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TiVo’s Let’s Try Everything Strategy

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There’s an interesting article on CNET’s news.com entitled, TiVo looks for an edge.  It’s fairly non-technical, but unless you are a Java developer, you won’t get too excited.  The author posits that there is a trend afoot to turn TiVo set-top boxes into media hubs.  TiVo is built upon the Linux operating system and, those […]

Adobe Final Cut 5

A Little Apple with your Sony

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There were many things to love about this week’s NAB 2005 but my favorite is Apple’s new Final Cut 5.0 and the way it integrates Sony’s HDV tape format. Quicktime 7.0 is H.264 compatible (allowing HD material to be processed at SD data rates) and, as Steve Jobs has said, “… this is the year […]

NAB Show

Obscure but cool at NAB 2005

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There was a bunch of high technology at NAB 2005, but not all of it was packaged for sale or even obvious to show-goers.  Tucked in the back in a small booth were the nice folks from Final Draft.  Frank Colin, VP Product Development was kind enough to show me their latest offering of scriptwriting […]

NAB Show

NAB Floor Tour 2005

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The 2005 NAB/Emmy Advanced Media Floor Tour started with an overview of Motorola’s latest offerings.  AMC member, Marty Stein, showed us why you love to say, “Hello Moto!” Next, AMC member and presenter extraordinaire, Steve Jacobs of Sony, gave us an overview of the world of HD television production Sony style.  HDV cameras, $16,000 filed […]

Pope John Paul II

The Other Digital Revenue Stream

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CBS’s Tallahassee, FL affiliate WCTV didn’t want to interrupt its popular early-morning newscast to cover the Pope’s funeral.  So, President/GM, Nick Waller decided to feed it to his sister station, UPN affiliate, WCTV-DT which is broadcast on their (government-mandated) digital tier. Utilization of the digital tier with this kind of technique is becoming more commonplace.  […]

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