NAB Show ExpressWhile we were not able to gather in Las Vegas for NAB Show this year, we remain committed to providing the resources, education and discussions that keep us connected. Now all NAB Show Express is available on demand.

We invite you explore and watch the sessions curated by the NAB Technology staff for NAB Show Express, which are be available on-demand. Registration is free for these sessions.


Broadcast Engineering and Information Technology (BEIT) Conference

This program is designed for broadcast engineers and technicians, media technology managers, contract engineers, broadcast equipment manufacturers, distributors, engineering consultants and R&D engineers. Technical presentations consider pressing issues facing today’s media professionals, including the ongoing transition to IT and IP-based systems.

Topics to be covered at the 2020 BEIT Express Conference include Next Generation TV, conversion to IP, over-the-top (OTT) TV, artificial intelligence applications, 5G technology, cloud applications, ultra HD and advanced advertising technologies. Presentations are also planned for emerging radio technologies, cybersecurity, broadcast facility design, new workflows, advanced emergency alerting, Next Gen TV audio, new technologies for sports coverage, RF spectrum issues and the TV repack.

Many of the papers presented at BEIT Express are also available in written form via the Proceedings of the 2020 BEIT Conference, which will be published May 13, 2020. The Proceedings will be available online and can be purchased as a complete set of papers or à la carte as individual papers. You’ll find the Proceedings on the PILOT website starting May 13.

Digital Futures

Digital Futures brings together bright minds to discuss strategies for leveraging current opportunities for increasing engagement and earning more revenue in a multi-platform world. We’ve designed this “express” version of Digital Futures through the lens of the 2020 pandemic. This event is meant for digital officers, managers, general managers, strategists, account managers and technologists at media companies of all types.

ATSC: Perspectives from the Executive Layer

For the Advanced Television Systems Committee, the completion of the ATSC 3.0 Standard has been the prime focus of the organization for almost the past decade. Now that the Next Gen TV implementation in South Korea is coming up on 3 years and is beginning this year in the U.S., this unique cross-industry forum has developed strengths beyond just standard-setting that will continue to benefit the industry. In this session, the President, Board Chair and Vice Chairs, as executive leaders of ATSC, engage in a high level discussion about the implementation plan for ATSC 3.0, overall trends in the digital broadcasting industry and next steps for new membership-driven ATSC programs.

The Dish – CBS Looks to Cook with Next Gen TV

One of the great promises of Next Gen TV and the ATSC 3.0 standard is the combination of broadcast and broadband to provide interactive and engaging user experiences. In this session CBS will share their vision for the future and demonstrate a prototype application built around the popular CBS This Morning Saturday segment, The Dish. The Dish is all about consuming great food, telling great stories, and makes for the perfect way to demonstrate the future possibilities of digital television consumption.

What’s Next for Next Gen TV? TV Manufacturers’ Plans and Perspective

At CES® 2020 in January, major TV manufacturers announced plans to release Next Gen TV (ATSC 3.0) compatible products. The unveiling capped a year of cross-industry effort to create a certification test suite and consumer-facing logo for Next Gen TV products, before getting them into consumers’ homes. Learn the current status of the product pipeline and delivery from three global technology companies directly involved in the creation of ATSC 3.0.

NextGen TV Consumer Insights

The many rounds of Phoenix Consumer Lab testing have demonstrated that consumers are excited for Next Gen TV. Learn about the key features that resonated with consumers and how broadcasters plan to introduce the service in partnership with TV manufacturers this year. Join Bill Hague, EVP at Magid, and Anne Schelle, Pearl TV as they discuss critical consumer insights into key Next Gen TV features.

RadioDNS – Supporting Hybrid Radio Deployment Worldwide

RadioDNS is an open, not-for-profit, collaborative project that is converging broadcast radio and IP technologies by supporting hybrid (over-the-air plus internet) radio. Its membership consists of broadcast industry stakeholders including broadcasters, receiver manufacturers, and service providers. In this session, Nick will talk about the current projects being pursued by RadioDNS, provide information on the current deployment of services, and what broadcasters need to be doing to support hybrid radio.

Hybrid Radio: An Opportunity for Broadcasters

Audi will be including its advanced multimedia infotainment system into vehicles sold in the US starting in Fall 2020. In this session, hear how this new system, focusing on the hybrid (over-the-air plus internet) radio features which will be the first time these are available in the US.

Visions of Broadcasting’s Digital Future – Then and Now

NAB Show Express marks the 25th anniversary of the world premiere of the Grand Alliance digital HDTV system, which became the ATSC (1.0) standard. This session combines a retrospective on the Grand Alliance’s vision of the future in 1995 and a comparative look ahead at some of the new possibilities that are enabled by ATSC 3.0. The session features many former Grand Alliance members along with today’s thought leaders who are pioneering new ATSC 3.0 capabilities.

Interactive TV Sports Apps: What’s Coming Next?

Digital technology has enhanced the way fans are viewing and interacting with sports content today. However, it’s continuing to get better as advanced technologies are improving the fan experience through an even richer TV view and engagement, which in turn is leading to new monetization opportunities. This presentation will review the current innovations in TV and mobile sports apps with a major sports provider, then introduce upcoming applications with features such as smart watching, contests and betting. It will conclude with how combinations of advanced technologies such as machine learning and AI, NextGenTV, and Fincons’ Smart Digital Platform power this new experience.

Cloud Delivery of NextGen TV/ATSC 3.0 Services to Transmission Sites using Secure Reliable Transport (SRT)

NextGen TV brings a cost-effective, one-to-many IP distribution platform capable of delivering a wide array of content and rich media service. We will review the implementation of cloud-based content delivery leveraging advances in Secure Reliable Transport (SRT) including network topology, capabilities and limitations.

Latest Update on NEXTGEN TV’s Commercial Launch 2020

Broadcasters are making progress getting markets on-air for the introduction of commercial TVs this year. The panel will provide an update on the rollout, how current challenges due to COVID-19 will affect the market rollout, and how these challenges will further foster collaboration and innovate new ways to enable rapid construction and service commercialization.

NAB Show Express Welcome

In his State of the Broadcast Industry remarks, Smith will highlight 100 years of broadcasters’ ingenuity, public service and innovation, as well as their timeless commitment to providing the most trusted news, a lifeline during times of crisis and the music, entertainment and sports that keep us connected to our communities. In addition, Smith will address the policies impacting the future and success of broadcast radio and television stations.

Also during this session, NAB will honor Jim Henson, the artist, innovator and visionary creator of the Muppets, with the Distinguished Service Award posthumously. The award will be accepted by two of Henson’s adult children who continue to run The Jim Henson Company, Brian Henson, chairman of the board, and Lisa Henson, CEO and president.

And, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai will join Smith for a lively discussion on the issues before the FCC that impact broadcasting, including spectrum policy and media ownership.

During the program, we will also recognize 10 stations for their tremendous year-round commitment to community service with the Crystal Radio Awards and recognize our Crystal Heritage Award winner, KCVM-FM.

The Digital Leadership Award will be presented to Entercom Chief Digital Officer J.D. Crowley in recognition of his significant role in transforming a traditional broadcast business to succeed on digital media platforms.

Finally, the NAB Radio Engineering Achievement Award will be presented to Jeff Welton, regional sales manager, Central US, for Nautel Limited; and the NAB Television Engineering Achievement Award will be presented to Jim Stenberg, principal broadcast RF engineer for American Tower Corporation.

Every day of the year, local radio and broadcasters inform their communities, help neighbors in need, provide a lifeline during emergencies and deliver the most trusted news and favorite entertainment. This kick-off session to NAB Show Express celebrates local radio and television stations’ critical role in our communities and their commitment to innovating to deliver their highly valued content to listeners and viewers wherever they are.