Mobile television heats up at NAB

The Open Mobile Video Coalition (OMVC) and the NAB hosted a breakfast session focused on mobile television opportunities for local TV broadcasters on Monday, April 14, at the NAB Show in Las Vegas. The session, titled “Mobile TV: Opportunity at 100 MPH!,” was emceed by NBC News chief legal correspondent Dan Abrams and featured a panel of top television executives. The event was held 7:30 - 8:30 am in the Las Vegas Hilton Ballroom A.

“This session will showcase OMVC and our efforts to kick-start the mobile DTV process. An illustrative video and compelling discussion will bring everyone up to date on this fast-moving process, plus give us an opportunity to demonstrate the commitment of OMVC members to make mobile DTV a reality,” said OMVC president Brandon Burgess, chairman and chief executive officer for ION Media Networks.

The OMVC breakfast is open to all show attendees and offers an opportunity to learn about breakthrough technology, consumer interest and new revenue opportunities presented by the emergence of mobile TV. A brief update on the status of mobile digital TV will be provided by Media General Broadcast Group senior vice president Jim Conschafter, a member of the NAB Television Board, and Cox Communications vice president of engineering Sterling Davis, who is leading the OMVC’s Technology Advisory Working Group.

Led by Burgess, who also serves on the NAB Television Board, a Q&A will follow, featuring television executives from across the country, including NAB Television Board chairman Alan Frank, president, Post-Newsweek Stations; NAB Television Board members Michael Fiorile, vice chairman and CEO, Dispatch Broadcast Group; John Eck, president, NBC TV Network and Media Works, NBC Universal; Lynn Beall, executive vice president, Gannett Broadcasting; as well as Patrick Mullen, vice president and general manager, WFLD Chicago, IL and Nat Ostroff, vice president of new technology, Sinclair Broadcast Group.

The Open Mobile Video Coalition is an alliance of U.S. commercial and public broadcasters committed to the development of mobile digital television. The Coalition’s mission is to accelerate the development of mobile digital broadcast television, and capture the full potential of the digital television spectrum in the United States. Coalition members include leading broadcast station groups operating more than 420 commercial television stations.