Photography and video conferences. Are they dead? Are they going to happen this year? Is it kind of the nail in the coffin for conferences? Because they were sliding before. Where exactly are they at? What’s going to happen and what can you expect coming in 2021 and 2022?
Hot on the heels of Sony, Canon has also declared that they have withdrawn from both NAB 2021 and InfoComm 2021 trade shots happening next month. In a statement to DIYPhotography, Canon states that this is due to “the ongoing health and safety concerns presented by the COVID-19 Delta variant”.
NAB has been rescheduled from its usual date in April to October 9-13th at the Las Vegas Convention Centre, replacing the usual NAB New York shot at the Javits Center. PhotoPlus, due to take place at the Javits Center in October has also been cancelled.
One of the biggest companies appearing at NAB in Las Vegas each year (well, each non-pandemic year when the event actually goes ahead) is Sony. This year, NAB has been rescheduled from its usual date in April to October 9-13th at the Las Vegas Convention Centre, replacing the usual NAB New York shot at the Javits Center.
Sony, however, has announced that due to the ongoing COVID-19 Delta variant, Sony has decided to pull the plug and will not be attending in person at next month’s NAB Show. They also won’t be appearing at the audiovisual trade show InfoComm 2021 in Orlando, Florida, either.
It’s probably not much of a surprise to anybody at this point, but the organisers of the NAB Show in Las Vegas have announced that NAB 2021 has been delayed. Originally scheduled to take place in April 11-14th 2021, the date for next year’s show has now been pushed back to October 9-13th.
The timing of the announcement could’ve possibly been a little better, given that most of the video industry is already feeling a little down right now about the fact that IBC 2020 was scheduled to start two days from now. But I suppose it’s best to get it out of the way sooner rather than later.
Given that The Photography Show didn’t happen, NAB and Photokina aren’t happening, and many governments around the world are telling us that we could potentially be in lockdown for more than six months, IBC, PPE and the rescheduled TPS might not happen, either. But Canon is pressing on with their gear announcements regardless.
Canon has announced that they’re hosting a virtual press conference on April 20th to announce some new gear. NAB was scheduled to begin on April 19th and go on until April 22nd, so April 20th falls in line with what was likely their original announcement schedule. I wouldn’t get your hopes up about the EOS R5, though.
The first company to officially withdraw from next month’s NAB in Las Vegas is AJA Video Systems. In an announcement, AJA specifically cites the “risks from the Coronavirus” as the cause of their withdrawal from the show.
At the same time, both Microsoft and Google have announced that they’ve cancelled two of their conferences. Microsoft’s MVP Summit in Seattle and Google’s Cloud Next in San Francisco have also now been cancelled, coming days after the cancellation of the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco. CP+ and MWC were both also cancelled last month.
The world’s biggest phone show, MWC in Barcelona, just notified that world that it will not happen this year. GSMA CEO John Hoffman said that “With due regard to the safe and healthy environment in Barcelona and the host country today, the GSMA has cancelled MWC Barcelona 2020 because the global concern regarding the coronavirus outbreak, travel concern and other circumstances, make it impossible for the GSMA to hold the event“.
The show has seen a few big companies canceling participation over the last month, starting with LG and ZTE. Then the flood gates opened with Ericsson, Nvidia, Intel, Vivo, Sony, Amazon, NTT Docomo, Cisco, Nokia, BT, and HMD. If the show was to be held, it would have been empty halls.
While this show does not relate to photography, NAB released a statement that it is closely monitoring the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation:
There’s a report coming out of Canon Rumors at the moment that one of Sony’s trucks has been stolen. This truck apparently contains all of the equipment that was destined to appear at the NAB show in Las Vegas taking place next week. CR also report that Sony’s truck contained some equipment from other manufacturers which would be used alongside Sony’s gear at the show.
There’s been no official announcement from Sony themselves, although Sony Alpha Rumors seem to back up the story. They say they’ve received a message stating that the truck has indeed been stolen.
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In case life took over and you haven’t been aggressively checking up on what’s new in the photography world every day, you probably missed quite a few big announcements this week. The NAB Show just wrapped up its run for 2014, and this past week has been an absolute roller coaster for tech media. Here’s a round-up of the show just so you can be caught up with what’s been happening.