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  • TVN Tech | Broadcasters And Vendors Eye A BAS Reboot

    The time is right for a BAS overhaul. Old spectrum is getting new tools with private LTE and mesh networking as engineers and vendors create ways to achieve the same flexibility and two-way connectivity that bonded cell affords within BAS. Above, Silvus Technologies’ StreamCaster radio gives bi-directional IP connectivity for camcorders. Here it’s being used for the New Year’s Eve live webcast from Times Square in New York. More | Comments (1)
  • Social Scorecard | Facebook Live Lifts WGRZ To No. 1

    Strategic and regular use of Facebook Live has helped propel WGRZ, Tegna’s NBC affiliate in Buffalo, N.Y., to first place among the market’s social media, says Kim Degeorge-Pike, WRGZ’s digital director. WGRZ has more than 2.5 million social actions, 31% of the total engagement generated by the DMA, according to data from audience insight firm Shareablee. More | Add comment
  • FCC Watch | A Broadcaster's Guide To Washington Issues

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    's quarterly quick briefing on the legal and regulatory proceedings affecting broadcasters from communications attorneys David Oxenford and David O'Connor. More | Comments (1)
  • Jessell | End Discriminatory Regs Against Broadcast

    The FCC's tentative $13.4 million fine against Sinclair for allegedly airing news programming that was paid for by a sponsor is just one more example of antiquated rules targeting broadcasting alone. The FCC needs to rid itself of discriminatory rules and the sponsor-disclosure regime would be a fine place to start. More | Comments (29)
  • TVN Tech | Interest In 4K Production Gear Grows Slowly

    The living room in 2018 will increasingly belong to 4K, particularly where the higher-end TV models are concerned. From the broadcasters’ perspective, getting 4K content to the home is still a challenge to be bridged. “Of course, ATSC 3.0 will change all that, but that’s still, I think, going to take a couple years,” says Alec Shapiro, industry consultant and former president of Sony Professional Solutions.
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  • Q&A | Hearst Heads To NATPE As Both Seller And Buyer

    Emerson Coleman, Hearst’s SVP of programming, is going to Miami with a surging Matter of Fact to offer. When he puts on his buyer hat, he will be looking for a few shows, including replacements for the slots now occupied by Harry, whose return seems doubtful. In this wide-ranging interview, he also talks about the stagnant first-run syndication business, station groups' producing their own programming, Hearst’s kids programming subsidiary Litton, multicasting and his continued enthusiasm for NATPE. More | Comments (3)
  • TVNewsCheck To Honor HBO’s Diane Tryneski

    The veteran media technologist will receive the 2018 Women in Technology Leadership Award at April’s NAB Show in Las Vegas. More | Comments (2)
  • TVN’s NewsTECHForum Offers Cutting-Edge Insights, Info

    The fifth annual conference examined the convergence of technology with news gathering and distribution. It featured keynote speakers, panels and case studies covering topics that included: Evolving to the Newsroom of the Future; The Contribution Revolution; Chasing Millennials in 2018; Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality and the State of the Art in TV Graphics; Drones & News Photography; Tech Leaders on the Future of Newsroom Technology; and Conquering the Multiplatform News Jungle.
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  • TVN's TV2020 Explains How Broadcasters Can Monetize Their Future

    Mark Lazarus, chairman of NBC Broadcasting and Sports, said the network faces changing sports consumer habits that have affected ratings, but it’s making a full court press with its upcoming Super Bowl and Olympics coverage. He also said ATSC 3.0 presents an opportunity for its stations if it can find “the right balance.” He was just one of many speakers at the second annual TVNewsCheck TV2020 conference. (Photo: Wendy Moger-Bross) More

Special Reports

  • TVN's FCC Watch: A quick briefing on FCC proceedings affecting TV broadcasters from Washington communications attorneys David Oxenford and David O'Connor.
  • Multicasting 2017: A three-part examination of the revenue, programming and technology strategies of the diginet business.
  • Spectrum Repack: The estimated cost of moving nearly 1,000 TV stations to new channels in the post-auction repack on the TV band will likely reach $2 billion -- some $250 million more than the $1.75 billion Congress allocated for all relocation-related expenses.
  • Single Frequency Networks: With the spectrum repack and ATSC 3.0 on the horizen, broadcasters failing to think about SFNs now may prove to be quite shortsighted in the future.
  • TVN's Top 30 TV Station Groups: Its pending acquisition of Tribune Media boosts Sinclair from fourth to No. 1 in TVNewsCheck's annual station group ranking by spot revenue. Other groups that advanced multiple slots from a year ago include Univision, Gray, Ion Media Networks, Berkshire Hathaway and News-Press & Gazette.
  • 2017 NAB Show Tech Hot Topics: TVNewsCheck’s third annual multi-part series highlighting emerging tech trends in advance of the NAB Show. Topics include IP, virtualization, cameras, workflows, spectrum repack, ATSC 3.0, newsroom systems, graphics and master control.
  • 2016 — Year In Review: Revisit the year’s top developments in business, programming, journalism, technology, regulation and more.
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Broadcasters Tout ATSC 3.0's Potential Power
CableFax, Jan 19, 2018, 8:12 AM EST
The tower is power. That was the message from a NATPE panel Wednesday focused on the next-generation broadcast TV standard, aka ATSC 3.0. “Amazon could try and put up sticks around the U.S. and couldn’t match the infrastructure that broadcasters have built over the last 60-70 years,” said Andrew Finlayson, SmithGeiger’s EVP of digital and social media strategies. Link | Comments (1)
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Why Microservices Are The Future Of Media
NewscastStudio, Jan 19, 2018, 7:26 AM EST
When it comes to virtualizing media workflows, microservices has become quite the buzzword in the media and entertainment industry — just like IP technology, cloud computing and software-defined networking before it. But what are microservices, and why are they so important to the future of the broadcast industry? Link | Add comment
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WESH Orlando Debuts New Graphics Package
NewscastStudio, Jan 18, 2018, 9:13 PM EST
NBC News Promotes 3 Techs In DC Bureau
TVNewser, Jan 18, 2018, 2:44 PM EST
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Grupo Multimedios Consolidates, Integrates With Tedial
TVNewsCheck, Jan 18, 2018, 11:04 AM EST
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Broadcast Solutions Finland Delivers Virtual Studio
TVNewsCheck, Jan 18, 2018, 11:00 AM EST
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Fox Sports Australia Adds Calrec Artemis Console
TVNewsCheck, Jan 18, 2018, 10:55 AM EST
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SMPTE Names Secretary/Treasurer And Directors
TVNewsCheck, Jan 18, 2018, 10:43 AM EST
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Broadcasters Eye A BAS Reboot
TVNewsCheck, Jan 18, 2018, 9:47 AM EST
The time is right for a BAS overhaul. Old spectrum is getting new tools with private LTE and mesh networking as engineers and vendors create ways to achieve the same flexibility and two-way connectivity that bonded cell affords within BAS. Above, Silvus Technologies’ StreamCaster radio gives bi-directional IP connectivity for camcorders. Here it’s being used for the New Year’s Eve live webcast from Times Square in New York. Full Story | Comments (1)
Broadcast Engineering Looks To The Cloud
NewscastStudio, Jan 18, 2018, 7:26 AM EST
Broadcast software and engineering vendors talk about the cloud and its effect on production, especially how it is changing roadmaps and products and what traditional broadcast processes can shift to the cloud.
Link | Add comment
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WSMV Nashville Updates With NBC Look
NewscastStudio, Jan 18, 2018, 7:17 AM EST
ATSC 3.0 SFN To Be Deployed In Dallas
TVNewsCheck, Jan 18, 2018, 6:36 AM EST
Sinclair, Nexstar, Univision and American Tower partner on developing a next-gen TV single frequency network that will be a test of a developed model for the transition from ATSC 1.0 to 3.0 and the deployment of SFN sites in preparation for future national deployment of 3.0 broadcast services. Full Story | Add comment
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CES 2018: The Final Word
CNET, Jan 17, 2018, 3:14 PM EST
Wall-sized TVs. Connected everything. Smart mirrors. Autonomous electric vehicles. The world's thinnest laptop. This is everything that mattered at CES 2018. Link | Add comment
DirecTV To Air 'Blue Planet II' In 4K
TV Answer Man, Jan 17, 2018, 6:32 AM EST
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KLCS Adds Aveco Master Control Automation
TVNewsCheck, Jan 17, 2018, 6:01 AM EST
The four-channel platform includes integrated media asset management, the industry’s first BXF 5.0 system and a range of unique high-end automation features. Full Story | Add comment
DMA 1: New York
WNJU Promotes John Gonzalez To Tech VP
TVNewsCheck, Jan 16, 2018, 11:59 AM EST
Bogus Missile Alert Weakens EAS Confidence
InsideRadio, Jan 16, 2018, 11:18 AM EST
Saturday’s false missile alert in Hawaii is fueling doubts about the Emergency Alert System’s ability to keep Americans informed in an actual emergency. Link | Add comment
New ESPN Morning Show To Debut In April
NewscastStudio, Jan 16, 2018, 11:15 AM EST
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KHOU Houston Updates Its Temporary Home
NewscastStudio, Jan 16, 2018, 11:13 AM EST
VR & AR Are Evolving Right Under Your Nose
CNET, Jan 16, 2018, 8:23 AM EST
When VR first made its major CES reemergence via Oculus Rift years ago, it was jaw-dropping. Those moments, since, are harder to come by. But there were discoveries, and trends, and things to talk about in AR and VR AT ces 2018. You just had to pay attention. Link | Add comment
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Ratings

Overnights, adults 18-49 for January 18, 2018
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Source: Nielsen

Reviews

  • Hank Stuever

    In 1977, DC Comics unveiled a superhero named Black Lightning, hoping to fill an obvious void with a token character who, inspired somewhat by the characters in blaxploitation cinema, exhibited a lot of street sense on the blighted side of Metropolis. Black Lightning, a wholehearted and energetic live-action revival of the character on CW. It is a fine example of what television might look like once we move past the more ceremonial aspects of diversity. This is a black show on a network filled with white superheroes, and it displays no insecurity or self-consciousness about that.

  • Alexis Soloski

    In Amazon's Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, the creator of Gilmore Girls introduces another brainy, mouthy heroine, this time in the male-dominated comedy world of the 1950s.

  • Hal Boedeker

    A reassuring example of older means getting better, Will & Grace struts back to NBC bolder, brassier and bawdier. Some like it tart, and this frisky frolic delivers. After eight seasons, the beloved sitcom felt faded at its fade-out in 2006. Eleven years later, the revival packs a joyous kick in the first three episodes. Here is an absolutely fabulous return with four irrepressible stars who are at their very best. Will & Grace is no gay dinosaur.

  • Matt Zoller Seitz

    Wonderstruck, overstuffed, corny and stirring, Star Trek: Discovery stands tall alongside the best-regarded incarnations of the Trek franchise even as it raids elements from all of them (including the recent J.J. Abrams film series, which Paramount says is set in an alternate timeline that has nothing to do with this one). Though handsomely produced, the show’s imagination seems to have been slightly reined in by commercial mandates — namely, reinvigorating Trek as a TV property and serving as a marquee title that would lure customers to CBS All Access, the network’s subscription-only service.

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