Apple originally announced the new Mac Pro back in July. The October press event confirmed the machine will be available in December. Looking more like a miniature R2D2, the high-end power house starts at $3K and grows rapidly from there.
Having just returned from IBC2013, I can tell you that at least the exhibitors were fully engaged with products that support dual-screen audiences and all the social media that entails. What I couldn’t see was the level of interest from broadcasters in all things Twitter and social media.
Cloud storage and software is huge in the IT space. And, as NAB and IBC illustrated, broadcast vendors are increasingly offering similar versions for media clients. Even so, engineers have yet to fully embrace the idea of handing off their content to a server in an unknown location, hosted by an IT company that claims “no downtime and perfect security,” yet cannot spell “broadcast.”
Let’s examine some of the benefits and potential drawbacks of a cloud solution.
With the advent of new delivery technology, more viewers are discovering, even seeking out, new ways to receive content. Today, viewers want to be able to consume entertainment on many platforms, ranging from the 65in HDTV set in the living room to the smartphone in their pocket.
Broadcast and cable nemesis, Aereo, today announced plans to launch its online television technology across 16 counties in the Chicago area and some Indiana counties on September 13, continuing the company’s nationwide rollout.
President Obama appoints former NCTA and CTIA bigwig Tom Wheeler to the post of FCC Chairman. Wheeler was president and lobbyist for the NCTA from 1979 to 1984, and CEO and lobbyist for the CTIA from 1992 to 2004. Wheeler passes muster as longtime Democrat fundraiser and a serial lobbyist, and writes an anti-broadcast blog. Hang on broadcasters, there may be some rough times ahead…
Senator John McCain's effort to challenge the media conglomerates could more resemble his last presidential bid than a successful effort to deliver viewers a la carte cable and satellite subscriptions.
Without a doubt, the top theme at this year’s NAB show was 4K. There were 4K cameras, video routers, recorders, multiviewers, fiber, projectors, slo-mo systems, 4K cine lenses and, of course, 4K editing, grading and production systems. Wow, with all that stuff available, why would anyone buy yesterday’s 3G and HD equipment?
According to Reuters, President Barack Obama will nominate venture capitalist Tom Wheeler on Wednesday to become the new chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), a White House official said
InfoWeek writer Paul Venezia wrote in his Jan. 14 column that storage would soon evolve into “… a world devoid of the painfully outdated yet ubiquitous spinning disk.” Yep, and the familiar phrase “Tape is dead” has been bandied around for 25 years.