVs. The NewsON app for the TVs offers live, on-demand local newscasts and news clips from more than a dozen local television station groups, providing viewers instant access to local news content from nearly 200 local TV stations in over 100 U.S. markets. Samsung TV Plus free ad supported video service offers instant access to 200 channels. It is pre-installed on all 2016-2021 Samsung Smart TVs, and available for download on select Samsung Galaxy devices.
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Based on an analysis of the top 100 advertisers, Media Monitors is reporting that Procter & Gamble was the top parent company advertiser in the U.S. for the second year in a row. P&G kept the top spot by airing more than 26 million spots on radio, local cable and broadcast TV in 2021, according to Media Monitors. In terms of individual advertising accounts, GEICO is once again the number one advertising account, airing a total of 5,945,084 instances across radio, local cable and broadcast TV.
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Breezeline, the recently rebranded Atlantic Broadband cable operator, is launching “Breezeline Stream TV,” a new cloud-based TV service that integrates live TV, DVR, On Demand and popular streaming apps for viewing devices inside and outside the home. Breezline, the country’s eighth largest cable operator, said Breezeline Stream TV will launch in New Hampshire this month, with phased launches throughout the year across Breezeline service areas.
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SMPTE announced today that it has inked a deal with the Entertainment Technology Center, a department within the School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California (ETC), an entertainment technology think tank and research center, to collaborate on a SMPTE solution for on-set virtual production (OSVP)—the first in the Society's planned series of Rapid Industry Solutions (RIS) intended to address quickly evolving technologies and their application across the media and entertainment industry.
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Fox Weather Taps Surfline for Weather Coverage
As part of an agreement with Surfline, Fox Weather has been using its exclusive broadcast rights to over 500 HD Surfline cameras worldwide to showcase weather conditions at beaches around the globe. The Surfline cameras, which Fox Weather began adding to its weather coverage in the week of January 10th, played a crucial role in Fox Weather’s recent extended coverage following the volcanic eruption in Tonga that prompted tsunami warnings on the west coast.
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AT&T and Verizon announced today that in response to warnings that the companies’ 5G rollout this week could interfere with air traffic control, they will delay lighting up towers adjacent to airports. On Monday, major U.S. airlines, including United and American, warned Federal regulators that if Verizon and AT&T follow through on their launch of 5G services this week, it could cause “chaos” by interfering with spectrum used to relay air traffic control. The spectrum in question was acquired by the telcos last year in the FCC’s auction of C-Band spectrum, which is adjacent to radio spectrum used by air traffic controllers.
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Microsoft has announced plans to acquire Activision Blizzard, a leader in game development and an interactive entertainment content publisher, in $68.7 billion deal that will make Microsoft the world’s third-largest gaming company by revenue, behind Tencent and Sony. The planned acquisition includes iconic franchises from the Activision, Blizzard and King studios like “Warcraft,” “Diablo,” “Overwatch,” “Call of Duty” and “Candy Crush,” in addition to global eSports activities through Major League Gaming. The company has studios around the world with nearly 10,000 employees.
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Byron Allen’s Allen Media Group (AMG) and Google have announced a new multi-year and multi-platform agreement that will help AMG expand and improve its digital operations with technologies from Google Cloud and give AMG networks additional carriage on YouTube TV. As part of the agreement, Google Cloud will provide its cloud infrastructure for AMG’s digital operations and provide technologies that will help AMG speed up the process of building apps, improve its decision-making process and help AMG better connect to its audiences using Google Cloud’s data analytics, artificial intelligence, and machine learning capabilities.
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CBS News has announced the hiring or promotion of three senior executives who will help the news organization “accelerate our streaming ambitions,” said Neeraj Khemlani, president and co-head of CBS News and Stations. The news organization has been in the process of revamping its streaming operations and the new hires are part of the company’s plans to make streaming an even more important part of its operations.
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Parks Associates has released consumer research showing that in Q3 2021, 27% of US broadband subscribers reported that smart TV’s using the Samsung Tizen operating system were their primary device for consuming video content.
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Noticias Telemundo Announces New Leadership Team
Noticias Telemundo has announced a new leadership team under Patsy Loris that will be working to expand the news organization’s multiplatform news coverage. “This is a critically important time for the Hispanic community with the country still in the grips of a pandemic and heading into what will be closely watched midterm elections,” said Loris, executive vice president of news at Noticias Telemundo. “I’m very excited we have assembled a top-notch team of experienced news leaders who will ensure Noticias Telemundo continues to keep Latinos informed with rigorously reported news and innovative storytelling across all platforms.”
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WCI Technologies and DISH Wireless have expanded their ongoing collaboration and are partnering on marketing 5G services to enterprises, WCI announced today. WCI will sell, market and deliver systems integration services to enterprise customers while DISH will provide access to its portfolio of licensed spectrum, RF design capabilities and 5G deployment expertise. The venture will target enterprise customers across oil and gas, health care, mining and other industries, WCI said.
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CBS News and Stations has named Joel Goldberg general manager of CBS Newspath, where he will oversee the day-to-day operations of the affiliate newsgathering service that provides content to more than 200 local television stations across the country. Goldberg will also continue his longtime role as senior vice president of operations for CBS Stations and will report to Wendy McMahon, president and co-head of CBS News and Stations. In addition, CBS News and Stations announced that veteran journalist and newsroom executive Maura McHugh has been named news director of CBS Newspath.
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Tuli, whose career trajectory has included senior marketing positions with Samdesk and Magic Leap, will lead development and implementation of marketing strategies that emphasize how Firstlight Media’s OTT platform can help Tier 1 content providers and distributors create engaging, differentiated OTT services, the company said.
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CP Communications Releases Virtual Media Center and the FastReturn Remote Production Platform
CP Communications, a provider of solutions and services for live event productions, has launched two new products for live production, the Virtual Media Center and the FastReturn secure video management platform. Virtual Media Center and FastReturn have been successfully used in the field for high-profile events, including the Fall 2021 editions of the TCS New York City Marathon.
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Cobalt Digital has opened a Representative Office in China. Based in Beijing, the office is staffed by local sales and support professionals with deep regional knowledge and extensive experience supporting Cobalt’s product portfolio the company said. The office, which represents Cobalt’s expanded reach into the growing China market, opened its doors in late December 2021.
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Pebble, a provider of automation, content management, and integrated channel technologies, has appointed Besco as its channel partner in Korea and announced that Pebble and announced it is working with Besco to implement an advanced playout system at CJP, now known as CJ OliveNetworks.Co., Ltd in Korea. The deployment combines Pebble’s Automation, Integrated Channel and Pebble Remote (web-based monitoring) solutions.
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Matrox Introduces ConvertIP Transmitters and Receivers
Matrox Video has introduced the ConvertIP Series, a new family of standards-based IP devices that offers users a simplified approach to SMPTE ST 2110 and IPMX-ready networks. The devices are designed enable broadcast and Pro AV professionals to transform standard and existing infrastructures into interoperable, cost-efficient, and scalable 1 GbE, 2.5 GbE, or 10/25 GbE networks to support a wide range of compressed and uncompressed 4K AV-over-IP applications and workflows, the company said.
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Dalet has unveiled significant updates to the Dalet AmberFin transcoding platform that feature seamless integration with cloud-native Dalet Flex media logistics and Dalet Pyramid unified news operations platforms as well as new transcoding capabilities.
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At a time when companies are looking for ways to quickly deploy new video services, Comcast Technology Solutions has announced the launch of a new service, Video Artificial Intelligence (VideoAI), that draws on successfully deployed technologies used by Comcast, NBCU and Sky.
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Sachtler today expanded its aktiv fluid head product lineup with the addition of the aktiv10T, aktiv12T and aktiv14T 100mm fluid heads, bringing the speed and control benefits of this fluid head portfolio to operators working with payloads up to 35.25 pounds.
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Irdeto Unveils Server Side Ad Insertion To Deliver Targeted, Personalized Ads
Irdeto has launched its Irdeto Server Side Ad Insertion platform, which maximizes the addressable live ad inventory of OTT video at scale while delivering a seamless TV-like viewer experience, the company said.
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Canon is adding a second 8K camera to its portfolio with the launch of the EOS R5 C.
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Vislink has launched the Mobile Viewpoint Stellar Cam, an artificial intelligence (AI) powered camera for live sports production, the company announced. Designed for automatic coverage of demanding sports, the new durable and weatherproofed camera offers ultra-high resolution, high frame rates and zooming capabilities to capture action in real time on the field of play, the company said.
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Broadpeak Launches broadpeak.io SaaS-based Streaming Platform
Broadpeak today announced the launch of broadpeak.io, the company’s new software-as-a-service (SaaS) platform offering content providers, pay-TV operators and OTT service providers a way to deliver advanced streaming quality to their subscribers.
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Alaska News Source (KTUU) has added new lighting and video wall power control from LynTec to its studios here. Installed by Alaska Universal Productions, the setup includes two LynTec RPCR Automated Relay Panels, providing 32 circuits of automated power control, which enables fast, efficient lighting presets to support the broadcaster’s busy network schedule, reducing cable runs and ensuring efficient operation of lighting and video walls, the company said.
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