What’s New at the 2018 NAB Show: Part One

The 2018 #NABShow will have a wide variety of events, educational opportunities, and show floor demonstrations  that always brings in new trends to our ever evolving media industry. As we know, the 2018 #NABShow is a rewarding experience for everyone attending and networking. It gives the convention attendees the opportunity to participate and experience an enormous amount of technology (some you may buy and others that will be put on your wish-list). However, the educational experience is something that everyone can take back with no luggage or baggage claim required.

This year, 2018 #NABShow has an enormous amount of new attractions. Provided below is a listing for anyone seeking knowledge to bring back to the work place. This is part one of a three part focus on “What’s New at NAB 2018.” Enjoy!

Ad Innovations: Monetizing content is a central concern across traditional TV and emerging digital platforms. This program provides an opportunity for content and distribution professionals to hear from and engage directly with the ad buying community. This is the place for agencies, brands, programmers and leading technology providers. April 10 – 11, 2018 | North Hall Meeting Rooms.

Bolt High-Speed Cinebot: Visitors to the MRMC interactive stand will be able to engage and experience the world of broadcast camera robotics. Come meet, dance and interact with Bolt! April 9-12, 2018 | Central Lobby.

braindate: New for 2018: braindates are about sharing knowledge. They are one-on-one or small group conversations that you book with other participants while you’re at NAB Show. Once you schedule your braindates, meet up at the Braindate Lounge just outside the North Hall Meeting Rooms to share your expertise and seek tips from other folks making inroads in the converging industries of media, entertainment and technology and beyond! April 9 – 11, 2018 | Braindate Lounge.

Business of Sports Entertainment: Sports entertainment is big business. This program addresses the business of sports TV, radio and video. It is geared to top-level executives representing media networks, distributors, promoters, agencies as well as leagues, teams, federations and colleges. This forum will bring together the industry’s leading business executives. They’ll examine the best opportunities for engaging and monetizing sports fans in today’s marketplace. Sessions will focus on live content, sponsorships, technology and what’s next for sports revenues. April 10, 2018 | North Hall Meeting Rooms.

CDSA Content Protection and Cybersecurity Summit: The conference program is produced by the Content Delivery & Security Association (CDSA), a 45-year old non-profit association responsible for content protection and cybersecurity standards, best practices, audit programs and education services for the film & television communities. April 8, 2018 | Westgate Las Vegas Resort.

Community Mixers: Inspired and hosted by industry organizations, these curated meetups bring together a broad variety of professionals looking to connect through idea sharing, learning and networking. April 9 – 12, 2018 | Destination NXT Theaters, Post|Production Campus.

Content Strategies for Podcasting: This program spotlights the expanding podcast medium, which is fueling new revenue streams and rabid fan engagement. Explore various content creation, distribution and promotion opportunities in the fast-growing podcast market. April 11, 2018 | North Hall Meeting Rooms.

Destination NXT Theaters:

Distribution / Delivery / Commerce: New: Where leaders sitting at the intersection of content, marketing and technology come together to address new opportunities. In addition to presenting fast-moving presentations and short-form fireside chats, this area will host open Q&A with leaders innovating the business of media, demos featuring consumer trends and the opportunities to connect with colleagues during meetups and hosted happy hours.  April 9 – 12, 2018 | South Hall (Upper).

Technology Advances:  NEW: Remarkable innovations are transforming consumer’s daily lives, changing home, work and leisure experiences while dramatically altering the media and entertainment business. Hear all about it in this theater. April 9 – 12, 2018 | North Hall (Upper).

eSports: Get In On The Action: Streaming, media rights, fan engagement tools and technology are the driving forces shaping the future of the eSports global phenomenon. Brands, game publishers, product developers, media companies, investors, leagues and technology providers are front and center to reveal the opportunities within this industry and how to capitalize on them. April 11, 2018 | North Hall Meeting Rooms.

Featured Spotlights and Learning Labs:

Television: A Wall Street Perspective: Leading Wall Street research analysts and experts will provide a near term and long term outlook for national and local television advertising and Network advertising, including the current environment for the Network Upfronts. The panel will debate the impact of audience trends, current advertising category trends, the current network spot advertising environment, and Network make-goods. April 9, 2018 – 10:40am – 12:00pm| North Hall Meeting Rooms- N253.

Core Conversation Presented by DivvyCloud: Cloud WINS GOLD at the Winter Olympics – How Cloud is Impacting Business Strategies in Media and Entertainment: Cloud represents much more to our industry than a simple IT strategy to reduce hosting costs. With customers consuming digital content online, cloud has become critical to every phase of our business from creation to distribution to monetization. Drivers of cloud adoption include the need for scale and agility, robust security, mobility and connectivity, and open platforms and interoperability. However, new operational models, policy automation tools, and a change of culture is needed to succeed in this new era. Come join DivvyCloud as we listen to industry leaders from Discovery Communications, Turner Broadcasting and others as they share insights from the front lines. April 10, 2018 – 2:15pm – 2:45pm| North Hall Meeting Rooms- N5306DN.

Cisco Present: Unleash Your Innovation Superpower: The media industry is renowned for creativity both in front of and behind the camera. Technology has always been an enabler to this creativity and there is a major shift coming. Join Cisco’s David Ward and a raft of industry luminaries to have your mind expanded ready for the next creative explosion. What innovation will occur when new production workflows, delivery channels and support for new content formats can be simply designed and spun up at scale in moments? Attend this session and you and your colleagues will soon have this superpower! April 10, 2018 – 11:00am – 12:00pm| North Hall Main Stage.

About NAB Show
NAB Show, held April 7th-12th, 2018 in Las Vegas, is the world’s largest electronic media show covering the creation, management and delivery of content across all platforms. With 103,000 attendees from 166 countries and 1,700+ exhibitors, NAB Show is the ultimate marketplace for digital media and entertainment. From creation to consumption, across multiple platforms and countless nationalities, 2018 #NABShow  is home to the solutions that transcend traditional broadcasting and embrace content delivery to new screens in new ways.

About NAB 
The National Association of Broadcasters is the premier advocacy association for America’s broadcasters. NAB advances radio and television interests in legislative, regulatory and public affairs. Through advocacy, education and innovation, NAB enables broadcasters to best serve their communities, strengthen their businesses and seize new opportunities in the digital age. Learn more at


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