The NAB Show 2019 is back, with its homepage echoing: Trends you love, experiences you crave, connections you yearn for, and icons you long to meet. Rightly so; NAB Show 2019 is here, promising to be an xhilerating event for professionals belonging to the media, technology and entertainment industry. The show will be the homeground of latest innovative ways to create, manage, deliver and monetise content. Every year, the show gravitates towards itself a diverse community of industry men belonging to advertising, AI, AR, audio, broadcast, cable, cyber-security, digital, education, eSports, film, gaming, government and military, houses of worship, IOT, IT, live events, mixed reality, mobile, online video, podcasting, post-production, radio, satellite, social media, sports, streaming , television, and VR.
The show this year, will direct its focus on trends like AI and Machine learning, ATSC 3.0 Global Appeal, blockchain, 5G, content and the cloud, cyber-security in an IoT world, in-vehicle entertainment and the passenger economy, production and profit in podcasting, streaming media, and the esports phenomenon.
The show will introduce concept-specific floor destinations, in turn instigating inspiration, connections and solutions. These designated areas will bring together exhibitor communities under one roof, to provide cross-aisle synergies and enhance their overall experience. Special pavilion theatres will be set up for sessions by subject matter experts and industry leaders.
The South Hall Upper will host the Advanced Advertising Pavilion for content, a multi-screen viewing experience called the Connected Media, and demo tools for Facebook live productions. The Destination 5G will be dedicated to the next-gen wireless technology, poised to reshape the media universe.
The North Hall will host The Innovation Pipeline, customised and revamped for 2019. It will be the destination for futuristic panel discussions, trends, technology and more from today’s top women innovators. A launch pad for new companies – StartUp Loft, and a hub called Sprockit for market-ready media, will be additional features. The eSports Experience will dive into current monetisation strategies, content models for live gaming, and brand initiatives. It will also facilitate networking opportunities with technology partners. Another new introduction to the extensive list is the In-Vehicle Experience, in the North Hall, which will address how connected vehicles are being lauded as the next horizon for content consumption.
The AI+Cloud Campus will be ccommodated in the South Hall Lower. It will address the advancements in AI and cloud technologies, and how they continue to shape content in intriguing ways from production workflows to improved delivery methods. International Pavilions, with participation from cities including Bavaria, Beijing, Belgium, Brazil, France, Great Britain amongst others, will be present in all halls The Central Hall will host the IP Showcase, and a Podcasting Pavilion for audio content.
With more than 700 sessions to choose from, the conferences at NAB this year will provide access to revolutionary industry insights, in the guise of various sessions including, broadcast engineering and information technology conference, digital trends for local markets, tools and information for businesses, future of the cinema, content strategies, disruptive technologies, and behind-the-scenes with creatives and crew, amongst others.
Topics that will be addressed in the sessions are: Real AI Use Cases in Media Companies- From Business to Technology, Game On: How 5G and eSports will Radically Change the Playing Field for Service Providers, How Satellite and the Cloud can work together for video, Transforming Television with Artificial Intelligence, Ultra-Low-Latency Live Streaming with nanoStream Cloud and H5Live Player, Monetising Beyond the Main Screen: How Broadcasters are Innovating with Video Across Screens, Best Practices for End-to-End OTT Live Stream Monitoring, Enabling Multi-Cloud Strategies Through Cloud Management Platforms, Media Creation & Coverage in Today’s Evolving Industry, What You Have To Know About Automated Advertising in 2019, The Evolution of OTT: Interactive OTT and 5G, Connected Cars Will Run on Satellite, Improving the economics of OTT video, Next Generation Automatic Closed Captioning, Level-Up: How Video Gaming is Driving the Future of TV, Considerations for Delivering Low Latency Live Stream Experiences, Failure is not an option: Winning Strategies for Executing Large Scale Live Streams, Autonomous Cars and Amazing Experiences: Safety, Content & Connectivity, and In Millions of Hours of Video Content - Where is the Money, amongst others.
The NAB Show Opening, All-Badge Access Sessions and the We Are Broadcasters celebration will take place on the Main Stage, located on the Show Floor. The Dive-Deeper tours will aim at curating tailor-made tours with a personal guide, or pre-planned tours covering future technology and innovative products, film and episodic TV production workflow, or live production and news production workflow.
Educational programs will foster learning opportunities in the form of workshops, courses and academic trainings. The ATSC3 Academy will include curated papers and panels, documenting current fads in the areas of Next Gen TV, and will be presented by various industry experts. Field workshops will be conducted by professionals on concepts of 360/VR production, small-to-no-crew cinematic video lighting, and directing movement. Another interesting aspect will be the the sUAS Certification Test Preparation Course, which will include a hands-on training session on commercial flying of a Small Unmanned Aerial System (sUAS).
The NAB Radio forum will involve discussions around the future scope of small and medium market radio. The Influencer Series will host celebrities and technocrats from sports, entertainment and media, reveal their strategies for influencing the transition of their businesses in a series of fireside conversations, TED-style talks, and closed-group panel discussions.
A panel of prominent White House correspondents from ABC, CBS, NBC and PBS, will discuss the challenges reporters face covering an unconventional White House, the evolution of the routine press briefings, the cons of the 24/7 news cycle, credibility and integrity of journalists in the Beyond the Briefing Room: Tales from the White House Beat.
Other events which will propel networking and relationship-building include Birds of a Feather – which include themed, non-commercial gatherings that will bring together subject matter experts and community members
to connect, collaborate and innovate about a topic of
The NAB Show Podcast will enable users to tune in and hear from the world’s most celebrated thought leaders, whilst they talk about the hottest media trends. Other networking events include the Silver Social Happy Hour and South Square.
Other interesting features of NAB Show 2019 will be the #GALSNGEAR, which will host several networking events for women in media production. The 4K 4Charity Fun Run, BEA 2019, Career Day, IABM at NAB Show, New York Festivals International TV & Film Awards Gala, Technology and Engineering Emmy Awards, and the Travel Video Awards will be hosted in conjunction with the main event.
Las Vegas, we are coming!