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  • Eutelsat Wants to Limit C-Band Spectrum Funds to U.S. Treasury
    by Michael Balderston on 22 October 2019 at 14:18

    WASHINGTON—Whenever, and however, funds are raised from the selling of C-band spectrum for the development of 5G, the money should first and foremost be used to compensate impacted satellite, broadcast and cable operators impacted, says Eutelsat; also, any revenue from the sales that might go […]

  • SkyCam Operator Recounts Live Capture of 102-Yard Touchdown
    by Michael Balderston on 22 October 2019 at 13:29

    NFL broadcast teams have long utilized SkyCam to capture unique angles for replays of game action, but during an Oct. 20 game between the Chicago Bears and New Orleans Saints the specialty camera was able to capture an electric 102-yard kickoff return for a touchdown by Chicago Bears’ […]

  • SMPTE 2019: Neural Networks Hold Promise for VFX Auto-Rotoscoping
    by Phil Kurz on 22 October 2019 at 13:12

    LOS ANGELES—AI and machine learning offer the manufacturing and transportation sectors a means to new levels of performance. But can some of the same tools—specifically those that power computer vision—be used to remove the drudgery and long hours VFX artists face when it comes to […]

  • Microsoft Calls Second Channels for ATSC 3.0 Simulcasts ‘Unnecessary’
    by Michael Balderston on 21 October 2019 at 18:00

    WASHINGTON—As broadcasters continue to figure out their strategies for making the transition from ATSC 1.0 to ATSC 3.0, Microsoft has made its thoughts clear on one potential strategy—granting a second channel for ATSC 3.0 simulcasts. Microsoft says “there is no evidence that […]

  • Fox, Charter Reach Distribution Agreement
    by Michael Balderston on 21 October 2019 at 17:06

    NEW YORK & LOS ANGELES—Fox and Charter Communications have announced they’ve reached a long-term distribution agreement that will keep Fox’s entertainment, news and sports programs on Charter-owned stations. As part of the agreement, the two sides will also cooperate on policy […]

  • IBC 2019 Best of Show Award Digital Edition Now Available
    by TVT Staff on 21 October 2019 at 15:45

    WASHINGTON—If you weren’t able to attend September’s IBC Show in Amsterdam or you just weren’t able to catch up on everything that was on the show floor, you can now catch up with a detailed look at some of the best products via the IBC 2019 Best of Show Award Digital […]

  • Red Bee, Spring Media Kicking Off Women’s Soccer Streaming Service
    by Michael Balderston on 21 October 2019 at 13:23

    LONDON—Women’s soccer has found its very own streaming home with the announcement that Red Bee Media and Spring Media will partner on a global OTT service called Wnited. The service is expected to launch in Q1 2020. Following this past summer’s Women’s World Cup, Wnited will […]

  • Consumers Seek More Personalized Experience With Pay TV, OTT
    by Michael Balderston on 18 October 2019 at 19:43

    ADDISON, Texas—The old Burger King slogan “Have it your way” could soon apply just as easily to the TV market as it once did for the fast food chain. Looking at the trends that will impact the pay-TV and OTT markets in 2020, Parks Associates revealed that consumers want more and […]

  • Phoenix Model Market, DS Broadcast Team on HFR 120 Hz ATSC 3.0 Broadcast
    by Michael Balderston on 18 October 2019 at 17:28

    PHOENIX—DS Broadcast has announced that it recently conducted an over-the-air broadcast of High Frame Rate 120 Hz video, working with the Phoenix Model Market project to do so. The company says the video was encoded by its BGE9300 encoder, received by its BGD4100 integrated receiver decoder, […]

  • It's Rescan Day for Stations in Phase Six of TV Repack
    by Michael Balderston on 18 October 2019 at 14:58

    WASHINGTON—Happy rescan day to any antenna users whose local TV stations took part in phase six of the post-incentive spectrum repack. Starting today, those who use an antenna to access their TV programs will need to rescan their TVs to continue watching as stations move to their new […]

  • TV Repack Nearly Two-Thirds Complete, Pai Tells Senate
    by Michael Balderston on 18 October 2019 at 13:42

    WASHINGTON—The post-incentive auction repack is entering the home stretch, according to testimony given by FCC Chairman Ajit Pai in front of a Senate oversight committee on Thursday, Oct. 17. And thus far the repack has been going well, per Pai. The Senate Financial Services Subcommittee […]

  • NAB Show New York: Balancing Tech and Art on ‘Russian Doll’
    by Michael Malone on 18 October 2019 at 13:07

    NEW YORK—NAB Show New York’s closing keynote, “How Tech Serves Art in Netflix’s 'Russian Doll,'” looked at the tricky balancing act between technology and cinematography on a modern show. The panelists were Lisa Melodia, post-production supervisor at Jax Media, and Nat […]

  • Multiplatform Content Delivery Is ‘Most Important Priority for Technology Users’ Says IABM
    by Jenny Priestley on 18 October 2019 at 12:58

    GLOUSESTERSHIRE, U.K.—The IABM has released its latest Buying Trends Report, which reveals a confidence in the broadcast and media industry despite a drop in revenues. According to the report, revenue growth has decreased from 9.3% in April 2019 to 3.1% currently, and profit growth remains […]

  • Triveni Digital, ATBiS Partner on New 3.0 Broadcast Gateway
    by Phil Kurz on 17 October 2019 at 19:30

    PRINCETON, N.J.—Triveni Digital is partnering with South Korean TV solutions provider ATBiS on the production of its new ATSC 3.0 Broadcast Gateway that is designed to make it easier for broadcasters to transition smoothly to the next-generation digital television standard. “ATBiS is […]

  • Locast Adds Atlanta, Phoenix
    by John Eggerton on 17 October 2019 at 19:11

    NEW YORK—Locast, the free TV station streaming service, has added two more markets, Atlanta and Phoenix, bringing its total to 15 markets where broadband users can watch local TV station signals over-the-top for free, though Locast asks for a donation. Broadcasters have sued Locast over the […]

  • Sinclair, AT&T Strike Retrans Agreement
    by Michael Balderston on 17 October 2019 at 17:32

    BALTIMORE—Following an extension last month that avoided a blackout of Sinclair stations for AT&T customers, the two sides have announced that they have reached a multi-year retransmission consent agreement for DirecTV, AT&T TV and U-Verse subscribers. The deal covers Sinclair’s […]

  • Senate Hearing on STELAR Set for Oct. 23
    by Michael Balderston on 17 October 2019 at 15:19

    WASHINGTON—The Senate has officially set a time to examine whether or not STELAR should be reauthorized before it expires at the end of this year. The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation has set a hearing date for “The Reauthorization of STELAR” of Oct. 23 at […]

  • Study: Half of Viewers Will Wait for TV Shows to Land on Streamers
    by Michael Balderston on 17 October 2019 at 14:58

    SANFORD, Fla.—Today’s TV viewers don’t seem to mind being patient waiting for their favorite show to come back, but they may have issue waiting week to week for new episodes. This is one of the findings from a recent study by ItsWorthMore that looked at TV viewing habits in the […]

  • FCC Officially Approves T-Mobile/Sprint Merger
    by Michael Balderston on 17 October 2019 at 13:42

    WASHINGTON—Despite receiving two no votes from the FCC’s Democratic commissioners Jessica Rosenworcel and Geoffrey Starks on Wednesday, Oct. 16, the proposed T-Mobile/Sprint merger was officially approved thanks to the commission’s three Republican commissioners previously […]

  • Profanity, Violence More Prevalent in Kid-Rated Content, Says PTC
    by Michael Balderston on 16 October 2019 at 19:39

    LOS ANGELES—There is more profanity and violence in primetime programming presently than there was a decade ago, according to a new research report from the Parents Television Council. Despite the increase in these shows, PTC points out that there have not been changes in the age-based […]