FCC Announces Tentative Agenda For June Open Meeting
Fri, 29 May 2015 17:34:29 -0400
Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler announced that the following items are tentatively on the agenda for the June Open Commission Meeting scheduled for Thursday, June 18, 2015.
Direct Access to Numbers for Interconnected VoIP Providers: The Commission will consider a Report and Order that will facilitate innovative technologies and services by establishing a process to authorize interconnected VoIP providers to obtain telephone numbers directly from the Numbering Administrators, rather than through intermediaries.
Lifeline Reform and Modernization: In order to comprehensively restructure and modernize the Lifeline program to efficiently and effectively connect low-income Americans to broadband, strengthen program oversight and administration, and take additional measures to eliminate waste, fraud, and abuse, the Commission will consider a Second Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Order on Reconsideration, Second Report and Order, and Memorandum Opinion and Order.
Protecting Consumers Against Unwanted Robocalls: The Commission will consider a Declaratory Ruling and Order reaffirming the Telephone Consumer Protection Act's protections against unwanted robocalls, encouraging pro-consumer uses of robocall technology, and responding to a number of requests for clarity from businesses and other callers.
The Open Meeting is scheduled to commence at 10:30 a.m. in Room TW-C305 of the Federal Communications Commission, 445 12th Street, S.W., Washington, D.C.
Consumer Sentiment on Overall Economy, Tech Spending Dip Slightly in May
Wed, 27 May 2015 13:53:27 -0400
Consumer confidence toward the overall economy and technology spending both decreased slightly in May, according to the latest data released today by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)®.
The CEA Index of Consumer Expectations (ICE), which measures consumer sentiment about the U.S. economy as a whole, decreased 2.4 points from April to 173.7. However, May’s ICE remains higher year-over-year, as it has since May of 2009.
“There is mounting apprehension around the economy,” said Shawn DuBravac, Ph.D., chief economist, CEA and author of the New York Times best-seller Digital Destiny: How the New Age of Data Will Transform the Way We Work, Live, and Communicate. “The decline in sentiment toward the overall economy is likely due to consumers starting to internalize some of those concerns.”
The CEA Index of Consumer Technology Expectations (ICTE), which measures consumer expectations about technology spending also decreased in May, slipping 2.1 points to 86.6.
“The rising economic concerns consumers are experiencing has spilled into tech spending in May,” said Dr. DuBravac.
The CEA Indexes are updated on a monthly basis through consumer surveys. New data is released on the fourth Tuesday of each month. To find current and past indexes, charts, methodology and future release dates, log on to CEAindexes.org.
Click Effects Partners with Panasonic in Japan
Wed, 27 May 2015 14:04:45 -0400
Click Effects will take on its first project with Panasonic in Japan: the Miyagi Kobo Stadium in Sendai, Japan, home of the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles of the Pacific League.
The legendary Miyagi Kobo Stadium opened in 1950 and seats approximately 20,000. The stadium was heavily damaged by floods caused by the Tsunami in 2011.
As general contractor, Panasonic selected Click Effects systems to control the stadium’s Mitsubishi, Toshiba, and Sony LED displays. Using a simple point and click, Click Effects systems deliver scheduled and live impulse video clips, audio tracks, graphics, animations, and sponsor ads that not only entertain audiences, but also provide a powerful source of revenue-generating opportunities.
“We are vey happy with our new partnership with Click Effects. Our first project together, the Miyagi Kobo Stadium built in 1950, is now Japan’s leader in in-game entertainment. They truly make stadiums come to life while generating tremendous revenue. We plan on expanding rapidly with Click Effects!” said Masaro Sato, Stadium Solution Director / Panasonic System Networks Co., Ltd.
Click Effects has redefined the delivery, management and control of content in stadiums, arenas and parks throughout the world. The ability to centralize content delivery for all displays, including broadcast LED, fascia and suite video, allows Click Effects to streamline live event production in an unparalleled fashion. Since its debut in 1993, Click Effects has helped elevate live event production at The Super Bowl, Olympic Games, World Series, Ryder Cup, NCAA Final Four, US Open Tennis Championships, Stanley Cup, and NBA Championships.
Click Effects products are chosen more often than any other platform in the industry, trusted by approximately 75% of NBA, MLS, NHL, NFL and Major and Minor League Baseball teams, hundreds of D1 Colleges and Universities in the US, as well as numerous iconic stadiums worldwide.
Got Milk? Indianapolis 500 Gets Under Way Sunday on ABC
Fri, 22 May 2015 12:49:23 -0400
With the notorious exception of Emerson Fittipaldi in 1993, winners of the Indianapolis 500 traditionally swig milk in the winner's circle. Since 1965, Indy fans have seen 50 winners on ABC, which will celebrate its 51st broadcast edition on Sunday. And what's billed as the world's largest single-day sports event will get commensurately big coverage.
ESPN's production of the Indianapolis 500 telecast for ABC is one of the largest and most complex that ESPN does each year. The production will deploy a total of 85 cameras, including three onboard cameras in each of 12 of the 33 cars competing in the race. Four of the 12 will be equipped with RF provider Broadcast Sports Inc.'s dual-path technology, allowing shots from two of the cameras on a car to be used simultaneously. The BSI technology made its IndyCar debut three years ago.
In addition, this year's show will use five nac Image Technology Ultra Hi Motion cameras to enhance views and replays and enable viewers to see detail not visible at regular speed. This is one more than last year's complement, with a low-positioned Ultra Hi Motion unit covering the chute and the pit exit and three others covering turns 2, 3, and 4 as before and the new one on the roof across from the pits to capture action in that area and end-of-race celebrations. With five Ultra Hi Motion cameras, ESPN is now capable of shots around the entire 2.5-mile track as well as all of pit road.
Viewers of the ABC telecast will have the option of a second-screen experience through a choice of live-streaming video from the onboard cameras on ESPN3, which will carry the feeds exclusively through WatchESPN, on Indycar.com, and the Verizon INDYCAR 15 app.
Grass Valley Unveils Latest Version of EDIUS Platform
Thu, 21 May 2015 15:18:21 -0400
Grass Valley, a Belden Brand, is launching EDIUS 8, the latest version of its editing platform designed for production and broadcast news. Version 8 features multiple new capabilities, including refreshed GUI, Canon XF-AVC support, a new workflow clip management tool, accelerated 4K H.264 playback and an aggressive development program to introduce many new creative tools over the coming months.
“Speed and flexibility are critical for editing, and with EDIUS you can always be confident of being able to deal with virtually any type of content that comes your way,” said Mike Cronk, senior vice president of strategic marketing, Grass Valley. “With EDIUS 8 users will receive free updates and new functionality throughout; it’s a smart investment business-wise and creatively.”
EDIUS offers best-in-class camera support to allow editors to concentrate on the story, not the technology. Plus, EDIUS 8 is the first nonlinear editing system to support Canon’s recently announced XF-AVC video format which is at the heart of the new 4K XC10 camcorder. EDIUS 8 also includes a new GV browser tool to manage video and still image content on your PC, prior to importing into EDIUS for editing.
EDIUS delivers exceptional performance using Intel’s Quick Sync Video—providing editors with super-fast H.264 export capabilities—great for dealing with smartphone footage and repurposing for uploads to social media channels, including YouTube—and amazing playback, even when editing 4K material.
EDIUS 8 will be available in two versions, EDIUS Pro and EDIUS Workgroup. EDIUS Pro is targeted at production professionals looking for flexible editing that offers speed and the ability to handle any file format with a range of creative tools. EDIUS Workgroup is aimed at collaborative news and sports editing for broadcasters, and can be fully integrated with the GV STRATUS video production and content management system, or other third-party media asset management tools and server offerings.
EDIUS Pro 8 and EDIUS Workgroup 8 will ship towards the end of June 2015.