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ABU-DBS Is Set for 15th Edition

The symposium strives to “help broadcasters in the region make a smooth transition to digital broadcasting”

The Asia-Pacific Broadcast Union’s Digital Broadcasting Symposium 2019 takes place March 4–7 at the Royale Chulan Kuala Lumpur.

The symposium is held each year in Kuala Lumpur. It consists of a conference, an exhibition, masterclasses and workshops, and attracts more than 1,000 participants annually. In 2018, they represented 355 organisations in 48 countries.

Organizers say this year’s edition, under the theme “Digital Transition and Transformation,” will bring together more than 60 exhibitors, sponsors and media partners. The conference will feature 12 sessions on topics including “Broadcasting Strategies for the Future,” “Cybersecurity and Media — Action Required,” “Migrating to IP — Standards,” “Strategies and Challenges,” and “Advances in Digital Radio & TV Technologies.”

According to the ABU, the primary role of the symposium, which turns 15 in 2019, is to help broadcasters in the region make a smooth transition to digital broadcasting. “When DBS was launched in 2005, a lot of Asian broadcasters had not yet started going digital. Many have now completed the process, or are busy doing so. The symposium has shared that journey with them, growing steadily along the way. It is now one of the region’s leading events for the broadcasting industry.”

The Principal Sponsor in 2019 is WorldDAB. The organization will hold a workshop on March 4 and have a WorldDAB pavilion at the exhibition featuring five of its members.

Major Sponsors are Rohde & Schwarz and the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission.

In addition to WorldDAB, the workshop sponsors include Dolby, DVB, Rohde & Schwarz, Dalet, Whiteways Systems and Digital Radio Mondiale.

Interactive masterclasses will be staged throughout the symposium on four topics: mobile journalism, immersive virtual reality, using the latest broadcast quality cameras, and the use of drones in video and broadcast production.

A specialist in the field of advertising and video production will lead the 90-minute masterclass on the use of drones in video and broadcast production. Held each day, the ABU says participants will be able to gain first-hand experience in controlling a drone, along with advice on how to handle drones in critical or emergency situations, as well as learn about the various types of drones and their practical applications.

[Read: WorldDAB Preps for ABU Digital Broadcasting Symposium]

In addition, South African journalist Viasen Soobramoney will conduct three mobile journalism masterclasses. Mohieddin Moradi, a video engineer in the research and development department at Iran’s national broadcaster, IRIB, and an instructor at IRIB University, will conduct three masterclasses on broadcast camera techniques. Two companies, HTC Vive Malaysia and Funique VR, will jointly conduct eight VR masterclasses.

It is possible to register here.