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April 10, 2006
Dennis Wharton
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NAB-HD Shifts Into High Gear At NAB2006

--HD Broadcast Studio Will Connect Viewers with the Pulse of NAB2006--

WASHINGTON, DC - Following up on a successful debut at last year's show, NAB-HD will return to NAB2006 in Las Vegas April 24 - 27. The fully-functional HD broadcast station will operate from the Show Floor in the Central Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC) and will feature a control room, editing suites, studios and transmission facilities.

During a conference call with reporters, the scope of NAB-HD was outlined by Project Director Nigel Spratling.

"NAB-HD is a must-see HD 'living laboratory' that will offer broadcast and telecom professionals valuable insight into future production and distribution workflows with HD television," said Chris Brown, NAB senior vice president, conventions & expositions.

NAB-HD will provide a working-station environment and hands-on laboratory for broadcasters and other telecom professionals, and it will be the site of production, editing and transmission of HD content gleaned from the show for NAB's official daily video magazine. NAB-HD will also broadcast HD footage captured from the NAB-HD helicopter covering NAB2006 from the skies over Las Vegas.

Daily programs will be broadcast throughout the LVCC complex on 16:9 high-definition monitors, as well as to 75,000 hotel rooms in Las Vegas. For the first time, HD convention programming will be delivered to HD sets in every room of the Wynn Hotel. In addition, NAB-HD content will be repurposed for Web-enabled cell phones, DVB-H devices, video podcasts and online streaming.

Programming for NAB-HD will include the NAB-HD Live Morning Show with live reports from the helicopter; the NAB-HD Roving Reporter Xtreme, who will broadcast from secret, remote locations, showcasing the ability to do live remote broadcasts in HD; interviews with industry executives and convention speakers; roundtable discussions on electronic media technology; and exhibit floor features.

NAB-HD will be using equipment supplied by more than 75 exhibitors and will be staffed by over 40 volunteers.

NAB2006 will take place April 22 - 27, 2006 in Las Vegas (exhibits open April 24). It is the world's largest electronic media show covering the development, delivery and management of professional video and audio content across all media.

The National Association of Broadcasters is a trade association that advocates on behalf of more than 8,300 free, local radio and television stations and also broadcast networks before Congress, the Federal Communications Commission and the Courts. Information about NAB can be found at


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