Random notes as I sit on the casino floor editing video, going over the NAB blogs – including Lost Remote and numerous other tech sites tonight on the wifi…
Bob Barker of Price is Right fame was inducted into the NAB Hall of Fame today. I’m told he received a standing o, asked audience members to “come on down” to play some Plinko, promptly gave away fabulous cash and prizes and likely told peeps to get their pets spayed or neutered.
Other stuff from today: some people are saying the audience numbers for NAB is down. I can’t really tell the difference from year’s past.
The Associated Press is announcing mobile video. Interesting. I haven’t spoken with any vendors about wireless yet, but there are many here that offer such. Mostly spoke to people about streaming.
Talking with Adobe tomorrow about its new offerings, including flash and Media Player 1.0.
Caught up with Carlos Lovato of Tulsa-based Media Specialists, see below. He says IPTV is the big deal this week. After speaking with my friends at News9 last night, it seems another biggie is the forced digital transition coming in February.
Overwhelming is the word after the first extended tour through the NAB Show floor. Cameras, lights, software, hardware – seems much bigger than the previous years that I attended.
There are gadgets and demos everywhere you turn. Loads of energy and people who know this stuff cold. We stopped by Panasonic, JVC, Prompter People, and others for demos and, well, free stuff.
Sidebar: the Las Vegas free public wifi is dog slow. Pretty much a dial up situation. Yet as I sit here in the concourse a steady stream of peeps are asking if I’m getting wifi. They seem amazed.
Check out the NAB Show blog.
On with the show… click on each for larger versions (and a few comments).
Tim Robbins spoke this morning at the NAB show. Here’s more.
I love the Lost Remote. A great Web site. I’ll be linking to my friends a lot this week for NAB coverage since they do a bang up job. And catching up with them tomorrow for, uh, more conversation.
NAB president David Rehr spoke a lot about the Internet today and how television needs to expand beyond the living room. Maybe that’s something local associations should learn.
More later today from the trade show floor. Hoping to hit up Adobe about their new flash streaming.
Getting a shuttle from McCarran airport in Las Vegas makes one think the taxi queue is the way to go. After 45 minutes of inhaling bus fumes, David Jones and I departed for the hotel.
The NAB Show is, as it says, a digital media event. In year’s past it focused on broadcast television. Now if focuses a lot on the Internet. Just as the newspaper industry is focusing on the Internet.
The digital industry is all about learning the latest technology. Tim Robbins is the keynote speaker on Monday.
Saw the movie “21″ last night. Going to Vegas today as the National Association of Broadcasting runs through Wednesday at the Convention Center. So why not warm up with a movie about counting cards.
I thought “21″ was pretty decent. Melinda and I liked it. Popcorn was good.
You’ve probably seen the trailers, so here’s more – an interview with MIT math whiz Jeffrey Ma, the real life inspiration for the lead in “21.” He talks about how he took Sin City for millions.
Interesting that News Corp might join Microsoft in a bid for Yahoo!
By the way, I hope to catch up with my friends at Lost Remote next week at the NAB Show in Vegas.