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  • FCC Watch | A Broadcaster's Guide To Washington Issues

    TVNewsCheck
    '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)
  • Social Scorecard | 'Lunch Break' Makes KHQ No. 1

    KHQ, the Cowles-owned NBC affiliate in Spokane, Wash., tops the market in social media actions over the last six months according to data from audience insight firm Shareablee. One of the reasons for its success is a regularly scheduled Facebook Live at around noon called Lunch Break, according to Traci Zeravica, KHQ’s news director. More | Add comment
  • Front Office | What Constitutes 'A Person To Watch'

    MFM has choosen its annual “People to Watch" honorees for 2018. They are known for getting out of their office to experience the business first-hand. They also tend to ask good questions and to communicate the right information. For them, it’s not just about getting things done; it’s about getting them right. More | Add comment
  • 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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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
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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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Tomorrow's TVs Will Disappear When Not In Use
CNET, Jan 12, 2018, 3:28 PM EST
TiVo Hits Comcast With More Patent Lawsuits
Reuters, Jan 11, 2018, 3:07 PM EST
TiVo Corp. has again sued Comcast, charging the cable operator of using its patented interactive programing technology without authorization, the latest salvo in the companies' long-running royalty dispute. Link | Add comment
Google Acquires Screen-To-Speaker Tech
Bloomberg, Jan 11, 2018, 2:36 PM EST
Alphabet Inc.’s Google has quietly acquired a U.K. startup focused on technology that turns surfaces such as phone displays into speakers. Redux developed technology that eliminates the need for small speakers in mobile phones, freeing up space for batteries or other components. Link | Add comment
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Interest In 4K Production Gear Growing Slowly
TVNewsCheck, Jan 11, 2018, 1:35 PM EST
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.
Full Story | Add comment
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FOR-A’s New FVW-700 4K Telestrator Ships
TVNewsCheck, Jan 11, 2018, 9:37 AM EST
Vewd OS Eliminates The Need For App Downloads On Smart TVs
FierceCable, Jan 11, 2018, 8:32 AM EST
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Behind The Gadgets, It's Amazon Vs. Google
The Associated Press, Jan 11, 2018, 8:21 AM EST
Both companies usually shun conventions like CES, preferring to debut gadgets at their own press events. But these tech giants have built an imposing presence here this year as they work to weave their voice-operated digital assistants more deeply into our personal lives. Full Story | Add comment
New Samsung Phones Will Have Active FM Chip
TheVerge, Jan 11, 2018, 8:15 AM EST
How Wood Made Roku A Streaming TV Power
Variety, Jan 11, 2018, 6:07 AM EST
Roku founder and CEO Anthony Wood doesn’t fit the image of your typical tech mogul. In person, he comes across as quiet and introverted. But judging by the company’s first earnings report in November, he’s a bona fide billionaire, controlling just over a quarter of outstanding common stock for a company whose share price more than tripled since its September IPO. Link | Add comment
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Turner, Hulu Execs Talk M&A, Expansion
The Hollywood Reporter, Jan 11, 2018, 5:58 AM EST
Hulu CEO Randy Freer signaled that the company could be interested in expanding internationally as it awaits the outcome of the Disney-Fox merger. Link | Add comment
Sinclair, Imagine Team On 3.0 Ad Platform
TVNewsCheck, Jan 11, 2018, 5:52 AM EST
Advanced advertising capabilities that use the innovative and unique monetization opportunities of the new broadcast standard, ATSC 3.0, are key elements of this new service. Full Story | Add comment
In The Dark: Power Outage At CES
Business Insider, Jan 10, 2018, 3:08 PM EST
Meyhem erupted at CES Wednesday as a power outage in the Central Hall shut down the giant tech conference, taking place in Las Vegas this week. Staff were told to close all entrances to the event, according to show management. Not even exhibitors were allowed into the event. Link | Add comment
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Ratings

Overnights, adults 18-49 for January 16, 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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