HPA Tech Retreat: Broadcasters Consider UHD, IT and More
By Debra KaufmanFebruary 12, 2015
At the HPA Tech Retreat in Indian Wells this week, the Broadcasters Panel featured broadcast network executives answering audience questions about TV spectrum re-allocation, IT-based infrastructure, UHD, the emerging ATSC 3.0 standard, and the future of broadcast. Moderated by Ericsson’s Matthew Goldman, the panel included CBC/Radio Canada’s Maxime Caron; CBS’s Bob Seidel; FOX Networks’ Rich Friedel; NAB’s Skip Pizzi; PBS’s Mario Vecchi and Sinclair Broadcast Group’s Mark Aitken.
via HPA Tech Retreat: Broadcasters Consider UHD, IT and More – ETCentric.
Objects in the mirror may be closer than they seem
WELL — A U.S. broadcaster demonstrated over-the-air 4KTV distribution at CES in Las Vegas this week. I repeat, a U.S. broadcaster demonstrated over-the-air 4KTV distribution at CES in Las Vegas. It was done with an entirely different system than the one in place now, which was the point. Broadcasting is not only stuck with its 20-year-old technology standard, but also the regulatory constraints that dictate how the spectrum is used.
via TVTechnology: McAdams On: Broadcasting, the Next Generation.
Last year in this space I discussed how trends from The Home Technology Monitor™, a syndicated research service from GfK’s Media and Entertainment team, challenged my skepticism about cord-cutting being a substantial issue. I was very doubtful that people were abandoning pay TV for online services and putting the traditional TV model in imminent danger of collapse. However, the data showed that from 2011 to 2012, homes with broadcast-only reception increased a statistically significant level for the first time in over five years; maybe there was something to worry about.
via Confessions of a Cord Cutter Skeptic Revisited | GfK Insights Blog.
Summary:By multicasting popular content over cellular networks, carriers figure they can conserve valuable 4G capacity. But as consumers use their smartphones and tablets to personalize their multimedia consumption, the ship may have already sailed on multicast’s potential.
via Can LTE-broadcast dam the mobile video deluge? — Tech News and Analysis.
To increase the cost savings and efficiency provided by multicasting, LTE network operators can add preloading. This tool delivers popular multimedia content during off-peak hours and stores it in mobile device memory for later use.
- eMBMS is far more scalable than unicast.
- It needs only a small fraction of the capacity required by unicast delivery.
- With preloading, eMBMS transmissions can be timed to use resources most efficiently.
via Further Efficiencies with eMBMS Preloading | TechZine – Alcatel-Lucent.
Given the current fascination with Snow White — including two re-imagined movies and the ABC series “Once Upon a Time” — the major TV networks can draw some comfort from their continuing status.
via All in all, broadcast still bigger – Entertainment News, Brian Lowry, Media – Variety.
More optimistic than other recent media analysts’ estimations, Anthony DiClemente of Barclays Capital expects upfront revenue for the major four broadcast and cable networks to climb 4.3% and 6.3%, respectively.
via MediaPost Publications Upfront Forecasts: Cable Surpasses Broadcast 05/01/2012.