Hank Mahler, Developer of the SMPTE Color Bars, Passes Away | WarnerMedia Reports More Women, People of Color Working on TV Series | Netflix Adds More Older Viewers As Younger Audiences Head to the Movies
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.
Henry (Hank) Mahler, a true motion picture and television engineering icon, passed away on Oct. 5, 2021 at the age of 84. After graduating from Stevens College with a BSEE, Hank joined the CBS Technology Center in Stamford, Conn. One of his first projects at the technology center was destined to become one of the most widely used audio processing technologies. Hank was part of the team that designed and built the CBS Laboratories Audimax and CBS VoluMax, which were considered the “gold standard” for audio processing used in the AM/FM and Television Broadcasting industry.
In a notable and rare attempt by a major media company to provide some transparency and facts relating its diversity efforts, WarnerMedia has released new data showing some progress in its attempts to build a more diverse workforce and a more inclusive talent-base for its productions. But its senior executives are less diverse than its workforce and CEO Jason Kilar admits “the bulk of the work is still in front of us.”
New data from Ampere shows that Netflix is beginning to lose its youth-skewing customer base as people of all ages are embracing streaming and on-demand entertainment. In some mature markets, for the first time, 24–44-year-olds are now more likely to be Netflix subscribers than their 18-24 year-old peers and even among even older groups, Netflix usage is growing rapidly, Ampere reported.
Comcast has conducted tests during the Virtual SCTE Cable-Tec Expo 2021 that produced some firsts in the development of 10G technologies. The innovations are important because they move the company and the cable industry towards the delivery of much faster broadband services, which in turn could enable a host of other new ways to deliver video and entertainment to consumers.
New data from Nielsen’s The Gauge, which offers a snapshot of monthly total TV and streaming viewing, shows that in September 2021 broadcasters share of total TV viewing saw a two percentage point increase, giving them 26% of consumers' total TV time. The boost comes on the heels of a strong ratings start to the NFL season as well as the beginning of the TV season on September 20, Nielsen reported.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.—CP Communications has announced several personnel moves, including the promotion of Lowell Beckner to vice president of Red House Streaming and general manager of CP Communications St. Petersburg (CPSP). The company has also promoted Jason Proskurin to technical director for RHS and sales administrator of CP Communications.
BIA Advisory Services is forecasting a strong U.S. local ad market in 2022, growing by 10.1% to $161.5 billion as mobile advertising spending surpasses direct mail for the first time ever. The new forecasts for the entire U.S. local ad market follow the release in late September of the BIA forecasts for local television in 2022. That release forecast that local TV will rise to $19.3 billion in OTA advertising, and $1.7 billion in digital in 2022.
International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees International president Matthew Loeb has announced that unless an agreement is reached, union members will begin a nationwide strike against the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) on Monday, October 18 at 12:01 a.m., PDT.
Viacom is getting into the non-fungible token (NFT) market with today’s announcement of a strategic partnership with RECUR. RECUR will create a space where fans can load up on their favorite collectables and digital products as NFTs. They will be able to buy and trade them as digital products across ViacomCBS’ consumer brands, such as BET, CBS, Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon, Paramount Pictures and Showtime Networks.
NextGen TV has arrived in the Hartford area, with the launch of ATSC 3.0 signals on four local stations. The launch involved Tegna’s WCCT (the CW affiliate on channel 20) and WTIC (Fox, channel 61), Meredith Local Media Group’s WFSB (CBS, channel 3), and Nexstar Media Group’s WTNH (ABC, channel 8).
Discovery has announced that its streaming service discovery+ will launch in Canada on October 19. The services will be available starting at Can$4.99 per month, with an ad-free version available for Can$6.99 per month. Discovery will enter the Canadian market with an integrated marketing partnership with Corus Entertainment Inc.
Comscore has announced that it is the first measurement provider to deliver deduplicated audience measurement across YouTube's largest platforms (PC, Mobile, and now Connected TV) as well as co-viewers of Connected TV screens. The move marks a significant expansion of Comscore's partnership with Google that was announced in August.
A new analysis from Atlas VPN shows that sophisticated automated cyber attacks are on the rise and that the streaming industry has become the top target of these attacks. The growth is worrying because these sophisticated attacks can emulate human behavior to evade detection by imitating human keystrokes and mouse movements to trick standard bot-detection tools.
The National Basketball League (NBL) in Australia has reported growing popularity of its NBL1 professional semi-elite basketball league—even during the pandemic—with the deployment of 75 LiveU Solo wireless video encoders at arenas around the country that have made games more accessible to fans.
Sony Electronics introduced the HDC-F5500 system camera featuring a Super 35mm, 4K CMOS global shutter image sensor that enables shallow depth of field, during a live, online press conference. The latest in the HDC camera series, the HDC-F5500 offers users the creative expression of a cinematic look in a system camera form factor. With its global shutter effect, rolling shutter distortion and flash band are prevented, Sony said.
AVIWEST has unveiled its new PRO460, which the company is billing as the next evolution of its flagship PRO bonded cellular transmitter series for remote and at-home video production over 5G network. The AVIWEST PRO460 is designed to address the challenges that broadcasters face in expanding their remote production for live events, including sports, entertainment, concerts, and interactive TV shows.
Audiotonix today announced the acquisition of U.S.-based Sound Devices. Financial details of the transaction were not immediately available. The purchase expands Audiotonix’ group of audio brands, which includes Allen & Heath, Calrec, DiGiCo, DiGiGrid, Group One Limited, KLANG:technologies and Solid State Logic.
Rotolight has announced the next generation of its hugely popular LED lighting products: the Rotolight NEO 3 and AEOS 2. These new products combine the ‘shoot what you see’ benefits of continuous light, with a world-first High-Speed Sync RGBWW flash, the company said. They are available now for pre-order exclusively through Rotolight’s Kickstarter campaign, which will run through November 16th, 2021.
Leader Electronics this week unveiled four new features for its LVB440 IP analyzer, including analysis of JPEG XS compressed SMPTE ST 2110-22 standard video, closed captioning measurement, support for 7.1 and 5.1 surround sound and mix down to stereo pair and rolling packet capture measurement.
Telestream has announced new functionality for its Lightspeed Live Capture platform with plans to introduce new hardware interfaces – 12G and ST 2110 – in the latest version (3.3) of the Lightspeed Live Capture system.
Evertz has launched evertz.io-Stream, a new streaming and playout SaaS service delivered completely from the public cloud using the evertz.io platform. evertz.io-Stream is an advanced streaming and playout service targeting the needs of both Over-The-Top (OTT) and Direct-To-Consumer (DTC) streaming applications while also offering the features and functions required for more traditional linear broadcast channels.
ZOO Digital Group is launching a mastering services division to support content creators with next-day air service on major streaming services and platforms, the company said. Melissa McAllister, formerly with Fox Filmed Entertainment, joined ZOO Digital Group as director of TV mastering and servicing and will lead the division.
AJA Video Systems says it has taken a proactive equity stake in data analytics software developer Diskover Data and simultaneously launched AJA Diskover Media Edition. The new software is based on open source roots and lets media and entertainment professionals (M&E) easily search, find, and analyze media asset data originating from on-premises, remote, and cloud storage—aggregating associated metadata into a unified global index. AJA says its software solution enables users to make more informed data decisions, a key capability as the M&E industry is on track to create more data in the next three years than it has in the last three decades.
Cobalt Digital has unveiled the 9905-MPx, an openGear multiple video feed-multi-channel processor offering advanced scaler/frame openGear synchronizer functionality. The 9905-MPx, developed in response to customer requests for increased density, multi-input support and enhanced flexibility, supports four independent signal paths in a single module, the company said.
Quantum Corporation has rolled out the Quantum® Collaborative Workflow Solution powered by CatDVTM. The turnkey solution was designed specifically for Adobe Premiere Pro users and to help large creative teams address the challenges of remote workflow editing and collaboration.
Earlier this year NAB president and CEO Gordon Smith announced he would be stepping down at the end of 2021. TVBEurope caught up with Smith to reflect on his time at the organization, and what the future holds
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