Unofficial Notes from NAB New York 2018

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Executive Summary

Members of Summit Ridge Group attended the NAB Show New York on October 17, and 18, 2018, at the Javits Convention Center in New York City.

The NAB Show New York is produced by the National Association of Broadcasters. The focus of the NAB Show New York is next-generation technology for media, entertainment and telecom professionals, with conferences and workshops focused on television, film, satellite, online video, live events, podcasting, advertising, corporate A/V, production and post. The show was filled with solid presentations and detailed discussions about a range of issues impacting the broadcasting industry.

A key factor affecting the telecommunications and media industry is the use of available spectrum. These notes are therefore focused on presentations related to the ATSC 3.0 digital television system.

ATSC 3.0 is a suite of voluntary technical Standards and Recommended Practices that is fundamentally different from predecessor ATSC systems and is therefore largely incompatible with them. This divergence from earlier design is intended to allow substantial improvements in performance, functionality, and efficiency sufficient to warrant implementation of a non-backwards-compatible system. With higher capacity to deliver Ultra High-Definition services, robust reception on a wide range of devices, improved efficiency, IP transport, advanced emergency alerting, personalization features, and interactive capability, the ATSC 3.0 Standard provides much more capability than previous generations of terrestrial broadcasting.

The presentations highlighted the tremendous opportunities created for the broadcasting industry by ATSC 3.0. These opportunities are especially timely as the telecommunications and media industry moves towards the seamless integration of content creation, delivery, and consumption.

Additional notes are provided regarding the opening and keynote speaker sessions and sessions related to the satellite, travel, and cable industries.