Cloud Makes Impact on TV Execs at NAB Show

The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) conference in Las Vegas that ended last week saw a 10 percent hike in vendor exhibits from last year and a slight rise in the number of people attending at 92,112. The world’s largest media event since covering filmed entertainment and content delivery in 1922 inducted Betty White and Bob Uecker into its Hall of Fame, and the unmanned military-issued drone flying overhead was prone to taking pictures of Teri Hatcher among other beauties. But among the technorati, those things were not the only star attractions.
For the first time in NAB history, cloud computing was put on the agenda. Thanks to the efforts of the Distributed Computing Industry Association (, a pavilion was dedicated to looking at how the cloud relates to the A/V ecosystem at each stage of the content distribution chain, from collaboration to storage, delivery and analytics, ending the cloud portion of the show with “Disruptive Effects of Cloud Computing Will Continue.”

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