Broadcast networks, with ratings down this season and the economy still uncertain, could notch small gains in upfront rates, but volume is likely to be flat or slightly down, analysts say. CBS is expected to lead the way with a 5% gain, followed by Fox and cable networks at 4%, according to Credit Suisse.
NBC's owned station group and Fox Television Stations are among the latest to develop their own digital multicast networks. NBC's Cozi TV, which launched Jan. 1, features a mix of "easy to watch" programming, such as "The Six Million Dollar Man" and original reality series. Fox's Movies! is aiming for a spring launch and will show films in widescreen format.
Don't believe what you hear about UltraHD being too expensive or technologically incompatible with current systems, Leslie Ellis writes. "If the upcoming [NAB Show] is any indicator, the vendor marketplace for UltraHD cameras, production gear and editing suite paraphernalia [will] catch up. ... It's a huge business," Ellis writes. "So, don't dismiss UltraHD just yet. Its barriers are not unique, and will very likely resolve themselves."
Entertainer John Tesh traces much of his success to knowing a lot more about the broadcasting business, particularly radio, than just the performing end of it. It's one of the key ways to make yourself indispensable, Tesh said -- learn every aspect of the field. "I know how to do everybody's job, at least technically, at the office. ... It's an important lesson for radio now," Tesh said.
NASA Administrator Charles Bolden will give the keynote address at the annual NAB Technology Luncheon, which takes place April 10 during the NAB Show in Las Vegas. Bolden, a Marine Corps veteran who took four missions into space, will appear live via satellite from Washington, D.C.