Tag Archives: Broadcast

Content Clashes and the Netflix Effect: Hollywood Lawyers Discuss the Decade Ahead

In my view, the most important litigation of the past decade has involved the application of the Copyright Act at the critical intersection of entertainment and technology. The long-running Viacom v. YouTube case, for example, helped shape the law around user-posted content, while the landmark Aereo and ReDigi cases grappled with how the law applied to new means of consuming content, revisiting decades-old provisions related to public performance, the first-sale doctrine and statutory licenses… – Eleanor Lackman, Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp via Ashley Cullins, The Hollywood Reporter » http://thr.cm/BENVkn

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ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC sue free broadcast streaming service Locast

Locast is a free service that streams full-power broadcast channels in local markets to anyone with an internet connection located within the relevant Nielsen Designated Market Area (DMA). Locast’s operational costs do not include licensing fees paid to broadcasters. The organization relies on a statute within the Copyright Act that allows a non-profit organization to retransmit local broadcast signals. – Ben Munson, FierceVideo » https://ift.tt/333KoBm

Germany launches TV via 5G broadcast trial

With the help of the high power of the transmitters and the high transmission towers (HPHT), the broadcasting of TV channels covering large areas can be tested based on the new broadcast mode FeMBMS (Further evolved Multimedia Broadcast Multicast Service). FeMBMS allows far-reaching distribution of content across large coverage areas with a radius of up to 60 kilometres. – Jörn Krieger, Broadband TV News » http://bit.ly/2JeAzdd

Charter Saddles ‘$20’ Streaming Service With $6 in Bogus Fees

[W]hile Spectrum Stream is advertised at $20 per month, Charter Communications tacks on a fairly-massive (and sure to increase) $6 per month “broadcast TV fee.” And while that sounds like a sensible charge, we’ve been noting for some time how broadcast TV fees are just a clever way for the cable industry to covertly jack up the price of advertised rates post-sale. To create the broadcast TV fee, cable providers simply take some of the cost of programming and bury it below the line. – Karl Bode, DSL Reports http://ift.tt/2ueR3ts

Streaming TV quality sucks compared to broadcast. Here’s how the industry intends to make it better

The main reason for latency is that the live stream gets chopped up onto chunks–usually of around 10 seconds each–to be delivered over the internet. A streaming player such as Apple TV might require a few of those chunks to be lined up before it starts playing the video, launching viewers into a point that’s well behind the live broadcast. – Jared Newman, TechHive http://ift.tt/2sD6Eje

The quest for smooth 60-frames-per-second sports in streaming TV bundles

Sony’s PlayStation Vue fares better, supporting 60 frames per second on the same channels and programs that cable does. But there is one odd exception: Amazon’s Fire TV Stick only streams Vue at 30 frames per second. You might think this is a hardware limitation, but keep in mind the Fire TV Stick does stream at the higher rate with other services, such as MLB TV. – Jared Newman, TechHive http://ift.tt/2nvGzQr

FCC takes first step toward over-the-air 4K broadcasting

On Thursday, the [Federal Communications Commission] published a proposed regulation that would allow TV stations to begin broadcasts using the ATSC3.0 format, a newer version of the digital transmission format used today. ATSC 3.0 uses an IP data stream, so it’s much more flexible than current broadcast standards. Using the system, broadcasts can simultaneously send several video streams of varying bandwidths and additional streams of data. – Martyn Williams, TechHive http://ift.tt/2k9GAdm
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