Broadcast Tech News – Ross Video temporarily shuts down Ontario factory

SMPTE Toronto has cancelled all of its meetings, including its Toronto Technical Conference, through the end of June. The conference has been rescheduled to June 2021. The chapter says it’s exploring options to hold some section meetings virtually in the coming months.

Ross Video has temporarily closed its Ontario factory. Although Ross falls into the category of ‘essential business’ as defined by the Ontario government, it’s electing to suspend manufacturing operations for two weeks to protect staff and help reduce the spread of COVID-19. The factory closure means new product will not ship until Apr. 8 at the earliest. Technical support staff will continue to be available as they work from home.

D-BOX Technologies, the Montreal-headquartered provider of immersive entertainment experiences, has announced that it’s temporarily laid off of a significant portion of its workforce. Other employees will have reduced work hours and compensation. Many D-BOX clients are movie theatres and other entertainment sectors faced with closure during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Applied Electronics is licensing’s Bee-On platform for the Canadian marketplace. Bee-On manages and distributes auto-responses such as personalized messages and videos, in response to social media interaction following a call to action within the broadcast or streamed content. The cloud-based SaaS solution can be managed remotely, away from main production hubs and features a social moderation engine that filters audience-generated content – such as images, comments and videos – and manages scalable live polls and competitions, delivered in real-time for live or pre-recorded programming. 

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