Live from Las Vegas: NAB Roundup


The imminent debut of the YouTube copyright filter wasn’t the only big news to come out of the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) and Radio and Television News Directors Association (RTNDA) hoedown in Vegas this week:

Final Cut Upgrade: One of the hits from NAB has been Apple’s announcement of Final Cut Studio 2 and Final Cut Server. Most interesting to me are the release of Final Cut Server, for management of digital video media in a server distribution environment, and the drool-inducing support for 4k video (that’s 4,096 x 2,160 resolution) produced by the Red One camera. Check out the promo clip from Apple below. [Apple Gazette]

Sling Eyes iPhone: In an update to the news that Sling Media, makers of the popular SlingBox for beaming your audio and visual content around the house and around the world, is looking to stream content to the Apple TV, CEO Blake Krikorian asserted in a panel that they are also looking to stream content to the iPhone as well according to C/Net’s Greg Sandoval. While Krikorian said he’s discussed the idea with Apple, it’s been radio silence from Cupertino. [C/Net]

Gene Simmons Launches NGTV: You read that right — Gene Simmons, legendary KISS frontman, is behind the launch of new web network “No Good TV,” which promises more of the raunch and less of the censorship to be found on broadcast and cable networks. The current site features all sorts of blue interviews with Hollywood stars on promotional junkets for films like Grindhouse, Aqua Teen Hunger Force and Blades of Glory, which just about nails the tastes of the target 18-34 male demo. [Associated Content]

Local Stations Struggling: One of the big questions facing the television industry is “whither local stations?” Between the legislated switch from analog to digital terrestrial broadcast and networks broadcasting former affiliate revenue anchors like prime-time dramas direct to consumers, there’s a lot of concern at the conference surrounding how their models will survive. [C/Net]Vlogging Gets Complicated: In a poignant note, the 50th episode of JETSET from Zadi Diaz is an to ode to a certain vlog innocence, filmed during the drive from LA to Vegas. She was there along with fellow breakout vlog star Amanda Congdon to speak on the RTNDA panel “News 2.0: Leading and Succeeding in the New Journalism World.” Cory Bergman of Lost Remote turned in a nice writeup, and Jeff Jarvis provided some video. [JETSET]


Jackson West

I remember NY1 well, and fellow former New Yorkers (especially when I was at SFist) have been clamoring for just that. When local station KRON4 lost their affiliate deal with NBC, we hoped that was the direction they’d go, but alas — most of it is locally produced “lifestyle” programming and magazine shows. Ugh.

They have adopted the “Nashville model,” thanks largely to the work of Brian Shields, which has meant lots of interaction with local bloggers, but ran into some static when they asked reporters and producers alike to start doing their own writing, shooting and editing (mostly to save money) — they could probably use some tips from vloggers like yourselves!

Remember, most of the consternation is not that the stations will die – according to the article cited, they actually experienced an 8% growth last year – but that they aren’t producing the typical 40% profit margins of old. Since newsrooms were typically loss leaders, my worry is that public interest coverage will lose out to advertorials.


Jackson, thanks for the shout-out. Weird, but exciting time. So much happening at once, but I guess that’s always the deal.

As far as local stations struggling… I feel really hopeful for local stations, if they can just think differently about their importance. If Twitter is any indicator, people want instant connection. I think local stations just need to change their focus and direction to taking advantage of new technologies offered on the web. Servicing locals in a more immediate hyper-local way is a way to go.

When I lived in NY I loved NYNews on Channel 1. It gave me local news I wasn’t getting on any of the major networks… if all local networks can do that and deliver on the web and cell phones as well, then they’ll have something of great value.

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