Our Top Finds at NAB 2017

May 11, 2017

NAB 2017 is behind us and the dust has finally settled.

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NAB 2017 is behind us and the dust has finally settled. As usual, this year proved to be overwhelming. We were able to see a lot of new products and services, but there’s no way you can see everything. Here’s a re-cap of our top finds at NAB 2017.

AJA Helo Streamer & Recorder

AJA’s newest product – the Helo – allows you to send out a single video stream directly to a CDN and record your content at the same time, all of which can be managed from a web interface. Records can be directed to a removable SD card or pushed directly to an external hard drive. The Helo is the perfect appliance for simple multi-camera video streams.

Teradek Cube

Similar to AJA’s Helo, the Teradek Cube allows you to send out a single RTMP feed for live streaming projects. You’ll have to pay extra for a web interface (Teradek is allegedly launching one soon), but given the right application, the Cube could be a handy tool for small streaming projects.


Wowza is a cloud based streaming service that allows you to distribute a single live stream to multiple platforms simultaneously. Wowza is compatible with a number of encoders (like the Cube and Helo) and is backed by the Akamai CDN. They offer various monthly or annual service plans based on your anticipated streaming usage.

Ross Inception

We hadn’t seen Ross’ Inception platform until we ventured to their booth at NAB. Inception is a user-friendly newsroom computer system with some powerful social media tools. You can link Inception to your social media accounts and schedule content to post to your feed as you progress through your rundown. You can also use the system to aggregate and pull social content into your program. Inception is a social-focused alternative to ENPS or iNews.


It’s hard to describe exactly what the ShowMgr platform does, because it does it all. This web-based production system allows you to perform budgeting, billing, payroll, crew and resource management and scheduling all from one system. It’s got a hefty price tag, but it checks a lot of boxes.

Verizon Digital Media Services

We’re currently building out 2 OTT platforms for 2 different clients as part of ongoing broadcast consulting agreements, so we were anxious to meet with VDMS. They provide all of the back-end functionality you need for digital content distribution, including playlist creation, ad-insertion, meta-tagging and delivery. VDMS has a lot of horsepower and some very handy tools built into their platform.

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  • Andrew Ryback Reply
    2018-03-07 21:55:41

    We're glad you found this to be useful, Margaux. Let us know if there's anything we can help with.

  • Margaux Ford Reply
    2018-03-07 05:57:06

    I appreciate the tips on hiring a production staffing company to have more time to focus on the creative aspects of the project. Hiring a production crew is a tedious task, and can take up much of your time. We're currently working on a huge production, and I'll share this article with my boss so he'll consider on delegating the recruitment to a staffing company. I like that you mentioned that staffing company can ensure to have the right team onboard for the project. Thanks!

  • Robert McWilliams Reply
    2017-10-31 19:05:18

    Todd: I have an ad agency in addition to our production company. We put one of our clients on OTT two months ago up in Nevada. Seems to be working! Thanks again for the work earlier this month. Rob

  • Nicole Rohde Reply
    2017-05-27 22:28:45

    Hey Andrew, Any word as to whether or not the Jokers will be back for Comic Con this year? Please let me know. Thanks!!!

  • Aaron Estabrook Reply
    2017-02-23 16:26:57

    I'll be tuning in for sure!

  • David Patton Reply
    2015-01-16 13:16:02

    Interesting blog post Andrew. For those who are nearly ready to cut the cord, but still want access to key channels such as ESPN, I'd recommend checking out Dish Network's new service, Sling TV. It provides access to a handful of channels for $20/month. https://gigaom.com/2015/01/15/sling-tv-details-price-devices-networks-resolution-bandwidth/

  • Andrew Ryback Reply
    2015-01-13 14:44:19

    Go for it! I'll admit that I was a little apprehensive about pulling the plug at first, but honestly, the transition away from DirecTV has been seamless. The only missing link is live sports, but there are a few work arounds depending on what sports you watch. Good luck!

  • Gregory Hart Reply
    2015-01-13 06:35:00

    While I am part of the 55 year old demographic that still has TV boxes and does TV viewing, I do my viewing using DVRs and networked PCs playing video files from an in-home server. I too have noticed that I view a handful of shows on a regular basis and have found various other sources for these shows. And now it has gotten to the point to where I am seriously considering ending my very long relationship with DirecTV and going streaming. Working in the TV industry also helped to open eyes to this as well. This transition from "old" TV is coming and the networks (Les Moonves, I am looking at you!) had better plan for it.

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    2013-08-07 14:46:29

    I can almost hear the theme song from Jaws as I read your post!