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About Skip Pizzi

Skip Pizzi is the Senior Director of New Media Technologies at the National Association of Broadcasters.

2017 Futures Park

Futures Park, powered by PILOT, is a section of the NAB Show exhibit floor reserved for presentation of media-related research and development projects from around the world. Exhibits there represent the current edge-of-the-art technologies, and are presented by commercial, government or academic R&D facilities and related organizations. The 2017 Futures Park exhibitor lineup is now [...]

By |April 13, 2017|NAB Show, Blog|Comments Off on 2017 Futures Park

FM Activation in Smartphones Reaches a Milestone

PILOT has observed the activation of FM reception capabilities in popular smartphones since 2012, and has reported its findings throughout the period. When our analysis began, the percentage of smartphones with FM reception capability was in the single digits. In its most recent report, however, PILOT announces that an important milestone has been reached. In [...]

By |January 30, 2017|Blog, Radio|Comments Off on FM Activation in Smartphones Reaches a Milestone

FM Chip Activation in Smartphones Continues to Climb

New data from the second quarter of this year shows that a record number of smartphones with their FM reception capability enabled were sold in the U.S. during the period. Since 2012, PILOT has tracked the sales and FM capabilities of top-selling smartphones in the U.S., which we define as the top 70% of the [...]

By |October 28, 2016|Blog, Radio|Comments Off on FM Chip Activation in Smartphones Continues to Climb

FM Activation in Smartphones: A Three-year Review

PILOT has been tracking the status of FM radio receiver capabilities in U.S. smartphones since 2013, observing sales and pursuing teardown analysis on the top-selling models (i.e., approximately the top 70% of sales, analyzed each calendar quarter). This turns out to be about 20 to 25 different phone models each quarter, which represent the major [...]

By |June 2, 2016|Blog, Radio|Comments Off on FM Activation in Smartphones: A Three-year Review

NAB Show Presents Three New Tech-Focused All-Badge Access Sessions

In conjunction with several worldwide organizations, NAB Technology will present three sessions at the 2016 NAB Show (April 16-21, 2016, Las Vegas, Nev.) of broad interest to the media technology sector. Called All-Badge Access Sessions, they are open to all registered NAB Show attendees. The NAB show website has more information on All Badge [...]

By |April 12, 2016|Blog|Comments Off on NAB Show Presents Three New Tech-Focused All-Badge Access Sessions

Futures Park 2016

Futures Park is a special section of the NAB Show exhibition that is reserved for presentation of media-related research and development projects from around the world. NAB supplies complimentary exhibit space to all organizations accepted for participation. Futures Park is a project of NAB’s PILOT initiative, and it only accepts R&D projects that have not yet made their [...]

By |April 8, 2016|Blog, Digital, Radio, Television|Comments Off on Futures Park 2016

HPA Tech Retreat 2016 Reaches for the Stars

This year’s Hollywood Professional Association (HPA) Tech Retreat, held last week in the Palm Springs area, presented its usual array of top-notch media-technology presentations, provocative panels and intriguing demonstrations. Curated and led by the well-known “engineer and explainer” Mark Schubin, the Retreat has become synonymous with the cutting edge of the media production industry, [...]

By |February 23, 2016|Blog, Television|0 Comments

HDR and Immersive Audio Dominate SMPTE Conference

HDR and Immersive Audio Dominate SMPTE Conference The 2015 Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) drew record crowds to the Loews Hollywood Hotel in Hollywood, CA, 26-29 October 2015. A packed agenda of presentations from the industry’s leading experts was dominated by Ultra HD topics, [...]

By |November 4, 2015|Blog, Television|0 Comments

Momentum Grows for FM in Smartphones

Momentum Grows for FM in Smartphones There’s been good news recently for advocates of activating FM radio receivers in smartphones. First came the announcement by AT&T Wireless—the #2 wireless carrier in the U.S.—that it will request its Android phone manufacturers to activate FM reception capability on all their devices in 2016 and beyond. Next, [...]

By |August 19, 2015|Blog, Radio|0 Comments

Examining Ratings Watermarks: Voltair and the PPM

One of the most notable technology issues in the radio industry recently regards the consistency in performance of Nielsen Audio’s (formerly Arbitron’s) Personal People Meter (PPM) TM audience ratings system across various radio formats and/or different listening environments. Broadcasters have lodged complaints about the PPM’s accuracy in these respects almost since its introduction in 2007, but more recently the concerns [...]