Are you ready for NAB Show?

This year’s NAB Show is upon us. Are you ready to navigate the world’s largest convention encompassing the convergence of media, entertainment and technology? Want to find out what’s new? 

Broadcast Projects takes a look at the new features and highlights of the world’s largest media, entertainment and technology event, NAB Show.

First things first. If you have't already booked your free entrance pass, there’s precious little time to do so. After 25th March, the price goes from 0 to $50. Do it right now with the code MP01. ​And don't forget to download the NAB Show App

Ever feel like the show is so huge you couldn’t possibly grasp it all? More than 200 companies will exhibit for the first time at the 2019 NAB Show. They’ll join a wide variety of exhibiting veterans on the nearly one million net square feet of space that make up the NAB Show exhibit floor. ​Th​e group ​includes Red Bee Media, Audi, Mercedes-Benz Vans, Frame.io, StoryMate, Nextologies Limited, The Future Group, Send Bird, Kazuhm, Snappers.tv, and Opus Digitas, Inc., among others.

“These new exhibitors reflect the unique position of NAB Show at the center of the convergence of media, entertainment and technology,” said NAB Executive Vice President of Conventions and Business Operations Chris Brown. “These companies, along with specialized exhibit areas and leading brands from around the world, will showcase technologies and innovations that are disrupting how content is created, distributed and consumed.”

Start-ups, too, will be taking center stage as the Innovation Pipeline houses three destinations and a theater showcasing future-focused technologies and solutions from concept to prototype. Destinations in the Innovation Pipeline are equipped to promote each stage of innovation through Futures Park, StartUp Loft and SPROCKIT.

Also new in 2019 are the planned and custom VIP tours related to new products and workflows. These curated tours are designed to showcase future tech and innovative products, film and episodic TV production workflows, live production and news production workflows.

“The NAB Show exhibit floor spans more than one million net square feet and hosts over 1,700 of the world’s most innovative companies,” said NAB Executive Vice President of Conventions and Business Operations Chris Brown. “The new tour program is designed to help attendees navigate the show while highlighting a diverse array of breakthrough products and solutions.”

The tours will take place Monday, April 8 through Wednesday, April 10. Tours cost $150 each, kick off from room N227 and there’s a maximum of 15 per group. Register here. Attendees also have the option of working with a NAB Show representative to develop a custom tour led by a personal guide.

There is also a free Broadcast Studio tour offered by Broadcast Beat’s production team. Explore the IP production workflow for the show’s official broadcast, NAB Show LIVE. The tour includes a bird’s eye view of the Master Control Room, live stage and production crew. Tours are offered daily and registration is on a first-come, first-serve basis here.

NAB Show will also feature several new technology-focused areas of the show floor, including the Esports Experience, AI+Cloud Campus, ATSC 3.0 Information Center, Destination 5G and the In-Vehicle Experience.

Don’t forget the 4k 4Charity Fun Run which directly benefits Girls Who Code. This is a 4km (2.49 mile) run and walk event that offers NAB attendees a healthy alternative to networking while raising funding for diversity and inclusion initiatives. More information and register here.

And bring a bigger suitcase! NAB Show Exhibitors can now sell their products on the Show Floor. Twenty exhibitors have signed up to participate in this initiative which will likely grow significantly in the coming years.

After this short intro, you'll certainly still find that there ​many more happenings to connect with all the movers and shakers in the world of content, plus educational events as well. Review all new aspects of the 2019 NAB Show here, and see you in Las Vegas.