Many annual NAB Shows have become milestones in TV broadcasting history. The presence of the 2022 NAB Show marked the first Las Vegas NAB Show since 2019.
The #1 rule of live broadcasting is that things tend to fail at the worst possible time. The greater the ratings, the more likely something highly unlikely but mission-critical will fail, broadcast RF and wireless communication systems included. Count on it.
Development of new technology and moving to the newly available 5GHz spectrum continue to expand the creative and technical possibilities for audio across live performance and broadcast productions.
As broadcasters continue to differentiate themselves through live programing and events, intercom is gaining more influence now than ever. This is especially true for large arena events where mobile crews demand the freedom of wireless connectivity. But as RF technology grows, the 2.4GHz band is becoming saturated.
Production companies and various sports channels (and leagues) in the U.S. and abroad have been eager to test the new generation of 5G equipment in an effort to take advantage of its promised lower-latency, ultra-fast speeds, and enhanced capacity. Although compatible consumer phones and the required network infrastructure to support millimeter wave (AT&T’s “5G+”) technology is not yet widely deployed, a number of successful tests have been conducted that show its promise.
Is the consumer electronics paradigm shift changing the soul of TV viewing? What role does broadcast TV play?