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.
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.
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.
Sales of digital music albums and individual tracks are up about 5% in 2010, according to Nielsen SoundScan, a veritable drop in the bucket compared with the industry's 2009 performance. Most of the gains came from the sale of digital albums, which were up 12%, while individual tracks were essentially flat.
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."