NBCU Launches Telemundo Now Apple TV App

NBCUniversal today launched the Telemundo Now app for Apple TV, which makes available full seasons, current and past episodes, short-form clips and other programming available.

Apple TV users can download the Telemundo Now app from the App Store to catch up on Telemundo programming.

Turner Esporte Interativo Trials 4K Contribution

Brazilian sports channel Turner Esporte Interativo has deployed ATEME Kyrion encoders and decoders to feed a new national video headend in São Paulo, the company said today.

As a first trial, Turner is using the solution to receive a major European soccer tournament in 4K-UHD from the International Broadcast Center in France, it said.

Based on the ATEME fifth-generation STREAM compression engine, the Kyrion encoder and decoder provides baseband video quality at minimum bitrates. This solution has been designed for contribution over satellite and IP networks.

To learn more, visit the ATEME website.

Clear-Com Announces Lineup For Rio Games

Inside TV Globo's 4K OB truck, communications is based on Clear-Com Eclipse HX-Omega digital matrix network.

Inside TV Globo’s 4K OB truck, communications is based on Clear-Com Eclipse HX-Omega digital matrix network.

Several international broadcasters will rely on Clear-Com intercom and other audio products to cover the 2016 Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro in August, the company announced today.

The broadcasters include:

  • Those at the International Broadcast Center
  • TV Globo from Brazil, which will use the Clear-Com Eclipse HX-Omega digital matrix
  • SportTV from Brazil, a Globo Network channel, which will use Clear-Com Eclipse HX-Omega digital matrix frames
  • ESPN in its Brazil headquarters, which will use Clear-Com Eclipse HX-Omega digital matrix and Clear-Com MADI and IVC-32 IP boards
  • Fox Sports Brazil,
  • Rai Italy’s Rio de Janeiro studio
  • Esporte Interativo in Brazil
  • Salvatore de Lucca for local broadcasting.

More information is available on the Clear-Com website.

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WKTV Transitions Local News To HD

Five Hitachi DK-Z50 HD box cameras are helping WKTV in Utica, N.Y., to air more than 30 hours of HD news weekly.

Five Hitachi DK-Z50 HD box cameras are helping WKTV in Utica, N.Y., to air more than 30 hours of HD news weekly.

WKTV, the NBC affiliate in Utica, N.Y., has upgraded its live news production to high definition with the addition of five Hitachi DK-Z50 multi-purpose HD box cameras, the company said today in a press release.

The cameras are being used in the station’s news studio and are controlled via Ross Video’s Overdrive automated production control system. Four of the cameras are mounted on Ross CamBot 500 Series robotic camera heads.

Together, they cover six studio areas, including the main news set, weather, sports, promo operations, the Update Center and the News Talk area where sit-down interviews with guests are conducted. The fifth Hitachi DK-Z50 camera is used for standups with on-camera talent, it said.

During installation, the new cameras were set up side-by-side with WKTV’s existing SD gear to allow production of the newscast to continue uninterrupted while the upgrade was being done.

WKTV is also affiliated with The CW and MeTV and in late 2015 added CBS to its lineup. The station produces more than 30 hours of live news every week, distributing news via broadcast and live on its website.

More information is available on the Hitachi website.

‘The Race Is On!’ At ECTA 2016

The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers will present Entertainment Technology in the Connected Age (ETCA) conference sessions on June 27-28 In Campbell, Calif., at the Heritage Theatre.

ECTA 2016, subtitled “The Race Is On!,” will examine technologies focused on delivering a compelling connected entertainment experience

Ron Sanders, president of Warner Home Entertainment will deliver the keynote, “The Future of Home Entertainment in a Connected World: A Warner Bros. Perspective.” Roberto Baldwin, senior editor at Engadget, will moderate the keynote session.

Roy Taylor, corporate VP at AMD, will deliver the other ETCA 2016 keynote, “VR and the Race to Real.”

Other ECTA highlights include:

  • Live Through the Internet: Here Today, Even Better Tomorrow panel with Eric Grab, founder of Disruption Wave; Will Law, chief architect at Akamai; Nils Krahnstover, engineering lead for YouTube Live; Martin Hess, senior director of engineering at Twitch TV; and Kumar Subramanian, CEO at MediaMelon.
  • HDR: The Silver Bullet for Connected Content? moderated by Annie Chang, VP of technology at The Walt Disney Studios. Speakers include: Michael Zink, VP of technology, Warner Bros.; Robin Atkins, senior manager, Applied Vision Science at Dolby; Matthew Goldman, SVP of technology, TV & Media Strategy at Ericsson; and Steven Robertson, software engineer at YouTube, part of Google.

More information is available on the ECTA 2016 website.

4K IBC Charitable Run Registration Opens

Registration has opened for the 4K 4Charity Fun Run, Saturday, Sept. 10, held in conjunction with IBC 2016, Elemental Technologies announced today.

Proceeds from the run go to Heifer International, a global charitable organization helping to bring sustainable agriculture and commerce to impoverished areas, and Jeugdsportfonds, a local Amsterdam charity.

The race starts at 7 a.m. in Amstelpark, Amsterdam.

Sponsorship opportunities are available and commitments are due June 30. To learn more about sponsoring the event, email Laura Barber at: laurab@elementaltechnologies.com.

Registration for the run, which is open to all IBC attendees, is available online.

The IBC 2016 conference program runs Sept. 8-12. The exhibition halls at the RAI are open Sept. 9-13. More information about IBC 2016 is available online.

NBC O&Os Launch Amazon Alexa ‘Flash Briefings’

NBC Owned Television Stations and its regional network NECN have begun offering local news updates on Alexa-enabled devices, such as the Amazon Echo, the station division of NBCUniversal announced today.

The NBC O&Os will provide local “Flash Briefings” on the Alexa-enabled devices, it said.

Flash Briefings are available from:

  • WNBC New York
  • KNBC Los Angeles
  • WMAQ Chicago
  • WCAU Philadelphia
  • KWAX Dallas-Ft. Worth
  • KNTV San Francisco
  • WRC Washington
  • WTVJ Miami
  • KNSD San Diego
  • WVIT New Britain, Conn.
  • NECN

Once users of an Alexa-enabled device opt in to the news briefings, they can say, “Alexa, what’s the news?” and a local news briefing of about 90 seconds, about four stories, will begin, it said. Stories will be updated throughout the day.

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SMPTE Webcast To Examine ATSC 3.0

The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers will conduct a webinar on ATSC 3.0 tomorrow, June 16, at 1 p.m. ET.

Speakers will include Cox Media Group SVP of Technical Operations Dave Siegler and NAB Director of Digital Strategies Skip Pizzi.

The webcast will offer an overview of the new standard and provide those attending with information on how the new standard will work and how it can be deployed.

Participants will have the chance to ask questions during the event.

Registration is available online.


Vizrt Names Michael Hallen CEO

Michael Hallen has been named the new CEO of Vizrt, effective Aug. 1.

Michael Hallen has been named the new CEO of Vizrt, effective Aug. 1.

Vizrt today appointed Michael Hallen as its new CEO, effective Aug. 1.

Hallen, who will be based in the company’s headquarters in Bergen, Norway, joins Vizrt after serving as the chief executive officer of a Swedish software and hardware company, Vizrt said.

Previously, Hallen was the CEO of both Boss Media, a gaming entertainment software company, and software company ISF.

He replaces Martin Burkhalter as Vizrt CEO, who retired after leading the company for six years. Vizrt COO François Laborie will remain as active CEO until Aug. 1.

More information is available on the Vizrt website.

AccuWeather Appoints Steven Hickson As CFO

Steven Hickson.

Steven Hickson.

Steven Hickson has been appointed chief financial officer of AccuWeather, the company announced today.

As CFO, Hickson is responsible for the financial stewardship of the company and a member of AccuWeather’s executive team.

Hickson previously was CFO of Latin American Pay Television Service, LAPTV, a joint venture owned by 21st Century Fox, NBCUniversal, Paramount Pictures and MGM.

More information is available on the AccuWeather website.