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NBCU’s Olympic Channel Will Officially Launch on July 15; Universal HD To Cease Operations

Mon, 22 May 2017 16:51:59 -0400

The new Olympic Channel – will officially launch on July 15, 2017, Comcast announced via its Website. On that same day, Universal HD will be ceasing operations. The “Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA” HD channel will be available on Comcast’s Digital Preferred package in every market that currently carries Universal HD (Comcast will not launch an SD version of the channel). AT&T and DIRECTV will also carry the channel upon launch. Announced in December, the new channel is a combined effort between NBCU, the IOC, and the USOC to connect fans to the Olympic Movement year round.
The Olympic Channel launched as a worldwide digital platform following the Closing Ceremony of the Olympic Games Rio 2016, but the July 15 launch will mark the creation of a 24/7 linear cable network dedicated entirely to the Olympic Movement. NBC Olympics, the IOC, and the USOC will collaborate to produce and distribute Olympic sports and Olympic-themed programming on a year-round basis between the Games. The collaborative programming will emphasize live events from a broad portfolio of summer and winter Olympic sports. It will also include Olympic-themed original content produced by all three parties, such as original programmes produced by filmmakers from around the world commissioned by the global Olympic Channel; rich archival footage from the IOC and NBCU’s library of Olympic features and documentaries; and original Team USA programming contributed by the USOC.
Along with the Channel, the partnership also brings additional coverage of Olympic sports programmes that will appear exclusively on other NBCU platforms – including NBC, NBCSN and NBC Sports Digital outlets. The first such coverage begins this Saturday, 17 December, with the Team USA Winter Champions Series.

MLB To Live-Stream 20 Games on Facebook This Season

Fri, 19 May 2017 17:13:02 -0400

Major League Baseball will stream 20 games this season as part of a deal announced by MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred following the league’s quarterly owners meetings today. A game streamed each Friday night for the remainder of the season will be accessible to everyone on Facebook in the U.S. (with no blackouts) via the official MLB Facebook Page ( The Facebook stream will be a feed produced by the participating team’s local broadcast-rights holder. The first of 20 game broadcasts on Facebook will begin tomorrow at a Colorado Rockies-Cincinnati Reds matchup (7:10 p.m. ET), with additional games to be announced at a later date. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
This marks MLB’s latest live-streaming effort with Facebook. In 2011, before the introduction of Facebook Live, streamed selected spring-training games live on Facebook (by embedding the MLB.TV video player into the Facebook Pages of the participating teams).
MLB routinely goes live for Box Break, an interactive show in which a full box of baseball cards is opened live on Facebook. MLB also uses Facebook Live to bring fans behind the scenes, including Toronto Blue Jays slugger Josh Donaldson’s off-season workouts, batting practice on Opening Day, and spring training when Sean Casey and Robert Flores answered questions from fans at Cubs camp.
“Probably the most important single announcement [from the owners meetings] is, we’ve done an agreement with Facebook,” Manfred said at a press conference today. “It’s really important for us in terms of experimenting with a new partner in this area. We are really excited about this new partnership.”

Webinar: What Older Americans Should Know

Wed, 17 May 2017 17:30:57 -0400

In honor of Older Americans Month, the FCC’s Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau will host a webinar focused on a range of telecommunications and video programming issues related to older Americans. The free webinar will take place on May 22 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. EDT.
Registration is not required for this event. It will be streamed live online at with live captions. During the event, participants may submit comments and questions by emailing [email protected] or via Twitter using the hashtag #FCCLive.
1:00 p.m. - 1:05 p.m. Welcome: Broadband and Staying Engaged
1:05 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. The Benefits of Telemedicine
1:15 p.m. - 1:20 p.m. Scams and FCC Consumer Alerts
1:20 p.m. - 1:25 p.m.Robocalls
1:25 p.m. - 1:50 p.m. Communications for People with Hearing, Vision or Cognitive Loss
1:50 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Questions and Closing

SES, LG To Demo 4K High Frame Rate Technology at 10th Annual SES Industry Days

Tue, 16 May 2017 17:15:54 -0400

SES opens its annual Industry Days conference this week. The event, rebranded into “iD17” and taking place on May 16 and 17 at Luxembourg Congress, is focusing on the theme “Innovating Video Delivery” for its tenth edition. Among the highlights at Industry Days will be a demonstration by SES and LG Electronics (LG) of OLED TV’s 4K High Frame Rate (HFR) broadcast.
This year’s conference gathers 290 delegates from the entire video value chain between satellite and end-consumer – broadcasters, manufacturers, software developers and other suppliers – to exchange ideas and views about innovative technologies and developments in satellite transmission and reception. Delegates will have the opportunity to enjoy more than 25 demonstrations, ranging from Ultra HD and Virtual Reality to new antennas and SAT>IP technologies.
“Celebrating the tenth edition of the Industry Days makes the event quite special and we are very excited to reach this landmark,” says Thomas Wrede, VP New Technology & Standards at SES. “For ten years in a row, SES has gathered representatives of the entire ecosystem to push new TV technologies forward. This certainly reaffirms SES’s position as a leader in the video market and highlights our commitment to innovative technologies that can deliver the best viewing experience to the end consumer.”

FCC Proposes $144K Fine Against Unlicensed Low-Power TV Station in KY

Mon, 15 May 2017 15:36:45 -0400

The Federal Communications Commission today proposed a $144,344 fine against Vearl Pennington and Michael Williamson for operating an unlicensed low-power television station in Morehead, Kentucky. An FCC investigation found that these individuals continued to operate well after the FCC license for their station was cancelled following failure to file a renewal. The proposed fine is the maximum allowed for ongoing violations of the Communications Act, justified by the individuals’ continued operation of the station for years despite repeated warnings that they were in violation of the law.
Federal law prohibits the operation of a broadcast television station without a license issued by the Commission. Congress enacted this requirement as a means of ensuring a fair and equitable distribution of scarce spectrum resources among entities, such as TV and radio broadcasters, public safety agencies, and wireless phone and data networks. Unlicensed, or “pirate,” broadcasts can cause interference to licensed uses, such as potentially preventing the public from viewing or hearing important public safety warnings.
In 1990, Mr. Pennington was granted an FCC license to operate low-power television station DW10BM in Morehead, Kentucky. Mr. Pennington renewed the station’s license in 1993 but failed to do so again in 1998. In 2004, the FCC’s Media Bureau wrote to Mr. Pennington to inquire if he had submitted a renewal request in 1998. Receiving no response, the Bureau canceled the license for DW10BM in 2004. Mr. Pennington, joined by Mr. Williamson, continued to operate the station despite their lack of FCC-issued license.
After an unrelated FCC filing by another entity referenced the continued operation of DW10BM, the FCC’s Media Bureau informed the Enforcement Bureau, which investigated through its Atlanta Field Office and found that the unlicensed station was indeed operating on channel 10 in Morehead.
FCC agents met with Messrs. Pennington and Williamson during the investigation and warned both individuals that their unlicensed broadcasts violated FCC rules and the Communications Act. The station was instructed to cease operation, warned of possible enforcement actions, and issued an on-scene Notice of Unlicensed Radio Operation. Despite these warnings, the men continued to operate the station. The FCC issued today’s proposed fine, formally knownas a Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture (NAL), against both Mr. Pennington and Williamson.

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