Broadcasting & Cable
Broadcast, Cable News Gang Up on Mueller Release
Fri, 22 Mar 2019 22:37:25 GMT
"Special Report" graphics blanketed screens Friday (March 22) as broadcast and cable news nets dropped regular programming to cover the submission of the "Russia probe" report from special counsel Robert Mueller to the Justice Department. The next move in terms of making some or all of the findings ...
ABC Orders Second Season of ‘The Conners’
Fri, 22 Mar 2019 16:17:14 GMT
ABC has ordered season two of The Conners, a spinoff of Roseanne. The comedy averaged 9.5 million total viewers and did a 2.2 in those 18-49. The Conners came to be after Roseanne was cancelled following star/executive producer Roseanne Barr’s racist tweets. “We are proud to be continuing the ...
Primetime Ratings: CBS Wins With March Madness
Fri, 22 Mar 2019 16:06:49 GMT
CBS won the Thursday primetime ratings, as its March Madness hoops offerings across prime gave the network a 1.0 in viewers 18-49, per the Nielsen overnights, and a 5 share. In second was ABC at 0.9/4. NBC got a 0.7/3 and Fox a 0.6/3. Telemundo and Univision both did a 0.4/2. The CW rated a ...
FCC 24 GHz Spectrum Auction Nears $1B in Proceeds
Fri, 22 Mar 2019 15:53:10 GMT
The FCC's auction of continues to rake in the bucks, at $926.3 million already well topping the take from the previous 28 GHz auction millimeter-wave auction--the FCC's first-ever--after only six-plus days of bidding--the 28 GHz auction drew a little over $700 million in over nine weeks of bidding. ...
Content Ratings Are Hot Topic at FCC
Fri, 22 Mar 2019 15:18:18 GMT
Turns out there is much interest in the FCC's congressionally mandated review of the TV content ratings system, driven in part by the followers of groups familiar in the fight for what they see as the need for more family-friendly programming--Parents Television Council, Concerned Women for ...
Fox Corp. Names Chief Litigation Counsel
Fri, 22 Mar 2019 14:22:17 GMT
Apparently, what's good for General Motors is good for the new Fox. Fox has tapped Jeff Taylor to be EVP and chief litigation counsel for the company, which has re-launched as Fox Corp. following the March 20 close of Disney's purchase of its 21st Century Fox assets. In addition to litigation, ...
Starz Slips Into Binge Mode For ‘Now Apocalypse’
Fri, 22 Mar 2019 13:51:38 GMT
Starz has made all 10 episodes of original comedy Now Apocalypse available for subscribers on its non-linear platforms, including the Starz app, on demand and on streaming site StarzPlay, as of March 22. Starz also put the pilot on Starz.com, its YouTube channel, Reddit and Pride Media platforms, ...
Walden: Time For Serious Debate About Breaking up Edge
Fri, 22 Mar 2019 12:24:25 GMT
Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.), ranking member of the House Energy & Commerce Committee, said that the goal of new internet regulation, which he said he generally supports, should be to prevent bad behavior by ISPS, not to re-enshrine the Title II telecom definition suited to monopoly telephone ...
By the Numbers: America’s Favorite Reality Singing Shows
Thu, 21 Mar 2019 23:31:56 GMT
American Idol and The Voice have long been the gold standards for music-focused reality competitions, but earlier this year a new entrant threw a weird monkey wrench into the arena: Fox’s The Masked Singer, hosted by Nick Cannon and featuring judges Ken Jeong, Jenny McCarthy, Nicole Scherzinger and ...
POTUS Nominates Kratsios as CTO
Thu, 21 Mar 2019 23:15:29 GMT
President Donald Trump has nominated Michael Kratsios to be U.S. Chief Technology Officer. He is being nominated to be Associate Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy and upon confirmation will then be designated the CTO. It won't be a big jump. Kratsios is currently the deputy ...
Greg Meidel Exits Twentieth Television in Wake of Disney-Fox Merger
Thu, 21 Mar 2019 23:07:34 GMT
Greg Meidel, president of Twentieth Television, is departing the company now that Disney's acquisition of 21st Century Fox has been completed.  Meidel's exit had been expected since there are redundancies in the sales and distribution divisions at Disney. Janice Marinelli oversees Disney ...
Immersive Digital Experiences Alliance (IDEA) to Create Specifications for Next-Gen Immersive Media, Including Light Field Technology
Thu, 21 Mar 2019 21:17:58 GMT
BOTHELL, Wash. — March 21, 2019 — The Immersive Digital Experiences Alliance (IDEA) will launch at the 2019 NAB Show with the goal of creating a suite of royalty-free specifications that address all immersive media formats, including emerging light field technology. Founding members, including ...
NextRadioTV Deploys Extensive MediorNet Routing Solution From Riedel Communications
Thu, 21 Mar 2019 20:49:19 GMT
WUPPERTAL, Germany — March 21, 2019 — NextRadioTV has deployed a large-scale MediorNet real-time signal network from Riedel Communications to serve as the backbone for the broadcaster's brand-new audiovisual infrastructure. The 204-node MediorNet system has been installed in the new NextRadioTV ...
Washington Wizards Make ChyronHego Coach Paint a Central Part of Pregame Prep
Thu, 21 Mar 2019 20:36:30 GMT
MELVILLE, N.Y. — March 21, 2019 — ChyronHego today announced that the NBA's Washington Wizards have used the company's Coach Paint telestration tool successfully throughout the 2018-19 season to enable the clear, concise communication of key coaching points to players during pregame video ...
CCTV Delivers Vivid UHD Television Experiences with Harmonic
Thu, 21 Mar 2019 20:22:09 GMT
SAN JOSE, Calif. — March 20, 2019 — Harmonic (NASDAQ: HLIT) today announced that China Central Television (CCTV), the Chinese state broadcaster, has selected Harmonic's advanced media server for UHD playout. By simplifying the delivery of UHD channels for CCTV, Harmonic enables a more vivid ...
Broadpeak Products at 2019 NAB Show
Thu, 21 Mar 2019 20:10:19 GMT
The video-streaming market continues to experience rapid growth. To take advantage of the opportunities this brings, content providers and pay-TV operators need scalable, cost-effective content-delivery solutions that ensure a flawless quality of experience across all screens, whether delivered ...
Prolight + Sound Sees First Public Showing of Calibre’s New 4k Scaler/Switcher
Thu, 21 Mar 2019 18:34:33 GMT
Calibre’s new HQPro1000 4K/UltraHD scaler/switcher is receiving its first public showing at Prolight + Sound (2-5 April, Messe Frankfurt, Hall 4, Stand B35). The first in the company’s HQPro series along with the new HQPro1050 remote controller will be available for Q2/2019 delivery. Addressing ...
HBO Premieres ‘Deadwood’ Film May 31
Thu, 21 Mar 2019 18:08:53 GMT
HBO will debut the original movie Deadwood Friday, May 31. The film is based on the HBO series of that name that premiered in 2004. In HBO’s words, “The indelible characters of the show are reunited after a decade to celebrate South Dakota’s statehood. Former rivalries are reignited, alliances are ...
NAB Considers Microsoft White Spaces Proposals for Rural's Sake
Thu, 21 Mar 2019 17:48:49 GMT
The National Association of Broadcasters said it may be able to live with some of the proposals Microsoft has offered up in the FCC's ongoing white spaces proceeding, but the FCC needs to vet them first. The FCC this week wrapped up some changes and resolved some petitions to reconsider the ...
‘Yellowstone’ Season Two on Paramount Net June 19
Thu, 21 Mar 2019 17:42:40 GMT
Paramount Network drama Yellowstone returns for season two June 19. Taylor Sheridan and John Linson created the series. Kevin Costner stars as John Dutton, who controls the largest contiguous ranch in the United States. Season one averaged 5.1 million total viewers. It had nine episodes. Also in ...

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