NAB Chief Rallies Showgoers Behind Legacy Radio, Television as Show Moves Toward OTT

LAS VEGAS — NAB president and CEO Curtis LeGeyt didn’t mention streaming at the Welcome Session at NAB 2023, even though a growing focus of the show, once devoted exclusively to broadcast radio and television, is now on the OTT sector.

Speaking with Univision Los Angeles’ Gabriela Teissier in a fireside chat, LeGeyt instead urged attendees to support traditional AM radio “by stepping up and reminding the public and automakers of our ongoing relevance.”

He stressed the importance of local broadcast: “I think what we do best is bring together people of all different worldviews, all different persuasions, all different interests, and remind them that we live in communities where we need to have some common cause because we’re together. … We have people on the ground who know those communities and know how to talk about the issues that the community is facing in a way that is relevant specifically to that group.”

LeGeyt defended journalism: “NAB’s principal role before we get to anything else is serving as a loud megaphone for the incredible work that our journalists across the country are doing, and reminding not only communities, but [also] policymakers, that it may be politically convenient to point and label us fake news, but we are the ones rolling up our sleeves in these communities, shining a light on abuses, getting in the weeds, making sure that our communities have the information that they need.”

And he called for competition to the technology giants: “We need to innovate to compete in a world in which these big tech behemoths have changed everything. They’ve changed everything with regard to the local advertising market and our ability to generate advertising dollars to reinvest in our content. They’ve changed everything as audiences are migrating online, using their platforms to access broadcast television and radio content. And they’ve got so much market power that they can determine the terms of access that in our view does not allow for fair compensation for our content, despite the degree to which we drive tremendous traffic to their sites.”

LeGeyt concluded by stressing the importance of continued innovation.

“It is innovation that is going to enable us to further our hyperlocal connection to our communities,” he said. “That is our competitive advantage every day that we are focusing on that innovation, that relevance, in both television and radio. That is where we are going to continue to thrive as a strong competitor in this media landscape [and as] an indispensable function for our local communities across the country.”

NAB Kicks Off Centennial Show With Greater Focus on Streaming

LAS VEGAS — Celebrating its 100th birthday, the annual National Association of Broadcasters convention began its four-day run April 15 with an aggressive nod to streaming.

While much of the schedule remains focused on the legacy broadcast industry, the NAB is once again hosting a two-day Streaming Summit April 17-18. The summit is a two-track event with about 75 speakers and consists of “fireside” chats, best practices technical presentations/case studies, and roundtable discussions. The Streaming Summit, NAB says, will cover business and technology topics including the bundling of content; codecs; transcoding; live-streaming; video advertising; packaging and playback; monetization of video; cloud based workflows; direct-to-consumer models; the video ad stack; and other related topics.

The NAB Show also features an OTT Demo Area, featuring demonstrations of more than 50 streaming video platforms and devices, including smart TVs and streaming boxes. The Demo Area is curated by Dan Rayburn, a streaming media expert and conference chair of the Streaming Summit. It features hardware from Amazon, Apple, Roku, Google, LG, TCL, Vizio and Samsung and will feature sample programming from Apple TV+, Amazon Prime Video, Discovery+, Disney+, HBO Max, Hulu+ Live TV, Sling TV, Netflix, Paramount+, Peacock TV, YouTube TV, Tubi, Pluto TV, ESPN+, Freevee, AMC+, Fubo, DAZN and many others.

Show attendees will be able to see and compare video quality compression, HDR and 4K; content bundling strategies; video delivery, low-latency and QoS; ad formats; and pre/post roll in live and SVOD, connected-TV advertising, playback and UI/UX.

NAB is also hosting a Main Stage session on the rapidly growing FAST TV business. “FAST Channels and Furious Growth” takes place April 17 at 2:30 p.m. at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Leaders in streaming and digital distribution will discuss their strategies in the free, ad-supported television streaming business segment, which hit revenues of roughly $4 billion in the United States last year and is projected to triple over the next five years.

Speakers include Amy Kuessner, EVP of content strategy and global partnerships at Paramount Streaming; Adam Lewinson, chief content officer at Tubi; Jim Packer, president of worldwide television distribution at Lionsgate; and Philippe Guelton, chief revenue officer of Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment. They will discuss programmatic challenges and opportunities, how to utilize targeted advertising effectively and how to build infrastructure quickly.

In his welcome, NAB president and CEO Curtis LeGeyt noted that the first NAB gathering took place in 1923 when 16 representatives of radio stations gathered in New York City. Since then, the show until recently has remained true to the trade group’s name, focusing on the broadcast industry — first radio, then television — with the Las Vegas Convention Center and Strip hotels crawling with broadcast executives and, in the heyday of radio, deejays such as Wolfman Jack, Joey Reynolds, Tom Shovan and a pre-TV Larry King.

This year’s show features more than 1,000 exhibitors, including 140 first-timers, NAB says. The show is grouped around four “pillars”: Create, Connect, Capitalize, and Intelligent Content.

NAB and NAB Show Celebrating Centennial in 2023

The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), an advocacy association for America’s broadcasters, and the NAB Show, the global trade show, are celebrating their centennial year in 2023 with activities, events and a commemorative website.

The 2023 NAB Show Centennial Celebration, taking place April 15-19 in Las Vegas, commemorates 100 years since the first NAB Show in 1923 and offers opportunities for attendees, exhibitors and stakeholders to share their memories, participate in interactive engagements and enjoy exclusive onsite parties and events.

“This year marks our century-long legacy of advocating on behalf of America’s broadcasters and driving global innovation and industry growth through NAB Show,” NAB President and CEO Curtis LeGeyt said in a statement. “We invite the entire NAB community, including broadcasters and content professionals from around the world, to join us for the Centennial Celebration as we honor our rich history, recognize our unparalleled impact and celebrate our next 100 years.”

NAB Jan. 12 launched “Celebrating 100 Years,” a comprehensive website that provides an interactive journey through the organization’s history and evolution over the years. The site offers a timeline detailing landmark achievements, moments in broadcasting and at that NAB Show, along with image galleries, broadcasters’ stories and a NAB Hall of Fame, allowing visitors to learn more about the radio and television legends inducted throughout the years.

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The organization also kicked off “Share Your Story,” a community campaign, encouraging individuals to share special memories, serendipitous moments or remarkable stories about broadcasting and the NAB Show. Contributors may include photos with their submissions. Stories may be submitted here.

Forthcoming NAB Show Centennial Celebration announcements will include registration incentives, contests, special events and activations, and recognitions of exceptional past NAB Show participation.

NAB Show Launches April 23 With Attendees From 154 Countries

The NAB Show, the annual conference for broadcast, entertainment and technology professionals, will host attendees from 154 countries April 23–27 in Las Vegas, according to organizers.

Speakers at the show include Nick Cannon, Ashleigh Banfield, Lester Holt, Byron Allen and comedian Jim Gaffigan.

Attendees from outside the United States make up nearly one-quarter of all pre-registered 2022 NAB Show attendees, which closely mirrors the 2019 NAB Show percentage, according to organizers.

“At a time when content can travel around the world in a blink of an eye, there is nothing like NAB Show to help the content community discover the tools, trainings and insights that will unleash the next global phenomenon,” said Chris Brown, NAB EVP and managing director of global connections and events, in a statement. “We are excited to welcome back our friends and partners from all across the globe as our industry gets back to doing business in person.”

The NAB Show participates in the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Trade Event Partnership Program, which recruits international trade delegations to select U.S. trade shows and connects international buyers with U.S. suppliers.

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Delegations attending the show hail from Brazil, Columbia, Germany, India, Japan, Mexico, Nigeria, Panama, Peru, Turkey, Vietnam and more.

The NAB Show’s exhibit floor, located in the North Hall, Central Hall and the newly constructed West Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center, will host 358 exhibitors from 38 countries outside of the United States, including the United Kingdom, Canada, Germany, Belgium and France. The exhibition will also host the following pavilions:

  • Bavarian Pavilion — Central Hall
  • Brazilian Pavilion — North Hall
  • French Pavilion — West Hall
  • Great Britain & Northern Ireland Pavilion — North Hall
  • Global Trade Show Row — West Hall

 

Additionally, several international organizations, including the Brazilian Society of Television Engineering (SET), will host meetings for their members at the NAB Show. Demonstrations of global technologies currently deployed outside of the United States will also be conducted by broadcasters and other media and entertainment companies throughout the confab.  

The NAB Show is put on by the National Association of Broadcasters, an advocacy association for America’s broadcasters. The NAB advances radio and television interests in legislative, regulatory and public affairs.

NAB Show to Require Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination

The NAB Show scheduled for Oct. 9-13 in Las Vegas and associated co-located events will require attendees to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination, Chris Brown, EVP and managing director of global connections and events for the National Association of Broadcasters, wrote in an email to the community.

“While the enthusiasm is building, we are keenly aware of health and safety concerns tied to the spread of the COVID-19 Delta variant and want to assure you that we are putting in place a comprehensive, data-driven plan that prioritizes safety and creates a productive environment at these events,” he wrote. “We have worked for the past several weeks to finalize protocols that will maximize the experience and safety of all members of the NAB Show community. This process has involved extensive consultation with health and safety experts, gathering feedback from a range of exhibitors and attendees, and review of the safety measures recommended by national and local health authorities, including Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak’s important announcement this week regarding large events.”

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The show floor will feature major brands such as Amazon Web Services, AJA, B&H, Canon, Grass Valley, MediaKind, Panasonic, Ross, Sony, Verizon and more, he wrote.

Major industry events, such as the Radio Show, Sales and Management Television Exchange and AES Show, will co-locate in Las Vegas.

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.”