NAB: Local, Las Vegas Coverage
Ed note: A look from outside the industry at the NAB show from the Las Vegas Sun.
Stars, technology meld at National Association of Broadcasters show
The National Association of Broadcasters convention is part entertainment, part engineering.
It involves celebrities in front of cameras and microphones and unidentified technicians who bring content into our homes.
It’s also for policymakers, regulators and experts filled with ideas about how they can deliver TV shows and radio programs to media rooms with theater-sized screens or portable devices that fit in our pockets.
This week, they’re all coming to Las Vegas.
An estimated 100,000 people are expected to jam the Las Vegas Convention Center beginning today when technical conferences begin. The meat of the show will be served Monday through Thursday when the trade-show floor opens and speakers and panels discuss top industry issues.
Show organizers initially indicated 85,000 people would attend the event — the third-largest convention on the city’s 2012 calendar and the world’s largest electronic media show — but strong advance registrations are expected to push attendance to more than 100,000.
An improving economy and the election year appear to be responsible for the surprising increase in show attendance.