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The Pilot Pitch Prize is geared toward startups whose solutions serve broadcast and digital media

WASHINGTON — NAB’s Pilot is launching a competition for startups to receive seed funding and support.

The Pilot Pitch Prize is specifically for new companies focusing on technology that could help broadcasters, according to the announcement. Specifically, the “program is geared towards startups whose solutions serve broadcast and digital media through operational efficiency, audience engagement, measurement, content distribution or enhanced user experience,” Pilot says.

Companies will “be required to demonstrate initial progress with the product, a potential revenue model or customer base, along with a realistic plan for growth, credible financials and the right team to scale.”

The application window is open through the end of April, and Pilot will announce the five finalists in June. The finalists will receive mentoring.

Those selected will then go on to pitch their ideas live at NAB Show New York , Oct. 17-18 at the Javits Convention Center. Three winners will be chosen by judges who are business executives from digital media companies.

“NAB is committed to supporting innovation in the broadcast industry from the start of an idea through its development and proliferation throughout the marketplace,” Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer Sam Matheny said in the announcement. “PILOT Pitch Prize is our latest approach to support budding startups.”

According to the release, winners will receive a Simple Agreement for Future Equity contract including $50,000 and the opportunity to participate at the 2019 NAB Show in Las Vegas, among other prizes. Also, the first 100 qualified applicants will receive a pass to NAB Show New York.

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The Golden State joins 17 other states with similar legislation in the works

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — New legislation supporting the “right to repair” has been introduced in the California State Assembly this week by Assemblymember Dr. Susan Talamantes Eggman (D-Stockton), according to her website .

The California Right to Repair Act “would require manufacturers of electronics to make diagnostic and repair information, as well as equipment or service parts, available to product owners and to independent repair shops,” according to the press release.

California joins Washington, Massachusetts, Vermont, New York, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, North Carolina, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Virginia, which have already introduced similar legislation.

“The bill is critical to protect independent repair shops and a competitive market for repair, which means better service and lower prices. It also helps preserve the right of individual device owners to understand and fix their own property. We should encourage people to take things apart and learn from them. After all, that’s how many of today’s most successful innovators got started,” Electronic Frontier Foundation Senior Staff Attorney Kit Walsh said in the announcement.

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What's the Latest on ATSC 3.0?

TV Technology answers questions about “Next Gen TV” in new guide

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Engineers are curious by nature, and we often share information about new technologies that may not necessarily be radio-centric but still of interest to broadcasters in general.

In that vein, readers may want to check out TV Technology’s new ebook focused on the latest developments on ATSC 3.0.

[Related: “ATSC 3.0 Can Begin in Early March “]

“Next Gen TV” is now at the “rubber hits the road” stage, so this is a good time to learn about the standard and its applications. 

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The 2018 theme is “Media Transmission and Consumption with Emphasis on Disruptive Technologies”

PISCATAWAY, N.J. — The IEEE Broadcast Technology Society  has issued a call for papers for its 2018 IEEE Broadcast Symposium, which will be held at the Key Bridge Marriott in Arlington, Va., Oct. 9–11.

The event’s 2018 theme is “Media Transmission and Consumption with Emphasis on Disruptive Technologies.” With that in mind, topics of interest include:

  • Transmission
  • Quality of experience
  • Regulations
  • Next generation television
  • Media and broadcasting
  • Production of content
  • Internet of Things
  • Entertainment, gaming and virtual/augmented reality
  • 5G
  • Coding
  • Content processing

Note that all of these subjects should be tied to broadcast and broadband multimedia services.

[Related: “IEEE BTS Sessions Offer Food for Thought for Broadcasters ” ]

Abstracts must be submitted by May 1. Extended abstracts of around 1000 words and the completion of a peer review process is required for papers to be considered for possible inclusion in the conference proceedings, which will also appear on IEEEXplore digital library. However, presentation-only abstracts should be about 200 words.

Accepted submissions will be notified by June 15. Then, abstracts that have been chosen to appear in the IEEE Broadcast Symposium conference proceedings will be required to be submitted as “camera-ready papers” by Aug. 23.

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Verizon will deploy 5G first in US

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — Intel, Korea Telecom and Toyota decided last June to install a commercial 5G test network in Korea for the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, which drew to a close Sunday. The companies said the system — made up of 22 5G links spanning 10 different sites — delivered 3,800 terabytes of data during the two-week event.

The companies involved in the test effort built four main use cases to show off the technology, including a system that used hundreds of cameras to capture ice-skating athletes, footage that was then broadcast in real time to virtual reality viewers, according to . Viewers “could use the setup to select different locations from which to view the action and could also pause and replay specific parts of the performance.” Other test cases used connected Toyota automobiles and transmitted high-resolution pictures of cross-country skiers

KT said that the test paves the way for the launch of commercial 5G services, based on the 3GPP’s recently ratified 5G standard, in the country by the first quarter of next year, according to the same article.

Here in the US, Verizon says it will be the first to deploy fixed and mobile 5G. “We’re going to be first and we’re committed to being first,” Chris Schmidt, executive director of device technology at Verizon Communications told lightreading on Monday at this year’s Mobile Wireless Conference in Barcelona. Like KT, Verizon will be using the initial 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) 5G New Radio (NR) specification. Verizon will be moving to mobile “as soon as possible,” Schmidt said, but exactly when will depend on the device makers, according to the same article. Several chipmakers have said that they will deliver a 5G modems in 2018.

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Pai Welcomes NTIA Spectrum Study

Will explore 3450-3550 MHz band’s suitability for commercial wireless services

WASHINGTON — “We are fully committed to collaborating with NTIA to ensure that the U.S. continues to lead the world in advanced wireless technologies as we chart the course to our 5G future,” FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said in a statement Monday.

Pai was reacting to the announcement that the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration’s has selected the 3450-3550 MHz band for a feasibility study exploring the band’s potential for commercial wireless services; this spectrum is currently used for federal purposes, according to Pai’s statement.

[Read more: “NTIA Offers Expanded Federal Government Spectrum Use Reports ”]

“The commission, working together with NTIA, has already made the 3.5 GHz band available for wireless services and we recently initiated a process to consider whether all or parts of the adjacent satellite spectrum can also be made available. Altogether, this could unleash a contiguous block of hundreds of megahertz of valuable spectrum for new technologies and services, including 5G,” Pai said.

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Lawyer Peter Tannewald says the commission has proposed to regular, unlicensed and experimental licensing

WASHINGTON — The Federal Communications Commission has signaled its intent to look into issuing licenses for frequencies above 95 GHz with recent vote to issue a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and Order.

“That’s GigaHertz, not MegaHertz — way up there, beyond the highest frequencies that are commonly used today, at least by the private sector,” Peter Tannenwald points out in his latest CommLawBlog entry .

Tannewald says the commission “has proposed to authorize three types of operations: regular licensing, unlicensed systems and experimental licensing.” Also, the FCC proposes “to permit the sale of new equipment during market trials.”

He adds that this is a shift in part driven by ham radio operators, who have long been allowed to operate above 95 GHz.

This is likely good news for those concerned about the spectrum crunch, since the “amount of available bandwidth is enormous; so if the high frequencies can be used, the possibilities for ever-faster wireless broadband and backhaul speeds are significant.”

These moves are also in the context of a vote to propose rules to implement the requirement that the FCC “act on petitions or applications for new technologies and services within one year of receipt.” The commission suggests the Office of Engineering and Technology recommend within 90 days whether “a new technology should be put on a one-year track or processed normally.”

Read the full article at CommLawBlog.

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