The NAB (National Association of Broadcasters) show will begin next week, and Digital TV DesignLine will be there. I’ll be posting several product stories this week about NAB. Some stories I’ve already published, and others will be put up on Monday and Tuesday. Digital TV DesignLine will be updated daily. NAB attracts movie makers, content producers, broadcasters, engineers, and telecommunication carrier that are rushing to lay claim in Internet protocol television (IPTV) and streaming media to mobile devices and cellular phones. It also highlights emerging trends and developments in HDTV, Mobile TV, and IPTV from both a hardware and software side. With analog TV signals going away in a few years, high-definition enabling products are taking center stage at NAB with several products from Philips and Texas Instruments among others.
A good example of the type of products being unveiled at NAB comes from companies like DG2L Technologies Inc. This company is a premier provider of next-generation digital media products, including digital cinema systems, set-top boxes and broadcast encoders for video services network operators. The company is introducing its new Neuron 2000, which is the first high definition (1080i) hybrid set-top-box that supports both Digital Video Broadcasting (DVB) and ATSC broadcast services as well as Internet Protocol (IP) standards with H.264/AVC compression support. Other companies such as LightPointe, for example, will be unveiling wireless HD broadcast products. And, the list goes on. Thomson, on the other hand, will unveil a system that lets media content owners manage distribution rights.
NAB also demonstrates the prowess of companies like Sony and Panasonic with their numerous HD broadcast equipment in this area of electronics and semiconductors. So, while there will be hoopla about new pieces of equipment from major players, there will also be several announcements from companies enhancing video codecs such as H.264 and MPEG4. Along other lines, some companies will also be bringing new DRM schemes into play with improved watermarking techniques. Also, high-end video projector companies will also be showing off the wares.
So, stay tuned as I try to cover the salient points of products that will interest readers of Digital TV DesignLine.