The NAB Show 2019 is done for another year and it looked, and sounded, pretty good. NAB revealed preliminary registered attendance of 91,460 for the 2019 edition of the expo, which it bills as “the world’s largest annual convention encompassing the convergence of media, entertainment and technology,” reflecting the fact that conventional “broadcast” is an increasingly smaller part of NAB’s portfolio, with streaming and mobile technologies taking more of the centre stage this year.

Mega-mergers changing the media landscape

Attendance this year was roughly the same as last year’s 92,912, and the organisation will likely issue an updated attendance number in coming weeks. But the show took place in the shadow of two massive M&A events: Disney closing its US$71.3 billion Fox deal, acquiring significant parts of 21st Century Fox; and AT&T’s even bigger US$85.4 billion purchase o