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  1. That’s a interesting video. I assume they must of recorded a clean feed before it went through master control. NBC has a piece of hardware called NameDropper HD (CBS uses the same hardware but it’s known as LIDIA) that’s used to insert logos during primetime, TOTH legal IDs and the crawl/time/temp during the Today Show. All the commands for Today is triggered by a watermark in the feed which is likely why it was triggered during the clip. However I am slightly confused why it would have the ticker covered by the Look N ticker but the time/temp ontop of the LookN ticker.
  2. Very good write up Samantha. One thing I will say about WGN America’s loss of MVPD May be changing around. Last year when I renegotiated my Comcast package they told me WGN America wouldn’t be available in new packages and will be pulled. Well about two months ago I noticed it reappeared as an available channel. I’m curious if Nexstar were renegotiating or willing to make concessions About carriage feeds so this program and big gamble would have the largest audience. As for a west coast feed I’d think it would be difficult to pull off unless they added more staff. Or they could have someone from the weekend team to do updates for the west.
  3. What was there temporary setup like? The teaser made it look like it was in its own studio but the construction area showed its the open newsroom.
  4. Yes, ABC and CBS. I saw CBS and they used a KCBS reporter.
  5. It’s been mentioned here and I believe in the chats that Hoda prefers to work in the studio than at home. Well from what I understand Hoda lives in the city so places might be cramped. But also having a person in studio would keep all the camera operators, lighting technicians and other employees around. I am not sure of the contract but I’d imagine if they hosts were all remote they studio crew maybe temporarily put on leave.
  6. He whole high speed internet thing slightly worries me. A good deal of the country has Comcast. Before they reportedly set a cap for 250GB a month and supposedly it’s been raised to 1TB. I don’t think they’ve ever cut off a user because of it but I’ve heard of throttling from them and other providers. So if an anchor has a camera that’s live an is splitting the load via LiveU with two or three cell modems and wired internet and the internet starts throttling quality breaks up. Another instance I heard was via Fios a few years back. A man setup a decent sized cloud for himself and family using the gigabit plan. People were not sending files 24/7 but it was enough for Verizon to make the man get a business connection. It was at the time maybe 10 TB, family wasn’t accessing it daily but it was enough to make Verizon threaten their account. Creative Services would be another thing I think would be risky. Say you have them at home to cut a few spots for the evening and late News? You have the, record it as normally and send the files to them. Now with my experience with Comcast and other people’s FiOS is that they almost never get the advertised speeds consistently (maybe if the house is wired) but WiFi maybe not. So you’ll be sending the CSD maybe a few minutes of 50Mbps content to cut to a promo but you need it back in the hour. Will their speed allow you to download a gig of more of video quickly, turn it around, and upload at an almost slower rate on something critical? If they’re doing this daily I could see internet throttled unless the company hooks them up with a business connection. Spann has a gigabit connection and his whole home is new and wired for gigabit Ethernet and has a mesh WiFi network. So he has no issue but others may afford it.
  7. It also worth mentioning that the studio that Norah uses and Face the Nation uses manual pedestal cameras. It would be one thing if they had say a manual pedestal but a PTZ/Height Drive head where several lock off shots could be used. The show is produced out at All Mobile Video in NYC across from the CBS Broadcast Center. Dealing with one locked off camera is easier that can be PTZ is easier (and worth noting that’s what Jose Diaz-Balart has done since COVID-19, this week said it was in NYC but before all came from Telemundo Center). I mentioned this in the chat that perhaps renaming the weekend show the CBS Weekend News was a way for CBS to get out of a union contract (where perhaps existing shows required more staffing - such as CBS This Morning from the studio required camera operators on robotic cameras*). I hypothesized that by cancelling a show and starting a new would void a contract and allow them to automate it. But I asked @Weeters who said he thinks the rename was just so people would expect something different. When Weekend News launched it was all put together before hand, you could see the time at which the show open was recorded on the screens behind them along with interviews. At the time it was just repurposed CBSN content. * Worth mentioning that Meet The Press on Sunday’s use manual cameras operating CamBots (not sure about Saturday Today) but the CamBots were installed for MTP Daily where MSNBC wouldn’t need to hire multiple operators.
  8. Here’s a side by side video :
  9. I imagine work has been delayed and perhaps they are rethinking the streetside studio idea. With the frequent protests turning violent I could see them either replacing what they have with a stronger type of glass * or additional security measures such as more fencing around the studio or additional layers of glass. * Perhaps hurricane proof - I’ve seen residential glass get battered by tree limbs and other projectiles at 70+ MPH without issue. I don’t think any person could generate enough force that strong. But I’d also keep bullet proof as well. It wouldn’t surprise me if they no incorporate rolling shutters like you see on storefronts rather than having to board up each time there’s a protest or unrest. I could see them somehow retrofitted to Studio 1A as well. I know they have two layers of glass and the outermost layer you may not be able to put shutters but maybe on the inside you could between the panels.
  10. Wow thank you, I’ll take a look at the deleted helicopters. Is this a new helicopter or second for WSB? I’ve seen N2QU recently.
  11. Supposedly from my Helicopter list, FOX 11 and KCBS/KCAL share the same helicopter. FOX11 has a reporter up in the morning and KCBS/KCAL reporter in the PM. KCBS/KCAL just take images in mornings and KTTV gets images in the PM.
  12. One things missing from the video... the new Comcast Technology Center.
  13. It’s actually relatively large. According to NBC’s studio listing page it’s 4,170 sq FT. The largest studio I’d have to guess belongs to KABC where they have two 7,000 square foot sound stages and KABC’s set actually is circular and sits in the center leaving a good bit unoccupied.
  14. WRC started a weekend broadcast called News 4 Kids a few weeks ago.
  15. How depressing. And they moved those old Radamec pedestals right into the new building.
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