The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday voted on a proposal that would make it easier to deploy next-gen TV networks. The proposal, which is being praised by groups including the NCTA: The Internet & Television Association and the American Cable Association, would ease some of the IP transition regulations, and it questions whether the FCC should be able to pre-empt local laws that are barriers to deployment.
TV One President Brad Siegel at Thursday's upfront presentation said that new and returning series highlight "the many facets of black culture, past, present and future." TV One's plans include rebranding "NewsOne Now" as "Black America Today" and launching new docu-series, original movies and true crime programming.
Broadcasters and technologists are gearing up for next week's NAB Show, which is to feature new technology and developments, including IP for audio and video and the Next Gen TV standard. The National Association of Broadcasters is expecting attendance of 103,000 at this year's show, with nearly 1,900 exhibitors.
Commissioner Mignon Clyburn of the Federal Communications Commission said that she won't be leaving her role this June, adding, "I've got work to do." While Clyburn's term expires June 30, she won't be required to leave until the end of Congress after the one in which her term expires.
President Donald Trump's approach to broadcast could bring less regulation and more innovation, writes Adonis Hoffman. The biggest changes for broadcast could come with the approval of Next Gen TV and changes to broadcast ownership caps.
Almost 70% of industry experts believe that over-the-top live viewing will pass traditional broadcast viewing by 2022, a recent survey found. The study also examined challenges for OTT live viewing, with over one-quarter of respondents citing quality of service or quality of experience as the biggest concern.
Wi-Fi performance showed significant improvements when using MoCA 2.0 compared with using Wi-Fi backhaul alone, per testing by Dekra. "These tests demonstrate that while Wi-Fi mesh may offer some improvement in whole home coverage, it is not consistent and a wire is still critical for the highest performance and lowest latency in every room," said Multimedia Over Coax Alliance President Charles Cerino.
Windstream Diverse Connect is a new business continuity offering to business customers who rely on cloud-based services and their applications. Windstream says it provides end-to-end connectivity and can support critical functions for enterprises.
AT&T has extended the reach of its fiber-based gigabit network into eight additional areas, bringing the total reach to 52 metro markets, the telecom said, adding that its fiber-to-the-premises technology has reached 4.6 million locations. The company plans to reach 12.5 million places within two years.
Time-sensitive networking technology is at the center of a new line of Ethernet switches from Broadcom for applications in automotive networking, the internet of things and video. The Broadcom StrataConnect BCM53570 range is said to offer flexible bandwidth and port speeds of up to 50 gigabits per second.
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