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April 4, 2014
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NAB chief wants to work with Wheeler on national broadcast plan
NAB President and CEO Gordon Smith, despite the enactment of restrictions on joint-sales agreements and joint retransmission-consent negotiations, is still hopeful of forging a positive working relationship with Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler. "What our government needs is not just a national broadband plan, it needs a national broadcast plan as well," Smith said. "This chairman has seemed open to that, so I hope to develop that in the future. The beginning has not seemed too promising, but the hope will never die." Variety (4/3)
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NAB Show to welcome attendees from 156 countries
The NAB Show anticipates attendance of 93,000 people from 156 nations for the six-day convention, which kicks off on Saturday in Las Vegas with affiliated events for engineers and managers and a technology summit. "The international scope of the NAB Show continues to grow, representing a huge segment of the event's attendee and exhibitor base," said NAB spokesman Dennis Wharton. "We will once again bring the world of media and entertainment together in Las Vegas, where at NAB Show, connections will be made, business will be done and ideas will be shared." Las Vegas Review-Journal (4/3)
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NextRadio app is ready for rapid expansion, Emmis CEO says
The NextRadio application for Sprint mobile phones has completed its "soft launch" and is now ramping up to expand with "warp speed," according to Emmis CEO Jeff Smulyan. Some 270,000 users have activated the app. "We wanted to start it slowly, because we felt that we had to get the kinks out," Smulyan said. Inside Radio (free content) (4/4)
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Exec: Early 2016 launch for ATSC 3.0 is "achievable"
Rich Chernock, chief science officer of Triveni Digital and the driving force behind the development of the ATSC 3.0 standard, gives a preview of the status update on the standard that he will be providing next week at the NAB Show in Las Vegas. The announced rollout date of Q1 of 2016 is still "achievable," according to Chernock, who took over the project in February. "There is activity at different layers, and each has the right people involved, who are working hard to make ATSC 3.0 a reality," Chernock said. "There is a lot of technology and many choices to make." TVNewsCheck (free registration) (4/3)
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Broadcast Programming
Late-night shake-up continues with Letterman's retirement
David Letterman's decision to give up his "Late Night" show next year promises to add even more intrigue to the crowded field, which has a bevy of younger hosts on broadcast and cable vying for supremacy, David Bauder writes. "CBS now faces the challenge of moving on in a reordered latenight world at a time the two Jimmys -- NBC's Fallon and ABC's Kimmel -- have a significant head start," Bauder writes. TVNewsCheck (free registration)/The Associated Press (4/3)
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NAB: Airtime for OK2TALK PSAs is valued at nearly $41 million
Broadcast TV and radio stations since July have aired NAB's OK2TALK mental health awareness PSAs about 323,000 times, with the airtime valued at nearly $41 million. "We appreciate the generous support that the OK2TALK campaign has received," said NAB President and CEO Gordon Smith. "We encourage stations to continue to use the campaign to drive home the message that it's okay to talk about mental health; that help is available and effective; that if you need help, you should get it; and, that if you know someone who is struggling, help them to get help." TV Technology (4/3)
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Time Warner Cable, DIRECTV trade barbs over stalled negotiations
The war of words continues between Time Warner Cable and DIRECTV over carriage rights for the Los Angeles Dodgers-owned SportsNet LA. Time Warner Cable said DIRECTV has "walked away from the negotiating table," but the satcaster responded that "nothing could be further from the truth." DIRECTV said it "didn't agree to accept [Time Warner Cable's] latest outrageous proposal" and "will continue to engage with them until this gets resolved." Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model)/Company Town blog (4/3)
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NAB Broadcast Engineering Conference Proceedings 2014
Learn about the latest and hottest technologies used by broadcasters and electronic media companies around the world. This selection of more than 90 papers from the 68th annual conference features Ultra HDTV, advanced television technologies, digital radio advancements, audio over IP, hybrid television, next-generation sports production, media asset management, video description and captioning, ancillary broadcast services, over-the-top technologies and services and more. Add it to your NAB Show registration or pick it up onsite at the two NAB Stores located in the Las Vegas Convention Center.
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NAB Show radio and TV session examines local audience measurement
Television, radio, agency and market research executives will discuss how to capture today's consumer and monetize digital engagement during the NAB Show session "Local Measurement: All Media/All Users/All the Time." CBS Vision President David Poltrack's keynote will precede a discussion on local audience measurement led by Erica Farber, president and CEO of RAB, and Steve Lanzano, president and CEO of the TVB. The session, being held Tuesday, April 8, at 10:30 a.m., is part of the Broadcast Management Conference.
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