By Forbes contributing author, Michael Schein.
I attended NAB Show this past April and was struck by the wide range of hardware, software, and services on display that will no doubt provide the engine on which the media landscape runs over the next few decades. Below are 13 that stood out (in no particular order).
1. Megaphone TV is a platform that enables viewers to interact and engage with any live broadcast.
2. Omniscien offers a variety of machine translation and language processing products and complementary customization services.
3. RCS invented computerized radio music scheduling and continues to offer solutions for 14,500 radio stations, satellite music networks, and internet stations.
4. **Crystal **produces software that automates the monitoring, control, and metadata management of every aspect of broadcast operations.
5. Future plc is a multimedia publisher with an audience of 260+ million that distributes content on a wide range of media-related subjects.
6. De Wolfe Music originated sound and music libraries for “talkies” in the 1920s, have since become the preeminent library music source for digital media.
7. Wedel Software offers a suite of systems, platforms, and tools that make it easy for media organizations to get a handle on their sales, billing, business intelligence analysis, and customer relationship management.
8. Tunevu has developed second screen technology that delivers immersive experiences to TV viewers, and radio and podcast listeners.
9. Evertz is one of the world’s predominant manufacturers of content facilitation technologies for television and mobile media.
10. Libsyn is one of the first, and still one of the biggest, podcast hosting and publishing services.
11. Burli helps journalists gather information and data from a wide variety of sources for their stories, create and edit content, and easily publish their stories to multiple platforms.
12. Inovonics Broadcast specializes in producing products that keep terrestrial radio networks broadcasting music, news, and talk.
13. Altronic Research pioneered the development of coaxial load resistors, which allows for radio transmitters to be set to the proper frequency even when they are not actually broadcasting.