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

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 

Over the Christmas period in the UK, Downton Abbey beat EastEnders in the ratings, which could be seen as an indicator of what style of production both UK and American audiences prefer.

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

Why do we even bother shooting high quality footage when satellite and terrestrial broadcast compression throws it all away?

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.

To mark the occasion of the new year, our editor has asked me to come up with some predictions for the coming twelve months

BBC Natural History Unit to embrace 4K

Published in Production

Yet another milestone on the 4k roadmap was passed last week when the BBC revealed that it was working on its first 4k originated documentary, Survival

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.

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