Technologies

What Local TV Should Know Before Taking Off With Drone Journalism

Posted 07-21-17

by Felippe Rodrigues, MediaShift

Is there anything in journalism that screams innovation more than drones? Since the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) instituted new rules in 2016, unmanned aircraft equipped with cameras have become popular in newsrooms like Chicago’s CBS2, Norfolk’s The Virginian Pilot, and The New York Times. But should every news videographer be running out to get one?

“The question is ‘what purpose is the drone serving in the story?’” says Matt Waite, a professor at the University of Nebraska who in 2011 founded the Drone Journalism Lab to study the technology and train journalists on the use of drones. Waite believes that incorporating drones into your newsroom is not that simple of a choice. Instead, like any shoot, the planning should be meticulous.

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Study Finds 600+ FM Stations Could Be Affected by TV Repack

Posted 07-12-17

V-Soft report, commissioned by NAB, seeks to assess scope of challenge for radio

We already knew that the ambitious TV spectrum “repack” process over the next three years was likely to have operational implications for FM broadcasters in the United States. Now an NAB-commissioned study seeks to quantify the scope of the impact on radio.

The study, conducted by V-Soft Communications, finds that more than 600 FM stations could be affected by the repack, a process in which over 1,100 TV stations will change channels or, in some cases, go off the air. Many of the TV stations will require antenna replacements or other tower work that could take days, or weeks.

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DTS: Broadcast Has a Place in the Car of the Future

Posted 04-24-17

Paul Kaminski, Radio World

As part of the Broadcast Engineering and Information Technology Conference’s “The Evolution of the In-Vehicle Broadcast Radio Experience” session, attendees heard DTS Senior Vice President of Broadcast Technology Joe D’Angelo share his vision of how the car of the future will evolve, and how radio can maintain its place as an integral part of that vehicle.

D’Angelo says broadcasters need to take advantage of the technology for that to happen because of the changes in the way listeners discover content. Metadata is a key to that process.

The “buzz” around the connected car may be daunting, but D’Angelo says broadcasters shouldn’t “freakout” about those changes, because they won’t happen as fast as people say. Yet they will happen. “Nothing that happens in the car business happens quickly; it takes two to three years to design and prove something into the vehicle and once it gets into the vehicle, it’s going to run for five to seven years.”

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