The industry is hoping to have a candidate ATSC 3.0 standard out this year, with prototype receivers to begin showing up in 2016, said NAB's Skip Pizzi. "Broadcasters will have to come together to bring opportunities to consumers that are not available today," said Mark Aitken of Sinclair Broadcast Group.
NAB's Ann Marie Cumming has been promoted to senior vice president of communications, adding additional responsibilities to her current role overseeing NAB's reporter outreach as well as the NAB Show and Radio Show newsrooms. NAB has also promoted Shermaze Ingram to senior vice president of marketing and creative services.
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.
Some viewers in Maine are experiencing a bumpy transition to DTV, with complaints of poor sound synchronization, badly cropped images and general reception problems. The synch problem is getting particular attention from broadcasters, said Lynn Claudy, vice president of science and technology for the NAB.