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Twitter to Partner With MLBAM on Live Streaming Partnership

Mon, 25 Jul 2016 17:11:40 -0400

nhk_logo.jpgTwitter will live stream weekly out-of-market games from Major League Baseball (MLB) and the National Hockey League (NHL). 120 Sports, the OTT network, will also produce an exclusive, nightly multi-sports highlights show called ‘The Rally’, the first show of its kind to be streamed live on Twitter. The MLB, NHL, and 120 Sports streaming rights come through Twitter’s new partnership with MLBAM.
 
“Twitter is the fastest way to see what’s unfolding in MLB and the NHL,” said Anthony Noto, Twitter’s chief financial officer. “MLBAM has pioneered streaming live digital video and we could not be more excited to partner with them on live games as well as ‘The Rally’, giving our audience the live sports events they are already talking about on one screen on Twitter.”
 
“Twitter has long been a great partner and platform for both baseball and hockey fans as they follow their favorite teams and players every day,” said Kenny Gersh, MLBAM’s executive vice president, business. “We know fans will embrace what this wide-ranging partnership brings – expanded and reliable access to live baseball and hockey and the introduction of Twitter’s first daily live highlight show delivered intuitively to a platform where they’re actively engaged with the games.”
 
The once-per-week live streams of out-of-market MLB and NHL games will be available free to logged-in and logged-out Twitter users in the United States. MLB games also will be available worldwide, except in select international territories. A schedule for the MLB and NHL games will be available at a later date.
 
Twitter also will live stream ‘The Rally’, a nightly program produced by 120 Sports that will include highlights and expert perspective across multiple sports exclusively to Twitter users in the United States. ‘The Rally’ will utilize a distinct format designed to integrate with Twitter’s platform, using Twitter-based data to determine live trending topics as well as adding other interactive elements for instant conversation and analysis of the moments that matter most to sports fans – covering professional to college to action to Olympic sports and more.
 
“‘The Rally’” on Twitter will combine the production and editorial values of television with the speed and interactivity of digital media,” said Jason Coyle, 120 Sports president. “We are excited to bring this first-of-its-kind programming to Twitter as we continue the push of 120 Sports beyond the limitations of traditional media, infusing real-time, scaled fan sentiment and feedback into the sports conversation every night.”

NHK’S 24/7 English-Language News Channel Transmitting In HD on SES’s ASTRA at 19.2 Degrees East

Fri, 22 Jul 2016 17:28:53 -0400

nhk_logo.jpgJapan International Broadcasting Inc. (JIB), the official distributor of NHK WORLD TV for Japanese public broadcaster NHK, has signed a long-term agreement with SES to broadcast the 24/7 English-language news and information channel free-to-air in High Definition (HD) across Europe.
 
The transmission of NHK WORLD TV in HD has already started via ASTRA 1KR at 19.2 degrees East, and the SD channel is currently simulcast to allow for a smooth transition from SD to HD quality.
 
The number of HDTV homes in Europe has tripled over the past five years, and 78% of European satellite HDTV homes receive their TV channels from SES. In Europe, the number of HDTV channels broadcast by SES has grown by more than 30% over the last three years to nearly 700 channels.“The expansion of HDTV continues to be an important growth driver for SES. SES is proud to be broadcasting the HD signal of such a premium news broadcaster from Japan in the European market,” said Ferdinand Kayser, Chief Commercial Officer of SES. “As NHK WORLD TV already reaches a wide audience in other markets via SES satellites, this agreement reaffirms their confidence in our ability to deliver highly reliable broadcasting services.”
 
“Better picture quality is undoubtedly becoming very important to the European audience,” said Yoshihiko Shimizu, President and CEO of JIB. “We are very pleased to partner with SES to bring our HD channel to our European audience.”
 
NHK WORLD TV (HD) is currently available on Channel 707 of the Sky Deutschland platform, on Channel 927 in the Logical Channel Numbering of HD+ Set Top Boxes, and on Channel 473 of the Canalsat platform.

NAB Show New York Expands Show Floor Offerings

Thu, 21 Jul 2016 15:16:38 -0400

Produced by the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) and held November 9-10 at the Javits Convention Center in New York City, the 2016 NAB Show New York will feature an enhanced show floor with new attractions, pavilions and an expanded list of exhibiting companies.
 
NAB acquired Content & Communications World (CCW) in 2014, and in 2015 reintroduced it as NAB Show New York. The event, featuring SATCON (an event-within-the-event focused on satellite technology), draws more than 7,000 attendees and includes 80+ educational sessions focused on the intersection of media, entertainment and technology.
 
Debuting at NAB Show New York this year are multiple new experiences, some of which originated at the annual NAB Show in Las Vegas. These include VR Village, featuring advances in virtual reality technology; Connected Media|IP, a community of exhibits dedicated to exploring the continuing evolution of mobile, social and cloud services; and Innovation Lab, where entrepreneurs demonstrate innovative products and services providing critical solutions for the media industry. NAB Show New York will also feature a new Drone Pavilion, where attendees can learn about and operate the latest drone technology.
 
NAB Show New York will comprise 300+ exhibitors, featuring some of the world's leading brands and companies, including Adobe, Avid, BlackMagic Design, Canon, JVC, Panasonic, and Sony, many of which are expanding their presence and bringing cutting-edge innovations to the show. First-time exhibitors include Akamai, Arista Networks, CCPIT.ECC, Draco Broadcast and IBM Cloud Video.
 
“These are positive developments that illustrate the dynamic nature of this industry,” said NAB Executive Vice President of Conventions and Business Operations Chris Brown. “The new branding has allowed us to leverage the power of NAB Show and the NAB Show community to offer an enriched experience for attendees as they explore the latest and most important trends in broadcast, media and entertainment in the world’s most media-centric city.”
 
New for 2016, 50+ educational sessions will be held on five Inspiration Stages located throughout the show floor. Each stage will feature 30-minute sessions on topics such as New York film and television productions, live events, news, innovation investments, advanced advertising, over-the-top content, virtual reality and satellite technology. Additionally, the show floor will feature an area dedicated to networking and interacting with session speakers and panelists. Finally, the Post|Production Conference will expand with three new workshops highlighting drones, 4K and high dynamic range production.
 
The co-located InfoComm Connections will feature four new conferences, including The New Learning Technology Landscape; Exceptional Corporate Events; Digital Signage Summit, produced by Invidis Consulting; and Collaborate, produced by InfoComm and IMCCA. InfoComm International is the global trade association representing the commercial audiovisual and information communications industries.

Panasonic Intros Entry-Level AG-AC30 HD Handheld Camera With Pro Features

Wed, 20 Jul 2016 15:12:00 -0400

Panasonic has introduced the AG-AC30, a handheld camcorder with top professional features including a 20X optical zoom, wide-angle 29.5mm lens, LED light for low-light shooting, two-channel XLR audio inputs, and simultaneous record or relay record with hot swap. With Full HD (1080p) recording, the entry-level AC30 is ideal for shooting weddings, web videos, business conferences, exhibits, government activities, and more. The AG-AC30 will ship in August at a suggested list price under $1,800.
 
The camcorder’s advanced functionality is defined by its 29.5mm/F1.8 lens that allows the operator to fit more people and background into the frame, especially useful in narrow spaces. Its powerful 20X optical/40x super-high resolution zoom facilitates shooting scenes that are difficult to access.
 
The effective area of the AC30’s 1/3.1-inch Back Side Illumination (BSI) sensor has been increased to achieve the high-image quality of 6.03M effective pixels, producing bright, beautiful shots even in dark places. The sensor’s processing speed is advanced to approximately 1.5 times conventional speed, and a new Noise Reduction function reduces noise for crisp, vibrant FHD images. The built-in LED Light – featuring color conversion and diffusion filters and an average illumination of 300 lux at 3.3 feet (1 meter) — is ideal for shooting events like nighttime weddings.
 
With dual SD card slots and the capability to record on both cards simultaneously, the AC30’s Relay Auto Switch functionality provides dependable back-up recording or the ability to switch from one card to the other for extended recording times. The AC30 records in AVCHD to 28Mbps and MP4/MOV to 50Mbps.
 
The camcorder incorporates Intelligent AF (Auto Focus) with improvements in speed, tracking and stability. Focus assist functions include Focus Expand, Focus Peaking and Area Mode, which enables focusing in any desired area. Professional assist functions include a histogram display, color bar monitor and zebra pattern.
 
Other key features encompass powerful 5-Axis Hybrid Optical Image Stabilization (O.I.S) that thoroughly suppresses blurring all the way from wide-angle to powerful zoom shots, and a three-manual, multi-purpose lens ring that provides fine adjustments and precise control of Focus, Zoom and Iris. An illuminating LED ring allows recording verification and serves as a tally light to make shooting smoother.
 
The AC30 offers a new 0.24-inch, 1.55 million-dot EVF, which can be tilted for added convenience. The versatile three-inch, slide-retractable LCD can serve as an HD monitor and menu-setting touch panel. The two-channel XLR audio inputs enable the use of professional, high-performance microphones for recording high-quality sound, including connection to mics requiring a +48V phantom power supply and to audio equipment with +4dB output. The camcorder is also equipped with an HDMI interface.
 
The AC30 weighs just over three pounds. A lightweight, durable magnesium-alloy frame is used for the camcorder handle, increasing strength, and a large lens hood blocks light more effectively to reduce lens flare while permitting subjects to be seen from behind the hood.

PSHSB Announces Nationwide EAS Test on September 28, 2016

Tue, 19 Jul 2016 12:30:07 -0400

Today, the Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau (Bureau) of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC or Commission) provides notice to all Emergency Alert System (EAS) Participants that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), in collaboration with the FCC, will conduct a nationwide test of the EAS. The primary test date is scheduled for September 28, 2016, at 2:20 PM EDT. The secondary test date is scheduled for October 5, 2016, if necessary. EAS Participants must be prepared to participate in a test on both the primary and alternate test dates. All EAS Participants are required to participate in this nationwide test.
 
The nationwide test will assess the reliability and effectiveness of the EAS, with a particular emphasis on testing FEMA’s Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS), the integrated gateway through which common alerting protocol-based (CAP-based) EAS alerts are disseminated to EAS Participants. The test message will clearly state that the alert is only a test of the EAS. FEMA’s alert will be transmitted in English and Spanish and include both audio and the text of the test message, which can be used to populate an accessible video crawl. These improvements will help ensure that all members of the public, including non-English speakers and individuals with disabilities, will receive emergency information. The test will provide an opportunity to evaluate this and other measures that the FCC has adopted to address issues identified in connection with the 2011 Nationwide EAS Test.
 
The results of the nationwide EAS test will be captured and analyzed using the EAS Test Reporting System (ETRS).4 All EAS Participants are reminded that they are required to register with ETRS and must complete the filing of ETRS Form One on or before August 26, 2016. EAS Participants shall file the “day of test” information sought by ETRS Form Two at or before 11:59 PM EDT on September 28, 2016. EAS Participants shall file the detailed post-test data sought by ETRS Form Three on or before November 14, 2016.
 
For further information regarding the nationwide EAS test, contact Austin Randazzo, Attorney Advisor, Policy and Licensing Division, Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau, at (202) 418-1462 or austin.randazzo@fcc.gov, or Gregory Cooke, Deputy Chief, Policy and Licensing Division, Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau, at (202) 418-2351 or gregory.cooke@fcc.gov.

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Type of optical fiber largely used in transmission of relatively short distances, such as between devices within a building. Multimode fiber possesses a larger center core than single mode fiber. Transfer rates of 1 Gbps are typical, although actual system speeds depend on system configuration and transmission distance.

Audio Technica ATW-1701 Camera-Mount Receiver - ATW-T1001 UniPak Transmitter
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Audio Technica System 10 Camera-Mount Digital Wireless System is a digital wireless system designed to provide rock-solid performance along with easy setup and clear, natural sound quality. Featuring a compact design, the system is available in handheld, lavalier and body-pack configurations. Operating in the 2.4 GHz range, far from TV and DTV interference, this system offers extremely easy operation and instantaneous channel selection. Up to eight channels may be used together without any frequency coordination problems or group selection issues.System 10 offers high-fidelity digital wireless for performing musicians and pres...
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Blackmagic CONVMBSQUH4K2 Mini Converter Quad SDI to HDMI 4K
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CAIG Labs K-FO79 Fiber Optic Cleaning Kit
Keep it Clean!
CAIG Laboratories Fiber Optic Cleaning Kit is made in the USA and gives the technician everything needed to clean fiber optic connections and prepare fiber for splicing. Works with LC, SC, ST, and Neutrik OpticalCON fiber connectors. All of the accessories are lint free and the CAIG Fiber Cleaning Fluid is fast to evaporate and leaves no residue. Uniquely, this kit also includes CAIG's Precision Air Duster that facilitates removal of any loose debris and other contaminants at the outset of cleaning. The multiple sizes of swabs and cleaning sticks, and the polyester cellulose wipes included in the kit allow for the cleaning of the...
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Chief LCM2X1U FUSION Large Ceiling Mounted 2 x 1 Menu Board
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Blackmagic Design CINSTUDMFT/UHD Studio Camera 4K
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Broadcasting is all about transmitting a message and having it understood by those that are listening. The fundamental principle behind broadcast acoustics is that the treatment should improve communication and bring intelligibility up to the very highest level.

If left untreated, sound from the talent’s voice will echo off wall surfaces and come back into the microphone causing comb-filtering as various frequencies combine and cancel making it difficult to comprehend what is being said. Add to this, the echo and reverberant field and clarity is lost.

The solution is simple: Apply acoustic treatment to the wall surfaces. This will eliminate flutter echo, significantly reduce first order reflections and vastly improve communication. Following the acoustic bell curve, the more treatment you put up on the wall, the greater the ambient noise you will attenuate.

Check out the acoustic treatment guide for broadcast from Primacoustic!

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