Archives: Television

NAB 2014: 4K, HEVC and Internet

2014/04/07 | By Stéphanie Maude Savard | No Comments | Filed in: CBS, NAB.

The real NAB Show began this morning in Las Vegas by a beautiful sunny day. The “real” because that was the first morning of the exhibit. The conference program began on Saturday but for me, the main interest of NAB is the exhibit as the conference program seems to always be less interesting than others • Read More »

NAB 2014: The Inflection Point

2014/04/05 | By Stéphanie Maude Savard | No Comments | Filed in: NAB, TV.

The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) convention has opened with it’s conference program today (the exhibition starts on Monday). I think that this year’s edition is happening at a very significant time; this is the year when the networking technology has reach a point where it can compete favorably with the dedicated infrastructure. This is • Read More »

Avid moves to the Salesforce.com model

2014/04/05 | By Stéphanie Maude Savard | No Comments | Filed in: Technology, Television.

Usually, my annual presence to the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) convention begins on Sunday.  That day, I generally attend the key press conference, that gives me the chance to know what the large players in the broadcast market are focusing on before the show floor opens on Monday. This year, I got to Las • Read More »

Miranda becomes Grass Valley

2014/04/04 | By Stéphanie Maude Savard | No Comments | Filed in: NAB.

Just in time for NAB 2014, Belden did announce that both of their professional video manufacturers Miranda and Grass Valley will be known as the “New Grass Valley”. The new merged organisation will retain the Miranda purple but the Grass Valley name. This was to be expected as it makes sense to keep the better • Read More »

So Long, Harris Broadcast

2014/03/18 | By Stéphanie Maude Savard | No Comments | Filed in: Television.

I had a long history with Harris Broadcast. My first summer job when I was 15 back in 1980 was a radio host in an eastern Canada radio station. I was doing my own technical operation with an Harris mono console with large rotary knobs and playing records with heavy-duty Harris turntable. Harris has never • Read More »

Quantel acquires Snell

2014/03/13 | By Stéphanie Maude Savard | 3 Comments | Filed in: CBS, Television.

In a not so surprising move, Quantel did announced the acquisition of Snell today. In a news release, the company is of course very upbeat about it qualifying it of a “new force in media technology”. Well, I am not sure I’ll be that quick to say that. Is combining two companies that have a • Read More »

Twitter and the myth of the “second screen”

2013/11/02 | By Stéphanie Maude Savard | No Comments | Filed in: Technology, Television, TV.

With it’s expected IPO coming this week, Twitter has put back the concept of the “second screen” on everyone’s radar it seem. I have heard more discussion about it in the last couple of weeks than in the past year, I think. Thrust marketers to create buzzword and try to make money out of everything. • Read More »

The end of the road for “Broadcast Engineering”

2013/10/27 | By Stéphanie Maude Savard | No Comments | Filed in: Television, TV.

I had a little bit of nostalgia today when I learned the the magazine “Broadcast Engineering” was publishing its last issue this week. I remember reading it regularly in the 80s when I was beginning my carrer in television engineering. It was one of my favorite “trade magazine” at the time. I didn’t know really • Read More »

WWW: A look back at the Web in relation to TV and Social Media

2013/08/25 | By Stéphanie Maude Savard | No Comments | Filed in: Technology, Television, TV.

My first look at the “Web” was in early 1992. At the time, the Internet was just beginning to open-up to non-research organization and we had a modem phone connection to a non-profit ISP. A colleague of mine had found and downloaded a copy of the “WorldWideWeb” software from CERN’s Tim Berners-Lee that was available • Read More »