July 30, 2021
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How Broadcasters Thrive In an OTT World
Rather than being an industry killer, OTT (over the top) streaming media is boosting viewership for broadcast television, with the biggest benefits being enjoyed by local TV stations and their ownership groups. The reason? Free advertiser-supported streaming TV (FAST) platforms such as VUit are attracting more viewers to local stations both within their Designated Market Areas (DMA) and outside of them.
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In the News
NAB Lists 'COVID Protocols' for Fall Show
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When the National Association of Broadcasters returns to Las Vegas this fall for its first face-to-face conference since the pandemic began, attendees will be asked to follow safety health guidelines and allow for physical distancing due to COVID.
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Chris Tobin is being honored posthumously with this year’s Robert W. Flanders SBE Engineer of the Year award, the Society of Broadcast Engineers announced. The award honors the SBE member who has excelled in his or her career while furthering the mission of the society. Candidates are nominated by their peers. Tobin died in December 2020 of a heart attack.
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The FCC has filed a Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and is asking for public comment on whether it should resume collection of information on the race and gender of people employed by broadcasters on the FCC Form 395-B.
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A new report from Persistence Market Research on the broadcast equipment market predicts that it will top $ 6.2 billion in global sales in 2021, up 7.7% from 2020, and that growth will be even faster in years ahead, growing at 9.4% CAGR through 2031, when the market will be worth $15 billion.
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NBCU News Group Makes Major Investment in Streaming & Digital
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NBCUniversal News Group is significantly expanding its streaming and digital operations with plans to add 200 new positions and several new hours of live, original programming to NBC News Now. The company is expecting to fill the jobs over the next few months. The new slate of NBC News NOW programming will debut this fall.
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The FCC has upheld a decision to penalize 18 TV stations it claims engaged in “bad faith” negotiations with AT&T’s DirecTV satellite service, fining the stations $512,228 each for a total of nearly $9 million. In doing so, the commission was sticking to its original claim made last year that the Sinclair-managed stations were “unreasonably delaying retransmission consent negotiations...and failing to respond to AT&T’s proposals for the retransmission of the Defendant Stations.”
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Dish Network and WarnerMedia have ended a lengthy three year carriage dispute that will allow subscribers to access the HBO Max streaming service and will restore HBO and Cinemax to Dish TV’s channel line-up. Dish is the last of the major operators to add HBO Max. HBO has not been available on Dish since 2018.
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Fox 5 DC Debuts New Headquarters in Bethesda Maryland
FOX 5 DC has moved into a new 58,000 square foot IP-based facility in Bethesda Maryland that features a number of new technologies that will help WTTG-TV and WDCA-TV quickly react to breaking news and deliver more content to more platforms. Key features include an IP-based SMPTE 2110 infrastructure, two fully operational control rooms and audio booths, a new 5,000 square foot studio, a full podcast studio, an AR/VR area, massive video walls for graphics and other new technologies.
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RTDNA To Hold In-Person News Leadership Conference
Downtown Denver (Pixabay)
The Radio Television Digital News Association has announced that it will hold its RTDNA2021 conference in person in Denver on September 23 and 24, 2021, with an agenda that will feature hands-on training, intimate discussions, and community engagement activities designed to get attendees immersed in the Mile High City.
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In a year when cybersecurity threats have already shut down websites and operations at some TV stations, the newest HP global Threat Insights Report finds “increasing cybercrime sophistication and a boom in monetization and hacking tools, while end users are still vulnerable to old tricks.”
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Tech Tour Van To Bring Cutting-Edge IP, Broadcast Solutions To Local Destinations
The OConsortium, a group of broadcasters and tech vendors collaborating on technology development and advancing broadcast education, is launching the first leg of a nationwide technology tour Aug. 16 at WSTM, the Sinclair Broadcast Group station in Syracuse, N.Y.
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Blackmagic Design Launches a New Line of Studio Cameras
Blackmagic Design has announced a variety of new products, including a new family of Blackmagic Studio Cameras for live production, three new HyperDeck Studio models and a new Blackmagic Web Presenter 4K model that has an upgraded Ultra HD resolution H.264 encoder for live streaming in native Ultra HD.
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Magewell this week announced Magewell Cloud, multi-device management software that provides centralized configuration and control of multiple Magewell IP encoders and decoders as well as stream management features, such as protocol conversion and SRT gateway functionality.
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Climavision Pitches Radar as a Service
As severe weather events become more important in news coverage, Climavision is hoping to democratize and reduce the cost of high quality weather radar systems by offering real-time radar data feeds to local stations as a monthly service.
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USSI Global has partnered with AdMobilize to develop audience analytics for broadcasters offering NextGen TV services. The platform will leverage the native IP backbone of ATSC 3.0 to support real-time analytics during live broadcasts using AdMobilize software.
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Hedge, a developer of intelligent software solutions for video professionals, has announced it has closed a $3M round of seed funding led by Steve Bayes in participation with other private media industry investors. Hedge will use the investment to grow its team, and expand its media technology portfolio and capabilities through the acquisition of Divergent Media assets and an investment in Colourlab, the company said.
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First LED Wall Vehicle Stage Opens in NYC
In another sign of the growing importance of virtual production technologies and facilities, the Carstage LED vehicle process stage has opened in Long Island City, New York, making it the first such facility in New York City.
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First Mile Technologies, a developer of creative connectivity solutions for media and entertainment production, has launched a new service to allow productions to stream live, high-quality camera media to the cloud, making it accessible live on various platforms during productions.
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EA Competitive Gaming Deploys Evertz’s DreamCatcher
Evertz has announced that its DreamCatcher BRAVO Studio live production replay platform has been deployed for use in the EA Sports FIFA 21 Global Series and Apex Legends Global Series broadcasts.
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CP Communications provided RF coordination and an extensive lineup of equipment to ESPN, Fox and MLB earlier this month for coverage of the 2021 All-Star Game from Coors Field in Denver. To coordinate RF usage effectively CP Communications secured 1,108 frequencies, covering RF video system, audio, return video, paint control, intercoms and two-way radio applications.
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User Report: Capturing “Frosty” Music Video With Blackmagic URSA Mini Pro 12K Cameras
Working with the Blackmagic Design cameras allowed us to keep the budget down, while still achieving a very high-end cinematic look. When shooting inside Venice Beach Skatepark, the camera allowed us to capture the personalities of the female athletes with plenty of movements, angles and frame rates.
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