NAB Insider from Radio magazine - April 14, 2009

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How Well Do You Know Your Vegas History?
Each of these events happened from 2003-2005, can you guess the correct year?

  • Mergers abound in Las Vegas. MGM Mirage announces plans to purchase the Mandalay Resort Group. One month later, Harrah's Entertainment announces its plans to purchase Caesars Entertainment.
  • Visitor volume breaks tourism records with 37.4 million.
  • The Stratosphere releases plans for its latest thrill ride, a teeter-totter like device situated nearly 900' above Las Vegas Boulevard, aptly called X Scream.
  • The Las Vegas Monorail, a $654 million mass transit system, opens to the public.
  • MGM Mirage announces Project City Center, an "urban metropolis" with 4,000 hotel rooms and 1,650 condominium units. Project City Center will cost nearly $5 billion, making it the largest privately funded project in the United States.
  • The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority debuts its new advertising campaign, "Vegas Stories" with the tagline, "What Happens Here, Stays Here."
  • The Strip dims its lights for President Ronald Reagan's passing. Other dignitaries to receive such a remembrance upon their passing have included President John F. Kennedy; Rat Pack members Sammy Davis, Jr., Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin; and George Burns.
  • Condomania hits Las Vegas. A multitude of developers ranging from Donald Trump to MGM Mirage announce plans for high-rise luxury condominium projects. By 2010, 10,000 to 15,000 condominium-hotel units are expected to be added to the current room inventory.
  • Steve Wynn changes the name for Las Vegas' newest megaresort from La Reve to Wynn Las Vegas.


    Disney Studios Group President Mark Zoradi to Present Keynote at 2009 NAB Show
    Washington, DC - Mark Zoradi, president of Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Group, will present a keynote address during the 2009 NAB Show. Speaking during the Show's Digital Cinema Summit on Sunday, April 19, Zoradi will offer first-hand insights and news about digital 3D as well as 3D delivery across multiple platforms.

    The Digital Cinema Summit, "3D Cinema & Beyond: Lens to Living Room," will be held April 18-19, and is produced in partnership with the Society of Motion Picture Television Engineers (SMPTE).

    "The ongoing digital shift in our everyday lives continues to create new opportunities for content distributors to engage with a broader audience," said Zoradi. "During this challenging economic climate, it is crucial that entertainment companies, broadcasters and content creators operate with creative and business strategies that help to drive revenue across multiple platforms and channels. As a leading creator of digital 3D content, we are committed to exploring and utilizing new opportunities, and the NAB Show provides an excellent venue to share our perspective and learn from others."

    Products from the Floor

    Tieline Technology Bridge-IT

    Tieline Technology Bridge-IT
    IP codec
    Booth Number: N8123
    Bridge-IT allows the user to tailor the codec to suit individual requirements. Encode-only or decode-only versions or both are available. Bridge-IT has an SD card slot for failover playback of prerecorded audio, and the unit's menus can be fully programmed using comprehensive front-panel hardware that includes a keypad and LCD display, or by using a Web interface. It is designed for desktop use, or two units can be installed side-by-side in a purpose-built 1RU mounting bracket. Bridge-IT comes with a range of high performance broadcast algorithms plus optional AAC LC and AAC HE. Standard algorithms include 16-bit 22kHz linear audio at less than 12ms encode delay for uncompromised audio, G.711 G.722, MPEG Layer 2 and Tieline Music. The Tieline Music Plus algorithm also provides 22kHz mono, dual mono and stereo with 20ms encode delay at under 100kb/s. Bridge-IT has all the broadcast input connectors you would expect on a fully-featured codec. Simultaneous analog and digital AES/EBU audio outputs are provided on XLR connectors and it includes a 1/4" stereo headphone output.

    Tascam DP-004

    Tascam DP-004
    Digital pocket studio
    Booth Number: SL1717
    The DP-004 Digital Pocketstudio, a portable four-track digital recorder, retains the ease-of-use of cassette-based four-track recorders but updates it with CD-quality digital recording. The recorder uses a set of dedicated knobs and buttons. A pair of unbalanced 1/4" inputs accept mic or line signals, or musicians can employ the built-in stereo microphone. A stereo mixdown track is also included, and tracks or mixes can be transferred to a computer using USB 2.0. Smaller than a paperback book, the DP-004 is portable enough to bring anywhere. The DP-004 records to SD Card media, and a 1GB card is included. It features autopunch recording, track editing and an undo function. A metronome and tuner are built-in, and the Input A jack accepts a guitar-level signal for direct recording.

    Abacast On-Demand
    Live streaming
    Booth Number: C1744
    Abacast On-Demand was designed from the ground up as an end-to-end, commercial-quality solution. It offers both Abacast HTTP Delivery and Abacast Peer-Assisted Delivery options that can be flexibly interchanged based on customer type, content type, or business model. The system supports common video formats, is a Web-based console, has multiple delivery options, commercial quality service and smart analytics. The HTTP option delivers content including video on demand, video and music downloads, and games and software downloads. All file sizes are supported. The Peer-Assisted option distributes on-demand video or other on-demand content with a secure, high-quality, stable, resilient network that uses up to 80 percent less bandwidth.

    Nautel NX25

    Nautel NX25
    AM transmitter
    Booth Number: N7016
    The NX25 offers digital pre-correction, 2.7MHz direct digital modulation and 88 percent efficiency. All NX Series transmitters are unique in their ability to add an optional HD Radio Exgine embedded signal generator card directly within the transmitter. Nautel's module-level design of the NX Series provides redundancy and enables customers to interchange NX25 parts if needed with an NX50 or other NX series transmitter. Nautel's Advanced User Interface is included on the NX25. This 17" color LCD screen with configurable displays includes real-time impedance measurement, instrument grade spectrum and audio analyzers, IBOC modulation analyzer, module-level monitoring and control/logging of all functions. The AUI can be controlled by touch screen or via a mouse and keyboard; users also have 100 percent remote access to the NX25 via a Web browser.

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