The Federal Communications Commission wants some local TV broadcasters to sell back their airwaves so the government can auction them to telecommunications companies for better mobile phone service. This sale could earn broadcasters billions of dollars for something the government first licensed to them for free, but could signal the end of many local TV stations.
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.
As the internet giants and telecommunications providers collide, their business models are adapting. The next big battle ground may play out in how we buy gigabit broadband.
WASHINGTON AP — TV was supposed to be everywhere by now – watchable anytime, anywhere, on your smartphone or tablet. But four years into the industry’s effort, network executives readily admit: TV isn’t everywhere.The promise of “TV Everywhere” has been a key strategy in the cable and satellite TV industry’s fight to retain customers in the face of challenges from online video providers such as Netflix.
TV measurement company is scrambling to launch new services as network execs seethe over money left on the table because of the inability to track multiplatform viewing
There is a consensus that HEVC (High Efficiency Video Coding), the draft compression standard, will have a dramatic impact on the TV industry thanks to its ability to eventually halve bit rates compared to MPEG-4 AVC (H.264), the current encoding Gold Standard that it will complement but ultimately succeed. And as with all encoding, if you create sufficient extra coding efficiency to halve bit rates then you can also choose to leave bit rates the same but double picture quality, or turn the bandwidth/quality dial to any point in between. Encoder vendors are working towards deployments of the new codec as early as next year, probably starting with multi-screen TV services and fixed line IPTV.
While most Americans are busy making preparations for the Thanksgiving holiday this week, people across the globe are celebrating another holiday – World Television Day! November 21 was declared World Television Day by the United Nations in 1996 to observe the “increasing impact television has on decision-making by bringing world attention to conflicts and threats to peace and security,” as well as “its potential role in sharpening the focus” on important economic and social issues.