WJW-TV, the Fox affiliate in Cleveland, on Friday was set to become one of the first stations in the U.S. to hold a field test of the burgeoning Ultra HD format. "When we went to HD, things got a whole lot better, and this brand of TV will be four times the resolution of high definition," said Lynn Claudy, NAB's senior vice president of technology.
Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., sent a letter late last week to FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski praising the commitments Comcast and NBC Universal have made "to preserve and enrich the production of local news, public affairs, and other public interest programming." Rockefeller also told Genachowski he was concerned the proposed merger could lead to excessive cable-rate increases.
Glenn Britt, the CEO of Time Warner Cable, predicts further consolidation in the cable industry in line with the recent announcement that Cablevision would acquire the assets of Bresnan Communications. Britt said his company would only consider acquisitions that had a clear benefit for investors, noting he is happy with the current size of the company.
The FCC has named Tom Wheeler, managing director of Core Capital Partners and the ex-president of the National Cable & Telecommunications Association, to helm a new task force on spectrum technology. The group also includes Lynn Claudy, the NAB's senior vice president of science and technology; Geoffrey Mendenhall, vice president, transmission research and technology at Harris Corp.; and Andy Setos, president, engineering at the Fox Group.
Graham Jones, senior director of communications engineering, science and technology for the NAB, is retiring. Lynn Claudy, the NAB's senior vice president of science and technology said, "In Graham's eight years at NAB, he contributed much to help move television broadcasting to a higher technical level."