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Off Topic Extra: Star Trek's move to on-demand inevitable

11/05, 8:28am

New series follows decades of Trek boosting new services

It is a decade since Star Trek was last on TV, but it's now coming back with a brand-new series which will air starting in January of 2017. What's caused debate, and even consternation, about the news is that after its pilot episode, the show will be made available exclusively on CBS All Access. That's broadcaster CBS's digital subscription service, and the announcement surprised many. However, it shouldn't have been such a shock -- because almost every Star Trek has boldly gone where no show has gone before in terms of using new ways to reach audiences.


Hands On: Røde SuperLav+

11/03, 7:27am

Great iOS microphone, terrible app

Apparently, you shouldn't call them clip-on or lapel mics, that's passé. Instead, they are lavelier microphones. Get it right: lavelier. No matter how much your Mac or iPhone tries to change that word to "lovelier," "love liar," or (once) "Cavalier," it is a jewellery term and it accounts for a key part of the name Røde SuperLav+ Microphone. Still, it's really a lapel mic. You clip it to your shirt or blouse and you look like you're a professional broadcaster -- plus, the sound recorded is very good, even though it is just plugged directly into your iPhone. So there you go: we're recommending that you buy the Røde SuperLav+ microphone.


Microsoft reveals 'studio-grade' Skype TX for broadcasters

04/08, 7:36am

Broadcast industry standard inputs, updated interface for Skype use on television

Microsoft has unveiled a version of its Skype messaging service designed for broadcasters. Skype TX is called a "studio-grade" software born from its acquisition of broadcast partner Cat and Mouse, which is said to provide a high level of hardware and software integration of Skype into the studio environment for video connections outside the studio.


Leaked Logitech Wi-Fi webcam for Mac formally revealed

10/16, 2:46pm

Webcam has 50-foot range, Ustream compatible

Logitech has formally announced its new HD Broadcaster Wi-Fi Webcam aimed at bloggers and video professionals. Previously leaked under the name "Wireless Webcam for Mac", the camera can wirelessly transmit 720p video at a distance of up to 50 feet over Wi-Fi to an iOS device, a Mac, or a Ustream account.


Livestream Broadcaster offers budget HD video encoder

04/12, 4:15pm

Hardware video encoder works with Livestream

Livestream is taking preorders for its budget HD video encoder, the Livestream Broadcaster. The small red hardware encoder lets users encode HD video and broadcast live via the New Livestream service, requiring a video feed, three AA batteries and an internet connection to operate.



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