Broadcast Tech News – NAB Show goes virtual

NAB Show’s new digital experience, NAB Show Express, will take place May 13-14, 2020. The free, virtual event will feature three unique educational channels, on-demand content and a Solutions Marketplace featuring exhibitor product information, announcements and demos. Registration for the event will open Apr. 20 at Mirroring the traditional NAB Show experience, the channels include: BEIT Express – focused on broadcast engineering and information technology; NAB Show Experience – offering a variety of educational sessions, product innovation showcases, and interviews with industry trailblazers; and Tech Talks, an NAB Show Live Special Edition, produced by Broadcast Beat and showcasing relevant conversations with NAB Show community influencers. Each channel will feature eight hours of content streamed daily and available on-demand to accommodate the global NAB Show audience. Additionally, three standalone training and executive leadership events will be offered for which separate registrations will be available. 

The Captioning Group (TCG) has increased its captioning operations to provide better accessibility where it’s most needed during the COVID-19 pandemic. As companies transition to at-home work environments and remote meetings and events increase in popularity, Calgary-based TCG is now able to provide accessible captioning on Zoom meetings and other online platforms.

CP24 & CTV News Toronto anchor and reporter Nick Dixon

Dejero is providing support options to broadcasters and public safety bodies who need to create and deliver reliable live content or communications during the current COVID-19 pandemic. As part of this drive, Dejero is providing complimentary new licenses of its LivePlus mobile app to those who need to deliver high quality content during the crisis until Sept. 30, 2020. To date, Dejero has seen a tenfold increase in the number of live streams from its mobile app over the last month, with a jump of 10,000 streams in the last week alone. Anchors, reporters, and meteorologists working from home are also relying heavily on the ability to view return video and teleprompting feeds from the broadcast facility via smartphone, tablet or computer monitor Additionally, Dejero is helping public safety agencies deploy emergency connectivity in areas where options may be limited. 

Videolinq, the Toronto-headquartered streaming video platform that facilitates distributing live video to multiple social media and websites simultaneously, has been tasked with helping broadcast Sunday Mass to thousands of parishioners in West Michigan, among other religious organizations, as congregants shelter-in-place at home. The Diocese of Grand Rapids, home to 191,000 Catholics, is using a single, dedicated feed to distribute its televised mass to Facebook as well as the Diocese website. 

Hitachi-Comark (with Comark Digital Services / CDS group) and Seattle startup Airwavz have signed a Reseller Agreement for its TvXplorer Suite, to be integrated into the company’s end-to-end NextGen TV turn-key solutions. The TvXplorer Suite is a professional test and measurement hardware and software toolkit that allows broadcast engineers to dig deep into the metrics of the ATSC 3.0 signal and provides a confidence monitoring function with playback of the audio and video signal in a pop-out HD player