IPTV takes center stage at NAB Show

The NAB Show will expand its IPTV offerings with a new
conference series and super session that will provide telecommunications and
wireless professionals with insight into converging technologies,
state-of-the-art concepts and equipment for IPTV and other next generation video
business. Telephony and Broadcast Engineering Magazine, in conjunction with
NAB, will also feature an IPTV Pavilion showcasing the latest products and
services centered on content distribution and delivery. The events will take
place April 14-17 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in
Las Vegas.

“IPTV was the number one searched term and one of the most popular
segments during last year’s NAB Show and we’ve seen a huge demand for ongoing
education and information,” said Chris Brown, executive vice president of
conventions and business operations at NAB. “In expanding our offerings
for IPTV we are not only addressing this demand but looking to provide unique
insight to telecom providers as they grapple with the issues and opportunities
surrounding the deployment of next generation video networks.”

The IPTV Pavilion will be in the “Content Central” section located in
the Central Hall of the
Las Vegas
Convention Center. New to
the NAB Show, the IPTV Pavilion and Content Central will provide a platform for
exhibitors such as Maverick Systems, BT, ConnecTV Media International,
DIGISOFT.TV, Itiva Networks, MDS America, NXP Semiconductors, Sentivision,
Tektronix, UBStream, Ambric, Xeno and others to showcase their latest products
and services centered on content distribution and delivery. The IPTV Pavilion
will focus on the distribution and delivery of IPTV services, uniting content
and new technology to provide innovative solutions to telecom organizations.

“IPTV is a topic of critical and growing importance to our brands, our
readers and advertisers for both Telephony and Broadcast Engineering,”
said Jonathan Chalon, vice president of Penton Media’s Entertainment Technology
Group. “We’re very pleased to have the opportunity to partner with the NAB
Show on the IPTV Pavilion — and to leverage Penton Media’s unique assets,
audience and industry expertise as the Pavilion’s Official Media Partner.”

Titled “Telecom2008: Building Your IPTV Business,”
the new conference series will explore the strategies and technology necessary
for companies to build IPTV businesses. Co-produced by Team Lightbulb, an event
planning and management organization, the conference will provide information
about creating and acquiring content, present the latest developments in the
telecom industry, and offer guided tours of IPTV technology found on the NAB
Show exhibit floor. Also participating in the conference is “Telecom Crash
Course” author Steven Shepard, who will examine the changes that are
shaping the telecom industry and discuss ways to maintain future networks.

The “IPTV Right Now – Where We Are and What We Have Learned” super session,
held Tuesday, April 15, will look at previous IPTV technology experiences to
predict trends in connected TV over the next 12 months. Enrique Rodriquez,
corporate vice president of Microsoft TV, will keynote the session, which will
also include a panel discussion featuring Brian Levy, Hewlett-Packard’s vice
president and chief technology officer of communications, media and
entertainment; BT Vision Strategy and Business Development Director Neville
Manuel; and Dan York, executive vice president of programming at AT&T. Boyd
Peterson, senior vice president of consumer research at Yankee Group, will
moderate the session.

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