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What the H? Did Pittsburg Give Us Our First Letter? By Mark Schubin

February 27th, 2017

In 1957, a plaque commemorating “Hollywood’s Golden Jubilee” was dedicated by the mayor of Los Angeles, but everything about it was wrong.  Was Hollywood actually born in Pennsylvania?  Sixty years after the ceremony Mark Schubin tries to uncover the truth. And, no, Pittsburg, the one in Pennsylvania, is not spelled incorrectly above or here.  Find […]

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From CRT to Ultra HD – breakthroughs in TV technology which have changed the way we watch

February 24th, 2017

BT.com reports that from HD to 3D via Plasma and LED, discover 10 key innovations in television technology from the last few decades. Britain is a nation of telly addicts. And why not? TV’s a great way to relax, catch up on world events and keep us entertained. According to Ofcom, 90% of us watch […]

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Sony’s new tech allows for 960fps (!) video capture on phones

February 23rd, 2017

CNET.com reports that Phone cameras have become good enough filmmakers will use them to shoot movies, but a new chip from Sony could make them a whole lot better. The Japanese giant has developed a new image sensor that can shoot video at 960 frames per second (fps), reports Nikkei Tech. A phone equipped with […]

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BBC iPlayer makes record-breaking start to 2017 as personalization begins

February 19th, 2017

RapidTVNews.com reports that following a record-breaking month in January 2017, which saw 304 million requests, the BBC iPlayer is hoping for even more traction with new sign-in capability and personalised features. According to data released by BBC iStats, requests for the VOD, catch-up and live TV service were up 8% on those for December 2016, […]

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DTV Audio Group at NAB 2017

February 15th, 2017

Advanced Television Audio Forum Sunday, April 23 at the Alexis Park Hotel in Las Vegas The DTV Audio Group, in association with the Sports Video Group, invites you to attend the 2017 DTVAG@NAB Advanced Television Audio Forum. The forum will be held from 12pm to 6 pm on Sunday, April 23, 2015, and will take […]

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BIA/Kelsey: ATSC 3.0 Will Pay for Itself in Three Years

February 14th, 2017

TVTechnology.com reports that BIA/Kelsey is bullish on ATSC 3.0. The TV business researchers today said that after an “in-depth review of the commercial television broadcasting business,” they concluded that “investment large and medium market stations are considering making in the ATSC 3.0 standard would be recouped within three years. “ “ATSC 3.0 will change the […]

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Olympics: ‘Ghost skier’ leads Winter Games data revolution Read more at http://www.thestar.com.my/tech/tech-news/2017/02/13/olympics-ghost-skier-leads-winter-games-data-revolution/#LrizdQxImX6t0vpJ.99

February 13th, 2017

Thestar.com reports that a ghost skier hurtling down the slope, an athlete’s glucose levels flashing across the screen along with his heart rate – it is all part of an Olympic data revolution awaiting television viewers. With the one-year countdown to the Pyeongchang Winter Games starting Thursday, European broadcaster Eurosport along with counterparts in North […]

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British engineer Alan Dower Blumlein to be honoured with Technical Grammy award

February 10th, 2017

Musicweek.com reports that British engineer Alan Dower Blumlein is to be posthumously honoured by The Recording Academy. Blumlein is the inventor of stereo sound recording, and will be recognised by the Technical Grammy award at a special ceremony to be held later this year. Born in London in 1903, Blumlein was one of the most […]

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V-Nova Plucks Faroudja’s Patent Portfolio

February 8th, 2017

eetimes.com reports that the news earlier this week that London-based V-Nova has acquired Faroudja Enterprises’ complete patent portfolio – lock, stock and barrel – speaks volumes about the rapid changes affecting the market in video technologies. V-Nova, a London-headquartered software company that specializes in advanced signal compression technology, sought Faroudja’s pre- and post-processing video technologies […]

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Cameras in Olympic Ski Racers’ Goggles Are Coming to Your TV

February 8th, 2017

Bloombergquint.com reports that Discovery Communications Inc.’s Eurosport channel plans to put tiny cameras on Olympic athletes, placing viewers behind ski racers’ goggles as it seeks to make the most of its $1.5 billion investment in the next four Winter and Summer Games. The digital innovations, including virtual-reality footage and attaching sensor patches that count athletes’ heart rates […]

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V-Nova buys video processing patents from Faroudja

February 7th, 2017

Fiercecable.com reports that V-Nova is buying the full global patent portfolio of video imaging firm Faroudja Enterprises. The companies did not disclose the cost of the deal. V-Nova said the addition of the Faroudja technology will further improve the efficiency of V-Nova’s compression technology Perseus, according to a news release. “New, disruptive technologies such as […]

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CenturyLink looks for boost from newer technologies, new products

February 5th, 2017

Gazette.com reports that CenturyLink Inc. is preparing for an era without the product it and its predecessor companies provided through most of their history: the home landline. The Louisiana-based company, which provides telephone service to Colorado Springs and much of the Front Range, will soon have to make its living as one of many providers […]

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Most Sony 4K TVs Are Getting a Hybrid Log Gamma HDR Update

February 5th, 2017

4K.com reports that Sony has formally confirmed that its 2016 and 2017 4K HDR TVs will be getting a firmware update that’s going to bring them HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma) HDR support as a future-proofing measure for new, mainly broadcast, HLG HDR content that’s expected to emerge in 2017 or 2018. Up until the new […]

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FCC Drops Plan For Alternative Cable Set-Top Boxes

February 1st, 2017

Yahoo.com reports that the Federal Communications Commission has removed a proposal to allow third-party set top boxes and services for cable and pay TV providers from its agenda, according to Variety. The proposal has been put on hold and will not be up for a vote, but an FCC representative told Variety it could come […]

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With End of FCC Auction, Manufacturers Know How Much Spectrum Is Left for Wireless Audio

January 30th, 2017

Challenges remain in effective use of the frequencies available for pro mics, other systems By Dan Daley, Audio Editor, Sports Video Group In the finale to a lengthy technical drama that had kept professional wireless audio users on the edge of their seats for almost two years, the final episode of the FCC auction process […]

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BBC Studioworks gears up TV Centre for September opening

January 26th, 2017

Televisual.com reports that BBC Studioworks has announced the line-up of technology partners who will be helping to deliver its  studios and post production facilities at Television Centre ahead of its September opening. Studioworks has appointed Dega Ltd to manage the complex systems integration works across the new facility. Dega is working with Sony, Riedel, Studer and […]

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Breaking the Pictures Barrier: Why Television Research Began in 1877 (and why no one knows it)

January 24th, 2017

  Why Television Research Began in 1877 (and Why No One Knows It) Recorded January 12, 2017 at the SMPTE Philadelphia Section meeting, QVC, West Chester, PA. Prior to 1877, there was no hint of a television camera — not even in science fiction or fantasy. In 1877, eight people, in five countries on both […]

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Samsung partners with Imint for new video stabilization technology

January 24th, 2017

Tech.firstpost.com reports that Samsung has reportedly signed a deal with a Swedish technology company called Imint. The word Imint is derived from “Imaging Intelligence” and the software company is known more in the defense, industrial and aeronautical circles, than for mobile. Which is what begs the question as to what is Samsung going to do […]

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Shambling corpse of 3D TV finally falls down dead

January 18th, 2017

CNET.com reports that the bespectacled zombie lies face down in the dirt, thanks to LG and Sony dropping support from their 2017 TVs. Will it ever rise again? It’s been a walking corpse for the last couple of years, and now 3D TV finally looks dead. LG and Sony, the last two major TV makers […]

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Love your 3D films? Then sign this petition to TV manufacturers dumping 3D TVs

January 18th, 2017

Techradar.com asks: Is there any saving the films of future past? If you traipsed through the halls of CES 2017 staring at the walls of television screens bearing the year’s hottest visual delights, you’d be forgiven for thinking little beyond the standard progression of display tech had taken place. However, this year’s CES saw an […]

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CES 2017 kicked off the year 360-degree and VR capture could hit the mass market

January 12th, 2017

Extremetech.com reports that for virtual reality, 2016 was definitely the year of the headset. Several high-end models finally shipped, and dozens of inexpensive smartphone-based versions. However, despite a major industry investment in content, there aren’t enough compelling experiences to drive large-scale adoption of the technology. This year may see that change, as CES 2017 featured a […]

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New TV service by BBC to challenge Netflix, Amazon

January 12th, 2017

dunyanews.tv reports that the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) on Wednesday announced plans to take on Netflix and Amazon and make its iPlayer the top online TV service in Britain by 2020. “We need to reinvent iPlayer,” Director-General Tony Hall said in a New Year message to BBC staff. The online service is already popular among […]

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‘La La Land’, ‘Rogue One’, ‘Hacksaw Ridge’ Among Cinema Audio Society Nominees

January 11th, 2017

Deadline.com reports that the Cinema Audio Society has announced the nominees for the 53rd Annual CAS Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Sound Mixing for 2016 in seven categories. In the Motion Picture Live Action category, the nominees are Doctor Strange, La La Land, Hacksaw Ridge, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, and Sully. Meanwhile, in […]

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Live from CFP Championship: In an Industry First, ESPN Will Mount a 4K-capable Super Slow Motion Camera on SkyCam

January 9th, 2017

Network to deploy Sony’s new HDC-P43 to provide unparalleled coverage By Brandon Costa, Senior Editor, Sports Video Group Slow motion replay technology has seen tremendous advancements over recent years but at Monday’s production of the College Football Playoff National Championship Game, ESPN will try something truly unique by placing a 4K-capable super slow motion camera […]

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HPA Tech Retreat Sessions Announced

January 6th, 2017

Please see http://www.hollywoodprofessionalassociation.com/?page_id=153004&mc_cid=59a4b9a284&mc_eid=c6230da326

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Tech Focus: Bodypacks

January 5th, 2017

By Dan Daley, Audio Editor, Sports Video Group Part 1: Transmitters Boost Use of Onfield Audio Conflicting requirements for greater power and smaller size make their design a complex proposition Onfield audio — wiring players, coaches, and officials for sound — has captured sports viewers’ imaginations like few other innovations in broadcasting in recent years. […]

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Wireless Microphones and the FCC Incentive Auction: Key Facts For Broadcasters Leading into 2017

January 5th, 2017

Joe Ciaudelli, Director of U.S. Spectrum Affairs, Sennheiser Innovation & Research, writes that almost every venue, studio and mobile broadcast crew that uses wireless microphones will need to reconfigure their systems by 2020 to comply with new federal regulations. Since the definition of wireless microphones includes in-ear monitors, intercom systems, and interruptible fold back (IFB) […]

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ESPN Plans Big Sound for CFP National Championship Game

January 4th, 2017

By Dan Daley, Audio Editor, Sports Video Group The upcoming College Football Playoff National Championship (Jan. 9 on ESPN) will determine the national champion of NCAA Division I college football for the 2016 season. It will also witness ESPN’s most ambitious audio coverage yet of college football’s climactic game. The game, to be played at […]

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RIP: Tech that died in 2016: Tech Today [video]

December 29th, 2016

CNET.com reports on tech that died in 2016 in the video at https://www.cnet.com/videos/tech-that-died-2016-tay-xbox-disney-infinity-meerkat-vine-note-7/

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Just bought a new 4K Ultra HD TV? Here’s why it will be out of date by this time next week

December 28th, 2016

The UK’s dailystar.co.uk reports that Ultra HD 4K TVs were at the top of many people’s Christmas wish lists but here’s the reason many will be outdated in just a few days time. With more Ultra HD content being beamed into homes and prices plummeting, 4K TVs are becoming the must-have gadget for your home.4K […]

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Why Marvel’s Netflix Shows Are Going To Look Even Better In The Future [video]

December 28th, 2016

Cinemablend.com reports that if you haven’t been watching Marvel’s Netflix shows, you’re seriously missing out. Not only are the Defenders series like Daredevil and Jessica Jones some of the best stories currently available on the streaming platform, but they’re also some of the most visually impressive TV shows we have ever seen. One could even […]

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Lessons From the 2016 AES Convention

December 27th, 2016

TVTechnology.com‘s Jay Yeary posts that at the 2016 Audio Engineering Society Convention in Los Angeles, I ran into a friend who was manning the booth of a broadcast audio console manufacturer. I had finally managed to get to the show floor for a quick walkthrough of the exhibits before heading back to another meeting room. […]

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The future of TV: Cloud-based broadcasting

December 22nd, 2016

Livemint.com reports that there are several advantages of cloud-based services—notably, since the service is software-based, one doesn’t need a physical location to run the operations. Amagi Media Labs founders Baskar Subramanian, Srinivasan K. A. and Srividhya S.—the three engineer-entrepreneurs—have yet to find time to celebrate the new investment in their media tech firm. On 15 […]

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Bob Barker, a pioneer of videotape, marks its 60th year

December 20th, 2016

SFChronicle.com reports from the AP that that on January 22, 1957, the game show “Truth or Consequences,” became the first program prerecorded on videotape for subsequent airing in all time zones. The problem for Bob Barker wasn’t getting up early every day for his new TV gig. On the morning of Dec. 31, 1956, he […]

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SVG Summit: DTV Audio Group Looks at Past, Present, Future

December 15th, 2016

By Dan Daley, Audio Editor, Sports Video Group “Defining the Future of Sports Production,” the DTV Audio Group’s Audio Production and Distribution Workshop on Monday, December 12 during the SVG Summit, reflected the turning point confronting broadcast audio as the immersive-sound era looms. DTVAG Executive Director Roger Charlesworth opened the event with a discussion of […]

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Audio Industry Veteran Richard Cabot to Manage AES Standards

December 12th, 2016

The following Press Release was issued by the AES on December 12, 2016: New York, NY, December 12, 2016 — The Audio Engineering Society is pleased to announce that Dr. Richard C. Cabot will be assuming the duties of Standards Manager. A former President of the AES, Dr. Cabot has been involved with AES Standards […]

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NBC Sports Statement: Skycam Cables Were Not in Play for Derek Carr’s Wobbly Pass on TNF

December 9th, 2016

By Jason Dachman, Chief Editor, Sports Video Group A fourth-quarter play during NBC’s Thursday Night Football AFC West showdown between the Kansas City Chiefs and Oakland Raiders is eliciting plenty of debate on social media this morning. With 9:20 remaining in the fourth quarter, Raiders quarterback Derek Carr’s downfield pass seemed to suddenly die in midair just before […]

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DTV Audio Group at SVG Summit: Audio Production and Distribution Workshop

December 9th, 2016

DTV Audio Group at SVG Summit Audio Production and Distribution Workshop 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Monday, December 12, 2016 This year’s workshop continues to explore the impact of IP media routing and connectivity along with emerging application of object audio for advanced surround and personalization. We will look in on recent high-profile events including […]

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Television & Opera: A 140-Year Collaboration by Mark Schubin

December 5th, 2016

Recorded on November 4, 2016 as a National Opera Week event at All Mobile Video Chelsea Studios, 221 West 26th Street, New York, NY 10001. Did you think television was introduced at the New York World’s Fair in 1939? The BBC telecast the opera Carmen in 1934, and the first television program with an original […]

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CMOS Sensors Continue to Advance

December 1st, 2016

Qualitymag.com reports that the cell phone industry has been the single largest driver of new CMOS image sensor technology for the past ten years—smaller pixels, higher sensitivity, and lower noise—all in a bid to decrease sensor cost and capture ever higher quality still and video imagery for human consumption. The size of the cell phone […]

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The Man Who Invented VR Goggles 50 Years Too Soon

December 1st, 2016

Spectrum.IEEE.org reports that Hugo Gernsback believed millions yearned for his 3D TV eyeglasses. Science fiction as we know it would not exist without Hugo Gernsback. He coined the term “science fiction” as the editor and publisher of Amazing Stories, the first magazine devoted to the burgeoning genre, which he launched in 1926. The Hugo Awards […]

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VR offers television producers ‘Hollywood in a box’

November 29th, 2016

Ineraksyon.com reports that on a soundstage no bigger than a large bedroom a cameraman takes up various angles to film a helicopter that isn’t there, landing in a field that isn’t there either. Until recently, virtual reality was the preserve of the gaming crowd but producers say the technology is on the cusp of a […]

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The Difference Between Audio for Film, TV

November 29th, 2016

Jay Yearly from TVTechnology.com says that the entire process of sound for film has always fascinated me partly because the working environment seems so extravagant compared to someone who has spent the majority of their professional life working in the trenches of broadcast audio for television. The mystique perpetrated by cinema audio is that the […]

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The Telos Alliance’s John Schur Talks Broadcast-Audio Solutions

November 24th, 2016

New division will help customers of Linear Acoustic, Minnetonka Audio transition to new tech By Dan Daley, Audio Editor, Sports Video Group The broadcast-audio business constantly changes, and companies change to adapt. The Telos Alliance formed in 1985 and now comprises six brands — Telos Systems, Omnia Audio, Axia Audio, Linear Acoustic, 25-Seven Systems, and […]

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Game Keeps Changing for Sports Audio

November 24th, 2016

TVTechnology.com reports that Ethernet rules, whether it’s for broadcast or streaming. The rules may not change—check that, the NFL is always tinkering—but broadcasters continue to look for ways to make sports programming more compelling for the home audience. Randy Flick and Joe McSorley are seasoned A1’s who TV Technology has spoken with in the past; […]

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Samsung bets big on quantum dot TV, snaps up QD Vision

November 23rd, 2016

ZDnet.com reports that Samsung has confirmed the rumored acquisition of QD Vision as the company looks to strengthen its quantum dot display technology unit. As reported by Sam Mobile, the deal was confirmed by Samsung’s Advanced Institute of Technology chief Jung Chil-hee, who told reporters that QD Vision has become part of the South Korean […]

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Alex Case Takes On Role of Audio Engineering Society President

November 22nd, 2016

The following Press release was issued by the AES on November 22, 2016: New York, NY, November 22, 2016 — As the Audio Engineering Society (AES) continues to forge new directions in the advancement of audio science and practice, Alex Case has assumed the presidency of the world’s preeminent professional audio organization. “Alex Case has […]

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Google’s DeepMind AI can lip-read TV shows better than a pro

November 21st, 2016

NewScientist.com reports that artificial intelligence is getting its teeth into lip reading. A project by Google’s DeepMind and the University of Oxford applied deep learning to a huge data set of BBC programmes to create a lip-reading system that leaves professionals in the dust. The AI system was trained using some 5000 hours from six […]

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5 filming accidents that rocked, helped shape the industry

November 21st, 2016

WSBTV.com published this AP story looking at five significant film and television set accidents. Read the story at http://www.wsbtv.com/news/georgia/5-filming-accidents-that-rocked-helped-shape-the-industry/469087957

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NBC Olympics Audio Pioneer Bob Dixon Dies at 70

November 17th, 2016

The Sports Broadcasting Hall of Famer revolutionized his industry By Dan Daley, Audio Editor, Sports Video Group Bob Dixon, director of sound design and communications for NBC’s productions of the Olympics broadcasts for more than 30 years, died Nov. 16. He was 70 years old Bob Dixon had designed the sound for Olympics productions since […]

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