National Association of Broadcasters

March 23, 2009
Ann Marie Cumming
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2009 NAB Show - Where the Global Content Community Congregates

--72 international groups, 51 delegations; attendees expected from more than 160 countries--

--Exhibit hall features largest-ever representation of international pavilions--

WASHINGTON, DC -- Nearly one in four attendees at this year's NAB Show, April 18-23 in Las Vegas, is expected to come from outside the U.S., demonstrating the global scale and scope of the NAB Show, convention organizers announced today.

Some of these NAB Show international attendees will be part of more than 70 international groups, organized by 51 different delegation leaders. Four delegations -- representing Bulgaria, Greece, Morocco and Norway -- are coming to the show for the first time. In addition, as many as nine countries are sending top-level government officials representing broadcasting and allied industry sectors. These Ministers of Communications will bring business leaders from their respective countries including Taiwan, Colombia, Brazil, India, Philippines, New Zealand, Cambodia, Kenya and Russia.

Among the more than 1,500 companies exhibiting at the NAB Show, more than 500 are headquartered outside the U.S. Some of these companies will be showcased within the largest representation of international pavilions in the show's history. International pavilions include Bavaria, Belgium, Brazil, India, Italy and the United Kingdom. France and Korea will also have a presence on the show floor with dedicated pavilions for the first time in recent years.

In addition, the National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT), a telecommunications research organization in Japan, will demonstrate advanced imaging and sound technologies being developed in their labs. Some of these demonstrations will occur for the first time outside of Japan and will include major advances in Holographic TV, glasses-free 3D Display, Internet 3D HiVision, and gCubik Autostereoscopic Display.

Also on the show floor, the NHK Pavilion will present a super hi-vision theater and new technologies that reproduce 3D in HDTV as well as Japan's terrestrial digital broadcasting system, ISDB-T, featuring mobile DTV services.

"We put global content professionals around the world in touch with solutions providers from every stage of the content lifecycle," said NAB Executive Vice President of Conventions and Business Operations Chris Brown. "The participation of international visitors is a key component and we are committed to growing the global scope of the show by delivering an international audience and remaining the global business-to-business event for the entire industry."

More than 28,000 electronic media professionals representing 166 countries traveled from outside the U.S. to attend the 2008 NAB Show, representing more than 25 percent of overall attendance.

The NAB Show has been recognized time and again by the U.S. Department of Commerce as the most critical business-to-business international industry event in which to participate in any hemisphere and was presented with the "Highest Global Participation" award from Trade Show Executive magazine in 2008.

The NAB Show also offers a valuable education and training element with twelve concurrent conferences presenting a global perspective on business with more than 60 international speakers and presenters scheduled to participate. Sessions with a specific international focus include:

  • U.S. China Broadcasting Forum

  • India: Transitioning to a Digital Future

  • State of the DTV Transition in the U.S.

  • Orange - France Telecom: A Case Study

  • Telecom2009: NexTV Latin America Workshop

About the 2009 NAB Show
The NAB Show will take place April 18 - 23, 2009 in Las Vegas (exhibits open April 20). It is the world's largest electronic media show covering filmed entertainment and the development, management and delivery of content across all mediums. Complete details are available at www.nabshow.com.

Online registration is now available for news media reporters interested in covering the NAB Show.

About NAB
The National Association of Broadcasters is the premier advocacy association for America's broadcasters. As the voice of more than 8,300 radio and television stations, NAB advances their 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 www.nab.org.