• TVN Tech: Serious Study Needed To Get Drone License

    The exam for FAA Part 107 certification to fly a commercial drone under 55 pounds, which first became available Aug. 29, covers far more than the drone itself. A mastery of knowledge on aeronautical concepts, charts, airspace and meteorology from an aviation perspective are among the areas emphasized on the initial test. Is it overkill for a media organization that will fly a done no higher than 400 feet? Not really, when seen in the context of maintaining safety, says the FAA. More | Add comment
  • Focus: Many Questions Over Nielsen's Post-Diary Ratings

    Nielsen announced plans last week to replace its paper ratings diaries with a system based on data from cable and satellite set-top boxes. However, many broadcasters still aren't sure how it's going to work. “They haven’t really told us that much about their plan going forward," said Raycom's Billy McDowell. Added Cordillera's Terry Hurley: "I'm hopeful, but skeptical." More | Comments (1)
  • Jessell: Is Your News Tired? Check Out Vice, Newsy

    For the most part, local newscasts were developed a half-century ago. It’s time for a renaissance. The typical newscast no longer resonates with many Americans, especially younger ones. That's why I’m intrigued by Scripps’ Newsy and am deeply curious about the nightly newscast that Vice is cooking up for HBO. All news directors should be, too.
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  • TVN Tech: Innovation, Progress Abound At IBC

    At this year's media tech compendium in Amsterdam, there was greater cooperation among vendors to ensure IP interoperability. On the business front, there was talk of zoned advertising and hyperlocal content delivery over the air with OFDM-based transmission systems such as ATSC 3.0. And on the technology frontier, all of the work to make Ultra HD a reality has begun to pay off with real-world applications, novel 360-degree acquisition (see the Nokia Ozo camera above) and new 8K implementations of OLED display technology. To see all of TVNewsCheck’s IBC 2016 coverage, click here. More | Add comment
  • Jessell: NBCU's 'Harry’ Could Be The Last Of Its Kind

    NBCU has a lot riding on Harry with Harry Connick Jr., but so does the broadcasting business. If it fails, I fear that Hollywood may finally give up on the big-budget, first-run syndicated show. And broadcasters need such shows to prop up their daytime schedules. Along with local news and a smattering of network fare, they distinguish TV stations from the great unwashed masses of cable channels that fill daytime with endless repeats of shows. More | Comments (8)
  • TVN Tech: Short-Form Programming In IBC Spotlight

    During the IBC 2016 opening keynote today in Amsterdam, the chairman of Vivendi Content and chief commercial officer of Vodafone Germany discussed how they are tackling changes in the distribution and consumption of video content. More | Add comment
  • TVN Names Scripps Station Group Of The Year

    In announcing the honor, TVNewsCheck Editor Harry A. Jessell cited the company’s efforts to go beyond broadcasting and establish itself prominently and profitably among national digital media. Led by CEO Rich Boehne, over the past three years Scripps has spent $124 million to acquire Newsy (OTT news), Midroll (podcasting) and Cracked (digital content).  More | Comments (1)
  • Smith, Sook, LaPlatney On Tap For TVN's ATSC 3.0 Confab

    One highlight of TVNewsCheck’s Nov. 9-10 TV2020 conference on the prospects for Next Gen TV will be the CEO panel featuring David Smith of Sinclair Broadcast Group, Perry Sook of Nexstar Broadcasting Group and Pat LaPlatney of Raycom Media. For more information, or to register for TV2020, click here. More | Comments (1)
  • Newsy’s Sabatinelli To Talk On How To Monetize OTT

    The fourth annual NewsTECHForum presented by TVNewsCheck and Sports Video Group will feature an on-stage Q&A with Blake Sabatinelli, the general manager of the Scripps-owned OTT service Newsy, on Dec. 12. For the full NewsTECHForum program, or to register, click here. More | Add comment

Special Reports

  • Multicasting 2016: A four-part examination of the revenue, programming and technology strategies of the diginet business.
  • TVN's FCC Watch: A quick briefing on FCC proceedings affecting TV broadcasters from Washington communications attorneys David Oxenford and David O'Connor.
  • Employment 2016: In Part I, the challenges facing broadcasters in finding the right people for the rights jobs. Part II: It used to be a given that news managers would readily move it if meant a bigger market and a larger paycheck. Not anymore. Part III, the military may become an even bigger source of talent for station IT and engineering departments.
  • THE TOP 30 TV STATION GROUPS: As a result of its merger with Media General, Nexstar Broadcasting moves up 10 spots and is now No. 3 on TVNewsCheck's 2016 station group ranking behind Fox and CBS. Gray's acquisition of Schurz moved it up to No. 13, Nexstar's old spot. Together, the two deals changed the rank of 21 groups and opened the door to two newcomers.
  • 2016 NAB Show Tech Hot Topics: TVNewsCheck’s second annual multi-part series highlighting emerging tech trends in advance of the NAB Show. Topics include field contribution, audio, cameras, IP transport, transmitters, antennas, newsroom computer systems, broadcast graphics and master control.
  • 2015 — Year In Review: Revisit the year’s top developments in business, programming, journalism, technology, regulation and more.
  • NewsTECHForum 2015: Complete coverage of the third annual conference from TVNewsCheck and Sports Video Group
  • IBC 2015: At the annual tech gathering in Amsterdam, the prominence of IP in everything from production to distribution may have been somewhat of a surprise, but once on the exhibit floor or in the conference rooms there was no mistaking its broad — and still growing — influence.
  • Weather 2015: A three-part look at forecasting: a Q&A with AccuWeather founder Joel Myers; complaints by local weathercasters of network forecasting; and the latest on mobile and augmented reality.
  • Sales Management: A four-part look at the growing importance to stations of mobile viewing platforms; automated spot buying; improving digital sales operations; and a case study of a successful digital sales effort.
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Evertz Announces Record Backlog And Shipments
Devoncroft, Sep 20, 2016, 6:19 AM EDT
TVN Tech
Pre-IBC, TV Tech Firms Cautiously Optimistic
TVNewsCheck, Sep 1, 2016, 10:58 AM EDT

Upbeat reports by Belden, EVS, Avid and other tech vendors in the second quarter cheered investors and may mark a turnaround in a market that had been struggling to keep pace with powerful technology trends like the move toward IP and the shifting demands of their TV customers. In addition, many feel the market may also get a boost from deployment of 4K and other advanced picture formats and new customers in the market. Full Story | Add comment
KING Hits A Grand Slam At Home Plate Center
TVNewsCheck, Aug 11, 2016, 9:32 AM EDT
While Tegna’s Seattle TV properties downsized with the move to a new operations center, they upsized in technology, collaboration and growth potential. The new digs turn out more than 18 hours of news a day with state-of-the-art equipment including Sony cameras, automation, production switchers and news automation that controls gear from Evertz, Logitek, Grass Valley, Abekas and Ross Video. Full Story | Add comment
Multicasting 2016: part 4
MPEG-2 Still Kicking, Ready For Last Big Push
TVNewsCheck, Jul 28, 2016, 10:40 AM EDT
MPEG-2 compression has proven itself to be a workhorse for the television industry, enabling DTV multicasting channel count to grow with successive generations of encoders. In its closing act, the compression technique has enough performance left to help make the spectrum repack a success and position the industry for a successful transition to a next-generation TV standard. This is Part 4 of a four-part special report on multicasting. Parts 1, 2 and 3 appeared yesterday. You can read the other stories here. Full Story | Add comment
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Evertz Reports Record Annual Revenue
Devoncroft, Jun 10, 2016, 2:32 PM EDT
From The NAB Exhibit Floor: Evertz
TVNewsCheck, Apr 17, 2016, 7:46 PM EDT
NAB 2016 Exhibitors: Evertz
TVNewsCheck, Apr 13, 2016, 9:08 PM EDT
NAB Hot Topics
Competing Visions Of IP To Unfold At NAB
TVNewsCheck, Mar 17, 2016, 10:41 AM EDT
When it comes to video, no fewer than four different options for IP transport (plus a variety of protocols and standards) will be proffered as alternatives to SDI baseband transport at the NAB Show in Las Vegas next month. From them, a few major themes are likely to emerge. For more information about IP newsgathering solutions at the NAB Show, click here.  For a resources guide to the companies mentioned in this story, click here. Read all the 2016 NAB Hot Topics stories here. Full Story | Comments (2)
NAB ’16 Tech Hot Topics Products: Road To IP
TVNewsCheck, Mar 17, 2016, 10:33 AM EDT
Intl. Sales, IP Adoption Drive Evertz 3Q Growth
Devoncroft, Mar 9, 2016, 2:26 PM EST
Evertz Software-Defined Encoder Points 4K Way
TVNewsCheck/Playout, Feb 14, 2016, 3:46 PM EST
NBC Sports Uses Aspen Solution From Evertz, Sony
Sports Video Group, Dec 15, 2015, 3:01 PM EST
quarterly report
Evertz Fiscal 1Q Revenue Down 16%
Devoncroft, Sep 11, 2015, 6:01 AM EDT
TVN Tech
MPEG-2 Channel Sharing Just Got Easier
TVNewsCheck, Aug 20, 2015, 11:08 AM EDT
An Aug. 11 test in Syracuse, N.Y., of the Evertz 3480TXE MPEG-2 encoding and stat-mux platform demonstrates that it’s now possible for a pair of stations to share a channel without giving up existing services that viewers are accustomed to seeing. The test took place at the PBS Member Station Joint Master Control pictured above. Full Story | Comments (3)
NAB 2015 Tech: Evertz IRD Platform
TVNewsCheck, Apr 14, 2015, 8:31 AM EDT
quarterly report
Evertz Revenue Declines 3% In Fiscal 3Q
Devoncroft, Mar 9, 2015, 6:30 AM EDT
quarterly report
Evertz Revenue Up 2% In Fiscal 2Q 2015
Devoncroft, Dec 5, 2014, 6:23 AM EST
Evertz, I-MOVIX Team For Ultra Motion Solutions
TVNewsCheck, Dec 2, 2014, 11:09 AM EST
quarterly report
Evertz Reports Record Revenue In Fiscal 1Q
Devoncroft, Sep 10, 2014, 6:08 AM EDT
quarterly report
Evertz Fiscal 3Q 2014 Revenue Jumps 30%
Devoncroft, Mar 12, 2014, 6:24 AM EDT
quarterly report
Evertz Revenue Declines 33% Fiscal 1Q 2014
Devoncroft, Sep 13, 2013, 2:27 PM EDT
Evertz Announces 5% Share Buy-Back Program
Devoncroft, Aug 21, 2013, 6:22 AM EDT
Evertz Announces Big International Order
Devoncroft, Aug 1, 2013, 2:41 PM EDT
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Evertz Fiscal 4Q Revenue Misses Expectations
Devoncroft, Jun 18, 2013, 6:24 AM EDT
quarterly report
Evertz Fiscal 3Q Revenue Flat With Last Year
Devoncroft, Mar 7, 2013, 6:16 AM EST
Tech Spotlight
Getting Up To (High) Speed On Super Slo Mo
TVNewsCheck, Jan 24, 2013, 11:05 AM EST
For the big game, CBS will take advantage of recent developments in 4K high-speed and high-resolution videography to not only slow down action in replays without noticeable motion blur or pixilation, but also to zoom in closely to see if a player’s foot is out of bounds or if the football breaks the plane of the end zone. Other networks are also working to push the envelope with high-speed, high-res cameras and Sony is working on next-generation sports production technology. Full Story | Add comment
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Evertz Reports 2Q Revenue Increase Of 18%
Devoncroft, Dec 5, 2012, 6:24 AM EST
quarterly report
Evertz Beats Fiscal 1Q 2013 Expectations
Devoncroft, Sep 14, 2012, 3:07 PM EDT
Bexel Buys $2 Million Of Evertz Routing Gear
TVNewsCheck, Apr 26, 2012, 11:03 AM EDT
quarterly report
Evertz Posts Lower Revenue And Earnings
Devoncroft, Mar 7, 2012, 6:14 AM EST
Tech Spotlight
Channel-In-A-Box Market Is Hot, Crowded
TVNewsCheck, Oct 13, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT
IT-based playout, or channel-in-a-box, is the hottest TV technology around these days. Propelled by broadcasters' insatiable need to cut costs, Grass Valley, Miranda, Florical, Snell and Evertz are now offering the virtual master control technology and Harris and Harmonics may be next. Full Story | Comments (6)
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Evertz Beats Expectations Fiscal 1Q 2012
Devoncroft, Sep 8, 2011, 2:52 PM EDT
Evertz Misses 4Q Revenue, Profit Expectations
Devoncroft, Jun 16, 2011, 9:30 AM EDT
nab 2011
Evertz Makes NAB Push For Workflow Solutions
Sports Video Group, Apr 11, 2011, 7:46 AM EDT
quarterly report
Evertz 3Q Revenue Rises 26%
Devoncroft, Mar 8, 2011, 7:48 PM EST
Evertz Adds Automation With Pharos Buy
Devoncroft, Jan 4, 2011, 2:02 PM EST
Evertz Reports 13% Increase in 2Q Revenue
Devoncroft, Dec 8, 2010, 6:47 AM EST
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AP Breaking News




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  • Rob Owen

    Easily fall’s best broadcast network comedy pilot, NBC’s The Good Place offers a clever high-concept premise that’s complemented with intelligent, sometimes absurdist humor. Created by Michael Schur, co-creator of NBC’s Parks and Recreation, The Good Place is a highly serialized series that’s essentially set in heaven and stars Kristen Bell and Ted Danson. NBC made five episodes of The Good Place available for review, and the show not only holds up, but also it improves, deepening characters that initially feel one-note and frequently leaving viewers guessing with cliffhanger endings to many of the episodes. The combination of snappy dialogue and winning but flawed characters makes The Good Place a great bet for fans of smart TV comedy.

  • Maureen Ryan

    Pitch has swagger, for good reason. It gets the big things right; the Fox drama about the first female baseball player in the Major Leagues is one of the year’s most assured and exciting debuts. But part of what impresses about the pilot is also the way it confidently strings together so many small but telling details. Ginny (Kylie Bunbury) is the first woman to be called up from the minors to the big leagues, and no show since Friday Night Lights has done a better job of portraying the internal and external pressures that weigh heavily on young athletes asked to do much more than merely succeed on the field. Pitch will likely do a good job of getting viewers to root for it. The hope is that the show won’t be an impressive, short-lived curiosity, but rather a long-term phenomenon.

  • Kevin Fallon

    In a fall TV season that’s already making a splash for championing diverse, distinctive voices in an array of projects that they created, wrote, and starred in, Better Things on FX stands out. The show is created by, written by, and starsPamela Adlon. She plays Sam Fox, the single mother of three daughters modeled after her own reality-show-ready experience raising three girls in Los Angeles following a divorce. Sam is also, like Adlon, a working actress — on shows both raunchy, a la Californication, and animated for children, like her role on Recess. It’s a refreshingly blunt take on single motherhood without sacrificing the warmth of parental love, portraying the dance between selfishness and selflessness that’s at the heart of being a parent — especially one weathering the hormonal fireworks of a household of four women at different ages.

  • David Wiegand

    The fall TV season doesn’t count as much as it used to — we already know that. But no matter how many retreads the broadcast networks throw at viewers in the next few months, this fall will be memorable because of the premiere of Atlanta on Tuesday, Sept. 6, on FX. The half-hour comedy created by and starring Donald Glover (Community), simply and brilliantly recalibrates our expectations of what a TV comedy is and how black lives are portrayed on the medium.

  • Louisa Ada Seltzer

    The second reboot of the 1980s John Candy movie Uncle Buck, bumped by ABC from midseason, has the same tired jokes you'll find on any second-rate sitcom. Too bad, because Mike Epps is appealing and ABC would be wise to keep him around for future shows, but there’s just not enough to this show to suggest it will last past summer. It also airs against NBC’s America’s Got Talent, summer’s No. 1 program on broadcast, which may make it even harder to find an audience.

  • Neil Genzlinger

    Bryan Cranston brings his Tony Award-winning interpretation of President Lyndon B. Johnson to television in an adaptation of the Robert Schenkkan play All the Way, and it’s still quite a sight to behold, just as it was on Broadway in 2014. Nothing beats witnessing this kind of larger-than-life portrayal onstage, of course. But the television version, presented by HBO, offers plenty of rewards, allowing Cranston to work the close-ups and liberating him from the confines of a theater set. Cranston’s performance is a gem — in his hands, this accidental president comes across as an amazing bundle of contradictions, someone who seems at once too vulgar for the job and just right for it.

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