If the government’s auction of some of the most valuable broadcast spectrum succeeds, broadcasters and consumers should be wary.
Once broadcasters relinquish their valuable spectrum, who will inherit their longstanding commitment to local service? The broadcast industry may have its warts, but when it comes to meeting the information needs of local communities, nobody does it better — not cable and not the Internet or wireless service providers. When the flood waters rise or the cell towers fail, local broadcasters are the go-to medium for news, weather and safety information from coast to coast.
via Broadcasters and Consumers Should Be Wary – NYTimes.com.
FCC’s TV Auction Workshop
The FCC plans to auction off television channels 30 through 50 for broadband wireless, and held a workshop for broadcasters last week.
via dailywireless.org » FCC’s TV Auction Workshop.
Easy steaming means live news has become a commodity. Four experts offered their take on what this means and what news companies must do to adapt.
With the advent of streaming, live video news is cheap and ubiquitous but no one is sure what to do with it. Established TV companies like ABC must decide how the era of internet streams meshes with their traditional broadcasting model. Meanwhile, upstarts like the Huffington Post are cranking out reams of video streams without an obvious way to pay for it.
Video news experts explored how to go forward at an event held Tuesday at the British Consulate in New York.
via 5 reasons why live video news will never be the same — paidContent.
As consumers increasingly view live and VOD television on a broader range of IP-connected devices, broadcasters are struggling to deliver these high-bandwidth services. However, a new video compression standard called High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC) promises to improve upon the current compression standard H.264, also known as MPEG-4 AVC, easing broadcasters’ pain.
via High efficiency video encoding | OTT content from Broadcast Engineering.
If all goes well, next week I’ll fulfill one of my secret ambitions: to discuss how retransmission consent is affecting the business of television distribution. I’ve participated in many panel discussions on retransmission consent policy (because I work in Washington, and policy is what we talk about here).
On Tuesday I’ll be in New York at the SNL Kagan TV and Radio Finance Summit where I’ll finally have a chance to talk about the business, financial and investment aspects of retransmission consent (because that’s what they talk about in New York). To me, those are the far more intriguing topics, because if you don’t totally understand the market, you can’t credibly defend your policy positions.
via Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Retransmission Consent (but were afraid to ask) – CommLawCenter.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – National Association of Broadcasters President and CEO Gordon Smith issued the following statement after nine Members of Congress went to the House floor yesterday to deliver statements recognizing the value of free over-the-air broadcasting in providing early warnings and disaster relief to American communities affected by severe weather and other emergency situations.
“Broadcasters are a trusted resource for millions of Americans who rely upon local radio and television stations for accurate information during times of emergency,” said Smith. “With the start of hurricane season upon us, we thank these Members of Congress for recognizing the critical role that stations play in keeping citizens safe and informed. Indeed, no technology can replicate broadcasting’s reliability in reaching mass audiences and providing a lifeline support in emergency and disaster situations.”
via NAB News Release: Members of Congress Recognize Broadcasters’ Critical Role as First Informers.
Facebook’s initial public offering cast a harsh light on its failure so far to monetize its immense mobile audience of 500 million worldwide. But it’s hardly the only company struggling to figure out how to make money off a rapidly growing mobile user base as more people adopt smartphones and tablets.
In her annual Internet trends report presented Wednesday at the AllThingsD D10 conference, Mary Meeker underscored the upside for mobile monetization based on the history of ad growth on the desktop Web.
via MediaPost Publications Meeker Promises There Is Money In Mobile 05/31/2012.