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Nexstar Selects TVU Networks For Cellular Video Acquisition and Distribution

ImageNexstar Broadcasting Group has signed a deal to deploy TVU Networks' TVUPack IP newsgathering solutions and TVU Grid IP video switching, routing and distribution solutions across many of its broadcast stations. The independent broadcaster chose TVU due to the solution's resiliency, ease of use and ability to transmit over multiple cellular, satellite and microwave connections. With 105 television stations and 34 related digital multicast signals serving 56 markets across the United States, Nexstar stations reach approximately 15.6 percent of all U.S. television households. Nexstar plans to deploy TVUPack TM8200 mobile IP video transmitters to its various stations in order to easily distribute and share live IP video streams across the group.

LiveU Camera-Mounted Transmitter A Hit With Video Journalists

ImageThe LU200 bonded cellular transmitter from LiveU is gaining momentum with video journalists looking for a compact and affordable way to send video back to the news van or station newsroom directly from the camera. The LU200 opens new live coverage opportunities, enabling every field camera to be equipped with a bonding uplink unit. Weighing just over 1 pound and available in a pouch or camera-mount configuration, the LU200 features two built-in 4G LTE/3G modems with integrated antennas that can take advantage of any hotspot or data carrier. The LU200 can also serve as a standalone H.264 AVC video encoder with integrated satellite functionality, or be used as a LiveU DataBridge mobile hotspot for all IP applications in the field.

CNN Teams Up With the FAA for Reporter Drones

ImageConsumers may still be waiting for their toilet paper to arrive by drone, but unmanned aerial vehicles will soon help deliver their cable news. CNN announced Monday that it has entered a deal with the Federal Aviation Administration to integrate drones into its newsgathering and reporting. "Our aim is to get beyond hobby-grade equipment and to establish what options are available and workable to produce high-quality video journalism using various types of UAVs and camera setups," said CNN senior vp David Vigilante. "Our hope is that these efforts contribute to the development of a vibrant ecosystem where operators of various types and sizes can safely operate in the US airspace."

Syracuse University Unveils Newhouse Studio and Innovation Center

ImageSyracuse University is making a big statement in media education, with the recent unveiling of its brand new Newhouse Studio & Innovation Center. An expansive $18 million facility, it is designed to teach the next generation of media professionals with a full complement of professional production equipment that includes four Ikegami HDK-95C camera systems, as well as four new HDL-57 one-piece multi-format HD cameras, both with 2.5 mega-pixel CMOS sensors. The Ikegami cameras will be in use across two soundstages and three control rooms, and will see extensive use by students across three departments: traditional radio/TV/film, broadcast journalism, and online journalism.

Boston University Trains Video Journalists With Canon Technology

ImageThe Film & Television Department of Boston University (BU)'s College of Communication offers degree programs at both the undergraduate and graduate levels for approximately 350 students annually. Students begin their training on entry-level gear, and gradually work their way up to using high-end equipment, which includes a large complement of digital cinema cameras, digital SLR cameras, and lenses made by Canon. "Graduate programs are focused, and include a thesis film," said Charles Merzbacher, Associate Professor and Director of Production at BU. "The undergraduate degree, however, does not differentiate between film, television, writing, or production studies. Undergrads choose from various 'ladders' of courses, and they can either be generalists or specialists - that's really a matter of their own individual needs."