3Play Media Publishes Closed Captioning Resources

3Play Media is making available a series of papers to make dealing with FCC closed captioning requirements for online video easier.

3Play Media is offering a series of white papers and other documents to make dealing with FCC closed captioning requirements for online video easier.

A new bundle of information from 3Play Media tackles the issues raised by FCC’s mandate for closed captioning online video.

The information, available as a free download, covers:

  • FCC updates for closed captioning of online video;
  • Closed captioning best practices, standards, and legal requirements;
  • CVAA online video captioning requirements and deadlines;
  • How the ADA impacts online video accessibility; and
  • ROI analysis and SEO benefits of closed captioning.

To download the information, visit the 3Play Media website.

OTT Cuts Both Ways For Broadcasters

Over-the-top, it seems, can be a double-edged sword for broadcasters.

This week I wrote an article about how Vince Roberts, CTO of the Disney/ABC Television Group, and his engineering team were inspired by the Watch ABC and Watch Disney Channel OTT services to find a way to leverage IP video for master control and playout at the ABC Television Network.

Chalk one up for broadcast and OTT.

Today, TVNewsCheck Editor Harry Jessell wrote a column about NBC and its new show Aquarius. The network has decided to make all episodes available at once on NBC.com following the show’s on-air debut. While the move will satisfy binge TV viewers, it raises questions about the network’s relationship with its affiliates and O&Os.

It’s too soon to tell if this move is good or bad for local TV stations, but if I were to guess, it doesn’t look like a positive.

On the negative side of broadcasters’ OTT ledger, however, has to be the experience some Apple TV users are having with the new NBC Sports Live Extra channel. It’s disappeared.

The OTT channel, which made its debut on NBC.com this week, has vanished for users of some Apple TV boxes. What’s worse is the Houdini act happened right in the middle of the NHL playoffs, AppleInsider is reporting. Rebooting the Apple TV device doesn’t help.

At least for this week, when it comes to OTT and TV broadcasters, things at best appear to be a mixed bag.


There’s No Place For Armed Drones In Domestic Policing, Says Burgess

While the TV industry has focused its attention regarding drones on the ongoing FAA rulemaking that ultimately will put in place the rules covering their use for newsgathering, there appears to be an overlooked aspect of drone use that could directly affect TV reporters and other journalists covering riots like those of the past week in Baltimore.

Rep. Michael Burgess.

Rep. Michael Burgess.

It seems that some local police departments are toying with the idea of arming drones with tear gas, rubber bullets and other projectiles that could be used in dealing with domestic unrest, and Rep. Michael Burgess (R-Texas) is raising a big red flag warning of the consequences.

Burgess, who last week introduced the “No Armed Drones Act,” penned an opinion piece appearing at the Daily Caller in which he has called for a national discussion on armed drones before the nation goes “down a path we can’t reverse.”

In the piece, Burgess expresses concern that some local police agencies are seeking to launch armed drones.” The nation’s founders made no room for the justice system to make “use of military tactics,” he writes.

“I believe that free citizens are innocent unless proven guilty, and that they aren’t to be treated as suspects, or terrorists, while going about their everyday lives,” he writes.

Arming drones “for day-to-day domestic law enforcement is blatantly an over-the-top use of force,” Burgess says in the opinion piece.

KDRV Enhances News Workflow

KDRV, the Heartland Media-owned ABC affiliate in Medford, Ore., has begun using Bitcentral’s CORE:news solution, the company said today.

CORE:news provides a single interface for a unified story-based workflow, including video capture and encoding, editing, playout management, digital publishing and archiving. Content can be shared across all platforms from within a station’s newsroom computer system anywhere there is a Wi-Fi connection.


WOFL Orlando Rolls Out New News Set

Fox-owned WOFL Orlando, Fla., has debuted a new news set designed to leverage the latest technology  in a way that improves storytelling by giving viewers more information and a deeper perspective.

WOFL/FOX 35 News has unveiled a new news set designed by FX Group Design.

WOFL/FOX 35 News has unveiled a new news set designed by FX Group Design.

Designed by FX Design Group in Ocoee, Fla., the set has large curved walls with a ribbon that changes color, a 5×7, 46-inch monitor array and four 40-inch touchscreens with keyboard arms for assignment desks.

The set also features a built-in “L”-shaped walk-on social media desk.

FOX 35 News has posted images of the set on its website as well as a time-lapse video of its construction.

Visit the FX Design Group website for additional information.

NAB Seeks Presenters For CCW And SATCON

NAB today issued a call for speaking proposals for its 2015 Content and Communications World (CCW) and SATCON, Nov. 11-12, in New York City.

The association said it is looking for presenters with “fresh ideas” in a variety of areas related to media and entertainment technology, content creation, distribution and business models. A full list of possible topics is available on the NAB website.

Proposals are due June 19.

To learn more, visit the NAB website.

NEP To Buy Outside Broadcast, RecordLab

NEP Group Inc., the Pittsburgh-based mobile production facilities provider, April 30 will complete the acquisition of Outside Broadcast, in Rotselaar, Belgium, and Germany’s RecordLab TV & Media, NEP said today. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

NEP logo smallOutside Broadcast is one of Europe’s leading providers of outside broadcast facilities, studio production, ENG, news crews and post production.

RecordLab provides outside broadcast solutions for the sports and entertainment industries.

The deal will be finalized in conjunction with NEP’s previously announced acquisition of Mediatec.

To learn more, visit the NEP website.


ATSC Releases Details Of 3.0 Boot Camp, Conference

The Advanced Television Systems Committee today released the agenda for its ATSC 3.0 Boot Camp, which will be held May 13, and the ATSC Broadcast Television Conference on May 14, both in Washington.

Richard Wiley

Former FCC Chairman Richard Wiley will moderate “The Future of Television” panel at the ATSC Broadcast Television Conference on May 14.

The boot camp, which runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., will offer sessions on the physical layer, management and protocols, application and presentation layer and security layer of the next-gen TV standard. Other reports from ATSC 3.0 specialist groups will focus on modulation, coding, waveform, service delivery and synchronization, personalization, interactivity, advanced emergency alerting and video and audio services.

The theme of the 2015 ATSC Broadcast Television Conference is “Tune In To The Future.” The event will include an executive roundtable focused on strategic business issues involving the incentive auction and television’s future.

During the conference attendees will receive an update on the status of ATSC 3.0. Highlights of the event include the presentation of the Bernard J. Lechner Outstanding Contributor award and “The Future of Television” panel moderated by former FCC Chairman Richard Wiley.

Both events will be held at the Ronald Reagan International Trade Center, 300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, in the 2004 Pavilion Room.

More information is available on the ATSC website.