Local News

May 5, 2015

Idaho station uses Rock ‘em Sock ‘em Robots for ‘fight of the century’ coverage

How do you show highlights from the “fight of the century” when it’s still going on and footage from the fight is embargoed? Dig up your old Rock ‘em Sock ‘em Robots, of course! That’s what KIFI-TV in Idaho Falls, Idaho did when its sportscast needed to cover the event but couldn’t due to pay per […]

May 4, 2015

Charlotte CBS implements virtual from Hybrid, FX

WBTV-TV, the CBS affiliate in Charlotte, has added virtual studio technology using Hybrid TV’s Neon solution. Earlier this year, WBTV-TV debuted a new hard set from FX Design Group that also included an area specifically designed for virtual breaking news, weather events, elections and special coverage. The virtual set at WBTV-TV relies on Hybrid’s Krypton 3D engine and […]

April 30, 2015

Orlando Fox debuts new set

WOFL-TV, the Fox O&O in Orlando, Fla., has unveiled a new set from FX Design Group that draws visual connections to sets found at other Fox properties. Perhaps most noticeable is the large dimensional logo placed on the wall just behind the sofa area — a look that’s similar to the one found at Fox Orlando’s sister station, […]

April 29, 2015

Chicago ABC tweaks WX graphics

WLS-TV, the ABC O&O in Chicago, has rolled out some modifications to its weather graphics. The changes mainly center around quasi-3D environments that include a stylized cityscape with a shiny “floor” that reflects the buildings. A thin blue ring on that surface anchors the information that appears to rise up into view. The format is used […]

April 27, 2015

Chicago OTS: When saving space doesn’t save face

Sometimes trying to shorten something isn’t the best idea — especially when you have plenty of room anyway. This image, sent to us by a tipster and reportedly taken from a weekend newscast on WLS-TV in Chicago, shows sports anchor Dionne Miller reporting on the city’s NHL team, the Blackhawks, wining a game with an […]

April 22, 2015

One big ‘Mass': 3 stations merging news operations under one name

Meredith Corporation is “rebranding” its three stations in Springfield, Mass. under the single umbrella name of “Western Mass News.” Meredith, which acquired the market’s ABC affiliate WGGB-TV, along with its digital subchannel that serves as a Fox affiliate, six months ago from Gormally Broadcasting, will simulcast the same content on both stations as well as WSHM-LD, a […]

April 21, 2015

Gannett names its broadcast spinoff Tegna (for some reason)

Gannett has announced the umbrella name for its broadcasting and digital businesses: Tegna. “Tegna is a nod to the more than 100 year-old history of Gannett. While always reminding us where we came from, the new name also shows our innovative spirit and commitment to being a forward-looking company that empowers people, businesses and communities to grow […]

April 21, 2015

L.A. NBC pulls out augmented reality for WX

Los Angeles forecaster Anthony Yanez‘s weather report started out pretty typically — with him standing in front of a three-panel video array showing a live camera feed of current conditions. But things took a turn when Yanez took a short stroll past the monitors and walked behind a giant floating yellow ring. That ring, it turns […]

April 21, 2015

Indy station debuts new set, 4 p.m. news

As we reported last week, Indianapolis‘ WRTV-TV has debuted a new set as well as a new 4 p.m. newscast titled “The Now Indy.” The new set, by FX Design Group, features a long 9×3 video wall, with a boxy anchor desk situated in front of it. Meanwhile, a secondary set area functions as a sit-down interview […]

April 16, 2015

Worldnow launches OTT gateway offering

Worldnow, a provider of digital content management and monetization platforms, today announced its Worldnow OTT Gateway product, the company’s first Over-the-Top video distribution platform for end-to-end video distribution. The Worldnow OTT Gateway is a component of the Worldnow Media Platform, which combines the company’s content management, distribution and monetization platforms, the company explained in a press […]