TECH TALK12/29/2006 07:00:00 PM Eastern
Hearst-Argyle Taps Ikegami
Hearst-Argyle Television has bought 17 high-definition Ikegami cameras
for studio and point-of-view applications around the country. WCVB Boston
installed five HDK-75EX cameras, which are compact portable HD systems that can
be converted for studio use with either five- or nine-inch viewfinders, as well
as two HDL-40 units, and a compact one-piece POV box-type HD camera. KCRA
Sacramento, Calif., received four HDK-75EX cameras and two HDL-40 systems.
Hearst-Argyle, a longtime Ikegami customer, also purchased two
HDK-75EX units and two HDL-40 cameras for its new full-service studio in the
Hearst Tower in New York.
Gemstar Inks Deal With Sky
Gemstar-TV Guide International signed a patent license agreement with
another News Corp.-controlled entity, UK-based satellite operator British Sky
Broadcasting Limited (Sky). The agreement with Sky, the UK's largest pay-TV
provider, is the first for Gemstar, which produces electronic programming
guides (EPGs), with a cable or satellite operator outside the U.S.
The multiyear agreement, specific terms of which were not disclosed,
allows Sky to use Gemstar-TV Guide's licensed intellectual property in EPGs
deployed on Sky's various platforms in the UK and Ireland.
Sky has been using guide software developed by NDS, a provider of
conditional access and interactive TV software that is also controlled by News
Corp., and will continue to do so. According to Dov Rubin, VP and general
manager of NDS Americas, the agreement is more about Sky licensing relevant
patents held by Gemstar for Sky's existing EPGs than modifying its viewers'
"The Gemstar patents pretty much relate to everything about a program
guide," says Rubin. "As long as you're picking things off a grid, it relates to