Broadcast Tech & Engineering News – Rogers unveils advisory team overseeing proposed THINKLab

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(l-r): Doug Schweitzer, Alberta Minister of Jobs, Economy and Innovation; Dean Prevost, President of Integration, Rogers; Jyoti Gondek, Calgary Mayor; Jorge Fernandes, Chief Technology and Information Officer, Rogers; Damian Poltz, Senior Vice President, Wireline Technology & Strategy, Shaw; Candice McLeod, Senior Vice President, Enterprise Business Solutions, Shaw; & Zoran Stakic, Chief Operating Officer & Chief Technology Officer, Shaw. (Rogers)

Rogers Communications has introduced the advisory council that will oversee its proposed National Centre of Technology and Engineering Excellence in Calgary, following the anticipated closure of its $26 billion merger with Shaw Communications. Part of a multi-year, $6.5-billion commitment to invest in Western Canada as the two entities come together, Rogers says THINKLab would convene academia, developers, and research partners to foster made-in-Canada tech solutions and act as a talent pipeline for skilled technology roles focused on engineering and technical delivery across networks, digital and IT, with an emphasis on 5G, DOCSIS & Fibre technology, Digital & Cloud, Data analytics, Multi-edge Compute, Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, IoT and Cyber Security. Through the creation of THINKLab, Rogers says 500 skilled technology roles would join its existing team, following the close of the Shaw transaction. Read more here.

The Humber College B²C Lab is hosting an online industry workshop event featuring Avateq Corp, discussing rural remote internet access with ATSC 3.0, showcasing an ultra long-range wireless backhaul solution. Taking place May 25 from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. ET, register here.

Avid Pro Tools is dropping its perpetual license in favour of going subscription only. Avid is no longer making lifetime licenses available to customers that offered unlimited access to a version of the digital audio workstation (DAW). New users are being asked to choose between three subscription-only plans: Pro Tools Artist, Pro Tools Studio, and Pro Tools Flex. Current Pro Tools and Pro Tools Ultimate customers with active subscriptions or perpetual software updates will be migrated to their respective subscription plan.

The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) says registered attendance for the 2022 NAB Show was 52,468. Nearly 12,000 of those attendees were international with 155 countries represented. That’s roughly half the registered attendance of the 2019 show, which boasted 91, 460 and 24,000 international guests, pre-COVID. Revisit the Best of NAB Show here. NAB Show New York returns Oct. 19-20, 2022, while the NAB Show Centennial is set for April 16-19, 2023.

SMPTE (Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers) is partnering with the Open Services Alliance (OSA) for media to present the Media Microservices Summit, hosted by Microsoft in New York City, May 11-12. The free two-day event will offer a comprehensive review of current progress and future initiatives aimed at bringing interoperability to media processing in the cloud and to microservices in particular. While in-person attendance at the Summit is preferred, remote attendance will be an option. The event is free for registered attendees.