Radio

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

Best in Show: Highlights from NAB Show 2016

It's been another great year at NAB Show. Each day we've provided highlights from the show, and today we're capping off our week with some of our favorites. Ang Lee Ang Lee discussed his vision for cinema and the creative opportunities for the future of film making as a part of The Future of Cinema Conference Saturday. "When you shoot, you're just [...]

By |April 21, 2016|Blog, Radio, Television|Comments Off on Best in Show: Highlights from NAB Show 2016

Today at NAB Show: A New Partnership, Darth Vader and the Blue Banana

Frankly and Shareablee Announce Partnership There was some exciting news today from PILOT charter members Shareablee and Frankly Media, who announced that they have formed a new partnership. Steve Chung, Frankly CEO, said that this partnership would enable them to integrate Shareablee's "industry leading data" into Frankly's CMS and give broadcast clients a "one-stop, turnkey [...]

By |April 19, 2016|Blog, Radio, Television|Comments Off on Today at NAB Show: A New Partnership, Darth Vader and the Blue Banana

Today at NAB Show

Ang Lee Ang Lee discussed his vision for cinema and the creative opportunities for the future of film making as a part of The Future of Cinema Conference. "When you shoot, you're just doing grocery shopping. It's in the editing room you do the real cooking." The award winning director of Life of Pi, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Broke Back Mountain also [...]

By |April 16, 2016|Blog, Radio, Television|Comments Off on Today at NAB Show

Multiple station STLs hacked; Prepare your station now

On April 5th, listeners to KIFT Breckenridge, Colorado did not hear the normal Top 40 radio that they are accustomed too. Instead, they were exposed to an unauthorized broadcast of the FurCast podcast for approximately 90 minutes. KIFT was not the only station that was hit during this cyberattack. KXAX Livingston, Texas was hacked as [...]

By |April 12, 2016|Blog, Cybersecurity, Radio, Television|Comments Off on Multiple station STLs hacked; Prepare your station now

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

Today at NAB Show: BEC Keynote, DFX and Virtual Reality

The Broadcast Engineering Conference kicked off today with NAB CTO Sam Matheny’s keynote. Sam paid tribute to NAB VP of technology John Marino, who will retire this year. He also took time to remember the late great Ernie Jones, and looked at the future of broadcasting. Diconvergence: A difference or conflict in interests, wishes and technologies that [...]

By |April 17, 2016|Blog, Radio, Television|Comments Off on Today at NAB Show: BEC Keynote, DFX and Virtual Reality

HD Radio Diversity Delay Field Observations:

Audible blending artifacts, caused by timing and level misalignment between the analog and digital versions of the main channel audio signal, are the top complaint from auto manufacturers and consumers regarding the HD Radio listening experience. The majority of the problems can be traced back to individual broadcast stations. The Radio Technology Forum session at this [...]

By |March 27, 2016|Blog, Radio|Comments Off on HD Radio Diversity Delay Field Observations:

FM Broadcasters Need to Make sure that RDS PI Codes Are Properly Set

As broadcasters increase the use of FM translators for re-broadcast of AM stations as well as HD2 and HD3 multicast channels, many have opted to include Radio Data System (RDS) data subcarriers on these transmissions to cater to the ever-increasing pool of receivers that have text displays and support RDS technology to display song title, [...]

By |April 4, 2016|Blog, Radio|Comments Off on FM Broadcasters Need to Make sure that RDS PI Codes Are Properly Set