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  1. 99% of sets with brick were ordered with the directive to "make it look like a downtown loft apartment". The other 1% are sports sets that are supposed to look like a baseball stadium. Looking around online, Denver does seem to have a lot of downtown loft apartments with red brick that looks like the fake red brick that's on the set. Coors Field is also a red brick structure, and has trussing similar to that on the set. Very similar paint job too... You can somewhat mess up brick on a set when you ignore particular type of regional brick, like Milwaukee's cream city brick. That said, WITI's WakeUp set uses fake red brick and constantly gets the highest ratings in the market for AM news. I guess nobody really cares about the fake brick on their set. Huh!
  2. Interesting technical glitch at the beginning there, looks like someone switched on the luma key a little too early!
  3. They certainly went the budget route when it comes to lighting fixtures. The whole set in general looks pretty cheap. The LED floor is a neat idea, but I'm pretty sure panels that look way better are available. This whole setup looks like it was implemented by a wedding DJ.
  4. Yet another station taking the former CBS O&O look and improving it for the better (see also: WDJT's lower thirds.) CBS could learn a thing or two from the design of these lower thirds.
  5. "Channel 5" from the Adult Swim series "Check it Out! With Dr. Steve Brule" uses a cut of production music for it's news and sports segments: If the theme sounds familiar, that's because it's Deaf Dog's KYW package from the early 2000's. Now production music.
  6. It looks like it took about 2 minutes to throw that graphic together.
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  8. Probably a bit of that, and a bit of maneuvering for more political ad bucks. We are getting close to another election cycle.
  9. Design trends are a thing. Design has been trending flat for the better part of the last decade, pushed along by mobile devices and the web, and US TV has been following along. That's how you end up with things like the Tegna graphics package. Europe has been ahead of the curve when it comes to TV for a while. Sky, the BBC, and many others have been flat (or near flat) for quite some time. I don't even think it's fair to call some of these graphics "packages", they're more like design systems. Fittingly, that's the region from which the International Style came from, which all this is really just a continuation of. The problem with this open is that it looks extremely dated and old, even though it just launched. It does not follow modern design trends. I know there's a love affair with the mid-2000's graphics packages with absurd amounts of 3D on here, but, let's face it, they're cliche. TV graphics were glassy and shiny when everything else was glassy and shiny. Remember when smartphone and computer operating systems were all glassy? The shiny dock on early versions of Apple's OS X? That was the thing at the time. But then things started trending to flat, and we started seeing "hybrid" flat 3D design (which Hothaus did a great job on with packages like the first WBBM HD package) and now we're seeing totally flat design (Tegna and others.) The open fits with the rest of their early 2010's "shiny everything" look, but what they really need to do is spend time updating the whole damn package. Lose that awful font and turn off a bunch of the junk littering the lower thirds.
  10. I've seen some smaller "news outlets" (blogs) using them... I'm afraid stations will start buying them because they're arguably cheaper (but far less advanced) than the actual LiveU units are. It's definitely trying to compete with the Teradek VidiU Go, which is a much more obtrusive camera-top unit.
  11. Did you know you (yes, YOU!) could own your VERY OWN LiveU unit, no strings attached? They sell a prosumer model now. The LiveU Solo. Bring your own 4G modems. Works with one out of the box, but you can upgrade to bonded cellular (max two modems) with some additional somewhat pricey software subscriptions.
  12. Something similar happened with Wendy Carlos' original score for A Clockwork Orange. The original score was mostly tossed, but one of the tracks "Timesteps" remained... And became actual news music. The relevant cut starts around 29:11. It was heard on WXIA and WVUE, and heard again in Atlanta on WTCG in an obvious parody of WXIA's usage of it. I'd post the usage of it in the movie, but it's... disturbing... to say the least.
  13. Yeah, someone named "tvtonightokc" added it.
  14. I believe there is a floorplan of the building somewhere online from 1963 (when the round studio was built) that's more accurate to the layout of the current building (minus the rather tacked-on late 80's expansion that now houses the TV newsroom.) The TV control room in those pictures was a conference room last I heard. The room Fig. 10 was taken from was an announcer's booth that now houses computer networking equipment. Unfortunately, someone thought it was a good idea to board up the windows that overlooked the studio, so the conference room just has a massive blank wall that would otherwise give you a nice view of Studio D.
  15. TVNewsCheck has a story up that dives into the technical details of the new facility: https://tvnewscheck.com/article/top-news/232356/khou-houston-is-back-better-than-ever/ Some takeaways are that the "two studios" is actually one big one with what sounds like an air wall dividing it (similar to what a hotel meeting space might have) and that the newsroom studio setup can be used for Daily Blast Live. I kind of wonder if the studio may have just been some large conference space that already existed in the building. It's not uncommon for large businesses to have some kind of large meeting space that they can bring clients and partners in to for small conferences/product demos/training/etc. Might explain how they were able to build it out quickly.
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