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CBS Sports Network Rides World Surf League Wave, Adds 40 Hours of Coverage

Thu, 30 Jul 2015 18:23:21 -0400

CBS Sports Network has reached an agreement with World Surf League (WSL) to provide more than 40 hours of coverage. The programming, which begins today, Tuesday, July 28 with the Quiksilver and Roxy Pro Gold Coast Men’s and Women’s double-header, continues through January and includes 20 two-hour episodes. CBS Sports Network’s schedule now features the most surfing action of any network.

Coverage includes the Semifinals and Finals from each Championship Tour event, as well as a special presentation of the Vans U.S. Open of Surfing, a nine-day event recognized as the largest professional sports competition and action sports festival in the world, on Saturday, Aug. 1 (9:00 PM, ET) and Sunday, Aug. 2 (9:00 PM, ET).

Joe Turpel and former WSL World Champion, Martin Potter, call the action from some of the most remote and exotic surfing locations in the world. Ronnie Blakey, Ross Williams and Peter Mel round out the commentary team.

Competitors include 11-time World Champion Kelly Slater (USA), three-time WSL Champion Mick Fanning (AUS), who made headlines last week by escaping a shark attack during competition, and reigning six-time WSL Champion Stephanie Gilmore (AUS).

The CBS Sports Network coverage will give television audiences another way to watch the world’s best surfers in addition to the existing one-hour highlight shows from ABC’s World of X-Games.

- See more at: http://sportsvideo.org/main/blog/2015/07/cbs-sports-network-rides-world-surf-league-wave-adds-40-hours-of-coverage/#sthash.wKmwgdQO.dpuf

Healthy Growth Prompts MultiDyne to Relocate

Wed, 29 Jul 2015 16:50:28 -0400

LCD TVDue to increased business and an expanding product line, MultiDyne® Video & Fiber-Optics Systems is relocating its main headquarters to a new, larger facility in Hauppauge, New York, to streamline on-site manufacturing and deliver products to customers sooner.

The new 20,000 sq. ft. facility will include an on-site engineering and testing lab, a state-of-the-art AV-equipped conference room, as well as expanded manufacturing, office, and expanded storage space. With the move MultiDyne will be hiring an additional 13 people to join its current staff of 17 engineers and other employees.

MultiDyne is a leading provider of innovative video and fiber-optic-based transport systems for the broadcast, cable, satellite, production, digital cinema, pro A/V, and other markets that produce and distribute video.

“MultiDyne has experienced record growth in the past two years, and we outgrew our existing space,” said Frank Jachetta, president, MultiDyne. “Our goal is always to improve order delivery times and service customers in the most efficient way possible. This new facility will achieve both of those goals while also benefitting our employees and our customers in a variety of positive ways.”

“Our expansion plans call for continued growth in the manufacture of video production and signal distribution equipment as well as adding value to the surrounding area,” Jachetta added. “We’re excited and pleased to call the Hauppauge our new home.”

Consumer Sentiment Toward Tech Spending Rises in July

Tue, 28 Jul 2015 16:43:34 -0400

LCD TVConsumer confidence toward technology spending rose slightly in July and consumer sentiment toward the overall economy decreased slightly, according to the latest data released today by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)®.

Technology Spending
The CEA Index of Consumer Technology Expectations (ICTE), which measures consumer expectations about technology spending, climbed 0.6 points to reach 88.4 for July.

“Consumer sentiment toward tech spending continues its three-month streak, with another increase in July,” said Chris Ely, senior manager, industry analysis, CEA. “To some extent, we credit recent earnings announcements that smartphones performed well in the second quarter.”

CEA recently released its semi-annual report U.S. Consumer Electronics Sales and Forecasts, which finds smartphones continue their position as the leading sales category in the tech industry, with revenues expected to generate $54 billion in 2015 – a ten percent increase from last year.

Overall Economy
The CEA Index of Consumer Expectations (ICE), which measures consumer sentiment about the U.S. economy as a whole, decreased 1.9 points from June to reach 173.8. However, July’s ICE continues to track higher year-over-year since CEA Indexes began in June of 2007.

“Economic concerns abroad are likely behind the July dip,” said Ely. “However, there should be a second half of the year pick-up, as consumers are encouraged by an improving employment and wage landscape.”

FCC Grants Approval Of AT&T-DIRECTV Transaction

Mon, 27 Jul 2015 15:03:46 -0400

FCCThe Federal Communications Commission grants – with conditions – approval of the transfer of control of licenses and authorizations from DIRECTV to AT&T Inc. (AT&T). The approval will allow AT&T to acquire DIRECTV and merge the two companies into one combined entity. An Order detailing the Commission’s reasoning and the conditions will be issued shortly.

The Commission’s decision is based on a careful, thorough review of the record, which includes extensive economic analysis and documentary data from the applicants, as well as comments from interested parties. Based on this review, the Commission has determined that granting the application, subject to certain conditions, is in the public interest.

As part of the merger, AT&T-DIRECTV will be required to expand its deployment of high- speed, fiber optic broadband Internet access service to 12.5 million customer locations as well as to E-rate eligible schools and libraries. In addition, AT&T-DIRECTV is prohibited from using discriminatory practices to disadvantage online video distribution services and will submit its Internet interconnection agreements for Commission review. Finally, AT&T-DIRECTV will offer broadband services to low-income consumers at discounted rates.

The conditions imposed by the Commission address potential harms presented by the combination of AT&T, one of the nation’s largest telephone and Internet service providers, and DIRECTV, the nation’s largest satellite video provider. The conditions also ensure that the benefits of the merger will be realized. These targeted conditions, which generally will remain in effect for four years after the merger closes, include:

- Fiber to the Premises (FTTP) Deployment. Recognizing that the merger reduces AT&T-DIRECTV’s incentive to deploy FTTP service, the Commission adopts as a condition of this merger the expansion of FTTP service to 12.5 million customer locations. This condition also responds to the harm of the loss of a video competitor in areas where AT&T and DIRECTV had directly competed before the merger by providing a pathway for increased competition from services that rely on broadband Internet to deliver video.

- Gigabit Service to E-rate Eligible Schools and Libraries. In addition, to ensure that schools and libraries also benefit from expanded fiber deployment to consumers and institutions, the Commission is also requiring AT&T-DIRECTV to offer gigabit service to any E-rate eligible school or library where AT&T-DIRECTV deploys FTTP service.

- Non-Discriminatory Usage-Based Practices. Recognizing that AT&T is the only major ISP that applies “data caps” across the board to all of its fixed broadband customers and that this merger increases the incentive of AT&T-DIRECTV to use strategies that limit consumers’ access to online video distribution services in order to favor its own video services, the Commission requires AT&T-DIRECTV, as a condition of this merger, to refrain from imposing discriminatory usage-based allowances or other discriminatory retail terms and conditions on its broadband Internet service.

- Internet Interconnection Disclosure Requirements. Recognizing the importance of interconnection to the operation of online video services, the Commission also requires as a condition of this merger that AT&T-DIRECTV submit its Internet interconnection agreements so that the Commission may monitor the terms of such agreements to determine whether AT&T-DIRECTV is denying or impeding access to its networks in anticompetitive ways through the terms of these agreements.

- Discounted Broadband Services for Low-Income Subscribers. While finding that the availability of better and lower priced bundles of video and broadband service is a potential benefit of the merger, the Commission also concludes that the public interest requires us to ensure that a bundle of video and broadband services is not the only competitive choice for low-income subscribers who may not be able to afford bundled services. The Commission accordingly requires as a condition of the merger that AT&T-DIRECTV make available an affordable, low-price standalone broadband service to low-income consumers in its broadband service area.

- Compliance Program and Reporting. Given the important role that these conditions serve in securing the public interest benefits of the merger, the Commission requires that AT&T-DIRECTV retain both an internal company compliance officer and an independent, external compliance officer that will report and monitor, respectively, the combined entity’s compliance with all conditions of the merger.

Clear-Com Names Hans Chia as Regional Sales Manager for Southeast Asia

Fri, 24 Jul 2015 17:31:16 -0400

Clear-Com has appointed Hans Chia to the role of Regional Sales Manager responsible for Southeast Asia. Hans’ responsibilities will include expanding Clear-Com’s market reach in the APAC region by managing and developing local channel partners and championing the company’s broad range of industry-leading intercom and connectivity solutions.

With over 11 years of pro audio industry experience, Chia joins Clear-Com Systems from Sennheiser Audio where he held the role of Integrated Systems Product Specialist, developing, establishing and maintaining contacts with new and existing clients in Southeast Asia. Prior to this he worked at Riedel Communications Singapore office as the Rental Operations Manager / Application Engineer. During his tenure, Chia managed numerous projects within the Southeast Asia region including direct engagements with consultants and key user accounts, channel development and managing trade shows and product demonstrations.

Chia commented, “My real-world experience of working on large-scale deployments throughout the region will help me build on Clear-Com’s already strong foundation in Southeast Asian markets. I am excited to join this dynamic and forward thinking company.”

Ann Williams, Director of Sales Asia Pacific, Clear-Com, said, “Hans brings with him an excellent record of pro audio knowledge and a deep understanding of the industry and the region. We have every confidence that he is the right person to lead Clear-Com’s Southeast Asia region as we continue to develop our range of global services.”

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Understanding 4K & Necessary Data Rates from Belden

4K has made some hefty promises to provide better detail, texture, clarity and resolution by quadrupling the number of pixels being delivered. Also known as ultra-high definition resolution, 4K presents four times the picture resolution that standard high-definition resolution offers.

Although displays and technology already exist to support 4K, the lack of 4K content and programming prevents it from permeating the market (although 4K displays can improve the look of standard high-definition content – not just ultra HD content). Most 4K displays and panels are larger in size (at least 55 inches) because the benefits of ultra-high def resolution are less visible on smaller displays.

As it becomes more widespread, 4K will be beneficial across digital cinema, TV, gaming, the internet, and commercial applications (video projection, digital signage, etc.).

Translating to a resolution of approximately eight million active pixels (4096 pixels wide by 2160 vertical high), 4K is delivered in an uncompressed format.

This uncompressed format requires more bandwidth than traditional high-definition. Table 1 below illustrates the data rates that are required to support 4K resolution for different color options at 60 frames per second. At 30 frames per second, the bandwidth requirements are halved.

Suitable infrastructure is also necessary to deliver 4K resolution, including systems that are designed and engineered to handle new frame rate considerations, mismatched resolutions, and source/display compatibility.

Another factor to consider with 4K is its required data rate. To support ultra-high definition resolution and maintain color information, higher data rates are needed as shown in Table 1. The HDBaseT connectivity standard has yet to catch up; it supports HDMI 1.4, not HDMI 2.0. HDBaseT is able to support 4K under certain conditions, but some features will be missing. HDMI 1.4 currently operates at a 10.2 Gbit/s data rate; HDMI 2.0 operates at up to 18 Gbit/s data rate for the highest 4K resolution and color depth. It is possible that a new-generation HDBaseT chipset will be required to support HDMI 2.0 capabilities. For now, many manufacturers are introducing HDBaseT products that can support 4K video within HDMI 1.4.

Due to bandwidth requirements, the industry hasn’t agreed on which cabling options are best suited to deliver 4K signals over longer distances. Signal integrity may be a major issue for proper 4K connectivity; noise interference and increased distances can impact signal quality.

The HDBaseT Alliance indicates that shielded Category 5e and Category 6 cabling will support 4K video, but other vendors state that better cabling is needed (for example, Category 7A). To find the true answers, further research and study are essential.

Belden hopes to verify these claims by doing additional testing in our own labs using different HDBaseT equipment offering 4K capability, along with different cable designs, including shielded Category 6, shielded and unshielded Category 6A, and Category 7A cables. As this testing is completed, we will keep you updated on the findings.

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