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Audio Loudness - or Why Commercials Annoy October 15th 2014 - 11:50 AM

You are sitting there quietly watching your favorite show on TV when all of a sudden the commercial comes on – BAM, WAM, BUY, BUY… screams at you. The purpose of the commercial is to grab your attention in the few seconds of the spot. The recording engineers in the commercials production agency will turn up the sound levels into the red for maximum impact and effect to shake you out of your slumbers. However the effect can be to intensely annoy the viewer who reaches for the channel change, or worse calls the TV company to complain.

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Why satellite trumps cellular in an emergency October 9th 2014 - 12:16 PM

There is a rapid and profound technology shift in ENG. Wireless broadband service providers have become viable low-cost alternatives to conventional microwave in a large number of cases. BT Sport has launched what is claimed to be Europe’s first cellular newsgathering fleet with LiveU LU500 units and Xtender remote antennas even giving the service a new acronym of CNG. Meanwhile U.S. Spanish language broadcaster Noticias MundoFOX has based its entire ENG operation on LIVE+ 20/20 cellular-bonded transmitters from Dejero. “Budget is always a large consideration for a start-up news network,” explained Armando Acevedo, the network’s director of operations. “The ability to cover live, breaking news from the source is a critical differentiator but can also be a major expense area, especially if the station has to maintain costly satellite vehicles.”

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CN Tower, Toronto. It is the tallest freestanding VHF-UHF transmission concrete tower in the Western Hemisphere.

Television and Radio Transmission Antennas Still in a Slump Five Years After Economic Meltdown October 6th 2014 - 12:30 PM

The business of selling television and radio transmission antennas in the United States is at a standstill, though the global business is stronger. Antenna tower builders, however, remain busy — switching from broadcasting to the booming cellular telephone business.

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How viewers consume tomorrow

New Ericsson Report Finds Major Changes in Television Viewing Habits October 6th 2014 - 11:00 AM

Television viewing habits throughout the world are undergoing major change. A new report from Ericsson finds that streaming video is closing in on linear TV with a gap of just two percentage points in terms of weekly consumption.

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I Want My 4K MTV September 29th 2014 - 02:18 PM

The future of digital video is expanding in all directions; from the size of the living room TV, the depth of content selection, and to the different types of devices which serve content. A culmination of technologies is brewing that is bringing an IMAX1-esque experience into the living room.

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An Exploration into the Impact of Middle-Mile Optimization on Content Delivery Bottlenecks September 22nd 2014 - 05:02 PM

In this whitepaper you’ll learn: results of an industry-wide content acceleration technology “bake-off”; the benefits of middle-mile optimization on content acceleration technologies; the testing methodologies and approach we used when comparing providers; and independent third-party corroboration of the test results. This whitepaper is a detailed look into the methods and results of a performance comparison test carried out during a 38-hour period and covered in the published whitepaper by the Enterprise Strategy Group, “Limelight Orchestrate Performance: Accelerating the Delivery of Dynamic Content Across the Middle-Mile.” Throughout this paper, we will explain the testing purpose, methodologies, and results in an effort to expose how middle-mile optimization within content delivery networks leads to better overall content delivery performance. For a third-party validation of these tests and a business understanding of the importance of performance, please read the published whitepaper referenced above. You can also visit Appendix A of this paper to see independent, third party corroboration of our conclusions.

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High Resilience Transmissions with Power Control September 8th 2014 - 02:48 PM

Satellite uplink facilities must deliver reliable, uninterrupted service continuity. Broadcasters derive revenue from advertisers that is dependent upon reliable distribution of content. Any interruption in the distribution process results in loss of revenue and market share. Therefore, facility designs include several layers of redundancy; including redundant satellites, backup sites, and backup hardware at each site.

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Helping Slash OB Production Costs September 8th 2014 - 02:30 PM

TV 2 Norway airs the program Sommertid (Summer time)as a key part of the summer schedule. This live 1-hour program runs 4 days a week for 9 weeks during the summer months. Traditionally the TV 2 Sommertid program was shot on the roof of the TV 2 facility house. For 2014, TV 2 decided it would be more dramatic and exciting if the backdrop were the bustling Oslo harbour, marine docks and restaurant area of Oslo. To facilitate this, the production set is situated on a floating pier on which local and international talent are interviewed and interweaved with live musical segments.Normally this would necessitate using an OB truck. However, OB trucks are relatively expensive and the floating- pier location meant that the OB truck would have to be at least 300 meters from the cameras, adding a great deal of cabling leading to higher complexity and set-up and running costs. Norwia were able to provide a fiber solution to connect the remote at Oslo harbor with the studio 5km away at TV2 TV centre.

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