National Show Goes High-Def


The upcoming National Show will sharpen the focus on high-definition, for
the first time broadcasting panel sessions nationwide in the format and staging
a central HD Pavilion on the show floor (see latest
floor plan

Co-sponsored by the National Cable & Telecommunications Association and
Cable Television Laboratories Inc., the HD Pavilion will feature 8,000 square
feet of display highlighting the latest in HD sets and technology, as well as
content, gaming and business applications.

This includes . . .

  • a pumped-up home theater centered on the largest HD screen
  • multiple mock living rooms showcasing HD video-on-demand, HD
    digital-video recorders and Microsoft Corp.'s 'Xbox' gaming system in HD
  • a
    tutorial display explaining point-of-deployment-enabled sets, different digital
    connector options and the differences between analog, standard digital and HD
    formats and
  • a retail exhibit featuring various TV-set options; and a video
    lounge where attendees can view HD content.

High-def programmer HDNet will also provide a production truck on the show
floor. The unit will produce live programming, including the broadcast of all of
the show's general sessions nationwide for the first time.

Programmers taking part in the pavilion displays are Home Box Office,
Showtime Networks Inc. Discovery Networks U.S., ESPN, A&E Television
Networks, Madison Square Garden Networks, Bravo, Comcast SportsNet, HDNet and

Technology vendors include Sony Electronics Corp., Scientific-Atlanta Inc.,
Microsoft, Philips Consumer Electronics Co., Motorola Inc., Zenith Electronics
Corp., nCUBE, Thomson Consumer Electronics, Sharp Electronics Corp., Pace Micro
Technology Americas, Matsushita Electric Corp. of America (Panasonic), SeaChange
International Inc., CommScope Inc., Samsung Electronics America Inc., Pioneer
New Media Technologies Inc., Mitsubishi Electrics and Electronics USA and
Sencore Electronics.

The National Show will run June 8 through 11 in