SAM Appoints Boxer As Strategic Partner

Snell Advanced Media (SAM) has appointed Boxer as a strategic partner in the U.K. for its live production, infrastructure, media management and workflow solutions.

Boxer is a U.K. solution provider for video, film and TV markets supplying broadcast and post-production equipment and integrated systems.

More information is available on the SAM website and the Boxer website.

Tom Menrath Joins ASG

Tom Menrath.

Audio industry veteran Tom Menrath this week joined Advanced Systems Group, the company announced today.


Menrath will work on the audio aspect of ASG’s video-centric projects and provide key account support, the company said.


Before joining ASG, Menrath was managing director of Cutting Edge Audio & Video Group. Prior to that, he spent nearly five years with Vintage King Audio as director of strategic development.


Menrath may be reached at 510-654-8300 or [email protected].

WICZ Adds ClassX Graphics Software

WICZ, the Fox affiliate in Binghamton, N.Y., has acquired ClassX real-time broadcast graphics creation, playout and social sharing software from FOR-A.

The purchase makes the station the first ClassX customer for the graphics suite of 2- and 3-D character generation, live motion graphics, graphics playout and social sharing.

In March, FOR-A and Class-X entered into a joint partnership making FOR-A the exclusive dealer of ClassX products in North, South and Central America. The deal also makes it possible for users to integrate the ClassX graphics suite into For-A production switchers.

WICZ’s purchase includes ClassX CastaliaCG software, LiveBoard, a graphics playout solution, and SocialServer, for social network interaction, said a For-A press release.

The station is integrating the ClassX software with its Super Ticker broadcast news ticker from Ontario, Canada-based Bannister Lake, the company said.


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IBC 2017 To Launch C-Tech Forum

IBC 2017 in Amsterdam feature a new forum open to C-level media and broadcasting executives on an invitation-only basis, event organizers announced today.

The new show feature, C-Tech Forum, will provide an opportunity for peer-to-peer discussions on two industry disruptors: cybersecurity and the advent of 5G, a press release announcing the inaugural event said.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Latha Maripuri, Global CISO and deputy CTO, News Corp (USA)
  • Elaine Bucknor, group director -strategy, security and governance, Sky (UK)
  • Paul Lynch, director technology management Office, ITV (UK)
  • Andreas Schneider, CISO, SRG SSR (Switzerland)

The C-Tech Forum occurs Sept. 15-16 at IBC 2017 in Amsterdam. The entire IBC 2017 event runs Sept. 14-19.

More information is available here.

SMPTE To Hold Free Webinar On ST 2110 Media IP Standard

The Society of Motion Pictures & Television Engineers will conduct a free webcast open to everyone on its new SMPTE ST 2110 suite of standards for professional media over IP networks, SMPTE said today.

The webcast, hosted by SMPTE Fellow and systems architect for IP convergence at Imagine Communications, John Mailhot, will take place June 22 at 1 p.m. ET.

Several of the SMPTE ST 211o standards documents are nearly complete and publication in the IEEE Xplore Digital Library is tentatively scheduled for later in the year, SMPTE said.

To register for the free webcast visit the SMPTE website.

St. Louis Blues Upgrade Production Control Room

The St. Louis Blues upgraded its video production control room at the team’s Scottrade Center home in the three-month window before the start of the 2016-17 season with technology and assistance from Grass Valley, the company announced this week.

The new equipment includes:

  • A 3M/E Karrera K-Frame S-series production switcher
  • Three LDX 86 WorldCam cameras for HD/3G acquisition
  • An LDX 86 XtremeSpeed camera for 6x HD and 1x/3x 3G acquisition
  • An LDX C80 compact WorldCam
  • XCU Universe XF base stations
  • Six Densite 3 Frames
  • Kaleido Modular-X multiviewers
  • Two K2 Dyno replay systems with ShareFlex
  • A 144×144 NVision 8500 Hybrid series router
  • An NV9000 controller

Grass Valley is a brand of Belden, which is headquartered in nearby Clayton, Mo.

More information is available on the Grass Valley website.

GatesAir Announces 95th Anniversary Contest

How’s your memory? How about your photo album or picture archive?

All of those may come in handy if you want to participate in a contest GatesAir is running between now and Oct. 15 in celebration of its 95th Anniversary.

The company wants your remembrances and pictures regarding GatesAir or legacy GatesAir products.

There are five contest categories, including:

  • Remember When? — Best story/image of interesting use or related event.
  • Breaking News — Best new/recent implementation or event.
  • The Masterpiece — Best aesthetic modification/deployment.
  • Vintage Treasures — Oldest Gates/Harris product.
  • Still Going Strong — Oldest operational Gates/Harris product.

The company will choose monthly winners, category winners and a Grand Prize Winner.

Contest details are available on the GatesAir website.

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Limelight Report Sheds Light On Consumer Digital Media Use

Limelight Digital has released its third annual report on how consumers view and use digital media.

A new report from Limelight Networks is filled with tantalizing tidbits for broadcasters contemplating what to do once ATSC 3.0 is authorized.

The report, “State of Digital Downloads — 2017,” is part of the content delivery network’s annual surveys examining consumer views and use of digital content.

One goodie on page 19 of the report reveals that streaming stands head and shoulders above other alternatives among U.S. respondents to Limelight’s research when it comes to the way people typically obtain movies and TV shows.

According to the report, 58.4% said online streaming was the preferred method of accessing movies and TV shows, followed by rent or purchase DVDs at 17.2%, I don’t use this content at 14.8% and download to watch offline at 9.6%.

Another finding that should be of interest to broadcasters looking at what to do with an IP-based broadcast service is that while digital content increasingly becomes available, “most consumers will only download content that is free,” the report says.

“This will continue to be a challenge to content distributors who want to offer a subscription or paid content service,” it says.

The new Limelight report is available here.

Broadcast Engineer Reminds Readers To Remember Hantavirus

I recently received an email from a broadcast engineer who wanted to remind readers about exposure to hantavirus.

The disease is serious and can be fatal if left untreated. Apparently, symptoms resemble those of the flu, and it can take up to six weeks for the virus to incubate before symptoms appear.

That can be a big problem because it may lead to a misdiagnosis, which is quite possible if one forgets about a possible exposure, and more importantly, delay appropriate medical attention.

Hantavirus is contracted from exposure to rodent urine and feces. It can cause HPS — hantavirus pulmonary syndrome.

The broadcast engineer who wrote in explained that it’s not uncommon to have a rodent problem in transmitter cabinets located in remote places — especially out West.

Recently, the engineer found a rodent infestation at one of his station’s remote sites, and even though he took great care to avoid contact with the feces and urine when cleaning up the mess, he developed an illness. In his case, it was not hantavirus, but he is convinced his illness was related to the cleanup.

Bottom line: Be careful and take hantavirus seriously.

More information about hantavirus is available on the CDC website.

The Weather Channel Takes PromaxBDA Honor For AR

The Weather Channel last week received five honors in the 2017 PromaxBDA Promotion Marketing and Design Awards, including a gold award for its “Live Augmented Reality —  “ Severe” segment in the Global Art Direction & Design Informational Graphics category.

Augmented reality graphics have been used to help viewers better understand the science and severity of storms, The Weather Channel said.

More information is available on The Weather Channel website.