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AIMS and MNA Announce Merger

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 17:15:50 -0500

The Alliance for IP Media Solutions (AIMS) today announced that it is merging with the Media Networking Alliance (MNA) to form a single trade association for promoting IP in the media and entertainment industry. The merger comes after a two-year history of collaboration, and it will enable the organizations to have an even greater impact on the industries they serve. The new joint organization will retain the AIMS name and will be governed by the existing AIMS bylaws.
Like AIMS, MNA exists to promote a standards-based approach to IP interoperability. MNA is focused on AES67, and its membership consists of companies doing business in the broadcast, professional audio, pro AV, and installation markets. In the past two years, AIMS and MNA have enjoyed a strong relationship, formally executing a liaison agreement and cooperating to promote AES67 technology, which is common to both organizations’ roadmaps. Since the 2017 NAB Show, both organizations have also lent financial support to the IP Showcase, their largest and arguably most impactful undertaking to date.
The merger between the two organizations will create support for common standards that benefit multiple market segments at once. For example, products designed for the broadcast segment are in many ways similar to those for professional audio, but often the standards for those markets segments are developed without much coordination. This merger allows AIMS and MNA members to work on adopting common methodologies for transport, registration and discovery, connection management, and other areas of interoperability even as they focus on the unique requirements of their respective market segments.
By creating standards that address a larger array of applications and market segments, AIMS members that are vendors will have fewer variants of the standards to support and will be able to cross-sell to other market segments more easily while making more efficient use of their R&D budgets. Meanwhile, AIMS members that are users will benefit from a wider selection of vendors whose products comply with standards on the AIMS roadmap. Finally, AIMS members that are also members of MNA will pay only one membership fee instead of two.
Full members of both organizations voted to approve the merger on Dec. 13.

NAB to Induct 'Wheel of Fortune' and 'JEOPARDY!' Into Broadcasting Hall of Fame

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 17:05:54 -0500

Two of America’s most popular gameshows, “Wheel of Fortune” and “JEOPARDY!,” will be inducted into the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Broadcasting Hall of Fame at the new 2018 NAB Show Achievement in Broadcasting Dinner on Monday, April 9 in Las Vegas. The two syndicated hits have produced a combined 13,000+ episodes. They are both produced by Sony Pictures Television Studios and distributed by CBS Television Distribution.
Reaching more than 25 million weekly viewers, “Wheel of Fortune” reaches more viewers than any other program on television. Created by Merv Griffin in 1975 as an NBC daytime show, it is based on the game “Hangman.” ”Wheel of Fortune” is currently celebrating its 35th season of syndication and is trademarked “America’s Game.”
Currently in its 34th season of syndication and with 23 million viewers a week, “JEOPARDY!” remains the top-rated quiz show on television. “JEOPARDY!” has received numerous awards and distinctions, including a 2011 Peabody Award and the 2017 Emmy for Outstanding Game Show.
NAB Broadcasting Hall of Fame television inductees include María Elena Salinas, Chuck Lorre, Shonda Rhimes, “Everybody Loves Raymond,” “American Idol,” Betty White, Garry Marshall, “Meet The Press,” Bob Newhart, “The Tonight Show,” and “Saturday Night Live,” among others.

SMPTE Publishes First Standards Within ST 2110 for Professional Media Over Managed IP Networks

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 17:31:00 -0500

SMPTE has officially published the first standards within SMPTE ST 2110, Professional Media Over Managed IP Networks. SMPTE ST 2110 is a new standards suite that specifies the carriage, synchronization, and description of separate elementary essence streams over professional internet protocol (IP) networks in real-time for the purposes of live production, playout, and other professional media applications.
The following documents are now available in the SMPTE digital library at
• SMPTE ST 2110-10/-20/-30 — addressing system concerns and uncompressed video and audio streams
• SMPTE ST 2110-21 — specifying traffic shaping and delivery timing of uncompressed video
“Professional media is a uniquely challenging field because of its real-time nature and high quality-of-service requirements, both of which consumers may take for granted,” said SMPTE President Matthew Goldman, senior vice president of technology, TV and media at Ericsson. “The standardization of SMPTE ST 2110 documents provides broadcasters, producers, and media technology suppliers with the tools they need to meet these requirements while working in the IP realm.”
With SMPTE ST 2110 standards, intrafacility traffic now can be all-IP, which means that organizations can rely on one common data center infrastructure rather than two separate facilities for SDI and IP switching/routing. The foundation for the first SMPTE ST 2110 standards came from the Video Services Forum (VSF) Technical Recommendation for Transport of Uncompressed Elementary Stream Media Over IP (TR-03), which VSF agreed to make available to SMPTE as a contribution toward the new suite of standards.

Local Newscast Viewership Soars During Los Angeles Wildfires

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 16:06:00 -0500

Over one million more residents in the Los Angeles area tuned into local newscasts on broadcast TV stations last week than the previous week as wildfires raged across Southern California, according to data from ratings measurement service Nielsen. Viewership of local evening newscasts soared across all seven news-producing broadcast television stations in Los Angeles compared to last month’s rating sweeps period.
Based on data provided to the National Association of Broadcasters, between December 5th and 7th nearly six million Los Angeles residents watched a local newscast between 5-7 a.m., 5-6:30 p.m. or 11-11:30 p.m. That was up 23.1% from the Tuesday to Thursday of the previous week, when 4.8 million viewers watched local newscasts in the same dayparts.
Nielsen also found that viewership of local morning news programs (5-7 a.m.) across seven Los Angeles TV stations was up 24% among adults 25-54 from the November sweeps period, and was up 63% during the evening news time period (5-6:30 p.m.). Viewership during the late news time period (11-11:30 p.m.) was up 2% from November sweeps. The stations measured were ABC-owned KABC, CBS’s KCBS, Fox’s KTTV, Tribune’s KTLA, NBC’s KNBC, Telemundo’s KVEA and Univision’s KMEX.
“The Nielsen ratings confirm once again the invaluable ‘first informer’ role of local broadcasting in times of crisis,” said NAB President and CEO Gordon Smith. “As we saw earlier this year during Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria and in the Sonoma County wildfire in Northern California, local radio and TV becomes a trusted source of lifesaving information in an emergency. We salute California’s broadcasters for their fire coverage and their commitment to keeping local citizens out of harm’s way.”

Charlie Vogt Out as Imagine Communications CEO; Tom Cotney To Take Over

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 17:33:25 -0500

Imagine Communications (owned by The Gores Group) has announced that Tom Cotney has been named CEO of the company, effective immediately. Current CEO Charlie Vogt is joining The Gores Group as a Senior Advisor to continue to drive M&A and business development activities at Imagine. According to Imagine’s announcement, the two executives will work closely to continue the momentum and growth at Imagine Communications while also ensuring a seamless leadership transition.
“Over the past four years, Imagine has transformed the media industry by becoming the first company to deliver on its vision of an all IP/cloud network for playout and master control,” says Alec Gores, founder, Chairman and CEO of The Gores Group. “I want to acknowledge and personally thank Charlie for his leadership in driving this massive transformation and placing Imagine’s technology at the forefront of the industry. Sharing our vision of where the industry is heading, Tom is uniquely qualified to build on this momentum and I welcome him in his new role.”
“I am excited about the opportunity to lead Imagine to the next level,” says Mr. Cotney. “Business models in transformation have become the norm in almost every company today. I can’t thank Charlie and the team enough for building Imagine into one of the market leading, long-term players in this industry.”

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