NAB Announces Free NAB Show Express May 13-14

The NAB Show’s new digital experience, NAB Show Express, will take place May 13-14, 2020, according to a release from the National Association of Broadcasters.

The platform is free and designed to engage the NAB Show community by offering 24-hour access to content curated and customizable for the global media and entertainment community. NAB Show Express offers three educational channels, on-demand content and a Solutions Marketplace featuring exhibitor product information, announcements and demos.

Registration for the event will open April 20 at NABShowExpress.com.

The traditional NAB show in Las Vegas in April was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Powered by Brightcove Inc. and Frequency, NAB Show Express will comprise three education channels that mirror traditional NAB Show experiences. These include:

  • BEIT Express, a channel focused on broadcast engineering and information technology;
  • NAB Show Experience, offering a variety of educational sessions, product innovation showcases and interviews with industry trailblazers;
  • And Tech Talks, an NAB Show Live Special Edition, produced by Broadcast Beat and showcasing relevant conversations with NAB Show community influencers.

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Each channel will feature eight hours of content streamed daily and available on-demand. NAB Show Express will also offer NAB Show’s podcast, exploring relevant themes and featuring speakers.

The digital platform will feature more than 100 educational sessions, including interactive panels and select sessions originally slated for the NAB Show in Las Vegas, such as NAB President and CEO Gordon Smith’s State of the Industry address. Education partners include the Advanced Imaging Society, the Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC), the Broadcast Education Association (BEA), Future Media Conferences (FMC), #GALSNGEAR, the Hollywood Professional Association (HPA), the International Trade Association for Broadcast and Media Technology Suppliers (IABM), the North American Broadcasters Association (NABA) and the Society of Broadcast Engineers (SBE), among others.

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The NAB Show Express Solutions Marketplace will offer exhibitor profiles, company-hosted events, press conferences and special offers for those interested in exploring new products and exhibitor news, according to NAB. Resources, such as industry-related white papers, articles, webinars, guides and research reports, will also be available for those who register.

Additionally, NAB Show Express will feature three standalone training and executive leadership events for which separate registrations will be available soon. These include:

  • Executive Leadership Summit (May 11), produced in partnership with Variety – free to attend;
  • Cybersecurity & Content Protection Summit (May 12), produced in partnership with Content Delivery & Security Association (CDSA) and Media & Entertainment Services Alliance (MESA) — registration fees apply;
  • And Post | Production World Online (May 17 – 19), produced in partnership with Future Media Conferences (FMC) — registration fees apply.

NAB Show Moves from ‘Postponed’ to ‘Canceled’

The annual National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) show, scheduled for April in Las Vegas, has moved from “postponed” into the “canceled” category.

In a March 20 email NAB president and CEO Gordon Smith announced that rather than rescheduling the big TV show for later this year, “NAB would be unveiling a new digital offering called NAB Show Express, and enhancing NAB Show New York later this year.”

“The COVID-19 pandemic has created a truly unprecedented situation around the world,” Smith wrote. “We believe it is our responsibility to help stop the spread of COVID-19, and put the health and safety of our show community first.”

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Noting that “the landscape has continued to shift dramatically,” with sports leagues and school districts shutting down and business closures sweeping the nation, “it is impossible to hold a rescheduled 2020 NAB Show this year. We will instead proceed with a two-pronged approach to deliver as much value as possible under these circumstances to our exhibitors, partners, and the broadcast industry as a whole.”

First, Smith writes, “we are exploring a number of ways to bring the industry together online, both in the short and long term.”

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NAB Show Express, launching in April 2020, “will provide a conduit for our exhibitors to share product information, announcements and demos, as well as deliver educational content from the original selection of programming slated for the live show in Las Vegas, and create opportunities for the community to interact virtually,” Smith writes.

Second, he continues, “we will be enhancing NAB Show New York with new programs, partners, and experiences. We have already had numerous conversations with show partners about expanding their participation, and have heard from numerous exhibitors interested in enhancing their presence at this fall’s show. NAB Show New York represents the best opportunity for companies to announce and showcase their latest innovations and comes at a perfect time for the industry to gather face-to-face to restart, refocus, and reengage as we move forward together.”

NAB Show New York is scheduled to be held Oct. 20 and 21.

 

NAB Latest Big Trade Show to ‘Postpone’ Due to Concerns Over Coronavirus

The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) convention, which this year was promising a bigger-than-ever focus on streaming, is the latest big entertainment trade show to announce an indefinite postponement due to concerns over the novel coronavirus, COVID-19.

The NAB was scheduled to take place at the Las Vegas Convention Center April 18-22. The show, the largest for media, entertainment and technology, has been held in Las Vegas each year since 1991 and attracts upwards of 100,000 attendees and exhibitors.

The NAB show covers broadcast TV, radio, production, streaming, cable TV, satellite TV, film restoration, data storage, data management, weather forecasting, and other elements of the broadcast industry.

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NAB president and CEO Gordon Smith on March 11 issued the following letter:

“As you know, we have been carefully monitoring coronavirus developments both domestically and globally over the past few weeks.

“In the interest of addressing the health and safety concerns of our stakeholders and in consultation with partners throughout the media and entertainment industry, we have decided not to move forward with NAB Show in April. We are currently considering a number of potential alternatives to create the best possible experience for our community.

“This was not an easy decision. Fortunately, we did not have to make this decision alone, and are grateful to our NAB Show community for engaging with us as we grappled with the rapidly-evolving situation. This Show is as much yours as it is ours, and it is important to us that we move forward together.

“For nearly 100 years, NAB Show has provided superior value and the best possible experience for exhibitors and attendees. We knew that if we could not deliver on those expectations, we would not move forward. More importantly, keeping the community safe and healthy is NAB’s highest priority; therefore, we are deferring to the developing consensus from public health authorities on the challenges posed by coronavirus.

“We are still weighing the best potential path forward, and we ask you for your patience as we do so. We are committed to exploring all possible alternatives so that we can provide a productive setting where the industry can engage with the latest technology, hear from industry thought leaders and make the game-changing connections that drive our industry forward.

“I want to stress that despite our disappointment at how this year’s Show has been impacted by global public health concerns, we are more excited than ever about the future of NAB Show and our relationship with you.

“We are grateful for each and every member of our Show community. It is your passion for the industry that makes NAB Show a success year after year, and it is that same passion that will drive us into the future as we look ahead to new possibilities later this year and beyond.”

NAB Show to Bow ‘Streaming Experience’ Content Showcase

The NAB Show is introducing The Streaming Experience, a new content showcase curated by streaming and online video expert Dan Rayburn that will feature more than 50 OTT platforms and streaming devices.

The showcase, which will give NAB Show attendees a first-hand look at the latest streaming video services, according to organizers, will be located in the Central Lobby of the Las Vegas Convention Center and is open to all registered attendees during exhibit hours starting April 19.

The NAB Show takes place in Las Vegas April 18-22.

A living-room setting will allow attendees the opportunity to test OTT services side-by-side to compare content, video quality, ad formats, playback features and delivery methods. The Streaming Experience will feature hardware from Amazon, Apple, Roku, Xbox, PlayStation, LG, TCL and Samsung. Streaming services on display will include Apple TV+, Amazon Prime Video, CBS All Access, Disney+, Hulu, NBC Sports, Netflix and YouTube TV, among others. New services from HBO Max, Peacock and Quibi may also be showcased, dependent on their launch dates, according to organizers.

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“Streaming is a major focus of the 2020 NAB Show, and the new Streaming Experience is the largest showcase of its kind in the industry,” said NAB EVP of conventions and business operations Chris Brown in a statement. “We are excited for attendees to join their industry peers in this living room environment and experience nearly every live and on-demand streaming service on the market today.”

Additional details of the Streaming Experience, including renderings of the new space, can be found here.