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05 January 2015


Samsung has announced that all of its Smart TVs in 2015 will come equipped with its new Tizen operating system. Tizen is an open-source platform which allows developers to create compatible content across devices.

Robert King, VP of consumer electronics at Samsung Electronics UK and Ireland said, “Building our Smart TV Platform around Tizen is a groundbreaking step towards a much more intelligent and integrated system. Tizen not only enhances the entertainment experience for our customers today but unlocks great potential for the future in home entertainment.”

The redesigned Smart Hub is displayed on one screen, and features easy access to content with the first screen displaying the owner’s most recent content and tailored recommendations for even more entertainment options. It also has an optimised four-direction control.

Using Wi-Fi Direct, content is seamlessly shared from a mobile device to a TV and vice-versa with one click.

With Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE), Samsung’s Smart TV software automatically searches for Samsung mobile devices nearby and connects to them. This easy convergence allows people to enjoy a multi-screen experience with access to entertainment across multiple compatible devices. It is also possible to watch live broadcasts or TV on their mobile devices, anywhere on their home network, even when their TV is powered off.

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CNBC Dumps Nielsen: Biz Network Will Abandon Measurement by Ratings Giant in Late 2015

TV | By  on January 6, 2015 @ 8:29 am


The cable news network becomes the first ever to end ratings relationship with Nielsen; CNBC business day will be measured by Cogent Reports

CNBC is breaking up with Nielsen, the business network announced Tuesday.

The network will shift from having its business day time period measured by Nielsen in the fourth quarter of 2015, pivoting to Cogent Reports, which is a research firm that provides financial and investment services to businesses. CNBC will continue to have its primetime measured by Nielsen.

“Throughout our 25 year history, traditional measurement companies have struggled to capture CNBC’s audience of business executives, decision makers and affluent investors who watch our network from their corner offices, trading floors, five-star hotel rooms, country clubs, restaurants and health clubs,” said Mark Hoffman, President, CNBC. “We are excited to begin to provide our marketing partners with a more complete understanding of the power and quality of our prestigious audience.”

Fox Business responded to its competitors move Tuesday:  “Only using the numbers you like is a little tough to sell,” Paul Rittenberg, executive vice president of advertising for the channel, told The Wall Street Journal.

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Repacking Plan Could Scatter UHF Stations

This article originally appeared in TV Technology.

The 167-page FCC Public Notice (FCC 14-191) released this week seeking comment on “competitive bidding procedures for broadcast incentive auction 1000, including auctions 1001 and 1002” mainly deals with less technical topics such as bid pricing and procedures. However, reading through the FCC’s tome, I noticed the procedures proposed could assign certain stations to frequencies in the 600 MHz band that are either shared with wireless carriers or in the duplex gap, which is supposed to provide needed spectrum for white space (TV band devices) and wireless microphones. While that was expected, what I was surprised to read was that the actual spectrum assigned to these unlucky stations could be anywhere in the 600 MHz band. The channel would be picked by the optimization procedure and could put stations in the upper part of the band used for cellular uplinks.

The public notice states, “In cases where a television station must be assigned to a channel in the 600 MHz band in order to meet a given clearing target, we propose to assign these stations based on our goal of minimizing the loss of value due to impairments, i.e., minimizing the total impaired weighted-pops nationwide. Under this proposal, the optimization procedure could assign TV stations to any frequency in the 600 MHz band. This could lead to assignments in the uplink portion of the 600 MHz band in some markets, and in the downlink portion in others.” The FCC recognized that “this approach may result in assigning television stations to the duplex gap or other guard bands in some markets, and limit the contiguity of TV stations if they are not assigned to the downlink portion of the 600 MHz band.”

It will be interesting to see the comments filed on this approach. It appears to cause problems for everyone. Wireless operators won’t want a TV station in the middle of their uplink band, where during episodes of enhanced propagation that station could wipe out base stations over a wide area, nor will TV stations want to deal with the interference from users’ wireless equipment in close proximity to their TV sets. However, if the optimization software says it will result in more spectrum and more money for the government, a TV station could find itself in the high UHF band. To add insult to injury, if that TV station was using 1,000 kW on a lower UHF channel, it would not be able to increase power to offset the reduction in coverage due to the dipole factor. Of course, the optimization software would probably assign stations already on high-UHF channels into the shared/impaired 600 MHz spectrum to comply with the FCC’s objective of keeping coverage loss to under 1%.

The FCC’s proposed opening bids highlight the difference between low-VHF, high-VHF and UHF TV spectrum, but it has as much to do with availability of channels as it does with coverage. Stations moving from UHF or high-VHF to Low-VHF would receive an opening bid between 67% and 80% of the station’s price to go off-air. Stations moving from UHF to high-VHF would get an opening bid between 33% and 50% of the station’s off-air price. The FCC notes that these would only be the opening discounts. “Final discounts for the VHF options will be determined by the demand by bidders for VHF channels and the availability of those channels.”

Since there are only five low-VHF channels and only seven high-VHF channels, if a large number of stations want to give up their UHF channel to move to VHF it could boost the price for the VHF channels, some of which are held by Class A LPTV stations eligible to participate in the auction.

The public notice analyzes the situation this way: “There are substantially more unoccupied Low-VHF channels than High-VHF channels. As a result, in nearly all markets, a station could move to a Low-VHF channel without the need to reassign any channels in that band. Conversely, there are relatively few markets where a station could move to High-VHF channels unless other stations vacate that band or are repacked within the band. In at least some scenarios, therefore, we may need to pay two stations in connection with a UHF-to-High-VHF move: a High-VHF station to vacate its channel, and UHF licensee to move to High-VHF. A smaller discount, i.e., a higher opening price, for the Low-VHF option would signal the greater value of this option to the auction.”

The FCC’s proposal for determining the final TV channel assignment plan includes maximizing channel “stays” (no channel change), minimizing aggregate new interference over 1%, minimizing relocation expenses (using “publicly available data”), and, finally, “prioritizing multiple objectives.” The last objective means the FCC would make trade-offs between the first three objectives, proposing assigning priorities (highest to lowest) to no channel change, interference to less than one percent, least relocation expense.

The public notice proposes broadcast spectrum clearing target of 84 MHz — all UHF channels above Channel 36 — which would result in 70 MHz of spectrum available for the forward auction after allowing for the duplex gap and guard bands. While significantly less than the 120 MHz originally proposed in the National Broadband Plan, this target isn’t a surprise given past comments from FCC commissioners.

Although it seems unlikely the FCC will modify the procedures outlined in the public notice after reading the statements from the dissenting commissioners, comments can be submitted up to Jan. 30, with the deadline for reply comment Feb. 27.

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CES Report: LG Announces More 4K TVs, Netflix Partnership

Netflix will add HDR to its video in 2015, and will begin a Recommended TV Program to endorse sets that make online viewing easy.

“People are jumping onboard the 4K bandwagon,” announced Tim Alessi, director of new product development for LG Electronics, at his company’s CES 2015 press conference. 4K TVs are projected to sell 32 million units in 2015, he said, with 5 million of that in the United States. To meet the demand LG will introduce 34 4K models in the coming year.

LG will add its ColorPrime technology to several of its lines to improve high-definition image quality. ColorPrime is especially valuable in brightly-lit rooms, Alessi said, where colors can get washed out.

Alessi spent much of his time talking up LG’s work with OLED technology. LG will introduced 7 OLED sets in 2015, promising richer colors and darker blacks. All the OLED sets will be 4K. The line includes both curved and flat screens ranging from 55- to 77-inches. One flexible model can be flat or curved, changeable with the touch of a button.

LG will demo an 8K TV in its booth, but didn’t announce an 8K set for 2015.

LG’s connected TV operating system, WebOS, will get an upgrade this year with the release of WebOS 2.0. A quick start improvement will reduce access time by 60 percent, and customers will be able to add favorite channels to their launch bars. LG is working with content partners, such as Vudu, to make more 4K video available. Alessi announced that LG is an exclusive partner with GoPro, and will offer GoPro content through an app.

“As entertainment continues to evolve into new formats and new platforms, the GoPro Channel app will bring our best user-generated content and original production,” said GoPro head of programming and distribution Adam Dornbusch in a statement.

Alessi introduced Greg Peters, chief streaming and partnerships officer for Netflix, who said Netflix will introduce high dynamic range (HDR) to its video in 2015, and that it will be available to LG owners. He didn’t mention whether or not it would be exclusive to LG sets.

“Not just more pixels, but better pixels,” Peters said.

Netflix is beginning a Recommended TV Program, Peters said, recognizing TVs that are good buys for streaming viewers. To quality, TVs need to perform well, offer easy navigation, and include advanced features for streaming channels. Netflix will offer more information on Recommended TV Program criteria in the spring.

LG 4K TVs at CES 2015.

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Join Allant at CES


Do you really know who your audience is? What are they watching? How are they consuming content? The current TV ad model is evolving rapidly. Historical reach and frequency, network and day part and program ad placement panel based measurement is giving ground to competing online, on demand video and the increasing availability of set top box data. Advertisers are responding, wanting TV to be more targetable, interactive and measurable.

Media companies are trying to protect and enhance TV ad inventory value while grappling with how to shift to the online model and make it even better. The time has come for media companies to build viewership relationships in order to protect and enhance ad inventory, broaden their audience and diversify revenue.

Allant helps media companies build the audience assets necessary to leverage traditional CRM, online and advanced advertising technologies and solutions. It’s time you made the shift to Allant.

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Brandon Tartikoff Legacy Award

january 21, 2015

Join B&C and Multichannel News in saluting these exceptional individuals in a special supplement that will be published in the January 19 issue of both publications.
NATPE’s Brandon Tartikoff Legacy Award is presented each year at a special reception during the annual NATPE Market & Conference. Held in association with Broadcasting & Cable and Multichannel News, the Legacy Award honorees are selected by NATPE’s Executive Committee with input from the editorial staffs of the two trade publications.

Named in honor of Brandon Tartikoff, arguably one of the medium’s greatest programmers whose imprint on the television industry will be viewed forever, the Brandon Tartikoff Legacy Award was created to recognize a select group of television professionals who exhibit extraordinary passion, leadership, independence and vision in the process of creating television programming and in evoking the spirit of Tartikoff’s generosity.

The 12th annual Brandon Tartikoff Legacy Award reception will be held during NATPE 2015, on Wednesday, January 21 from 6 – 8pm at the Fontainebleau Resort, Miami Beach.   Click here to register and purchase tickets.

Exhibitors, please register and purchase tickets through “Exhibitor Express.”  Please coordinate with your designated Exhibit Contact.

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Don’t miss our exclusive PXW-FS7 webinar Shooting Solo Wednesday 17th December 12pm (midday) GMT/1pm CET


It’s not too late to register for our exclusive webinar exploring new creative possibilities for single-user shooting, plus find out the results of our recent competition. Who has won a PXW-FS7?

Join our FREE interactive webinar that explores latest production trends, with a focus on single-user shooting with Sony’s acclaimed new PXW-FS7 professional camera. Whether you’re making docs, music promos or web video, you’ll pick up loads of practical tips and tricks for getting better pictures when it’s just you and your camera.

Hosted at Sony’s Digital Motion Picture Centre Europe, located at London’s legendary Pinewood Studios, Shooting Solo is presented by this exciting panel of filmmakers:

• Den Lennie

• Nino Leitner

• Tom Swindell

• Emmanuel Pampuri

• Pol Turrents

We’ll also be unveiling the results of our recent competition. Tune in to find out who has won the game-changing PXW-FS7, with a first look at their winning entry as selected by some of our webinar panel.

Kind regards,

The Sony Professional Team

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DISH, Nexstar avoid blackout with long-term carriage deal

Michelle Clancy | 12 December 2014

After many words and a series of extensions, DISH Network and Nexstar Broadcasting have inked a long-term broadcast retransmission renewal, averting a major TV blackout across the US.

The agreement covers 60 stations in 46 markets, including ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, CW, Telemundo and MyNetworkTV affiliates. The deal was a while in coming; on Monday, Nexstar granted DISH a third extension to the companies’ previous agreement to prevent a blackout.

“Nexstar is delighted that DISH subscribers in its markets will have uninterrupted access to leading network content from [the national networks] as well as local news and other programming produced specifically for local communities,” Nexstar said in a statement. “Nexstar is also proud of the fact that no material service interruptions related to distribution agreements have occurred with its station group since 2005.”

DISH just sealed a new deal with CBS/Showtime, and is still working under extended agreements with Turner Networks and Comcast regional sports networks.

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TV sets continue to dominate as UK viewers stay loyal to live

Joseph O’Halloran| 08 December 2014

There may indeed be many ways to watch TV, but UK viewers are remaining steadfast to watching TV as it is broadcast.

According to research carried out by IpsosMediaCT on behalf of Thinkbox, the trade association representing UK commercial TV companies, 88% of TV in the UK continues to be watched live, as it is broadcast. And despite the growing success of online subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) services such as Netflix and Amazon, the research also found that people in the UK actually underestimate how much live TV they watch: asked what proportion of their TV viewing they thought was live, on average people claimed 57%.

Overall, 98.2% of TV viewing was found to take place on a TV set, and the TV Nation research found that 55% of the UK claim only ever to watch TV on a TV set, despite the prevalence of new screens such as tablets. Asked which type of screen gave the best viewing experience, the sample showed that TV set dominated with 88%. Next were laptops (6%), then desktop computers (3%), then tablets and smartphones (both with 2%).

The TV Nation report also revealed the reasons why people choose live TV. They are: to watch live action as it happens (28%); to discover programmes and continue watching them (23%); wanting to watch live to create a TV ‘event’ (19%); watching together with friends or family (17%); to watch shows they have been looking forward to as soon as possible (17%).

But not overlooking alternative viewing, the research also revealed that in the UK tablets are set to overtake laptops as the favourite second screen. The TV Nation 2012 report found that only 5% of the UK claimed to watch on tablets and 22% on laptops; two years later these figures are 17% and 23% respectively.

Looking at why people connect to a second screen, the research found that 41% did so to catch up with missed programmes. Next was to watch something when others were in the room watching something else (31%); watching in rooms where there’s no TV set (25%); watching shows that viewers did not have access to on their TV set (23%); for entertainment when travelling (21%).

“This research explains how TV is changing but also, importantly, how the fundamentals remain the same,” said Nicole Greenfield-Smith, research controller at Thinkbox, commenting on the company’s reserch. “It shows how the TV set in the living room remains at the centre of our viewing and the human desire to live in the moment, to belong and to share experiences is reflected in the continuing dominance of live TV. People are also relishing watching TV in new ways, on-demand and on new devices, as an additional activity not as a substitute. It is a testament to the attraction of live TV that the main reason to watch TV on other screens is to catch up with a missed show.'”

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Traditional TV viewing in US dips over 2014

Joseph O’Halloran| 04 December 2014

Despite there being many more ways in which to view TV in the US, actual overall viewing decreased in 2014 according to Nielsen’s third-quarter Total Audience Report.

The survey, formerly known as the Cross-Platform Report, revealed an increasing use of such devices — in particular smartphones, tablets and the latest generation gaming consoles — have subsequently driven a change in consumers’ viewing habits. Nielsen says that such proliferation has meant that what used to be a schedule to watch programming now seems ‘like little more than a suggestion’ as US viewers can choose to watch live linear programming, video-on-demand, or through subscription services and apps, among other ways to tune in.

“Content is still king, but consumers are shaping their own content-discovery experience, and the evolving media landscape has not lessened consumer demand for quality, professionally-produced content,” explained Nielsen senior vice president Dounia Turrill. “What has changed is the number and reliability of new media available to viewers.”

Yet despite the increased amount of options to view, the report data also showed that the actual time spent on screen has fallen. Nielsen found that overall Americans spent a little more than 141 hours a month connecting with traditional television in Q3 2014. During the same period, the overall population also saw over an hour increase in time spent watching time-shifted content and a four-hour increase watching online video.

Average daily time spent watching live TV decreased 12 minutes from four hours and 44 minutes in the third-quarter of 2013 to four hours and 32 minutes a year later. Conversely, consumer’s daily time spent using a smartphone increased 23 minutes, from one hour and ten minutes to one hour and 33 minutes per day. Time-shifting content, either using a DVR or video-on-demand (VOD) technology, continues to resonate with consumers, and while still a small part of overall usage across platforms and devices, daily time spent using a multimedia device continues to climb.

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