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Jun 18, 2014 / 08:12AM / By Bill Hayes
Raising Expectations in Local Sports Coverage
Earlier this year, IPTV took on the live broadcast of the Iowa State Girls High School Basketball Tournament at the Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, the first event in a multi-year agreement that includes a variety of other girls high school sports.
Mar 06, 2014 / 10:00 AM / By Bill Hayes
Tweaking Your Routing System for UHD
For long-tail content, UHD provides a methodology for making content more future-resistant as technology continues to evolve. Additionally, stations such as Iowa Public Television that create content have to begin considering that the terrestrial path will not be the sole delivery method and while one avenue may not support a piece of UHD content, others may.
Jan 27, 2014 / 05:00 AM / By Bill Hayes
Making Room for UHDTV
I attended a SMPTE Section meeting in the U.K. recently and got involved in a discussion with several broadcasters regarding our road maps for the future.


Jul 10, 2014 / 10:31AM / By Deborah D. McAdams
McAdams On: Aereo’s Hail Mary
Now that the highest court in the United States has determined that Aereo is breaking the law, it is countering with the clever strategy of claiming it’s not breaking the law because, like, the Supreme Court said it’s a cable system and therefore eligible to negotiate for the carriage of TV signals.
Jun 30, 2014 / 01:00 PM / By Deborah D. McAdams
McAdams On: Regulatory Ripple Effect
There is a willful ignorance in Washington, D.C. of the ripple effects of lawmaking.
Jun 12, 2014 / 02:02PM / By Deborah D. McAdams
McAdams On: TV's Current Transition
FCC rules are forcing TV station divestitures even as the agency kisses the rings of Comcast and AT&T, and their respective multi-billion dollar alliances with TWC and DirecTV. It’s so absurd as to have crossed the threshold of credulity.


Oct 02, 2012 / 03:13PM / By Randy Hoffner
‘Inventing American Broadcasting’—A Look at How It All Began
The book by Susan J. Douglas is part of the “Johns Hopkins Studies in the History of Technology” series.
Jul 13, 2012 / 04:00PM / By Randy Hoffner
Solving the ‘Silicon Crisis’ With Quantum Computing
If you are a recent reader of this column or other sources of electronics news, you know that we are approaching a “silicon crisis.”
Apr 16, 2012 / 10:10AM / By Randy Hoffner
H.265 HEVC, The Next Step for MPEG
To understand H.265, let's look at a little MPEG history, to see where it came from


Jul 21, 2014 / 10:53AM / By Mario Orazio
Recording Pretty Pictures From Above
You might not have noticed, but… these days, things are lookin’ down. Literally.
Apr 21, 2014 / 06:39 AM / By Mario Orazio
What Price Reliability?
You might not have noticed, but… reliability don’t come cheap.
Jan 28, 2014 / 04:00 PM / By Mario Orazio
Card Storage: Speed Writing Trumps Reading
So I’m shoppin’ for accessories for that sweet little helmet-cam I just bought to record all my pie-eating triumphs at the annual Festa San’ Guido.


Jul 07, 2014 / 06:00 AM / By Tom Butts
FCC Intentions Are Out of Balance
The commission’s spectrum auction rules clearly tip the balance in favor of the wireless industry.
Jun 20, 2014 / 08:00 AM / By Tom Butts
Dear FCC: Walk the Talk
“I strongly believe that the interests of the American people are served by a vibrant broadcasting industry,” FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler told NAB Show attendees last month.
May 09, 2014 / 05:00 AM / By Tom Butts
Drones Are Still Up in the Air
As broadcasters, sometimes it’s just as important to be in the air as on the air.


Jun 14, 2012 / 08:57AM / By Tom Butts
'Hopping’ Mad
Advertising is the lifeblood of commercial television--without it, the medium wouldn’t exist.
May 15, 2012 / 04:33PM / By Tom Butts
Realistic Expectations
NAB logged another 90K+ attendees at the industry's largest annual gathering.
May 04, 2012 / 01:13PM / By Tom Butts
Tablet Nation
By now we all know that the profit margin for HDTVs has fallen off the cliff


Apr 30, 2014 / 02:00 AM / By James E. O'Neal
It Is Time to Rethink EAS?
Several months ago, I shared my thoughts in this space about our country’s Emergency Alert System, explaining its somewhat tortuous history and underpinnings.
Jan 22, 2014 / 04:44 PM / By Jim Thompson
Foundation Helps Broadcasters in Need
As TV broadcasters, we are a central part of our community.
Sep 09, 2013 / 03:40 PM / By Andy Stout
Second Screens, Out of the Trough!
Just two years ago, people started talking about the iPad and labelling it as “totally disruptive,” which just means that it will change everything. Today, it both has and it hasn’t.


Apr 30, 2014 / 02:00 PM / By Gary Arlen
Deluxe Melds Metatags and Multiplatform
During post-production, Deluxe Entertainment puts a metatag on every scene when a character drinks a beverage, drives a car or puts on a pair of shoes.
Apr 14, 2014 / 05:00 AM / By Gary Arlen
Social TV: Hot or Not? Still a Work in Progress
It’s not so much that “Videocracy’s” producers can make a TV series “ripped from social media” (as they say) but rather that an entire network can be built as “the first TV home for the social media generation.”
Feb 26, 2014 / 08:03PM / By Gary Arlen
The Making of ‘Network’
“Mad As Hell: The Making of ‘Network’ and the Fateful Vision of the Angriest Man in Movies,” a book that explores the production of an outlandish film about the TV industry, was just published. The film remains a classic examination of how broadcasting works.








 
 
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