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  • Apple Unveils Apple TV+
    by Dan Meier on 25 March 2019 at 18:38

    CUPERTINO, Calif.—Apple has announced the launch of Apple TV+, a new streaming service featuring TV, films and original content on demand. So why now? Michail Chandakas, analyst at Kagan, a media research group within the TMT offering of S&P Global Market Intelligence, points toward […]

  • Cell Tower Training Bill Introduced
    by John Eggerton on 25 March 2019 at 15:43

    WASHINGTON—House Energy & Commerce Committee member Rep. Dave Loebsack (D-Iowa) has introduced a bill, the Communications Jobs Training Act of 2019, that would boost training for cell tower workers. That comes as the FCC, over the objections of various local government officials, has […]

  • Online Video Subscriptions Surpass Cable for First Time in 2018
    by Michael Balderston on 22 March 2019 at 14:55

    WASHINGTON—There is a new leader in the clubhouse when it comes to the most popular video service for consumers across the globe, as a report from the Motion Picture Association of America indicates that online video services overtook cable subscriptions for the first time in 2018. Online […]

  • Comcast Unveils Xfinity Flex Streaming Platform
    by Michael Balderston on 21 March 2019 at 18:02

    PHILADELPHIA—Comcast has announced an exclusive new service for its Xfinity internet customers, the Xfinity Flex streaming platform. The Xfinity Flex is packaged with an internet-connected, 4K HDR streaming TV device and comes with Comcast’s voice remote, an integrated guide to access […]

  • FCC Resolves White Spaces Issues
    by John Eggerton on 21 March 2019 at 17:32

    WASHINGTON—The FCC has sent the signal that allowing the so-called white spaces between TV channels to be used for fixed and mobile wireless devices are ready for prime time. That came in a report and order adopted Wednesday, March 20. The FCC also resolved a number of petitions to reconsider […]

  • FCC to Lift LPTV Displacement, Companion Channel Freeze
    by Michael Balderston on 21 March 2019 at 14:47

    WASHINGTON—With spring comes the thawing of an FCC policy that had been in effect since 2014. The FCC’s Media Bureau has announced that starting on April 18, the filing freeze on displacement and digital companion channels for low power television and TV translators stations will be […]

  • Lawo Denies Evertz’s Patent Infringement Claim
    by Michael Balderston on 21 March 2019 at 14:18

    RASTATT, Germany—Following Evertz filing a lawsuit on seven instances of patent infringement against it, Lawo has come out with a statement “strongly denying” the accusations, saying that the allegedly infringed patents “are invalid.” On Monday, March 18, Evertz filed […]

  • Virgo Investment Group Makes $10M Investment in Bitcentral
    by Michael Balderston on 21 March 2019 at 13:13

    BURLINGAME, Calif.—Virgo Investment Group is hopping on board with Bitcentral, as it has announced it has made an investment of $10 million to the provider of broadcast news production and distribution technology. Specifically, the investment will reportedly support the development of […]

  • March Madness Inspires TV Upgrades
    by Michael Balderston on 20 March 2019 at 19:58

    ARLINGTON, Va.—Thursday marks the tip-off of the 2019 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, more commonly known as March Madness. The first days of the tournament are a seemingly never-ending stream of buzzer beaters and upsets with fans sitting back and enjoying it all. One key piece of […]

  • Alison Godburn Expands Role at WGBH
    by Michael Balderston on 20 March 2019 at 19:36

    BOSTON—WGBH’s Alison Godburn is getting a new title, as the former senior director of Media Access Group is expanding her role to become the managing director for MAG and Public Media Management Technical Sales. In addition, MAG will now join WGBH’s technology and production […]

  • Report: Household Spending on Streaming Held Flat for Three Years
    by Michael Balderston on 20 March 2019 at 19:11

    DALLAS—Consumers don’t seem to be letting the advent of a variety of new streaming services burn a hole in their wallets. According to OTT video research by Parks Associates, the average household spending on subscription OTT video services has held steady at $8 per month for the past […]

  • 4K 4Charity Fun Run Closing the Gap for Industry Equality
    by Michael Balderston on 20 March 2019 at 17:23

    PORTLAND, Ore.—For the last five years, before the doors of the Las Vegas Convention Center open on Tuesday morning of the NAB Show, hundreds of show attendees have been lacing up their running shoes and taking part in the 4K 4Charity Fun Run organized by AWS Elemental. This year’s run […]

  • South Korean Telecom, TVU Networks Partner on 5G UHD Broadcast Network
    by Phil Kurz on 20 March 2019 at 15:51

    MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.—TVU Networks and KT Corp., a major South Korean telecom, are partnering to offer UHD broadcast over KT’s 5G enterprise network, a 5G UHD broadcast network deployment considered to be among the first in the world, TVU Networks announced today. The agreement sets the […]

  • Scripps Getting Eight TV Stations from Nexstar-Tribune Merger
    by Michael Balderston on 20 March 2019 at 13:57

    CINCINNATI—In relation to the Nexstar Media Group and Tribune Media proposed merger, the E.W. Scripps Company has announced that it has acquired eight television stations in seven markets. The new stations include two CBS, two Fox and four CW stations, bringing Scripps total station footprint […]

  • American Cable Association Ditches Cable
    by Tom Butts on 20 March 2019 at 13:21

    PITTSBURGH—As cable operators continue to see declines in their video business due to cord-cutting and see the value of their broadband service expand, another cable association has decided to change its name to better reflect today’s market reality. The American Cable Association, […]

  • Traditional TV Still Sinking in Stream of Digital Video
    by Jon Lafayette on 19 March 2019 at 20:28

    NEW YORK—Traditional TV watching continues to wane, especially among younger consumers, as more homes get connected devices and streaming services. In its Total Audience Report for the third quarter of 2018, Nielsen says that overall media use is little changed from a year ago at 10 hours and […]

  • Common Cause Petitions to Stop Nexstar, Tribune Merger
    by Michael Balderston on 19 March 2019 at 17:39

    WASHINGTON—Tribune Media shareholders may have overwhelmingly supported the company’s acquisition by Nexstar last week, but not everyone is happy about the potential merger. Common Cause—joined by Public Knowledge, United Church of Christ OC Inc. and Sports Fans […]

  • Next Gen TV, IT Issues to Dominate 2019 NAB Show BEITC
    by James Careless on 19 March 2019 at 16:11

    LAS VEGAS—Bleeding-edge tech and issues will be front-and-center at this year’s Broadcast Engineering and Information Technology Conference (BEITC) at the 2019 NAB Show. This year’s conference runs April 6-11 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in the North Hall meeting rooms. […]

  • ACA Seeks Modifications to Broadcast Carriage Election Rules
    by Michael Balderston on 19 March 2019 at 13:53

    PITTSBURGH—The American Cable Association has come out with recommendations to modify a proposal on the FCC’s broadcast carriage election rules made by the NAB and NCTA. ACA says that its proposed changes, filed in hope of amending the rules before they are adopted, are to help look out […]

  • NVP Upgrades Two OB Trucks to 4K UHD, HDR
    by Phil Kurz on 18 March 2019 at 19:19

    MONTREAL—NVP, an Italian video production company, has upgraded two of its outside broadcast vehicles with a wide range of live production equipment from Grass Valley to support demand for 4K UHD and HDR content, Grass Valley said today. "Viewers have long judged video content by the quality […]