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NAB Launches 2019 Congressional PSAs

Fri, 16 Aug 2019 12:41:59 -0400

Public service announcements (PSAs) featuring members of Congress have been distributed to television and radio stations across the country through the 2019 NAB Congressional PSA Campaign. The program invites members of Congress and their families to be featured in free, professionally-produced spots that address issues of importance to their constituents.
 
A total of 303 members of Congress (or their spouses or family members) participated in this year’s PSA campaign. NAB has hosted the biannual campaign in off-election years since 1985.
 
"The NAB Congressional PSA Campaign provides legislators and their families an opportunity to share pro-social messages that can have a positive impact on communities across America," said NAB Executive Vice President Dennis Wharton. "Local radio and TV broadcasters will be generously donating airtime for this initiative as part of our commitment to serving local communities."
 
The PSAs will air on local stations in congressional districts and/or states through the end of 2019. PSA topics include support for veterans, prescription drug / opioid abuse prevention, support for small businesses, cancer prevention, mental health awareness, and encouraging blood donations.

Cobalt Puts Spotlight On OpenGear For 4K HDR At IBC 2019

Wed, 14 Aug 2019 15:53:51 -0400

Cobalt Digital has a handful of new products in its openGear line that offer support for 4K and HDR that will be shown during the upcoming 2019 IBC Show in Amsterdam. Among its products include decoders, encoders, RIST Main Profile, bi-directional SDR/HDR converters, multiviewers and distribution amplifiers.
 
One of the highlights from Cobalt will be its new 9992-DEC series of HEVC/AVC/MPEG-2 decoders for openGear. Similar to the 9992-ENC encoders, the 9992-DEC features pay-as-you-go licensing. It also features support for resolution up to 4K and has a complement of audio decoding capabilities. The 9992-DEC series includes the 9992-2DEC dual-channel decoder and the 9992-DEC-4K-HEVC with single-channel 4K or dual-channel 2K and support for H.265.
 
Cobalt will also use the IBC Show to debut its support for the RIST Main Profile, which adds features such as encryption (DTLS or PSK), tunneling, NAT traversal, point-to-multipoint distribution, low bit rate optimization and ST-2110 transport.
 
Additional products that will be on display at the Cobalt stand include the 9904-UDX-4K up/down/cross converter for generating dynamic metadata when converting HDR to SDR and back to SDR to preserve full HDR picture information; new versions of the 9971 series of multiviewers with added dual outputs and user controls; the new 9915 series of DAs that support 4K 12G-SDI sources; a new 12G-SDI openGear routing card with a 12x12 routing matrix; and SafeLink, an openGear system that can take in multiple transport streams and provide a RIST wrapper to protect video links between two points.
 
The 2019 IBC Show will run from Sept. 13-17. Cobalt will be located at stand 10.B44.

FCC Authorizes $16.2 Million In Broadband Funding In Upstate New York

Tue, 13 Aug 2019 14:34:12 -0400

The has authorized nearly $16.2 million in federal funding over the next decade to expand broadband to 8,088 unserved rural New York homes and businesses, the second round of matching funds being provided in a partnership with the state’s New NY Broadband Program. Providers will begin receiving funding this month.
 
“Our partnership with New York is continuing to connect unserved rural areas of Upstate New York,” said FCC Chairman Ajit Pai. “Closing the digital divide is the FCC’s top priority, and I’m proud that this partnership will help bring the opportunities that high-speed Internet offers Upstate.”
 
The federal funding is being provided through the FCC’s Connect America Fund, which is part of a broader effort by the FCC to close the digital divide in rural America. On August 1, the FCC proposed taking its biggest single step to date toward this goal by establishing the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund, which would direct up to $20.4 billion to expand broadband in unserved rural areas.
 
To comply with FCC rules, providers must build out to 40% of the assigned homes and businesses in the areas won in New York within three years. Buildout must increase by 20% in each subsequent year, until complete buildout is reached at the end of the sixth year.
 
More information about the Connect America Fund is available at
https://www.fcc.gov/general/connect-america-fund-caf.
 
More information about the New NY Broadband program is available at
https://nysbroadband.ny.gov/new-ny-broadband-program/phase-3-awards.

Pillsbury Session Examines Radio's Financial Future Where Reduced Regulation Creates New Opportunities to Compete

Fri, 09 Aug 2019 14:33:49 -0400

NAB Radio ShowA dynamic lineup of radio industry executives and financial experts will discuss the business impact of significant regulatory changes affecting radio. “Pillsbury’s Broadcast Finance 2019: Radio Unleashed - Preparing for a New Regulatory World,” hosted by Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, will take place Tuesday, September 24 from 4:00-5:30 p.m. at the Radio Show in Dallas, Texas.
 
The 2019 Radio Show, produced by the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) and the Radio Advertising Bureau (RAB), will be held September 24-26 at the Hilton Anatole Hotel.
 
Scott Flick, a partner at Pillsbury, will moderate the session, which will focus on the opportunities for radio broadcasters presented by deregulation, such as the elimination of the main studio requirement and the FCC’s potential relaxation of local radio ownership rules.
 
“That the FCC is recognizing radio’s challenges where listeners’ audio alternatives—and the competition for ears and advertisers—have grown exponentially may be as big a game-changer as the new competition itself,” said Flick, who will lead a conversation on how radio stations can adapt their operations and better compete in a more relaxed regulatory environment.
 
This year’s panel features Bill Hendrich, executive vice president of radio, Cox Media Group; Garret Komjathy, senior vice president of media and communications, U.S. Bank; Beth Neuhoff, president and chief executive officer, Neuhoff Communications; Susan Patrick, managing partner of Patrick Communications and co-owner of Legend Communications; and David Santrella, president of broadcast media, Salem Media Group. Kevin Perry, president and CEO of Perry Publishing & Broadcasting, will introduce the session, and Davis Hebert, director and senior high yield analyst, Wells Fargo Securities, will precede the panel with a visual presentation on the current financial state of the radio industry.

NBC Los Angeles Leverages Teradek’s Bolt 3000 XT for Wireless Transmission During Olympic Skateboard Training

Wed, 07 Aug 2019 17:21:45 -0400

As we get closer to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, skaters around the world are busy training for the very first Olympic skateboarding competition. NBC LA traveled to Vans Off The Wall Skatepark in Huntington Beach to capture world-famous athletes in action as they train for a spot on the U.S. National Team.
 
To capture the action up close, NBC LA employed a Teradek Bolt 3000 XT to transmit lossless, zero-latency video from camera to the network’s OB van parked outside. From the OB van, the feed was compressed and streamed to NBC’s station where it was produced for Channel 4 local news.
 
The Bolt 3000 XT allowed NBC’s camera operator to be completely mobile around the skate park, where a long BNC cable would have been a huge safety hazard for athletes and spectators. With this sort of flexibility, the camera operator could capture footage that would have been impossible otherwise.
 
The Teradek Bolt is a zero-delay wireless video system used by broadcasters, filmmakers, and video professionals to transmit lossless HD video at up to 3000 ft. of range. Bolts operate on the unlicensed 5GHz spectrum and utilize a series of proprietary technologies to produce better colors and sharper images compared to H.264 video systems. Bolts also provide uncompromising wireless performance, ensuring video feeds reach receivers in any environment.
 
“Breaking news can happen at a moment’s notice, often times in locations where it’s challenging to run video cables back to the truck,” says Jon Landman, VP of Sales, Teradek. “With the Bolt, camera teams have one less thing to worry about, and can enjoy complete maneuverability with the camera. It’s the first affordable, lossless, high-quality video transmission system made for professional broadcasters.”

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AJA IPR-1G-SDI JPEG 2000 IP Video and Audio to 3G-SDI Converter
IP Video & Audio to 3G-SDI Converter!
The IPR-1G-SDI is a VSF TR-01 (and other JPEG 2000 formats) to 3G-SDI converter suited for point of use applications including source monitoring, digital signage, and video walls. The IPR-1G-SDI decodes VSF TR-01 streams then formats the data for 3G-SDI output. The audio associated with the video stream is extracted, synchronized, and then embedded into the SDI stream as well as output on an analog RCA stereo interface.IPR-1G-SDI extracts a JPEG 2000 essence from an incoming IP stream and presents it for display on SDI devices. It's rugged, fanless, Mini-Converter design is ideal for placement in a wide range of display scenarios,...
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AJA RovoRx-SDI UltraHD/HD HDBaseT Receiver to 6G/3G-SDI & HDMI Frame Sync with PoH & Genlock
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AKG K612 PRO Reference Studio Over-ear Headphones
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Audio-Technica ATW-1701 Portable Camera-Mount Digital Wireless System
Rock Solid Performance!
With its compact and portable design, the Audio-Technica ATW-1701 System 10 Camera-Mount high-fidelity digital wireless system is ideally positioned to capture media on the go. Perfect for video production, electronic news gathering (ENG) and every mobile application in between, the receiver features multiple mounting options to accommodate a variety of cameras and recording devices. Like all of the products in the System 10 digital wireless family, the Camera Mount provides three levels of diversity assurance: frequency, time and space. Instantaneous channel selection, sync and setup make the Camera-Mount extremely easy to u...
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Camplex CMX-TACNGO-HDMI HDMI to Fiber Optic Converter / Extender & Tactical Cable Reel System - 1000 Foot

The Camplex All-In-One HDMI Over Fiber Deployment Solution!A complete cost effective HDMI to Fiber optic converter & field deployable cable reel system from Camplex. Convert and extend your HDMI signals over 1000 feet of tactical fiber optical cable using the Camplex Tac-N-Go HDMI system. Utilizing the Camplex CMX-HDMIF HDMI to fiber converter system, the transmitter is built into a super rugged cable reel and connected to 1,000 feet of tactical grade fiber optic cable delivering the handy convenience of rapid field deployment. The receiver is then placed at the signal headend side - whether its a recorder, mo...
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