Cabsat 2010 Highlights HD

While 3D may have dominated most of the buzz at CES this month, HD is still up-and-coming as an emerging technology in other parts of the world and again is expected to take center stage at the Cabsat Mena convention (March 2-4) at the International Convention & Exhibition Center in Dubai.

Dubai, the new site of the world's tallest building, is undergoing some unfamiliar financial strains as a result of the world economy, and the HD-centric show is expected to give the town a boost, albeit for a few days. At the 16th annual confab, this show in the heart of the United Arab Emirates is hoping to improve on its exhibitor and attendee numbers from the Middle East, Africa, Asia, Europe and North America. Last year the show drew more than 650 exhibitors from about 50 countries, but the official attendance figure was less than 9,000.

The organizers of Cabsat 2010 estimate there are roughly 430 million consumers in the Middle East--most of them not yet HD set owners-- and note that the demand for HD services is increasing noticeably. They also say about 25 percent of the region's satellite dish industry is headquartered in the UAE.

Cabsat 2010 exhibitors, thus far, will include, among others: Advanced Media Trading; Camera Dynamics; Evertz; Hitachi Broadcast; Sony Professional Solutions ME; Tek Signal; Vitec Group; and United Broadcast & Media Solutions.