Multicasting

Classic TV shows get new life on digital airwaves

Location:
USA, United States
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1

Many cable networks abandoned classic TV shows once the baby boomers who watched them moved out of the 18-to-49 age group that advertisers covet most. That's created an opening for multicast TV networks -- the channels that viewers can watch over the air for free with a digital antenna -- to come to their rescue.

Bounce TV Criticizes Retransmission Reforms

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Senate Commerce Committee, Constitution Avenue and 1st Street, NE Russell Senate Office Building - 253, Washington, DC, 20002, United States
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1

Bounce TV says that the retransmission consent changes being considered in a Senate Commerce Committee satellite reauthorization bill will do "serious harm" to many affiliates that helped launch Bounce on their multicast channels.

More Original Thinking In the Multicast Space

Location:
BIA/Kelsey, 15120 Enterprise Court, Chantilly, VA, 20151, United States
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1

If digital networks are following a similar course as cable decades ago, as many believe, they may have to come up with the type of compelling original programming that ...

ACA Asks FCC to Prohibit Some Affiliation Switch, Multicast Moves

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
2

The American Cable Association wants the Federal Communications Commission to prevent television stations from swapping affiliations in a market so that one station owner programs two of the Top Four networks and to disallow a Top Four network-programmed station in a market from carrying a second Top Four net on a multicast stream.

Statement On Order Conditionally Granting The Sinclair Allbritton Transaction

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
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3

The Federal Communications Commission’s Media Bureau adopted an Order approving the $985 million Sinclair/Allbritton transaction after the parties agreed to amend the proposal in three markets to comply with our ownership rules.

Verizon LTE Multicast Mimics Broadcast Model

Location:
Verizon Communications, 140 West St, New York, NY, 10007, United States
Recommendation:
2

Verizon has begun to demo a new approach to delivering video over its vast LTE wireless broadband network that will allow it to mimic and compete with broadcasting.

Wireless Becoming TV's Newest Nemesis

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
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2

Historically, broadcast TV's biggest foes have been cable and newspapers, but now there seems to one more major adversary: wireless operators.

New Retransmission Attack Targets Multicasting

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States

Diginets Growing With Old Shows and New Ideas

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
1

After years of experimentation and occasional flops, the business of broadcasting specialty networks on digital subchannels is starting to draw viewers and revenue in amounts that really matter.

It’s Official: NBC Stations Getting Cozi

Location:
NBC Universal, 30 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY, 10112, United States
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2

NBC Owned Television Stations confirmed that it is launching early next year a multicast channel mixing classic TV with hit movies and original national and local programming.

Stations See Growth from New Revenue Streams

Location:
Union League Club, 38 East 37th Street, New York, NY, 10016, United States
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2

Sure, the television spot business is recovering from what many people have branded “The Great Recession,” but TV executives at the SNL Kagan TV and Radio Finance Summit in New York see new revenue streams adding to that positive momentum.

Big Gaps in Broadcaster's Multiplatform TV Efforts

Location:
Positive Flux, Poughkeepsie, NY, United States
Recommendation:
1

A new study based on a survey of senior engineers at over 350 U.S. stations has found that many stations are in danger of being overwhelmed by the challenges of their rapidly expanding online and mobile efforts and that stations need to do a better job of deploying workflow and quality control systems to help them better handle their multiplatform efforts.

NBC launches round-the-clock local news channels in California, Dallas

Location:
Comcast, 1500 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19102-2148, United States
Recommendation:
2

NBC Universal announced it is launching nonstop local news and information channels in Dallas, Miami and California to fulfill part of the of the local programming condition imposed by the Federal Communications Commission as part of the Comcast merger.

Retransmission tops TV's Biggest Business Issues

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1

Welcome to the future — here's a look at the top ten broadcast TV business stories that will grab the spotlight in 2011.

Multicasting Stalls

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3

If there's an elephant in the room this winter as the Federal Communications Commission considers how to repurpose more than 100 MHz of digital broadcast spectrum for other services as part of a national broadband plan, it could be the relative dearth of multicast channels among commercial broadcasters more than a year-and-a-half into the digital transition.

NAB Promoting Future of Broadcast TV

Location:
National Association of Broadcasters, 1771 N Street NW, Washington, DC, 20036, United States
Recommendation:
1

The National Association of Broadcasters unveiled today a new on-air campaign promoting the future of broadcast television.

Grant TV Stations More Spectrum Freedom

The question is not whether spectrum should be used for broadband or broadcasting but whether the FCC will allow it to be used for broadband and broadcasting.

Growing multicast channels may be big factor in PBS ratings mystery

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1

Stirrings of audience life in multicast channels may the big reason why the national Nielsen ratings acquired by PBS have been rising even though local Nielsen numbers are still generally slipping.

DTV: Stations Try to Fill Digital Subchannels

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1

The country's switchover from analog to digital broadcast signals brings with it a need for stations to program the digital subchannels created in the bandwidth space formerly occupied by their analog signals.

Digital TV Multicasting Spurs Need for Kids Stuff

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4

With the proliferation of digital broadcast channels, things are looking up for distributors of FCC-friendly children's educational or instructional (E/I) programming. After a long battle with broadcasters, the FCC during the Clinton years mandated that every TV station air at least three hours of E/I programming each week.

Johnson, Ion To Offer Black TV Channel

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1

Robert Johnson, the billionaire founder of the Black Entertainment Television, is looking to get back into television is a big way by programming at least one channel on the Ion Media's stations under unique "share-time" licenses.

Don't believe the hype

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4

The transition to digital television was supposed to be more than just an upgrade in picture quality. It was also supposed to usher in a revolution in TV content and the quality of free television.

NBC Shutting Down Weather Plus

The sun is setting on NBC Weather Plus, the 4-year-old digital joint venture between NBC and affiliated local stations, which programmed the 24/7 local weather service on their digital channels.

"This" Is Our Digital Future?

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3

Chicago has a rich media history, having been the center of the emerging broadcast industry in the early 1920's, home to the first radio station to broadcast the World Series, the "Chicago School of Television," and the city that pioneered the daytime-talk show format.

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"This" Is Our Digital Future?

Chicago has a rich media history, having been the center of the emerging broadcast industry in the early 1920's, home to the first radio station to broadcast the World Series, the "Chicago School of Television," and the city that pioneered the daytime-talk show format. Chicago has been an innovator and provider of high-quality content when new capacity demands new content. The question now is: As broadcast television migrates toward digital technology is Chicago media situated to be an innovative leader again? Unfortunately, the answer is "no." As the capacity of television broadcasters multiples with the migration to digital technology, far from acting as a model in creating new content and services, Chicago broadcasters are failing the community, mostly looking to the past for quick and cheap "solutions."

Classic shows could find new life in digital TV

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2

Everyone knows that the national transition to digital broadcast television will promote sexy new technologies including high-definition TV (HDTV). But few could have imagined that it might also revive some of the creakiest movies and series ever committed to celluloid, including The Lone Ranger, McHale's Navy and The Addams Family.

MAP Proposes New Station License Category

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2

The Media Access Project, a public interest law firm, is proposing a new category of station license that would apply to existing TV stations' digital-multicast channels. The "S Class" licenses could be obtained by minorities and others if a station agreed to give up the excess digital spectrum for licensing.

MGM links with Weigel Broadcasting for digital subchannel offering

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3

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, impressed with what Chicago-based Weigel Broadcasting has done in packaging vintage TV shows under the Me TV and Me Too brands, announced Monday it is partnering on a national offering called This TV Network.

Broadcasters: 20% of Revenue from Digital

A trio of broadcast CEOs laid out ambitious digital strategies at the Deutsche Bank Media Conference here Tuesday, with retransmission-consent fees the focus of the game plan. Gray Television’s Robert Prather, LIN TV’s Vince Sadusky and Nexstar Broadcasting Group’s Perry Sook said collecting from cable, satellite and telco providers for the right to air their stations’ signals wasn't a question of if, but how much.

More Channels Are Coming. Will Anyone Be Watching?

When broadcast television stations first transmitted their signals digitally at the end of the 1990s, consumers received a benefit besides clearer pictures: a multitude of new channels made possible by digital compression technology.

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