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  • TVN Tech: NAB Show Audio Is A Tale Of Two Transitions

    Together, audio over IP and ATSC 3.0 audio are likely to leave TV engineers attending this year’s NAB Show with new insights into just what is possible when it comes to television sound: an immersive, viewer-customizable experience that offers broadcasters lower costs, increased flexibility and fast and simple routing. Read the earlier Hot Topics installments here. More | Comments (2)
  • TVN Focus: Broadcast-Centric Standard Gelling At ATSC

    Proponents for a new broadcast TV transmission standard are putting aside their differences and forming coalitions. ONE Media — a joint venture of Sinclair Broadcast Group and Coherent Logix — and China’s National Engineering Research Center of Digital Television, have agreed to pool technology over the key signaling component of the transmission standard or "physical layer." According to a source close to the committee, ATSC has accepted the ONE Media/NERC technology, which is currently under final ATSC review. More | Comments (11)
  • TVN Q&A: No Doubt About It, Future of TV, Imagine Is IP

    Charlie Vogt, Imagine Communications’ CEO, says TV is inevitably moving from broadband to IP. He talks about his company’s strategy for enabling that transition, Imagine’s recent acquisitions and how it will be affected by the upcoming spectrum auction. He also emphasizes the importance of moving to the next-gen transmission system ATSC 3.0. More | Comments (8)
  • Jessell: Nets, Affils Move Online Not Without Strife

    Through TV Everywhere, CBS All Access and OTT services like Sony's PlayStation Vue, the O&Os and affiliates are finally making the leap to broadband distribution. But the affiliates are still not entirely happy with the state of affairs because their streaming dreams are totally subject to the networks. Affiliates ability to dictate some terms may depend on an FCC proposal to regulate online video distributors. More | Comments (6)
  • Front Office: Ensuring Cyber Security Must Be A Priority

    The risk of cyber crime affects organizations large and small. No business is immune to the expense and downtime that can be a result of a cyber virus or, as we have seen in the high-profile cases, the piracy of information about employees and customers. Here are eight top cyber security issues that should concern all of us. More | Add comment

Special Reports

  • TVN's FCC Watch: A quick briefing on FCC proceedings affecting TV broadcasters from communications attorneys David Oxenford and David O'Connor.
  • NewsTECHForum 2014: Complete coverage of the second annual conference from TVNewsCheck and Sports Video Group
  • 2014—Year In Review: Revisit the year’s top developments in business, programming, journalism, technology, regulation and more.
  • Severe Weather 2014: A three-part look at the effects of social media on forecasting; a Q&A with the National Weather Service's Greg Carbin; and the latest on dual polarization radar.
  • Diginets 2014: A three-part examination of the revenue, programming and business strategies of multicasting.
  • Sales Management: A four-part look at the growing importance to stations of mobile viewing platforms; automated spot buying; improving digital sales operations; and a case study of a successful digital sales effort.
  • ENG 2013: A three-part examination of the state of the art in newsgathering tech, including bonded cellular, wireless mic issues and news vehicles.
  • THE TOP 30 TV STATION GROUPS: A plethora of mega-deals over the last 12 months has reordered TVNewsCheck's annual ranking. While the top three spots remained the same as last year — occupied by Fox, CBS and Sinclair — the rest of the top 10 is much changed with five companies gone through M&A activity.
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Dow Finishes Up 34, Nasdaq Picks Up 28
The Associated Press, Mar 27, 2015, 4:55 PM EDT
Major indexes notched modest gains on Friday, not nearly enough to make up for the four previous days of losses. It wound up being the second-worst week for the market so far this year. There was no one major catalyst to move the market one way or another Friday. Full Story | Add comment
More Layoffs At Wiley Rein Law Firm
Above the Law, Mar 27, 2015, 4:02 PM EDT
Back in November, Wiley let go of its bankruptcy department (eight lawyers in all). Now the firm confirmed the departures of almost 50 lawyers and staff. It’s interesting to note that associates weren’t cut; perhaps it’s because they’re profitable. Presumably the same cannot be said of certain partners, who can be expensive, and certain staffers, who might be less necessary than before in this age of increasing automation. Link | Comments (5)
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WDBJ Fine Highlights Broadcast Inequality
TVNewsCheck, Mar 27, 2015, 3:36 PM EDT
The FCC’s fine of WDBJ Roanoke, Va., for inadvertently including three seconds of a Web promo for a porno in a news story once again demonstrates the second-class status of broadcasting. It is absurd that broadcasting is still subject to such rules when the nearly equally pervasive Web is absolutely loaded with all manner of explicit sexual content that goes far, far further. Cable, too, is much worse than broadcasting in spewing out programming offensive to many Americans. Full Story | Comments (12)
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Huge Surge For Sweet Sixteen Games
Media Life Magazine, Mar 27, 2015, 12:13 PM EDT
The first four contests of the men’s NCAA basketball fourth round averaged a 9.0 household rating last night. That was up 30% from last year, when the contests averaged a 7.0. It also marked the best rating for this round since 1991, when the tournament switched to this TV format. CBS and TBS averaged a 9.3 rating for the first window of games, from 7 to 10 p.m., which included a close contest between North Carolina and Wisconsin. That was up 39% from last year. The 9:45 p.m. to 12:45 a.m. window posted an 8.9, growing 20% over last year and tying as the best since 1993. Link | Add comment
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KSL Promotes Tanya Vea To General Manager
TVNewsCheck, Mar 27, 2015, 2:22 PM EDT
The Salt Lake City NBC affiliate promotes her from station manager to general manager, adding sales and other responsibilities to her portfolio. Full Story | Add comment
Don Mischer To Produce 2015 Emmy Awards
Variety, Mar 27, 2015, 2:26 PM EDT
Don Mischer will return as the producer of this year’s Emmy Awards, along with partners Charlie Haykel and Juliane Hare. The telecast will air live on Sunday, Sept. 20, on Fox, and will be hosted by Andy Samberg. Link | Add comment
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NBC Orders DeGeneres Reality Series
Variety, Mar 27, 2015, 2:24 PM EDT
NBC has given an eight-episode order to dating-reality show First Dates from Ellen DeGeneres’ production banner and Shed Media. The series is based on a U.K. format that airs on Channel 4. Link | Add comment
Five Live Streaming Apps For Journalists
Journalism.co.uk, Mar 27, 2015, 8:29 AM EDT
Don't want to use Meerkat simply because the buzz and the name offend? Here are four alternatives, from Twitter's new Periscope to Stre.am, Livestream and Ustream, running through the major attributes, pros and cons of each. A great primer for newsrooms on the live streaming options. Link | Add comment
Upfronts 2015
Latest Forecast For The Upfront: Not Good
Media Life Magazine, Mar 27, 2015, 6:10 AM EDT
Analysts predict another decline in volume for broadcast, and CPM increases will be minimal, as eyeballs move to SVOD. More inventory may be held back for scatter. Link | Add comment
CBS May Add Ads To Older Online Episodes
The Wrap, Mar 27, 2015, 8:22 AM EDT
The network explores the viability of two advertising initiatives: inserting on-air ads into older episodes online and using a deeper data “audit” to provide smarter stats. Link | Comments (5)
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Lindsay Radford New KMGH News Director
TVNewsCheck, Mar 26, 2015, 8:56 PM EDT
The former Minneapolis news director will lead news operations at the Scripps Denver ABC affiliate beginning April 30. Full Story | Add comment
Can Google Change The Local TV Market?
StreetFight, Mar 27, 2015, 8:31 AM EDT
This week, Google announced that local TV ads shown to its Google Fiber subscribers in Kansas City (both Kansas and Missouri) will be delivered in real time and can be served geographically. For local advertisers, it's essentially a Google display ad served on TV, and it means smaller marketers can now produce a TV ad using little more than their phones. Link | Add comment
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NBC Bringing Back 'Coach' With Nelson
Deadline, Mar 26, 2015, 8:18 PM EDT
A signature 1990s sitcom is coming back for a new chapter. NBC has given a straight-to-series 13-episode order to Coach, with original star Craig T. Nelson on board to reprise his role and creator Barry Kemp set to write. Link | Comments (13)
FCC Optimistic About Auction Participation
KatyOnTheHill, Mar 26, 2015, 5:20 PM EDT
Congress held its sixth hearing in two weeks with the FCC.  But this time, there FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler got a break, and Congress gave net neutrality a rest. Instead Congress  focused on the next major FCC project: the world’s most complex auction of wireless spectrum. FCC officials sought to reassure a House subcommittee that the commission was taking all the right steps so the incentive auction, just a year away, would be as successful as the recently-completed AWS-3 auction. Link | Comments (1)
Q&A with Jon Swallen
What Threw A Wrench Into Media Economy
Media Life Magazine, Mar 27, 2015, 6:14 AM EDT
The media economy experienced a slowdown during the final months of last year, and that trend may continue into this year. That’s because a good deal of the declines are based on longer-term changes in ad spending that will be playing out over the next few years. Jon Swallen, chief research officer at Kantar Media, talks about why the fourth quarter was so rough, how TV is shaping up for the coming year, and why newspapers are struggling. Link | Add comment
Daytime Queen Ellen Conquering Hollywood
Star Tribune, Mar 27, 2015, 7:41 AM EDT
Ellen DeGeneres has danced her way to the top of the TV industry, becoming one of Hollywood’s most powerful and likeable players. With a top-rated syndicated talk show, an unbeatable social media empire, a series of bestselling books, three new shows (with five more on the way), two stints as Oscar host and the most shared selfie in history, it seems everything DeGeneres touches turns to 24-karat TV gold. Here's how she did it. Link | Add comment
Suze Orman: From CNBC To Syndication
TVFirstLook, Mar 27, 2015, 8:27 AM EDT
If you think Saturday’s The Suze Orman Show series finale on CNBC will be the financial guru’s first step toward retirement, you probably haven’t been paying attention to Orman the past couple of decades. Next up for her is Suze Orman’s Money Wars, a half-hour daytime show from Warner Bros. that’s not dissimilar to Judge Judy. Starting in fall 2016, if all goes to plan, Orman will dish out advice to the show’s guests twice a day, five days a week. Link | Add comment
More Hispanics Urged On Political TV Shows
MediaPost, Mar 27, 2015, 6:08 AM EDT
With the 2016 election season already in full swing, the Sunday morning ritual of listening to people shout over each other about politics will be a little more diverse, if the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda gets its way. Link | Add comment
How AMC Is Marketing 'Mad Men' Goodbye
The Wall Street Journal, Mar 27, 2015, 6:33 AM EDT
AMC President Charlie Collier had one major job when it came to marketing the final season of Mad Men: "To put it in the hall of fame." The second leg of the hit drama's seventh and final season begins next month, and while the show has already been a ratings bonanza and critical darling, AMC is giving it an extra marketing push through the finish line. One task has been to excite Madison Avenue types. After all, the show is about the advertising industry. Link | Add comment
'Cancer': A Story Ken Burns Couldn't Refuse
Chicago Tribune, Mar 27, 2015, 7:05 AM EDT
Cancer is perhaps the most-feared of all diseases — which is exactly why Ken Burns sees it as a vital topic, if never a welcome one. The three-part, six-hour Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies, premieres on PBS stations on Monday. It traces the story of the disease from its earliest accounts in ancient Egypt to the latest scientific breakthroughs and their impact on real-life patients. Link | Add comment

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NEP To Acquire Mediatec
TVNewsCheck/Playout, Mar 27, 2015, 3:33 PM EDT
Longtime Ga. Public Broadcasting Producer Dies
Current, Mar 27, 2015, 2:53 PM EDT
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Fur Flies At WFLD Chicago Mayoral Debate
WFLD, Mar 27, 2015, 11:52 AM EDT
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KPRC Adds Sofia Ojeda As Weekend Anchor
MikeMcGuff.com, Mar 27, 2015, 8:16 AM EDT
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WTHR Partners With Indianapolis For Signature Event
TVNewsCheck/Market Share, Mar 27, 2015, 8:13 AM EDT
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Commercial-Free News On WCAU at 4 P.M.
TVNewsCheck/Market Share, Mar 27, 2015, 8:09 AM EDT
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TVNewsCheck/Playout, Mar 27, 2015, 6:55 AM EDT
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Storm Chaser Partners With TVUNetworks
TVNewsCheck/Playout, Mar 27, 2015, 6:53 AM EDT
Canada Sets Example For A La Carte Pay TV Pricing
Los Angeles Times, Mar 27, 2015, 6:48 AM EDT
Report: Crime Coverage Biased On NYC O&Os
FTVLive, Mar 27, 2015, 6:25 AM EDT
HBO May Add Turner Shows To Web-Only Service
Advertising Age, Mar 27, 2015, 6:02 AM EDT
Russian TV Offers Job To Jeremy Clarkson
The Associated Press, Mar 27, 2015, 6:01 AM EDT
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NAB 2015: Aveco Products Preview
TVNewsCheck, Mar 26, 2015, 3:38 PM EDT

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Reviews

  • Ed Bark

    Quotation marks should be used as disqualifiers whenever the “Church” of Scientology is put into print. This is no more a “Church” than an apple is an orange. But it’s been recognized as such by the IRS. How and why make for one of the more startling and dismaying segments in Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief. It’s an extraordinary investigative documentary with the power to provoke anger, astonishment and any number of other strong emotions. HBO, despite an organized campaign of threats and intimidation from the “religion’s” legions of automatons, will premiere the two-hour film on Sunday, March 29. Must-see television? That’s an understatement.

  • Mark Perigard

    It’s the Walking Dead/Quincy/Psych mashup you didn’t know you wanted. But give iZombie a chance. You just might love it. CW, home to the DC Comics hits Arrow and Flash, dips into the medium again for this horror dramedy loosely based on the book from DC’s mature reader imprint Vertigo. iZombie is superbly cast and displays wit and surprises you don’t often find in the comics-to-TV genre.

  • Rob Owen

    Just a few weeks ago Netflix debuted The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, a smart, funny series originally ordered by NBC and then sold off to Netflix when NBC executives realized they were cultivating a schedule that couldn’t possibly abide intelligent comedy. So in its place viewers get the Ellen DeGeneres-executive produced One Big Happy, a truly dreadful comedy that is the antithesis of Kimmy Schmidt. Obvious, dumb and mostly unfunny, One Big Happy is an embarrassment for all involved. It won’t have a happy ending. For all involved, it will be best if it just fails quickly and then quietly disappears.

  • David Hinckley

    Mark Schwahn has accomplished the near-impossible feat of making fake British royals behave worse than the real ones. Also, wisely, E!'s The Royals, a big new soapy drama about a fictional British royal family, isn’t populated with characters who mirror specific individuals in the real-life ruling Windsors. The quirks and neuroses are more mix-and-match.

  • Rob Owen

    TV fans who decry the dearth of quality comedies, especially viewers who appreciated NBC’s late 30 Rock, will revel in the first Netflix half-hour comedy series, the Tina Fey-produced Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. Originally developed and ordered by NBC, the show segued to Netflix once NBC executives realized they didn’t have an obvious, hospitable place to put it on NBC’s primetime schedule. In other words, it was too smart/too weird a fit for NBC’s more mainstream fare. It’s a smart, funny series, and it’s a relief to know Netflix saved it from what was sure to be terminal neglect had it aired on NBC.

  • James Poniewozik

    ABC's American Crime is, like a lot of TV drama lately — Secrets and Lies, Broadchurch, The Killing — built around a murder. Someone has been killed, suspects have been apprehended, no one is sure yet what went down and why. But while the first four episodes of the series are gripping, and each introduces new complexity to a sweeping story, I would not call it a murder mystery. And that’s precisely why it works.

  • Kristi Turnquist

    You have to give the USA cable network credit for committing to something as ambitious as Dig, a new, 10-episode series that desperately wants to be a globe-trotting adventure that incorporates Da Vinci Code-style ancient prophecies and conspiracies. But, judging by the first few episodes, Dig spends too much time building ominous atmosphere, and hinting at vast schemes that may change the course of history — that again — and not enough time giving us a reason to stay tuned as the convoluted plot unfolds.

  • Robert Bianco

    Even the best-loved vehicle eventually shows its age. Time has passed, styles have changed and innumerable imitators have beaten the freshness out of CBS's CSI concept, leaving its new CSI: Cyber a show that may become best known for provoking the question "Is this really the best you can do with Patricia Arquette?" Unfortunately, the one new card Cyber has to play is an ugly one: paranoia. You can hear it in Arquette's voiceover, with its threat that all of these cyber crimes "can happen to you." It's as if the entire show were designed to send a subliminal message: "Watch or Die!" Which is, at least, a new flourish for the CSI team. It's just not a very good one.

  • David Hinckley

    TV fans have a right to be a little peeved that a murder case they thought would be solved in season one will now return to dominate season two of BBC America's Broadchurch. But Broadchurch has earned one more season of secrets because the new elements and mostly the performances make it worth staying around to see what other secrets lurk within..

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