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ATSC 3.0: How cord-cutters should plan for antenna TV’s big upgrade

The benefits of this standard are clear: Better reception, 4K HDR video support, Dolby Atmos and DTS-X support, on-demand video, and possibly even streaming to mobile devices and automobiles. (The standard also has also some iffier aspects, such as targeted advertising.) But ATSC 3.0 comes with one big caveat as well: While the new standard will work with any antenna, it’s incompatible with the ATSC 1.0 tuners built into today’s TVs, converter boxes, and DVRs. – Jared Newman, TechHive » https://ift.tt/38aASOA

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Antennas Direct buys Mohu to create indoor/outdoor TV antenna giant

Antennas Direct will focus on making its antennas smaller, more powerful and more resistant to interference. Schneider said his company can hopefully get higher gain while reducing the size. He also wants the combined R&D teams to work on smart antennas that are self-structuring, meaning they can receive feedback from a tuner and reconfigure themselves. He said the U.S. military already has antenna technology like that, but his company working on doing it at a price point that consumers can accept. – Ben Munson, FierceVideo » https://ift.tt/3a3aKH3

US broadcasters drop the pilot

Ampere believes that there are several reasons for the migration away from pilots including a rise of the ‘reboot culture’, where previous shows with established audiences negate the need for networks to order pilots and the escalating cost of content. As regards the latter, the analyst pointed out that as some series cost up to $20 million per episode, broadcasters could mitigate costs by ordering fewer pilot episodes. – Joseph O’Halloran, Rapid TV News » https://www.rapidtvnews.com/2019082957137/us-broadcasters-drop-the-pilot.html#ixzz5y4bHSVAP [photo: Ampere Analysis]

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

AT&T Donates $500,000 to Locast Free Broadcast-TV Streaming Org

According to the telco, the donation “will support SFCNY’s mission to make free broadcast content available to consumers and offer them more choice.” AT&T added the Locast interactive app to internet-connected DirecTV and U-verse set-tops on May 30 — giving it a path to perhaps eventually avoid paying retransmission fees to broadcasters. – Todd Spangler, Variety » https://ift.tt/31ZK06r

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

The new AirTV wirelessly beams broadcast channels to your streaming device

While the AirTV Player was an all-in-one unit that functioned as a streaming box — ostensibly your main streaming box — the AirTV is more of an accessory. Plug an OTA antenna into the device, hook it up to your Wi-Fi, and it wirelessly streams OTA channels to various streaming boxes throughout your house. Not only does this let you use the streaming box you’re used to, but it also lets you put the antenna where it gets the best reception, not wherever your TV happens to be. – Kris Wouk, Digital Trends https://ift.tt/2LobvOL

The settings you should change immediately after buying a new TV

If you peek into your TV’s settings, you’ll see a lot of features with catchy names — like “Ultra Black” or “Live Color.” Many of these features, however, are marketing gimmicks designed to sound impressive, one-up the competition’s spec sheets, and make the picture pop next to other TVs in brightly lit showrooms. In fact, many of them actually remove detail from the picture or cause distortions and artifacts that degrade picture quality… – Whitson Gordon, Engadget http://engt.co/2D0vxcG

BTV brings local TV to your phone and desktop for free

[LocalBTV] already live in the San Francisco Bay Area and Phoenix, with Los Angeles planned next. The company hopes to be in the 40 biggest metropolitan areas of the U.S. by the end of 2019. […] The TV stations are received at Didja’s data centers, run through TV tuners, bundled with a TV guide, and streamed out over Apple’s HLS live streaming protocol to the app. – Martyn Williams, TechHive http://ift.tt/2zQpF60
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