Canon launches stunning new 4K zoom

Published in Production

Canon has a new unit out, the CJ12ex4.3B, a new 2/3” portable 4K zoom lens with the world’s widest focal length, an ultra, ultra wide angle 4.3mm.

One phrase you’ll hear a lot wherever the broadcast industry gathers is ‘disruptive technologies’, by which people typically mean that the internet is challenging all the business models and assumptions that have powered the industry for decades. With recent news that BitTorrent is now muscling in on their space, it might have to reach for a new, more apocalyptic description

Is it harder for women to succeed - or even exist at all - in the broadcasting industry? Neil Roberts from Forscene leads the debate.

4G: Extremely Expensive?

Published in Studio & Broadcast

The UK’s first 4G network, EE (formerly Everything Everywhere), goes live in a selection of UK cities on October 30, but for a broadcast industry looking to push content to mobile there has been some dismay about the data caps the network is imposing. Everything Everywhere? Not quite.

YouTube launching paid channels

Published in Business

Is this another nail in the coffin for Broadcast TV? YouTube has announced a pilot program which will allow channels to work on a paid subscription basis 

Al Jazeera has announced its purchase of US broadcaster Current TV for an undisclosed amount. Unconfirmed speculation places the purchase price in the $400-500 million range

AJA ramps up its Rovocam ecosystem

Published in Studio & Broadcast

The RovoRX-SDI HDBaseT receiver, specially designed for use with the AJA Rovocam, is now shipping. Plus, two utility apps are updated to support Rovocam workflows.

What does "broadcast quality" mean, these days?

Published in Business

Anyone remember Betacam SP? There wasn't anything particularly clever about it, just a good standard workhorse of a tape format that, for more than a decade, more or less technically defined what you could and couldn't put on TV.

NAB, which is without any question the time and place each year when the biggest announcements are made, is only three weeks away. We'll be there in force, bringing you the most important stories. Meanwhile, it's useful to see what others are predicting at the show

Switching from SD to HD... in 2015!

Published in Studio & Broadcast

While many production houses and broadcasters are adopting 4K workflows, guest author Fran de Souza, who resides on the border between Uruguay and Brazil, details his television station's struggle in transitioning from SD to HD broadcast in 2015 and the stroke of ingenuity that made it happen.

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