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Spring NAB Show Set to Open Doors

This year’s event puts focus on AoIP, cybersecurity, cloud innovation, more

Cybersecurity, emergency preparedness and AoIP standards are among the technical topics likely to keep engineers buzzing at the spring NAB Show in Las Vegas.

The show will be held April 16–21 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Sam Matheny, EVP and CTO of the National Association of Broadcasters, will give the opening keynote of the Broadcast Engineering Conference on Sunday morning. He’s likely to talk about the recently announced revamp of NAB Labs into Pilot, a coalition of companies that is intended help advance broadcast technology and new media opportunities. Charter members of Pilot include Accenture, Akamai, Frankly, Google, Nielsen, Shareablee and Yahoo.

Beyond the BEC, broader show themes include cloud innovation, media technologies for military, a TV spectrum “repack” in the United States and a new Digital Futures Exchange that promises “an unscripted, interactive discussion of digital trends, strategies and examples for local markets.” It’s likely that virtual reality technology will be a prominent topic, and more drones, building on last year’s keen interest.

Ben Sherwood, co-chairman of Disney Media Networks and president, Disney|ABC Television Group, will deliver opening remarks on Monday, April 18, following NAB President and CEO Gordon Smith’s “State of the Broadcast Industry” address. The annual International Reception will be held in the International Trade Center in a new location this year in the North Hall, Monday at 6 p.m. Radio exhibits will be in the North Hall.

Marketed as the world’s largest electronic media show covering the creation, management and delivery of content across all platforms, the show drew 103,000 people last year from 166 countries and 1,700+ exhibitors.

— Paul McLane