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Verizon, Sony put 5G for live sports broadcasting in the spotlight

During last Sunday's Houston Texans vs. New England Patriots football game at NRG Stadium in Houston, 5G was in use on the field to help capture play action from the sidelines. Verizon and Sony showcased 5G's ability to handle large amounts of data in a...

A ‘supplement’ to LTE and 5G? SK Telecom, Sinclair follow up JV with focus on automotive mobility

Cars are 'just one more personalized mobile device,' says Harman CEO After announcing a U.S. joint venture for next-generation television broadcasting earlier this week, Korean mobile operator SK Telecom and Sinclair Broadcasting Group promptly followed up with a deal that brings in automotive software services...

SK Telecom ventures into US broadcasting with Sinclair deal

Korean mobile operator SK Telecom is getting into the U.S. broadcasting market, via a newly announced joint venture with Sinclair Broadcast Group centered around commercializing next-generation TV transmission in the U.S. market in 2019. During the first quarter of this year, the two companies said...

Reliance Broadcast in Talks to Raise $87 Million

Wall Street Journal | August 30, 2011 | Kenan Machado MUMBAI – Reliance Broadcast Network Ltd. said Monday it is in talks with private-equity investors to raise as much as 4 billion rupees ($87 million) through a preferential allotment of shares, as the company seeks...

Brazilian Ministry of Communication proposes changes to broadcasting bids

Brazil's Ministry of Communications (MiniCom) announced that it is proposing changes to bidding for broadcasting spectrumthat include an increase in deposits from bidders and lump-sum payments from winning bidders in order to avoid having economically questionable companies participate in upcoming auctions.The MiniCom’s secretary of...

Netflix to distribute Televisa programs

Online film-rental service Netflix and Mexican broadcaster Grupo Televisa have agreed to a partnership where Netflix will distribute Televisa soap operas and other programs. The TV broadcaster will provide about 3,000 hours of shows a year. In a statement, Televisa said this was an important first step plan...

Netflix to distribute Televisa programs

Online film-rental service Netflix and Mexican broadcaster Grupo Televisa have agreed to a partnership where Netflix will distribute Televisa soap operas and other programs. The TV broadcaster will provide about 3,000 hours of shows a year. In a statement, Televisa said this was an...

IEEE publishes white spaces standard, targets rural deployments

The IEEE is looking to expand the possibility of mobile broadband services using the highly controversial “white spaces” with the publishing of the 802.22 standard, which will tap into VHF and UHF television bands to provide up to 22 megabit per second speeds and...

NAB says FCC has to mandate 'voluntary' spectrum auctions to meet broadband goal

The National Association of Broadcasters released an analysis that criticized the Federal Communicaitons Commission's National Broadband Plan, noting that 40% of full-power local TV stations could have to vacate their channels in order for the FCC to reclaim 120 megazhertz of broadcast spectrum.CTIA immediately...

New wireless bureau chief gives insight into his plans at FCC

BOULDER, Colo. – Recently installed Federal Communications Commission Wireless Bureau Chief Rick Kaplan ventured out west this week to participate in a question and answer session at a Silicon Flatirons event held on the University of Colorado-Boulder campus.Having acknowledged that he was still new...

TIA 2011: Verizon, TBS make the pitch for TV Everywhere

DALLAS — Bringing some entertainment flavor to TIA 2011, executives from Verizon Communications Inc. (VZ) and Turner Broadcasting System Inc. shared the stage here to talk about how they're working to deliver programming across as many distribution channels and device types as possible."I put...

Gigaband Networks seeks to optimize Wi-Fi to the home

embed video code: PHOENIX – Mike Golden, CEO of Sedona, Ariz.-based research group Gigaband Networks Inc., is in a joint partnership with the Arizona State University’s Ira A. Fulton School of Engineering to make his dream service a reality – and it’s growing...

Netflix pushes into Latin America

Financial Times | May 8, 2011 | Matthew Garrahan, Adam Thomson, Joe Leahy Netflix, the film and television subscription service, is working on a push into Latin America and is close to announcing deals with three of the continent’s biggest broadcasters to begin streaming programming online...

Reader Forum: Smart networking solutions start at the silicon core

Editor's Note: Welcome to our weekly Reader Forum section. In an attempt to broaden our interaction with our readers we have created this forum for those with something meaningful to say to the wireless industry. We want to keep this as open as possible,...

Mobile Content Venture adds 12 markets to its end-of-year launch

Mobile Content Venture, a joint venture comprised of 12 large broadcast groups, has added 12 markets to its plans for launch by the end of the years. The new additions brings the groups plan for a national live TV and on-demand video platform to...

@ NAB: AEG Digital Media using Cisco video solution

LAS VEGAS—AEG Digital Media, which produces digital media services for live video-streaming events, is using part of Cisco Systems Inc.’s Videoscape portfolio to live stream video over any device on any Internet Protocol network.AEG has produced live-streaming services for the Grammy Awards, We are...

NAB vs. CTIA: Similarities and differences abound

LAS VEGAS—Because of all of the bickering between wireless trade organization CTIA and broadcaster trade association the National Association of Broadcasters, I was curious to find similarities and differences in how the two groups conduct their annual conventions.Watch the slideshow below to see how...

@ NAB: PBS to test mobile DTV for emergency alerts

LAS VEGAS – PBS said it will begin testing next-generation emergency alerts with a pilot project to use mobile digital TV to deliver multimedia alerts using video, audio, text and graphics to cellphones, tablets, laptops and in-car navigation systems.The announcement, which came during a...

@ NAB: Genachowski politely chastizes NAB on voluntary spectrum auctions

LAS VEGAS – Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski used his time before broadcasters to appeal to them about the benefits of voluntary spectrum auctions, the reality of today's spectrum landscape and to quietly chastise his host, the National Association of Broadcasters, for “distracting”...

@ NAB: Mobile TV making headway, but carrier support ultimately needed

LAS VEGAS – Mobile broadcast TV is making headway in the United States, with more than 60 broadcast networks offering service in a couple dozen markets, but scale will only come to the market when wireless operators embrace the concept, panelists at the National...

@ NAB: Connected TVs disrupt traditional broadcast and cable models

LAS VEGAS – As connected TVs become more common, business models are going to have to change so that all points along the value chain that bring added value to the ecosystem can thrive, according to a Monday panel at the National Association of...

@ NAB: HD radio could be reason for operators to embed FM chips

LAS VEGAS – High-definition radio could bring the value proposition of adding an FM chip to mobile devices because the service can offload traffic from the wireless operator's network and drive revenue to the operator by using music tagging services to push consumers to...

Next stop for RCR Wireless News: New York City and New Jersey

RCR Wireless News is hitting the road next week for New York City and the Garden State. As with every stop on our global tour, conference series and news desk, our team will engage the mobile community at the local level to better understand...

FLO TV goes dark, what's next for mobile TV?

Qualcomm Inc.'s mobile TV service has gone dark and with it a new round of questions have cropped up about the future of mobile TV as a whole. Will there ever be a year that defines mobile TV? What will it take to finally...

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